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Sustainability

What Does It Take to Create Financial Products That Can Save the Planet?

Investors are increasingly eager to contribute to solutions for climate change and other environmental problems. Charlotte Kaiser ’07 of The Nature Conservancy’s NatureVest, explains how the company builds financial products that attract mainstream capital while delivering conservation impacts.

An overhead image of Ille Pierre Island in Seychelles.
  • How Did Volkswagen Go Wrong?

    Three Yale faculty on the causes and consequences of the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

    Volkswagen
  • Can We Change the Climate Conversation?

    Yale's Brad Gentry on the state of the climate change talks and what a recent Global Network survey of MBA students tells us about the change in the discourse.

  • Can Business Change the Game on Climate Change?

    When the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meets in Paris in December, business leaders will be part of the discussion for the first time.

  • Seven Reasons Volkswagen Is Worse than Enron

    In the Financial Times, Yale SOM’s David Bach writes that the Volkswagen emissions scandal could destroy an iconic German company and set back efforts to use technology to achieve environmental sustainability.

  • How Big Can Organic Grow?

    Organic food is booming. Even after a dip during the financial crisis, organics have continued to grow at an impressive clip worldwide. But organic food remains a small fraction of total food consumption. Will organics will ever be able to break into the mainstream? Yale Insights talks with Denis Ring ’84, founder of organic chocolate company Ocho Candy and creator of Whole Foods’ 365 organic store brand.

    How Big Can Organic Grow?
  • Does a ‘Both/And’ Approach Work in Sustainability?

    Tradeoffs are an inevitable part of doing business. And sustainability work in particular involves spending a great deal of time in the tug of war of competing priorities. Eric Spiegel, president and CEO of Siemens USA, discussed that company’s efforts to minimize tradeoffs.

    Siemens Wind Turbines off the coast
  • Where are the Boundaries for Economic Growth in China?

    With global population projected to rise to 9.6 billion by 2050, the pressure on natural systems that provide food, energy, water, and other resources necessary for human life is a major strategic challenge for business and society. China, with its large population and rapid economic development, is a big piece of the puzzle.

  • Can Ecotourism Boost the Economy in the Philippines?

    Millions of people around the world want to swim in tropical waters and take in unsullied wilderness. Can the Philippines build a productive ecotourism industry around its natural environment? The Asian Institute of Management’s Fernando Y. Roxas talks about the country’s chances of claiming a link in the “tourism supply chain.”

  • How Do You Make the Case for Corporate Responsibility?

    What obligations does a corporation have to society? The way that question is answered has evolved over time. So have the tools of those working to expand the role of corporate social responsibility and sustainability.

  • Can a Systemic Approach to Sustainability Help Avoid Unintended Consequences?

    Over the last few decades, society has started to take on some of the environmental problems caused by industrialization. But sometimes solving one problem creates or aggravates another. Yale environmental chemist Paul Anastas argues that managers who take a systemic approach to sustainability are needed to create lasting solutions.