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Homebiogas, the small home digester for developping countries

Anaerobic digestion is becoming widespread in the agricultural sector, but is struggling to enter homes. HomeBiogas found the solution with a human-sized digester in the shape of a tent. Connected to a gas stove, the device can provide up to two hours of cooking gas per day. Engie has invested in...

Global warming: a point of no return for the planet?

The transition to a green economy is urgent now more than ever in order to save the Earth. Pollution from fossil fuels is likely to push the planet in a constant and dangerous state of warming, international researchers warned on 6 August. Such realities suggest a point of no return.

Kofi Annan, father of the Global Compact

The former Secretary-General of the United Nations died on August 18. We know the great diplomat but we know less about the fact that he is at the origin of the Global Compact and the Principles for Responsible Investment.

No country on track to achieve sustainable development goals (sdgs)

Adopted with great acclaim three years ago, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new benchmark for sustainability, are struggling to translate into government budgets and policies. A new ranking puts Sweden, Denmark and Finland in the lead, with France following in fifth place.

Major French companies commit to biodiversity

On 10 July, 65 companies committed to the Act4Nature initiative. This initiative launched by the French private sector with NGOs is designed to protect, enhance and restore biodiversity. It could also be a first step for an international mobilisation.

Bitcoin: the Financial Stability Board prepares for cryptocurrency risks

Without being alarmist, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) is set to launch a cryptocurrency monitoring committee. Studying the volatility of these currencies, and the technologies that support them, will make it possible to better anticipate possible risks. President Emmanuel Macron has already...

[Inside story] When companies boycott their own products in the name of CSR

In early July, alcohol producers announced a campaign to fight alcoholism: a call for customers to consume less alcohol. "This is a question of responsibility", alcohol producers explained. And they are not alone. Other industry actors have done the same with energy, tobacco and food. Are these...

Apple launches green fund to bring its Chinese suppliers to renewable energy

After announcing the conversion of 100% of its facilities to renewable energy, Apple is attacking the operation of its Chinese suppliers. A $ 300 million green fund has been pledged by 10 of them. It once allowed to put into operation 1 GW of wind and photovoltaic.

Mining solutions for the transition to sustainable energy in Europe

Europe, a continent that does not exploit its own domestic mining resources, is very dependent on imports. But the growing need for certain rare earth materials are likely to put the continent’s manufacturers under pressure...in just three years’ time! The international consultancy firm Alcimed has...

Six sovereign funds want to commit for climate

On July the 6th, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron has gathered at the Elysee six behemoths of global finance: the sovereign wealth funds of Norway, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Together, they weigh 3 trillion dollars (about 2,600 billion...

What the #METOO movement means for company financial risk

The massive American pension fund, CalPERS, which manages $355 billion in assets, is asking management companies to disclose their ongoing and past harassment cases. The goal is to avoid financial and reputational risk, since from the start of the #MeToo movement, accusations of sexual harassment...

L'Oréal’s new spot tool puts csr at the heart of innovation

By 2020, 100% of L'Oréal products will have an improved environmental and social profile. To manage such a wide scope, the group relies on a Sustainability Product Optimisation Tool (SPOT), that took two years to develop. This tool makes it possible to rapidly visualise the areas of improvement for...

Lafarge charged with "complicity in crimes against humanity"

The cement maker, Lafarge, accused of financing jihadist groups including the Islamic State organisation to maintain its activity in Syria, was indicted Thursday June 28th. The investigating judges followed the logic of the NGO Sherpa by indicting Lafarge SA for "complicity in crimes against...

Commerzbank deploys AI for financial analysis

Commerzbank wants to deploy artificial intelligence to replace its financial analysts. It could effectively and inexpensively prepare analysis notes on company quarterly financial results. To do this, the German bank has chosen to adapt a software that is currently used to automatically generate...

The rise and fall of the CAC 40

The CAC 40 brings together companies that are the supposed flagships of the French economy. But the constitution of this flagship index is decided by a scientific committee whose criteria are unknown. Financial performance is undoubtedly at the top of the list...but isn’t it time to also integrate...

When the Big Four overthrow mass retail

After the announcement of a Monoprix-Amazon alliance and an Alibaba-Auchan partnership, Carrefour has now announced plans to partner with Google. Supermarkets have no choice but to team up with the world’s digital and e-commerce giants or risk becoming mere subcontractors for these colossal...

Sustainability in corporate management : household products and Health care, the two highest ranked sectors by ISS-Oekom

The share of companies in the industrialized countries with good and very good ratings is just slightly higher than in the previous year, says ISS-Oekom, in its annual survey. Moreover, the group of companies with a medium sustainability performance is larger than the proportion of companies with...

The carbon market will not allow Europe to reach long-term climate goals

Will the barely reformed European carbon market soon have to reinvent itself? Whatever the case, European institutions will have to think about next steps very quickly because if reform is more ambitious than expected, it will not necessarily be sufficient enough to turn the carbon market into a...

The London Stock Exchange loosens regulations in a bid to attract Saudi Aramco IPO

The introduction of the oil giant Saudi Aramco IPO onto the stock exchange is causing quite a stir amongst financial institutions. To attract this major player, with a capital estimated at $2 trillion, the London Stock Exchange decided to relax its governance and transparency obligations for...

Microsoft, Tesla and Monsanto among major companies leading the green economy, says FTSE Russel

The green economy is far from being a niche market for small companies specialising in Greentech. 6% of the global capitalisation of listed companies is dedicated to this market, according to index provider FTSE Russel. Among them are Tesla and its electric cars, Microsoft and its datacentres...and...