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Jeremy is the managing editor at Corporate Knights Magazine. He previously served as a consultant at the Social Investment Organization. In 2013, he was named a Mining Country fellow by the Institute for Journalism and Natural Resources.

US companies dominate 2015 Global 100 index

U.S. companies have the largest presence yet on our Global 100 ranking, which is growing increasingly competitive.

The events of the past year have dem­onstrated the growing relevance of the indicators used by Corporate Knights to determine its annual list of cor­porate leaders in sustainability.

The landmark China-U.S. climate change agreement, rising awareness and interest in the concept of “unburnable car­bon,” and global momentum behind carbon pricing mean increased risk for organiza­tions with low carbon productivity.

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The (dis)honour of the crown

Author John Ralston Saul tells Corporate Knights why he was inspired to write a book on Canada's aboriginal renaissance.

Canadian author and leading public intellectual John Ralston Saul was busy working on other projects when the Idle No More protests sprang up in late 2012. For several months, First Nations protests emerged all over the country, mostly in opposition to provisions tucked into two government omnibus bills that affected environmental and land management policy.

Media and pundits were confused by the lack of cohesive demands or centralized leadership coming out of these protests, but Saul saw something more important: The protests were part of a broader re-emergence of aboriginal Canadians into a position of power and influence.

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Heroes & zeroes: vol. 16

Asia Pulp and Paper goes from a zero to a hero, while Hyundai gets caught lying about the gas mileage for its U.S. vehicles.

Hero: Asia Pulp and Paper

Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) was designated a Zero by Corporate Knights back in 2012, after a Green­peace investigation uncovered damning evidence of illegal clear-cutting in portions of the Indone­sian rainforest controlled by the company. The report and a sub­sequent Greenpeace pressure campaign led to over 130 global companies dropping APP as a paper supplier. Even prior to the Greenpeace report, APP had gained a reputation in the indus­try as an environmental pariah. British environmentalist George Monbiot once described APP as “one of the most destructive companies on the planet.”

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The climate conundrum for Republicans

OPINION: There’s a big policy downside to refusing to engage in constructive conversations over climate change.

The past few weeks have seen several newly-elected Republican lawmakers emerge from the woodwork and acknowledge the growing risks that climate change pose to their constituents, as well as the planet more broadly. First, we had Louisiana Congressman-elect Garret Graves, the former director of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.

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The $870 billion Norwegian model

Norway produces less oil than Alberta, but has more money to show for it. Meet the man behind Norway’s sovereign wealth fund.

Norway is known for several things, including its Viking roots, a singular obsession with cross-country skiing and an enormous sovereign wealth fund. Officially known as the Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), it is currently valued at about $870 billion (U.S.). Funded by revenue generated from its offshore oil industry, the GPFG has amassed all of this wealth over the past 20 years. In comparison, Alberta’s Heritage Savings Trust Fund has around $15 billion (U.S.), despite having been set up decades earlier with the same purpose. Alberta has also produced significantly more oil than Norway during that time period.

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