May 18 – 22, 2015

How corporate wellness programs can hurt your health

Despite the growing popularity of wellness programs, it’s not clear that they work.  A new book by researchers Andre Spicer and Carl Cederström argues that more extreme corporate wellness programs lead to increased anxiety and stress. “Many people have bought into the argument that the fit employee or the happy employee is the most productive employee,” Spicer said. “[But] wellness is happiness and health.”

 

Canada’s greenest mayor

Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson has spent the past seven years transforming his city into a sustainability powerhouse. Densification efforts have transformed significant portions of the city into more walkable neighbourhoods, while biking, transit and walking now make up 50 per cent of trips in the city. Yet, as he begins his third term in office, it turns out he was just getting started.

 

Fossil fuel companies benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3 trillion a year: IMF

Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3 trillion a year, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The vast sum is largely due to polluters not paying the costs imposed on governments by the burning of coal, oil and gas.

 

What makes a resilient city?

Cities are a powerful paradox. On the one hand, we want cities to be teeming with life – the bigger and more connected the better. The flip side is that big dense cities are particularly vulnerable. And as our cities are growing larger, risks like climate change, social unrest and water and food security increase at a faster rate. As cities continue to grow dramatically and threats increase even faster, urban resilience is emerging as a pressing aspect of sustainability.

 

Apple expands renewable energy goals to supply chain

Apple has pledged to create enough energy through renewable sources to power its global operations. Now, it’s setting a far more ambitious goal to do the same for its manufacturing supply chain, which produces hundreds of millions of its products every year. This will be a tough task since Apple says its supply chain uses roughly 60 times as much power as its own facilities.

 

Divestment moves investors off climate sidelines

Over the past year, a new kind of divestment campaign has caught fire, faster than any other divestment campaign in history, says Corporate Knights CEO Toby Heaps. Investors representing over $1.5 trillion (U.S) in assets under management have joined the chorus singing sayonara to fossil fuel investments. For those investors who want to make sure they’re on the right side of the law and history, we provide the four key steps to embracing responsible investing.

 

With coal plants now shuttered, OPG moves to embrace solar power

For the first time in its history, Ontario Power Generation is preparing bids as part of Ontario’s next round of competitive procurement for renewable energy. And in another first, its foray into the world of competitive bidding will start with three solar power projects totaling up to 120 megawatts, Corporate Knights has learned.

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