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Eight ways the world will change in 2023

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 novembre 2022

After two years in which the pandemic was the force shaping the immediate future, the main driver now is the war in Ukraine. In the coming months the world will have to contend with the conflict’s impact on geopolitics and security; high inflation; chaos in energy markets; and China’s uncertain post-pandemic path. To complicate matters further, all these things are tightly coupled, like an interlocking series of gear wheels. In our annual, The World Ahead 2023, we consider the outlook for the coming year across politics, business, technology and culture. In retrospect, the pandemic marked the end of a period of relative stability in geopolitics and economics. Unpredictability is the new normal, and there is no getting away from it. But here are eight of our best guesses for how the world will change next year. Tom Standage Deputy editor, The Economist and editor, The World Ahead 2023 The economist

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What to read to understand climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 9 novembre 2022

Who among us can say they fully grasp the complexities of climate change? It is reshaping weather systems and coastlines, altering where crops can be grown, which diseases thrive and how armies fight. Rising temperatures affect geopolitics, migration, ecosystems and the economy. And it is likely to dominate headlines over the coming days as delegates from all over the world flock to Egypt for COP27, the United Nations’ annual climate summit. That is why our climate correspondent has selected six books (and one report) that offer an excellent introduction to the climate crisis, as part of our “Economist reads” series.It might be that after working your way through that list you’ll need a stiff drink—just as well, then, that we’ve also compiled the essential guides to making better cocktails. Other “Economist reads” round-ups you might enjoy include six essential books on North Korea, plus our pick of books (and a couple of excellent films) that will help you understand contemporary Spain. Happy reading. Patrick Lane Deputy digital editor The Economist

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Pictet Asset Management amplia la sua gamma azionaria con il Pictet-Positive Change

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 25 settembre 2022

Pictet Asset Management (Pictet AM) amplia la sua gamma di fondi azionari con Pictet-Positive Change, di recente autorizzato alla vendita retail nel mercato italiano. La nuova strategia azionaria globale ha un importante focus sull’impatto positivo generato dai titoli delle aziende in portafoglio, misurato in base all’allineamento agli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile (SDG) delle Nazioni Unite. Il fondo è caratterizzato da un approccio di engagement attivo da parte del team di gestione, che supporta (con obiettivi chiari in base a tempi e progressi di avanzamento predefiniti) le aziende nel perseguire un percorso di transizione verso condotte più sostenibili, con impatto positivo sull’economia.In particolare, il Pictet-Positive Change (classificato articolo 8 dell’SFDR) grazie a un approccio bottom-up, che combina analisi fondamentale e di impatto, identifica 1) Leaders, ossia aziende già allineate agli Obiettivi di Sviluppo Sostenibile delle Nazioni Unite (SDG), 2) Improvers, ossia aziende che stanno già allineando i propri processi agli SDG, attraverso condotte virtuose, e 3) Opportunities, ossia realtà che hanno un alto potenziale e mostrano la volontà di volersi impegnare per allinearsi agli obiettivi SDG. Attraverso un programma di engagement attivo, il team di gestione supporta quindi le aziende (a seconda del loro stato di avanzamento) a implementare il processo di transizione, incoraggiandole ad allineare le loro politiche, procedure e comunicazioni alle migliori prassi di settore.Per selezionare le società in base al loro impatto, Pictet AM sfrutta il potenziale offerto dall’intelligenza artificiale attraverso un innovativo strumento proprietario basato su tecniche di Natural Language Processing (NLP). Grazie a un sistema di controllo incrociato di keywords, questo programma analizza, sistematicamente e con approccio quantitativo, scostamenti positivi e negativi di ciascun programma aziendale per ciascun SDG. Anche per le imprese già allineate positivamente, lo strumento evidenzia eventuali punti critici e potenziali aree di miglioramento.La transizione globale verso un futuro più sostenibile è un processo ormai irreversibile e le imprese con prodotti e servizi già allineati agli SDG sono quindi ben posizionate per ottenere i risultati migliori. Le imprese che stanno procedendo nel loro precorso di trasformazione, anche grazie all’engagement degli operatori finanziari, vedranno invece migliorare nel tempo non solo i loro rendimenti, ma anche le loro valutazioni.

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CWT commits to setting Science Based Targets against climate change

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 20 giugno 2021

Minneapolis. CWT, the Business-to-Business-for-Employees (B2B4E) travel management platform, announces its commitment to significantly reduce its environmental footprint by signing the Science Based Targets (SBTs) Call to Action Standard Commitment Letter.Science Based Targets are greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets that are consistent with the level of decarbonization that, according to climate science, is required to keep global temperature increase within 1.5ºC to 2ºC, compared to pre-industrial temperature levels.“I am delighted to share that, as part of our commitment to defining bold actions to go further against climate change, we are working on building a robust program based on climate science, by setting Science Based Targets (SBTs),” said Françoise Grumberg, CWT’s VP, Global Responsible Business and Diversity & Inclusion. “We will be collaborating closely with our entire value chain on how to support each other in reaching our climate targets, further contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and work towards transitioning to a low-carbon economy.”

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Climate change finance: rischi e opportunità per le imprese

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 13 aprile 2021

27 aprile 2021, ore 15-18, convegno online ( Il cambiamento climatico rappresenta una delle sfide più rilevanti del nostro tempo, con impatti significativi diretti – e misurabili – sulla nostra vita e su tutto il tessuto economico. Quanto le aziende italiane ed europee sono state danneggiate da questi mutamenti e come stanno reagendo alla sfida climatica? Che ruolo potranno giocare le politiche climatiche? Se ne parlerà martedì 27 aprile dalle 15 alle 18 nel corso del convegno online “Climate change finance: rischi e opportunità per le imprese” promosso dall’Osservatorio Climate Finance della School of Management del Politecnico di Milano, che presenterà il suo primo Rapporto.L’evento – aperto a tutti previa iscrizione (, in seguito alla quale si riceverà il link per accedere al webinar – sarà anche l’occasione per confrontarsi con imprese, istituzioni e operatori finanziari sulle novità normative e sulle strategie che sono state sviluppate.

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Halo Labs Inc. Announces Name Change to Halo Collective Inc

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 27 gennaio 2021

Toronto. Halo Collective Inc. (“Halo” or the “Company”) (NEO: HALO, OTCQX: AGEEF, Germany: A9KN) announced today that, further to the shareholder approval obtained by the Company at its meeting of shareholders held on December 23, 2020, the Company has changed its name from “Halo Labs Inc.” to “Halo Collective Inc.” In connection with the name change, the Common Shares will begin trading on the OTCQX under the trading symbol “HCANF,” trading on the OTCQX under the new trading symbol is expected to occur on or before January 28, 2021. The Common Shares will begin trading on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange under the trading symbol “A9KM” on or before January 28, 2021.The common shares of the Company (the “Common Shares”) and $0.90 warrants of the Company (the “Warrants”) will begin trading under the Company’s new name on the Neo Exchange Inc. (the “NEO”) on January [27], 2021. The Common Shares and Warrants will continue to trade on the NEO under the trading symbols “HALO” and “HALO.WT”, respectively. The new CUSIP numbers assigned to the Common Shares and Warrants are 40638K101 and 40638K119, respectively. No action will be required by existing shareholders with respect to the name change.As the Company experienced unprecedented growth since its inception in 2015 that started in a chicken coop in Medford, OR, Halo Collective aims to revolutionize the cannabis industry on a global scale. Positioned for the future of the consumer-packaged goods industry in cannabis, Halo Collective continues to offer a myriad of diverse product lines. Products range from the highest quality flower, concentrates, edibles, cartridges and more, from top shelf to value products that fit the needs of medicinal and recreational cannabis users in key markets worldwide.

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Climate change: the EU needs to be better prepared so it can better adapt

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 dicembre 2020

On Tuesday, the Committee for Environment, Public Health and Food Safety approved a resolution on adaptation to climate change, with 64 votes to 9 and 7 abstentions, providing input on the upcoming EU Strategy on adaptation to Climate Change.The resolution calls for a renewed and improved focus on adaptation, as it is crucial to prepare for a changing climate by building resilient societies that are able to minimise the adverse impact of climate change.The EU Strategy on adaptation should be an opportunity to ensure EU countries are on track to meet the adaptation goal under the Paris Agreement, show EU global leadership in building global climate resilience through increased financing and promote EU science, services, technologies and practices for adaptation, MEPs say.MEPs call for increased funding at EU, national and regional levels, and for public and private investments in adaptation. The EU’s climate-related spending target should contribute to both climate mitigation and adaptation, they say, recalling that the cost of inaction would be far greater.The Commission should ensure that costs arising from a failure to take adaptation measures are not passed on to citizens and enforce the “polluter pays” principle, making the polluter take responsibility for adaptation, MEPs agreed.They also want to ensure that EU funding only goes to climate-proofed infrastructure by making an ex-ante examination to assess the capacity of EU projects to cope with medium-to-long term climate impacts in different global temperature rise scenarios an obligatory condition of receiving EU funding. The resolution is scheduled to be voted on during the 14 – 17 December Plenary session, where a related question will also be presented to the Commission for oral answer.

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Clima, Rotta: “Indispensabile intervenire sul climate change”

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 novembre 2020

“I ricercatori dell’Università di Padova hanno scoperto che anche le Orchidee Alpine sono una specie a rischio a causa del riscaldamento globale e dell’attività antropica. In uno studio pubblicato sulla sulla rivista internazionale “Nature Communications” hanno rilevato che si stanno spostando sempre più in alto alla ricerca sia di temperature più rigide indispensabili alla propria sopravvivenza sia di habitat più accoglienti. Quindi anche questo studio mostra, se mai ve ne fosse ulteriore bisogno, che il riscaldamento globale sta bussando alle nostre porte e che va finalmente assunto come problema prioritario da affrontare, non solo da parte degli accademici, ma della politica e delle istituzioni. Per questo motivo sarà importante avviare in Commissione Ambiente una indagine conoscitiva sul Climate Change e le conseguenze che questi cambiamenti stanno producendo sul nostro ecosistema” così la Presidente della Commissione Ambiente della Camera Alessia Rotta sul rischio di scomparsa delle Orchidee Alpine.

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Allarme climate change: a rischio le infrastrutture

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 27 settembre 2020

Dal 1980 ad oggi nel Mediterraneo si sono aggiunti 6,5 giorni di caldo estremo ogni decennio e la situazione diventerà ancora più critica nel ventennio 2030-2050. A lanciare l’allarme è Sensoworks (, la startup italiana specializzata in monitoraggio infrastrutturale supportata da piattaforme tecnologiche multilivello.«Da qui al 2050 il riscaldamento globale metterà a rischio la sicurezza delle infrastrutture a livello mondiale» avvisano gli esperti di Sensoworks. E non è solo il caldo ma anche il conseguente incremento dei periodi di alluvione, delle tempeste e degli uragani. Fenomeni climatici che sono aumentati in quasi ogni parte del mondo, sia in frequenza che in durata.Secondo il Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes (CLEX), centro di ricerca a cui aderiscono 5 università australiane, il Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche del governo australiano (ARC) e numerose organizzazioni internazionali, la somma delle anomalie di temperatura rispetto una determinata soglia durante i giorni di ondata di calore (calore cumulativo) sta aumentando in media a livello globale in una forbice che varia da 1 a 4,5 gradi Celsius ogni decennio. Ma in Medio Oriente ed in certe zone dell’Africa e del Sud America l’aumento raggiunge anche i 10 gradi Celsius.Nella peggiore stagione delle ondate di calore —secondo i dati del CLEX— in Australia si sono verificati addirittura 80 gradi Celsius di calore cumulativo in più e la situazione è ancora peggiore nel Mediterraneo dove il calore cumulativo ha superato i 200 gradi Celsius. Lo studio coordinato da Sarah Perkins-Kirkpatrick dell’Università di Sydney insieme a Sophie Lewis dell’Università di Canberra è stato pubblicato questo mese su Nature Communications.«Sottovalutare questa situazione sarebbe un errore. Ma con il monitoraggio dinamico sarà possibile risolvere fin d’ora il problema infrastrutturale» sottolinea Niccolò De Carlo, ceo e co-fondatore di Sensoworks, startup già attiva a livello globale, con uffici anche a Boston e monitoraggi in molti Paese europei, includendo anche la Francia.«I ponti italiani sono stati costruiti a regola d’arte ed anche la manutenzione è stata nella maggior parte dei casi adeguata. Oggi —tuttavia— le nuove tecnologie consentono di fare di più: di prevedere il futuro e prevenire un evento infrastrutturale prima che accada» puntualizza Niccolò De Carlo, sottolineando la necessità di passare da un monitoraggio statico delle nostre infrastrutture —quello caratterizzato da ispezioni tecniche sporadiche realizzate da tecnici in carne ed ossa— ad un monitoraggio dinamico, consentendo così di avere un controllo costante ed in tempo reale attraverso strumenti tecnologici all’avanguardia.E certamente l’Intelligenza Artificiale (IA) può fare la differenza, attraverso modelli predittivi che possono essere utilizzati per evidenziare in anticipo determinati fenomeni e valutare meglio le priorità.

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Leadership change at MERICS

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 24 gennaio 2020

From 1 February 2020 onwards, Mikko Huotari and Bettina Bubnys will be at the helm of the Mercator Institute for China Studies. Huotari will be Director and CEO of the think tank and Bubnys remains CFO. Together with the strong MERICS team, the two experienced professionals intend to drive forward the Europeanization and development of the institute, as was announced by Stiftung Mercator and MERICS today. Bettina Bubnys and Mikko Huotari. Image by Marco Urban/ © MERICS ­ Michael Schwarz, Executive Director of Stiftung Mercator, said: “Ever since its foundation, MERICS has made a name for itself with in-depth analyses of current developments in China, assessments that contributed to public discussions, and advice provided to decision makers in politics and business. Mikko Huotari and Bettina Bubnys are fully behind this mission and will lead MERICS through challenging times.” Frank N. Pieke, Research Director and CEO of the Mercator Institute for China Studies, is resigning from his position at the end of January 2020 due to differences in opinion about the strategic development of MERICS. Michael Schwarz said: „Stiftung Mercator is very grateful to Frank Pieke and appreciates his efforts as Director of MERICS.“

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Gilda e Phoresta, insieme per combattere il Climate Change

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 5 novembre 2019

Milano. Mercoledì 6 a partire dalle ore 18 fino alle 19,30, e sabato 9 novembre dalle 10,30 alle 18 , Gilda Contemporary Art, in via San Maurilio apre i suoi spazi a Phoresta Onlus, un’associazione senza fini di lucro che lotta per raggiungere i parametri del protocollo di Kyoto, ovvero la riduzione della concentrazione atmosferica della CO2. L’obbiettivo di Phoresta, che dal 2012 promuove interventi di forestazione, è quello di creare un bosco “orizzontale”, da costruire un po’ alla volta, da tutti. Tanti i temi trattati nel corso delle due giornate: dalla compensazione delle emissioni di CO2 attraverso alberi, boschi, servizi ecosistemici, ai progetti messi in atto da Phoresta che mirano a creare i crediti di carbonio per compensare le emissioni di CO2, ma anche come fare compensazione attraverso la cultura, come creare lavoro con la compensazione, cosa fare per decarbonizzare e come adottare una mobilità sostenibile. Il tutto, raccontato dai protagonisti. Saranno infatti molteplici ed eterogenee le personalità che si succederanno nel corso dell’Open Day di sabato 9 novembre: Angela Ruozzi, regista, e Anella Todeschini, responsabile marketing di Teatro MaMiMo; Paolo Perugini, art director di Informa – ADV; Matteo Bordini di Vagabondo Viaggi srl; Davide Bulgarelli di Bulgarelli Production srl; Simonetta Nepi, consulente marketing e comunicazione; Fulvio Cerfolli, docente Università della Tuscia; Cecilia Erba, A Sud Onlus; Carlo Maresca coordinatore dell’ICE ; Carlo Coluccio, ingegnere esperto di mobilità sostenibile.Le mini conferenze saranno introdotte da Carlo Manicardi, Presidente di Phoresta, e verranno scandite da piacevoli pause – dalla colazione al lunch all’aperitivo serale – con prodotti rigorosamente a km 0. E per finire, dato che il rispetto per la natura comincia da piccoli, Phoresta ha organizzato un laboratorio per bambini dai 4 ai 10 anni dal tema “Fare foresta”. Durante tutto l’evento saranno disponibili postazioni/computer dove Phoresta calcola le emissioni che produci e ti dice quanti alberi servono per compensare le tue emissioni. Sarà inoltre possibile firmare la ICE (Iniziativa Cittadini Europei) per il Carbon Pricing e ricevere un foglio A4 con i tips per ridurre e compensare le proprie emissioni.

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PureTech Announces Board Change

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 11 settembre 2019

PureTech Health plc (LSE: PRTC), today announced that Joichi “Joi” Ito, Ph.D., has stepped down from the board of directors, and current board member, Chris Viehbacher, will act as interim chair. “Given circumstances related to the MIT Media Lab, we agreed that Joi’s resignation from PureTech was appropriate,” said Daphne Zohar, founder and chief executive officer of PureTech. “We are pleased to have Chris Viehbacher as our interim chair.”
Christopher Viehbacher is a member of the PureTech Board and will serve as interim chairman. He is the managing partner of Gurnet Point Capital. Mr. Viehbacher is the former CEO of Sanofi, a Paris listed Fortune 50 Biopharmaceutical Company and the former chairman of Genzyme. Prior to joining Sanofi, Mr. Viehbacher spent 20 years at GlaxoSmithKline, ultimately serving as president of GSK’s North American pharmaceutical division and as a member of the board of directors of GSK plc. He began his career with PriceWaterhouseCoopers LLP and qualified as a chartered accountant in Canada. Mr. Viehbacher has co-chaired the CEO Roundtable on Neglected Diseases, an organization that led to over 1.3 billion people being treated for such diseases free of charge. He was the chairman of the board of the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) as well as president of the European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA). At the World Economic Forum at Davos, he was a chair of the Health Governors and co-chaired an initiative to create a Global Charter for Healthy Living. He was also a member of the International Business Council. Mr. Viehbacher has received the Pasteur Foundation Award for outstanding commitment to safeguarding and improving health worldwide. He has also received France’s highest civilian honor, the Legion d’Honneur. Various awards form the Thompson Reuters/Excel Investor Survey, including top chief executive officer and top European company, have recognized his commitment to investor relations.

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Change in Catella AB’s (publ) Group Management

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 22 marzo 2019

Johan Nordenfalk, Chief Operating Officer (COO), will leave his employment and thereby Catella’s Group management for engagement outside of the company.”I would like to thank Johan for his long time and valuable efforts at Catella during the process of change that has been going on in recent years and I wish him all the best with new challenges,” Catella’s CEO Knut Pedersen comments.Johan Nordenfalk remains in his position in order to ensure an orderly handover.

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Activist investors put climate change on BP’s agenda

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 9 febbraio 2019

The resolution was designed and proposed by investors including the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, the largest public pension fund in the US, alongside private firms including HSBC Global Asset Management and Manulife Asset Management, under the auspices of the Climate Action 100+ initiative. “Investors remain concerned that the Company has not yet demonstrated that its strategy, which includes growth in oil and gas as well as pursuing low carbon businesses, is consistent with the Paris Goals,” it reads. “It also presents a potential inconsistency between the Company’s actions and its stated corporate purpose ‘to power economic growth and lift people out of poverty’ given climate vulnerabilities in many developing countries.” Investors want BP to measure its plans to invest in new resources against the need to limit carbon emissions, and to improve the metrics that it uses to monitor and report the emissions associated with its operations. They have also called for BP executives to have their bonuses linked to the company’s progress towards sustainability targets. BP’s board say that they will support the resolution, which will be voted on at the company’s annual general meeting in May.
Climate Action 100+, which was founded in December 2017, has the support of more than 300 investors who collectively represent more than US$32 trillion in assets under management.
Activist investors previously pushed climate change onto BP’s agenda in 2015, when the ‘Aiming for A’ investor coalition requested disclosures on the company’s climate change risks.Global investment companies are increasingly demanding greater action and transparency from oil and gas businesses, as the economic cost of climate change becomes clearer, and as social pressure rises. Research by the shareholder advocacy group As You Sow found that between 2012 and 2018, 160 climate-related shareholder resolutions were filed at US-listed oil and gas companies. More than 1,000 institutional investors, representing more than US$6 trillion in assets under management, have begun to divest entirely from fossil fuel investments, according to a 2018 report from Arabella Advisors.“Investors are helping to ensure climate change is firmly on the boardroom agenda, which is especially important for the oil and gas sector,” said Stephanie Pfeifer, a member of the global Climate Action 100+ Steering Committee and the CEO of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. “It’s encouraging to see major companies such as BP moving in the right direction. Global carbon emissions need to be reduced urgently and investors expect other companies in the sector to follow suit.” (by

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Climate change plays second fiddle as California burns

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 14 novembre 2018

By Jon Allsop. California is burning again. Separate fires in the north and south of the state wreaked devastation over the weekend and are not done yet. In SoCal, the Woolsey Fire has killed two people so far. In Butte County, north of Sacramento, the death toll from the Camp Fire is 29 and rising, with more than 200 people still missing. Many news organizations have stressed the historic proportions of the latter fire, in particular—on Sunday night, it tied as the deadliest recorded in California history. While outlets at all levels have painted poignant portraits of human suffering, local newspapers, as is their responsibility, have led with more pragmatic coverage. Small titles like the Chico Enterprise-Record have reported on what dislocated residents can expect to happen next. The San Francisco Chronicle, meanwhile, took a bigger picture look at how the state’s intensifying fire threat might be mitigated going forward. The Woolsey and Camp fires are not coincidental, one-off monstrosities, but rather significant new evidence of a rapidly changing climate. Sadly, far too much media coverage has failed to draw that link. That oversight is not surprising—in turn, it fits its own trend of big news organizations investing in detailed reporting on climate change, then failing to cite it in their quick turnaround stories when the threat strikes close to home. (As Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida last month, CJR’s Pete Vernon pointed out that newspaper front pages did not mention climate change, despite having splashed dire UN climate projections just days earlier.) Over the weekend, fire stories that did reference climate change often did so in quotation marks, referencing, variously, high-profile comments from outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown, Los Angeles fire chief Daryl Osby, and the musician Neil Young (the latter’s remarks, on his website, were a rare benefit of a cycle that otherwise paid wildly disproportionate attention to celebrities losing their homes). These are weighty voices, and editors’ hesitation to blame individual meteorological events on climate change in the absence of conclusive proof is not without reason. Nonetheless, this sort of attribution is not sufficiently authoritative. Brown’s comments, in particular, were framed as a political dispute with President Trump, even though the latter’s weekend tweets blaming poor forest management for the fires carried significantly less merit.There is clear contextual evidence of the role of climate change in California’s worsening wildfire problem, and not enough outlets have cited it. The San Francisco Chronicle, at least, quickly got bona fide experts on the record: LeRoy Westerling, a climate and fire scientist at the University of California, Merced, for example, told the paper that “Climate change is drying out our landscape.” The Chronicle’s editorial board itself weighed in definitively as the fires spread on Friday, adding a practical call to action. “Rather than absolve us of responsibility for the growing human and material devastation of wildfires,” it wrote, “global warming should spur more urgent efforts to mitigate the danger with policies that make sense in any weather.” (font: CJR Editors)

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Barclays Named To Fortune Magazine’s Change the World List For the First Time

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 28 agosto 2018

Barclays has been named on Fortune Magazine’s 2018 Change the World List. The list recognizes companies that have had a positive social impact through activities that are part of their core business strategy. Barclays is one of only four banks on the list and appears for the first time this year.“I couldn’t be prouder of Barclays’ inclusion in this year’s Change the World list, and of the recognition of the success of our programmes,” commented Stephen Doherty, Group Head of Corporate Relations at Barclays. “Citizenship is part of the way we do business at Barclays – by helping our clients, customers and communities make a positive social impact.” Barclays, which operates in more than 40 countries, is dedicated to helping individuals find work through global initiatives such as Barclays LifeSkills and Barclays’ Connect with Work. Barclays also helps entrepreneurs to scale up and grow through its global initiatives such as Unreasonable Impact. These initiatives demonstrate the innovative approach Barclays takes to making a difference in the ongoing evolution of work.Barclays’ largely web- and app-based LifeSkills program helps people develop basic skills such as listening, problem solving, and interview techniques. Connect with Work, launched in 2016, goes a step further by matching job candidates with motivation but little or no experience to employers who will take a chance on them. The two programs have been very successful; more than 2.1 million people used either LifeSkills or Connect with Work in 2017. In the Asia Pacific region, Connect with Work helped secure jobs for more than 60,000 young engineers and recent university graduates. Unreasonable Impact supports high-growth entrepreneurs who are tackling some of the world’s most pressing societal challenges and creating the jobs of the future.

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Counsellors’ conversation on spiritual transformation and social change

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 giugno 2018

Some 80 senior officers of the Baha’i Faith, referred to as members of the Continental Boards of Counsellors, recently met for a conference at the Baha’i World Centre following the 12th International Baha’i Convention. On that occasion, the Counsellors were able to reflect on major developments in Baha’i communities around the world.
The Continental Boards of Counsellors assist Baha’i communities in their efforts to work toward social transformation by encouraging action, promoting learning, and diffusing insights being gained at the grassroots across a global community. They are appointed by the Universal House of Justice for five year terms.During their recent meeting at the Baha’i World Centre, small groups of Counsellors joined in conversations with the Baha’i World News Service for a series of podcasts on community building, spiritual transformation, and social change.In the podcast episode associated with this story, Counsellors discuss the impact of spiritual and moral education programs offered by the Baha’i community on youth and the communities in which they live, drawing on experiences in Cambodia, Kiribati, India, Norway, Spain, and Timor Leste (or East Timor).One of the contributors, Daniel Pierce Olam, who has been working with communities in Timor Leste, says: “There’s such a desire in the youth to contribute to raising up their country, and in the last couple of years we’ve seen many of the youth in the capital of Timor Leste, in Dili, have been attracted to the programs of Baha’i community, which equip them to contribute to this process of lifting up their community …. You see big groups of youth have come together, and they’ve started walking this path of service. This concept has really attracted them and they’ve really taken it up with great gusto.” “We have seen the impact young people are having on their neighborhoods where they live,” explains Zoraida Garcia Garro, speaking about the Canary Islands in Spain. “And we are seeing the transformation within them as well”Speaking about the experience of the Bahá’í community in New Delhi, India, Gloria Javid says: “The large groups of youth that support each other build an environment of positive peer pressure. We always think about in schools the peer pressure that pulls them in the wrong direction …. When there are large group of youth doing similar things, serving their society, being more respectful towards teachers in school, doing things for their younger siblings at home, it creates an environment where it makes doing good things more popular. And they support each other in that good work, so they don’t feel … they are the odd ones out.”

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Summary of the contract for the government of change in Italy

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 28 Maggio 2018

This is the summary of the contract for the government of change, signed by the 5 Star Movement and the Lega, the two political forces that won the last elections in Italy. They represent 17 millions of citizens:
01 PUBLIC WATER Protection of this common natural asset, as expressed in the 2011 referendum.
02 AGRICULTURE AND FISHING – MADE-IN-ITALY PRODUCTS Protection of agriculture, as well as support to small-scale fishing and Made-in-Italy products.
03 ENVIRONMENT, GREEN ECONOMY AND ZERO WASTE Environmental sustainability through a “de-fossilized” and “de-carbonized” economy and nance; energy efficiency and renewable sources; support to a “green-economy”, (research, innovation and training for environmental development work); promotion of circular economy.
04 BANK FOR INVESTMENTS AND SAVINGS Establishment of an investment bank for small- and medium-size businesses; protection of savings accounts; separation of credit and investment banks.
05 CONFLICT OF INTERESTS Applicability of the notion of confict of interest in cases of interference between a public interest and another public or private interest that may influence the objective exercise of a public function, regardless of an economic advantage; application of statutory measures also for non-governmental positions.
06 CULTURE Conservation, enhancement and usability of cultural and artistic heritage.
07 PUBLIC DEBT AND DEFICIT Reduction of public debt through GDP growth, rather than through tax- and austerity-based measures; revitalisation of both domestic demand as it pertains to high-multiplier investments and policies to support the purchasing power of households, and foreign demand, by creating better conditions for exports.
08 DEFENSE Protection of Armed Forces personnel; hiring of new resources with increased equipment and tools; rationalisation of military spending, including in reference to the reclamation of decommissioned military real estate assets; review of international missions in relation to national interests.
09 FOREIGN POLICIES ISSUES Membership to NATO with the USA as a privileged ally; openness to Russia to strengthen commercial relations; reorganisation of the diplomatic and consular network for Italians’ rights abroad.
10 TAX MATTERS – FLAT TAX AND SIMPLIFICATION Freezing of VAT and excise taxes; Determination and simplification for households, businesses and VAT-registered professionals; review of the tax system applicable to natural persons and businesses; Flat tax at fixed 15% and 20% for natural persons, VAT-registered professionals, companies and families; provision for a fixed deduction of 3,000.00 based on family income; confirmation of the “no-tax area”; burden of proof on tax authorities; strengthening of compensations between credits and debts towards the Public Administration; abolition of the expense-based (spesometro) and income-based reporting systems (redditometro); enhancement of penalties for large-scale tax evaders; tax reconciliation: reinforcement of debt consolidation procedures.
11 SPEEDY AND EFFICIENT JUSTICE Independence of the Superior Council of Magistracy (SCM); separation of the judiciary – political careers; simplification and reduction of trials; enhancement of the right to self-defense; tightening of penalties for sexual violence; fair compensation for victims of violent crimes; crime expunction reform; end to de-criminalization and early release from jail; penalty increases for theft, robbery and fraud; speedy trials; class-action suits for citizens and businesses; reduction of costs to access justice; fight against poaching; construction of new prisons; new guidelines on the so-called “41-bis” prison reform (“hard prison regime”).
12 IMMIGRATION: REPATRIATION AND STOP TO SMUGGLING ACTIVITIES Revision of the Dublin Regulation; compliance with the principle of fair sharing of responsibilities among EU countries; fast-tracking procedures for the veri cation of the right to refugee status; transparency of public funds for the immigration hospitality system; cooperation among countries.
13 EMPLOYMENT Introduction of minimum hourly wage; reduction of tax wedge and simplification of bureaucratic procedures; voucher system overhaul; enhancement of employment centers; fight against short-term employment and the effects of the Jobs Act; enhancement of training paths.
14 FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION Increased penalties for crimes against the Public Administration; debarment from doing business with or holding positions in the Public Administration for perpetrators and enablers of corruption-related crimes; introduction of undercover and inciting agents; strengthening of the National Anti-Corruption Authority; greater protection for whistleblowers; enhancement of wire-tapping, especially in cases concerning corruption; strengthening of crimes related to interactions between organized crime (Mafia) and politicians.
15 MINISTRY FOR DISABILITIES Increase of funds for disabilities and individuals who are not self-sufficient; exclusion from the Indicator of the Equivalent Financial Situation (IEFS) calculation of welfare, social security benefits and indemnities; increase of civil disability allowance and adjustment to the social pension.
16 THE FORNERO PENSION LAW Abolition of imbalances in the social security system introduced by the “Fornero Pension Law”, to facilitate the exit from the labor market of categories that are currently excluded; introduction of Quota 41 and Quota 100 pension reforms; separation between social security and assistance; extension of the “women’s option” measure.
17 POLICIES FOR FAMILIES AND BIRTH RATE INCREASE Policies to enable women to reconcile family and work duties. Increase of maternity allowance; tax benefits for businesses that keep mothers at work after the birth of their children; reimbursements for nursery and baby-sitting expenses, tax benefits including “zero VAT” for neonatal and child products. Benefits for families with dependent elderly, including home assistance through maids and caregivers.
18 EMPLOYMENT-BASED SUPPLEMENTAL INCOME AND MINIMUM PENSION INCREASE Employment-based supplemental income as support for Italian citizens for the purpose of job reintegration; the financial support amounts to 780.00 per month per person, de ned on the OCSE scale for larger families; the beneficiary of the income must accept job offers from employment centers (maximum of 3 proposals over a 2-year period); in the case of refusal, financial benefits will be revoked; investment of 2 billion Euro to reform employment centers. Minimum pension increase for those living below the minimum poverty line: supplement to pensions lower than 780.00 per month.
19 INSTITUTIONAL REFORMS, AUTONOMY AND DEMOCRACY Reduction in the number of parliamentarians; introduction of a mandate constraint for parliamentarians; strengthening of direct democracy; regional autonomy and provision of funds for local authorities; introduction of proactive referenda; elimination of quorum for revocation referenda; enhancement of legislative initiatives; transparency on the financing of foundations connected to political parties; evaluation of the performance of Public Administration managers; cutting laws streamlining of Public Administration.
20 HEALTHCARE Increase of funds for the public health service; protection of regional autonomy in the organisation of health services; termination of the relationship between politics and the provision of health services; fight against waste, corruption and inefficiencies; review of pharmaceutical governance; Automation of the NHS and investments for prevention; reduction of wait on waiting lists.
21 SCHOOL Review of teacher recruitment system; resolution of short-term teaching jobs; effective training system; introduction of tools that take into account the link between teachers and their area of residence; resolution of the “direct-call” system; continuous training for teachers; review of “school-to-work” programs.
22 SAFETY, LEGALITY AND LAW ENFORCEMENT Increase of funds, tools and equipment; sta increase; renewal of contracts and career reorganisation; measures for fire fighters (stabilisation of labor relations, reinforcement of training and adjustment of wages to mirror levels set for law enforcement personnel); reorganisation of the Local Police with increase of equipment and tasks; rigorous fight against bullying and gambling; speedy eviction of illegal occupants and repatriation of illegals; investments in road safety; closing of unlawful nomad camps; fight against toxic bon res.
23 SPORT Implementation of physical activities; provision and upgrading of sports facilities throughout the country; improvement of the operation of sports bodies; introduction of tax and contribution benefits for small amateur sports associations. 24 SOUTHERN ITALY
Definition of policies (support to income, pensions, investments, environment and protection of employment) to achieve Italy’s uniform development, and the reduction of the gap between North and South.
25 CUTS TO COSTS OF POLITICS, INSTITUTIONS AND GOLDEN PENSIONS Cuts to costs of politics, unnecessary institutions and privileges; retroactive equalisation of the social security system of parliamentarians, regional councillors, etc. to the social security system in force for all citizens; reduction of official vehicles, government-paid aircrafts and body guard services; reduction of golden pensions (above 5,000.00 Euro net monthly) that are inconsistent with social contributions paid.
26 TRANSPORT, INFRASTRUCTURE AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS Reduction in the use of vehicles powered by diesel and petrol engines; incentives for hybrid and electric vehicles; National Infrastructure Plan to install electric vehicle recharging stations; strengthening of electric car sharing; development of urban and extra-urban bike trails; investment in resources to equip ports; modernisation and upgrading of railway lines; review of the project in the application of the agreement between Italy and France concerning the Turin- Lyon high-speed railway line; transparent management of public radio – television service lines; elimination of political cronyism and promotion of meritocracy in public radio – TV service.
27 TOURISM Creation of a Ministry of Tourism; abolition of tourism tax; tax credits for tourism businesses that hire young people; redefinition of ENIT (Italian National Tourism Agency) governance and its financial, economic and operational functioning.
28 EUROPEAN UNION Review of European agreements (monetary policy, Stability Pact and growth, Fiscal compact, MES, procedure to balance excessive macroeconomics, etc.); fight against counterfeiting and falsi cation of Made in Italy products; review of Italy’s contribution to the EU; opposition to CETA, MES China, TTIP and similarly inspired treatises.
29 UNIVERSITY AND RESEARCH Increase of resources allocated to universities and research institutions; investments in innovation; elimination of waste; incentive of public-private partnerships that allow greater contribution of resources to research; expansion of student bracket that benefits from “No-Tax area”.

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State Street Global Advisors Signs Declaration on Financial Risks Related to Climate Change

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 29 aprile 2018

State Street Global Advisors, the asset management arm of State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT), and Finance Montréal, today announced that the global asset manager with more than $2.7 trillion in assets under management has joined more than 30 other financial institutions and pension funds as a signatory of the Declaration of Institutional Investors on Climate-Related Financial Risks (“the Declaration”). The Declaration, released in October 2017, calls on publicly-traded companies in Canada to commit to enhanced disclosures of their exposure to climate change risks, and the measures they are taking to manage them.The signatories of the Declaration pledge to work with Canada’s publically-traded companies to help them mitigate their climate change risks, such as preparing for a transition to a low-carbon economy. By signing the Declaration, these organizations are also using their collective financial strength to encourage other financial institutions to join together to inspire more sustainable economic growth and reduce their environmental impact.“We are proud to join these other financial stewards in calling on publicly-traded companies in Canada to commit to disclosing more information on their exposure to climate change risks, and how they will manage these risks moving forward,” said Peter Lindley, head of State Street Global Advisors Canada. “In signing this Declaration, State Street Global Advisors reaffirms our commitment to ESG efforts that will help to initiate greater transparency around climate change disclosure principals.”
“We are pleased to welcome State Street Global Advisors among the signatories of the Declaration,” said Louis Lévesque, Chief Executive Officer of Finance Montréal. “As a leading financial services company, State Street is sending a strong signal to facilitate the growth of a sustainable and low-emission economy. Such a commitment from the now 15 signatory organizations demonstrates the role the financial services industry can play in the global movement seeking to reduce climate impacts.”

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A new start for Social Europe

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 febbraio 2016

As Institut Jacques Delors underlines in the foreword of this Report, “if European policy-making jeopardises cohesion and sacrifices social standards, there is no chance for the European project to gather support from European citizens”. “The message and concrete actions coming from Europe must change”, said also Nicolas Schmit, Minister of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy, at the beginning of the Luxembourg Presidency of the Council of the European Union. This Report, commissioned by the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy of Luxembourg, focuses on ‘Why’ a new start for Social Europe is necessary, and on ‘How’ a new start for Social Europe is feasible.It identifies three pillars on which the Social Europe project should be grounded:
1) an investment strategy in human capital which can set the basis for growth and competitiveness based on social inclusion and resilience;
2) an enhanced and fairer labour mobility across EU member states to build a truly European labour market;
3) a pro-convergence reform of the European economic governance that can reconcile social and macroeconomic objectives.
For each of these pillars, a first section introduces key challenges and outlines the policy issues at stake. A second section offers an account of the debate, visions and proposals shared by experts and policy-makers who gathered in Luxembourg for the ‘A New Start for Social Europe?’ round tables, jointly organized by the Jacques Delors Institute and the Ministry of Labour, Employment and the Social and Solidarity Economy of Luxembourg. The publication aims at fostering debate on making progress toward Social Europe and building up a policy agenda for the coordination of social policies in Europe. It highlights some policy areas where concrete improvements are feasible or more urgent and presents concrete policy recommendations. The three chapters written by our research fellow David Rinaldi are complemented by contributions from Jacques Delors, Nicolas Schmit and Marianne Thyssen.

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