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A serious conversation on the global economy grounded in the data, insights, and outlooks you need to stay ahead of the curve in business and beyond. The Conference Board is a leading think tank and non-profit business membership group that's been at the vanguard of navigating economic change since 1916. Our research ushered in the 8-hour workday; shaped policy during the Great Depression and both world wars; and facilitated the inclusion of women, minorities, and the disabled into the workforce. Indications puts our forward-thinking—and roster of leading thinkers—to bear on today's most pressing challenges: from global growth and competitiveness to human capital, sustainability, corporate governance and more.
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Indications 4. Sustainability in 2017: Maintained momentum or resurgent backlash?
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By any measure, 2016 will be remembered as a turning point for global sustainability. But a turn in what direction? The answer seemed clear in April, when the Paris Climate Conference ended with an agreement that, for the first time, committed all the world's industrial powers to substantial carbon limitations. Alongside this landmark, the year saw a rising critical mass of companies in all sectors awakening to the business case—that a commitment to sustainability can confer serious competitive advantages, not just extra costs or hurdles. By the end of 2016, however, the future of this momentum seemed very much in doubt. Donald Trump's election in the U.S.—and the rise of populist politics worldwide—has brought skepticism of regulation and climate science back into the center of power. How are sustainability experts picturing this change for 2017 and beyond? Is a major backlash in the cards? Or have commercial and societal incentives already shifted irrevocably towards sustainable practices and growth? Senior Economist Brian Schaitkin hosts a discussion touching on energy policy, renewable investment, the role of cities, and more with Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher in Corporate Leadership, and Wim Overmeer, Senior Fellow, Energy and Scenario Planning. Indications 4 Reading List "4 Reasons to Be Excited About Sustainability in 2017" by Thomas Singer (GreenBiz) Transforming Electric Power Generation for a Low-Carbon Environment by Wim Overmeer. (The Conference Board member report) MEMBERS: Want the complete story from The Conference Board Sustainability Center? Working for a member of The Conference Board opens up our exclusive portfolio of research, events, and webcasts. Click here to find out if your company's a member.