Why a sustainability strategy is critical to sales in 2023

In many parts of the world, we are hitting the holiday season and the demand for everything — from kettlebells to toasters — is going through the roof. While that may be the constant, change is also in the air. Consumers want more insight into the ethics behind the product and the carbon footprint of what they buy. At the same time global supply chains face disruption from all sides, including geo-political uncertainty, supply challenges, inflation, and disruptions from extreme weather. In addition, it remains hard to truly understand and predict consumption habits and buying behaviors.

 

To meet this change, innovative retailers and manufacturers are bringing fresh ideas, new technology, and data analytics and AI into their supply chains. The global pandemic accelerated the investment to modernize supply chains which are now digitized at an unprecedented rate…

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In 2023, the landlords will have to pay the CO2 tax

The CO2 tax is due when heating with oil or natural gas. So far, tenants have had to carry them alone. That should change: from January 2023, landlords will have to take on up to 95 percent. The decisive factor is how energy-efficient the building is.

The state asks its citizens to pay in so many places that it is easy to get confused or forget something. The so-called CO2 tax has been in effect since 2021…

 

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Sustainability: EU Parliament confirms reporting requirements for EU companies

In the future, large companies in the European Union will have to inform consumers about the sustainability of their activities. The EU Parliament formally confirmed a corresponding compromise between the EU states and Parliament on Thursday. Between 2024 and 2028, the rules are to come into force step by step.

According to Parliament, up to 50,000 companies would be affected. Companies would have to report on their impact on the environment, human rights and social standards, among other things…

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Trade liberalization for environmental goods would reduce CO2 emissions

According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the CO2 footprint of global trade should be reduced with the help of lower tariffs and more climate-friendly transport of goods. The liberalization of trade in sustainable energy technology and environmentally friendly products could reduce global emissions of the greenhouse gas CO2 by around 0.6 percent, the WTO calculated in this year’s world trade report, which was presented on Monday at the COP27 world climate conference in Egypt.

“Trade is one of the missing pieces of the puzzle for more ambitious and effective climate action,” said WTO chief Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala in Sharm el Sheikh…

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Self-employed in the corona crisis: the more digitized, the more confident

The emergency aid for the self-employed in the corona pandemic has increased confidence, especially in heavily digitized companies, that they will survive the crisis. In contrast, there are hardly any effects among the self-employed who only invested in digitalization after the pandemic began.

This shows a joint study by the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), the ZEW Mannheim and the University of Trier.

 

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New sustainability era for precious metals: CO2-neutral gold bars from Germany

The idea of sustainability is becoming more and more present and is thus finding its way into more and more industries, including the precious metal trade. For this reason, GoldSilberShop.de cooperates with C. Hafner GmbH & Co. KG and offers gold bars with a very low CO2 footprint.

As a world first, a completely CO2-neutral bar will come onto the market in October. GoldSilberShop.de sets a clear signal with this offer and makes an important contribution to sustainability…

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Sustainability in construction

On Friday, November 4th, the “Political Association Buntspecht” is organizing a themed evening on “Sustainability in the construction sector”. It starts at 7 p.m. in the vhs building (Schlößle 1) in Schramberg. Architect and consultant of the “German Sustainable Building Council” Dominik Nagel will give a lecture and explain basic principles.

“For me, it’s about expanding the understanding of general connections,” says Nagel. Concrete information and experiences are to be exchanged with the audience in the subsequent question and answer session…

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Is digitization embedded in all growth strategies of your company?

According to the new survey by research and consulting firm Gartner, 89 percent of board members state that digital business is now embedded in all growth strategies of the company.

However, only 35 percent of executives confirm that they have met their digital transformation goals or are on track to achieve them.

“Boards have reached a point where digital business strategy and overall business strategy are one and the same,” said Jorge Lopez, Distinguished VP Analyst at Gartner.

 

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Less increase in CO2 emissions

This year, the global increase in CO2 emissions is likely to be significantly lower than last year. While global demand for coal has increased, the expansion of renewable energy and electric vehicles is outweighing demand for coal. Global carbon emissions from burning fossil fuels are therefore expected to increase by just under 1 percent this year, according to a report by the International Energy Agency (IEA) released today.

 

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Shaping sustainability and digitization together for the future of Europe

On October 18, 2022, the 10th German-Spanish Forum on the topic: “Shaping a digital and sustainable future in Europe together” took place in Berlin, which was organized by the Liz Mohn Center of the Bertelsmann Foundation together with Telefónica, the Fundación ICO and the BDI . For Liz Mohn, Co-President of the German-Spanish Forum, the focus is on the exchange between the two countries: “We can no longer solve our challenges alone and we have to address the question of how we can achieve more unity and common ground in an increasingly complex world create and secure a world that is torn apart.” …

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