WEC & IfS Release New Sust Mgmt Guide
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Latin American companies are witnessing an increasing demand for systematic management of global challenges such as climate change, access to clean water, waste reduction and decent labor conditions. Not only national legislation is taking these issues up, but companies especially in Europe and the U.S. are increasingly requiring advanced environmental and social sustainability when selecting their suppliers. A team of international experts describes key elements of a management system which makes it easier for companies to implement the growing environmental and social requirements from industry customers, investors, governments and civil society. 
 
The practical guide, written by WEC and other experts from Chile, El Salvador, Germany, Mexico and the US, will help companies developing a sustainability management system to navigate through the international requirements and find ways to implement them. For the first time, a thorough evaluation of the 15 most important frameworks in this respect took place and was benchmarked with the practical experiences of approximately 100 companies from Chile, Germany, the Netherlands, Mexico, Switzerland and the US. The guide is part of a scientific research project conducted by WEC & Institute for Sustainability (IfS) and financed by the German Environmental Ministry. Partners in the study included the Chilean Sustainability Consultancy APLE as well as the Private Sector´s Commission for Studies on Sustainable Development (CESPEDES).
 
Read the guide in English I Haga clic para leer en español. Read the Study here. Learn about the several examples here in English & Spanish. A summary of the Sustainability Management Frameworks is provided here.
WEC Hosts Exec Roundtable on Innovation in the Built Environment
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According to Architecture 2030, buildings generate nearly 40% annual global GHG emissions, changing the trajectory is essential to preventing climate change.  This, however, is not an easy task.  Approximately two-thirds of the building area that exists today will still exist in 2050. Renovations affect less than 1% of building stock annually.  Global building stock will double in area by 2060.  In fact, the world is currently undergoing the largest wave of urban growth in human history – more than half of the global population is now concentrated in urban centers and by 2060 two thirds of the expected population will live in cities.  It was also recognized the built environment affects health in several ways.

Leading companies, non-profit organizations and academic leaders gathered in Washington, D.C. to discuss current global and local trends and best practices. Read the summary here.

Secretary Moniz Presented Ingersoll Rand With Wec’s 2019 Gold Medal Award
 
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The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that its 35th annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development was awarded to Ingersoll Rand (NYSE: IR). Ingersoll Rand is a world leader in creating comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments, delivering innovative solutions to customers through the Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane® brands.
 
Former United States Secretary of Energy Ernest J. Moniz presented Ingersoll Rand’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Michael W. Lamach, the Gold Medal Award on Thursday, May 16, 2019, during the Gold Medal Presentation Ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Read the full press release here