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Sustainability Reports

ASBC has released several reports which take an in-depth look into important sustainability issues:

Climate Preparedness

A 2013 report produced with Small Business Majority explains how businesses can adapt to the increased risk of climate change, and the risks they face from continued inaction. For example, just two events - Superstorm Sandy and a record-breaking drought that covered most of the country - cost the U.S. a combined $95 billion in 2012; one estimate found that up to 30 percent of small businesses affected by Sandy failed as a direct result of it. The report also included several case studies of businesses that are already taking steps to increase their climate resilience. Read or download the complete report.

Chemicals

A 2015 report commissioned with the Green Chemistry and Commerce Council, and developed by independent research firm Trucost, found a substantially higher market growth potential for safer chemicals than their conventional counterparts. Among the key findings, the report found that the market for safer chemicals is estimated to have 24 times the growth of conventional chemicals market worldwide from 2011 to 2020, with some sectors experiencing far higher growth. Read or download the complete report. Watch the webinar on the report.

Externalities

An economy based on conventional accounting methods not reflective of true costs is unsustainable and inefficient. Cultivating a sustainable economy depends upon the constructive interplay between business and government, and upon how each sector deals with externalities within their respective operating realms. The scope and shape of public economic policy is largely determined by prevailing business sector goals and strategies. Read or download the complete report.

Fracking

While shale development is vital to current US energy policy, a 2015 report found a number of ill effects associated with hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, including stressing local water supplies, health risks associated with toxic chemicals and emissions, and increased methane emissions that contribute to climate change—which in and of itself poses a number of challenges to businesses. Read or download the complete report.

Municipal Primer on Climate Investing

There are many opportunities to promote ambitious action and policies to help to avoid a climate crisis. The use of pension funds and investments can do even more to advance clean energy investment and fossil fuel divestment. This report lays out options for city and pension fund managers to use their power as investors to accelerate the clean energy transition. Read or download the complete report.