How the Private Sector Can Address Climate Change

In the midst of pandemic, business models are wide open for transformation. From my perspective, the corona virus is just a precursor to the larger threat looming of unmitigated climate change. In conjunction with racial inequalities coming to the surface, and ‘business as usual’ is old-hat, furthermore potentially heading off a cliff. The UN SDG’s are what many consider the ‘gold standard’ in social impact. They provide a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity – for people and the planet, along with an urgent call for action. How do we help achieve these goals?

Many businesses are now shifting or talking about shifting towards sustainability in some fashion or another. In 2019 – the CEO roundtable, a consortium of the nation’s top CEO’s declared ‘Shareholder Value Is no Longer Everything’. Around the same time the Sustainable procurement pledge was launched from the chief procurement officers of Bayer and Heinkel, both German multinational organizations with now 4000 global members voluntarily pledging sustainability. Is that moving the needle? (Driving sustainability)

Considering the state of the planet and humanity along with all the social uprisings, I see the opportunity for systematic change to counter the effects of reckless capitalism. What if we could brand social impact at the forefront of procurement? Attracting buyers looking for solutions to be more sustainable, shifting the cost of sales, from profit only to profit and purpose. Imagine if services bought and sold had social impact in terms of embedded philanthropy built into each transaction? If large amounts of consumers opted in for such offerings, adaptable suppliers would follow their lead and offer services in more planet friendly methods – in delivery, content, and the like. They could divert millions, if not billions of dollars towards positive change – but there are no easy buttons for social impact, or are there?

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There are!

On the retail or consumer level there are a few platforms that offer seamless integration of social impact into purchasing such as Shopping Gives, and Amazon Smile who has donated millions of dollars through their embedded philanthropy extension of Amazon.

I am here building Symbiotic, the only social impact technology distribution platform where procurement equals giving, connecting the dots of motivated buyers looking for social responsibility to sellers looking for profit and purpose, helping lead the shift of commerce towards sustainability.

At Symbiotic we add social impact into every transaction in terms of embedded philanthropy. We are forging a branded super-channel distribution marketplace offering B2B tech services won on the front end of sourcing from subject matter experts offering most any carrier, any service, and supporting any cause, and feature sustainable solutions whenever possible. Mapping social impact from customer generated impact to nonprofit supported to corresponding UN SDG all the while creating alt-fundraising opportunities to enable Symbiotic circular economy.

Branding and attracting opportunities with machine leaning and A.I., practicing transparency and requesting partnerships, after all we are SYMBIOTIC.

In conclusion to this brief article please forgive the infomercial style, but now more than ever, cliché or not, we all need to do what we can to help make the world a better place as our time is running out fast. If we do not make systematic changes that help improve society or fight climate change, get out of the way of those who are. We cannot turn a blind eye and expect our troubles will fix themselves.

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Greetings at one of the two most extreme moments of the year, the June solstice. The Northern Hemisphere is bathed in sunlight and the Southern Hemisphere is as dark as it gets. The center of the sun is directly in line with the Tropic of Cancer, 23.44° north of the equator, as this letter leaves one server on its way to many more and eventually, perhaps a second or two later, to your device.

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The most intense solar radiation is always between the two tropics, while the Arctic and Antarctic oscillate between light and dark. These are profoundly important sections of the Earth, but this letter is addressed almost exclusively to people in the bands in between. Probable Futures is just getting started, but we are fortunate to have interested people on every populated continent.

Jeff Bezos Announced a $10 Billion Fund to Fight Climate Change

Jeff Bezos  (one of the world’s richest men) announced on one of the world’s largest social media platforms (Instagram) that he’s creating a $10 billion fund to combat climate change.

In a post on Monday morning Bezos announced that the Bezos Earth Fund will finance “scientists, activists, NGOs — any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.”

Bezos is already an investor in Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a fund whose mission is to finance the development of technologies that can mitigate climate change and reduce the use of fossil fuels and carbon emissions in industries, including energy generation, food production and manufacturing.

Questions about the new fund are being referred to Amazon, which doesn’t have much to share. The money is from Bezos’ personal wealth and is separate from the foundation that he’d established, according to a spokesperson for the company.