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Alicia Godlove

Alicia Godlove Alicia Godlove is a Project Manager on the Environmental, Social and Governance(ESG)/Sustainability Team. She has nearly 10 years’ experience in various aspects of sustainability including green auditing, carbon accounting, energy efficiency improvements, and responsible sourcing. Most recently, Alicia was a Manager, Materials Services managing a team responsible for auditing programs and conducting training to expand local auditing and sales capacity to China, India, and Europe. Alicia was the Senior Technical Associate at SCS Global Services where she was the project manager for more than 40 domestic and international clients and conducted over 30 onsite audits in the US, Europe, and China to verify environmental systems, workplace conditions, and quality management systems to standards based on ISO 9001. In addition, Alicia held a number of different roles at firms including Strategic Sustainability Consulting, DNV GL (formerly KEMA, Inc.), William J. Clinton Foundation and Spotts, Stevens & McCoy, Inc. With her Master’s Thesis Group Project on community sustainability planning in Santa Paula, CA, Alicia received her Master of Environmental Science and Management with a Specialization in Corporate Environmental Management from the Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management at UC Santa Barbara. She also received her B.A. in Biology from Pomona College.

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Measuring CDP Performance by Sector

Posted by Alicia Godlove on Aug 4, 2020 9:30:00 AM

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Is your company ready to submit its CDP disclosure this month? With the August 26 deadline fast approaching, you still have a few weeks to ensure you have the support you need to maximize your performance. As CDP’s Global Scoring and Outsourcing Partner from 2011-2019, ADEC ESG Solutions has unique experience in supporting organizations reporting to CDP.

While transparency and reporting for businesses have become increasingly important in recent years, the changing landscape in light of the current pandemic has made these factors even more crucial. The outbreak of COVID-19 has driven companies and other organizations to rethink resiliency, sustainability, and how they do business amidst global disruption.

Despite laws and regulations that prohibit their practice, forced labor and slavery are still widespread. According to a 2014 report by the International Labour Organization (ILO), roughly 21 million people are currently subject to forced labor. An estimated 68 percent of them are being exploited in the private economy, by individuals or enterprises, primarily in agriculture, construction, domestic work, manufacturing, mining and utilities.

The term “sustainability” is popularly associated with environmental protection. What many people do not know is that eliminating corruption in all its forms is also important in achieving sustainability. Principle 10 of the UN Global Compact is, “Businesses should work against corruption in all its forms, including extortion and bribery.” It recognizes the fact that ethical business practices is a key component of sustainability.

The textile industry is the world’s second largest industrial polluter (second to oil). According to the World Bank, textile dyeing and treatment are responsible for almost 20% of global industrial water pollution. Cotton production accounts for 2.6% of the world’s water footprint, and a single cotton t-shirt requires a third of a pound of pesticides and other chemicals to produce.    

Climate change and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are the new compass for businesses, says Paul Simpson, CEO of CDP, in a new report called “Revenue at risk: Why addressing deforestation is critical to business success.” He says that addressing the impact of deforestation is “critical to delivering a sustainable post-2020 global economy” in a world of climate change. CDP is a prominent framework for companies and cities to disclose their environmental impacts. In addition to their Climate Change and Water programs, the CDP Forests program was established in 2013 and focuses on how companies are managing and mitigating the risk associated with the sourcing or production of the four commodities most responsible for deforestation – timber products, palm oil, soy and cattle products. According to Simpson, this is the next level of disclosure. He added that businesses and disclosure is the key to achieving climate change or emissions goals set by the Paris Agreement and the SDGs.

CCS Background

Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) involves securing carbon dioxide (CO2) at its emission source, storing, and isolating it, thus preventing it from entering the atmosphere and negating its global warming effects. CCS is not new – there are several different CCS technologies, and the CO2 can be stored underground or underwater.  One of the more recent breakthroughs is using reactive basalt, a volcanic rock found in abundance, to turn the liquefied CO2 into stable carbonate.