The world has awoken; global business and government leaders have recognized that the global climate is changing. The United States Senate voted 98–1 in early 2015 that “climate change is real and not a hoax.” With a papal encyclical on climate change, Pope Francis has taken unprecedented steps to influence climate action. Academics are continuing their research into energy forecasts — a recent Stanford study demonstrated that it is possible to convert the United States to 100 percent renewable energy by 2050 — which is influencing the Solution Project, a social awareness campaign to transition the world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.

 The benefits of driving value creation for all stakeholders and assisting in the achievement of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) extend beyond good corporate citizenship. According to a recent Accenture study, the “Twin Transformers” — companies that find new value at the intersection of digital technologies and sustainability — will be the most successful businesses of the future. They are 2.5x more likely to outperform their peers when powered by these twin engines of growth.  

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