Harvard Business Review

May – June 2021

For two decades progressive thinkers have argued that a more sustainable form of capitalism would arise if companies regularly measured and reported on their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance. But although such reporting has become widespread, and some firms are deriving benefits from it, environmental damage and social inequality are still growing.


The Australia Institute

released 26 April 2021

In 2020-21, Australian Federal and state governments provided a total of $10.3 billion worth of spending and tax breaks to assist fossil fuel industries. The $7.8 billion cost of the fuel tax rebate alone is more than the budget of the
Australian Army. Over the longer term, $8.3 billion is committed to subsidising gas extraction, coalfired power, coal railways, ports, carbon capture and storage, and other measures.



released 14 April 2021

This paper provides a comprehensive assessment of the recent and projected socio-economic development of coastal areas. It reviews the environmental pressures exerted by human activities on coastal areas, as well as the impacts of climate change that exacerbate existing challenges. The paper calls for a co-ordinated and well-adapted policy response to address these challenges.



released 19 April 2021

The report shows there is great enthusiasm and support for our recycling system with Australians almost unanimously agreed on its importance. However, the Report also shows there’s more work to be done. Despite household and business recycling services having been around for decades, consumers still struggle with some of the basics of recycling.


Climate Council

released 15 April 2021

This report lays out the latest physical science of climate change and what it means for all countries, but especially Australia, during this crucial year for advancing international cooperation. It also examines the commitments we must make this year in the lead up to the next UN climate talks (COP26), the scale of action required from Australia this decade, and the opportunities this will unleash.