To produce a mighty book, you must choose a mighty theme. No great and enduring volume can ever be written on the flea, though many there be that have tried it - Herman Melville

Whether it is the interlinked Sustainable Development Goals created by the United Nations, global efforts to reduce Green House Gas emissions, or the ever-expanding landscape of corporate reporting, the issue of sustainability will significantly influence business decision-making for many years to come. Unfortunately, a proliferation of rules and guidelines, on the one hand, and a lack of coherence between those leading them, on the other, make for a complex backdrop for present-day corporate governance. In its analysis, EFB aims to reduce this complexity.

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The economic relevance of cities, as centres of commerce, living and even climate change, has never been greater. Within countries, policymakers must contend with cities having oversized global impacts on challenges such as air pollution, disaster prevention, infrastructure building, energy and waste management, public health, and employment. As a contribution toward more informed discussion and decision-making, EFB offers a fresh, data-centred view of cities globally, with an optional focus on key industries and regions.

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