Sustainability Roundup – February 2017
GRI and international think tank and strategic advisory firm SustainAbility have published the latest insights from the GRI Corporate Leadership Group on Reporting 2025 which explored four key trends fundamental to the UN Sustainable Development Goals: climate change, human rights, wealth inequality, and data and technology. >Read more
GSMA, the trade body that represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, recently released its 2016 Mobile Industry Impact Report, focusing on the Sustainable Development Goals: ‘This first-of-its-kind report offers critical insights into the transformative impact of the mobile industry on individuals, societies and economies around the world, in developed and developing markets. Importantly, it establishes a benchmark through which the industry will assess its success in contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and serves as a blueprint for other industries as they commit to achieving the SDGs’. >Read more
‘It’s hard to imagine a time more hopeful and horrifying for sustainable business. On the one hand are great achievements and milestones. The Paris Agreement on climate change was ratified last year, faster than any United Nations pact in history, a powerful confirmation of the importance the nations of the world attach to combating climate change. And yet the indicators continue to be troubling. Global atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide are unprecedented compared with the past 800,000 years, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (PDF), even after accounting for natural fluctuations’. >Read more
Mary Schapiro, vice chair of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and former chair of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), has witnessed the rapid evolution of sustainability disclosures from a barely recognized issue in the 1980s to one approaching mainstream status. Instead of asking how companies affect sustainability issues, investors are now asking how sustainability issues affect companies—in particular, their financial performance. >Read more
Businesses put a lot of effort into finding, hiring and deploying the right employees. In fact, some estimates suggest it costs roughly 16% of an annual salary to replace someone in a high-turnover, low-paying position — and 20% in a mid-range position. That’s a lot of money and shows just how important human capital is from a financial standpoint. So, why is it that so many companies unintentionally ignore employee health when it comes to crafting corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives? >Read more
On January 31, 2017, Enablon hosted a webinar with Arcadis on product stewardship and supply chain compliance. The webinar looked at current and emerging regulations, and explored the use of technology to improve product stewardship and ensure compliance. Getting suppliers to disclose the chemical ingredients in their materials has been a challenge for years, especially in multi-tier supply chains. >Read more
We were proud to share on Enablon Insights the news that Enablon has been recognized among the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® in the nation by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR). The Best and Brightest Companies to Work For® program recognizes organizations that deliver exceptional human resource practices and an impressive commitment to their employees. The Best and Brightest honors the most influential, trend-setting companies across the U.S. and regionally. >Read more
Throughout 2016, innovators, scientists and tech heads have been working quietly from the sidelines to come up with smart sustainable solutions: from a trashcan that sucks up ocean garbage to a drone that delivers vaccines to endangered ferrets, here are the Guardian’s top picks for the past year’s best sustainable tech. >Read more
After sharing the results of Kering’s 2012-16 sustainability report at the end of last year, Mr. Pinault released on January 25 a secondary phase of targets for the group to meet by 2025. The targets, which are in line with United Nations goals for sustainable development, include cutting carbon emissions by 50% and reducing Kering’s environmental impact by at least 40%, largely from production of raw materials. >Read more
As a small content bonus, our French speaking readers might also enjoy this ‘Small Green Book for the Earth’ (Petit Livre Vert pour la Terre). Compiled by the Nicolas Hulot Foundation, this handy guide lists 100 actionable tips we can all can take on to adopt more sustainable practices in our everyday lives. We hope you enjoyed our February roundup and we’ll see you in a month for more sustainability and CSR news and updates.
To learn more about EHS, Sustainability and Risk trends, we encourage you to read the NAEM 2016 Trends Report: Planning for a Sustainable Future, which presents the ideas and issues that will shape EHS and Sustainability Management.