Sustainability Roundup – November 2017
Some fear that the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) may add to the reporting burden since we all grapple with the process of identifying material topics, others see potential benefits from holding onto the SDGs. This article argues that harnessing the inherent synergies of the SDGs with GRI generates a win-win situation for everyone. Read more
Businesses are showing increasing interest in using the SDGs to inform and enhance their social and environmental programs, and ultimately their business strategies. This article identifies the suggested best practice principles that a successful SDG framework should be based on. Read more
GRI has helped more than 7,200 organizations use its reporting framework to disclose their sustainability impacts, and trained nearly 30,000 professionals to establish a sustainability reporting process. View full infographic
Putting a price on carbon is becoming the new normal for major multinationals, with almost 1,400 companies factoring an internal carbon price into business plans, according to a report from CDP. This represents a big increase since 2014, when only 150 companies had an internal carbon price. Today, more than 100 Fortune Global 500 companies with collective annual revenues of US$7 trillion have an internal price on carbon. Read more
Companies that disclose to CDP and use innovative tools such as scenario analysis, Science Based Targets and carbon pricing benefit from better insights about risks and opportunities. These insights can be built into business strategy, which in turn leads to better decision-making and value creation for a more sustainable economy. Read more
Every year, the UN Environment Programme brings together scientists from around the world to measure the size of the greenhouse gas “emissions gap”, i.e. the difference between the emissions level countries have pledged to achieve under international agreements and the level consistent with limiting warming to well below 2 degrees C. The five charts in this article show highlights from the “Gap Report”. Read more
Sustainability governance helps a company implement sustainability strategy across the business, manage goal-setting and reporting processes, strengthen relations with external stakeholders and ensure overall accountability. Four considerations should be kept in mind when building effective governance structures. Read more
As boardrooms around the world begin to feel the presence of social responsibility in their agendas, CSR continues to present a host of opportunities and challenges for businesses. In this article, the author shares seven lessons he learned while integrating social responsibility into his organization’s culture. Read more
Consumers increasingly want to buy from brands that are environmentally responsible – and many forward-thinking companies have responded by embracing sustainability. However, there remains a disconnect between sustainability pursuits and the extent to which companies share their journey with consumers. Read more
In 2015, China announced its intention to launch a national carbon emissions trading scheme (ETS) as part of its commitments to reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change, made under the Paris Agreement. When launched, China’s new ETS will be the largest in the world. Read more
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