Once a month, our Sustainability Roundup provides a recap of 10 interesting articles and online resources on Sustainability and CSR that caught our attention. Enjoy the recap for April 2017.
Because of the popularity of sustainability reporting, multiple sustainability reporting frameworks have emerged. Companies complain of an increasingly fragmented and burdensome process, and ask whether they should use the standards from the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) or the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). Rather than being in competition, GRI and SASB are designed to fulfill different purposes for different audiences. For companies, it’s about choosing the right tool for the job. Read more
Although environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting long has pushed companies to voluntarily disclose impacts on natural resources such as water and air quality alongside required financial reports, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) further enmesh economics, social issues and environmental requirements. Read more
Companies that Ceres works with continue to show that sustainability is not just good for the bottom line, it is the bottom line. There is clarity in the business community, especially from the Fortune 100s, that building a healthy, low-carbon economy is irresistible and irreversible. This article describes seven key corporate trends that advance sustainability goals. Read more
Sustainability initiatives can lead to cost savings for organizations, but employees sometimes fail to see the business imperative because they are given few incentives to act sustainably or are not held accountable for sustainability goals. This article provides four tips on how companies can deliver long-term gains in sustainability. Read more
Sustainability issues have long been regarded as an afterthought. Approaching sustainability with such a mindset is a mistake, as sustainability has become a core requirement in all aspects of business planning. By focusing on sustainable business models, firms are able to mitigate a host of risk factors. This reduced risk profile in turn translates into easier access to capital, as sustainable investment portfolios have rapidly become must-haves for both private and public sector investors. Read more
An emerging style of sustainable leadership offers not only sustainability, but also personal growth, antifragile competitive advantage, and a flourishing, regenerative world. The initiatives most commonly described as “sustainability” can be grouped together into eight themes or categories. Read more
Roberta Barbieri, PepsiCo’s Vice President for Global Water and Environmental Solutions, explains how industry can increase local water security by using water more efficiently, replenishing what it consumes where it consumes it, and supporting natural resource governance. These efforts must be part of a company’s global water strategy, but designed and implemented locally. Read more
After the financial crisis hit in 2007-2008, environmental issues took a back seat. But the threat of climate change remains. There are plenty of reasons to go green, including reducing energy consumption. This article provides five steps, some of which are very easy to implement, to make your company more eco-friendly. Read more
The 10th annual State of Green Business report was published in January 2017. The report provides a global view on sustainable business. The GreenBiz report is impressive by the sheer wealth of information contained. Therefore it is a good resource to use to identify the environmental sustainability metrics that should be tracked, and which are outlined in this post on Enablon Insights.
Since 2007, Ethisphere has honored companies that recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change in the business community and societies around the world. The 124 2017 honorees span five continents, 19 countries and 52 industry sectors. Among the 2017 list are 13 eleven-time honorees and 8 first-time honorees. See list
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