Sustainability Roundup - August 2016

August 08, 2016
By Adriana Salazar

August is generally a quiet, low-key month for many companies and workplaces on both sides of the Atlantic. On the Sustainability & CSR front however things have not slowed down, both on the news and on Enablon Insights. Explore our list below for 10 CSR and Sustainability resources to keep an eye on this month:

1. 3 Waste & Recycling Lessons from the Environmental Leader Conference

This blog post on Enablon Insights examined 3 key lessons on waste management and recycling best practices and strategies learned at the inaugural Environmental Leader conference which took place on June 21-23, 2016 in Denver, Colorado.  Representatives from Toyota, GM, Dish Network and others shared their insights throughout the conference, where Enablon also had the honor of seeing its enterprise-class platform named Top Product of the Year by EL for the fourth consecutive year. > Read more

2. Investing in Supply Chain Sustainability Remains a Strategic Priority

Recent research from BCG and the MIT Sloan Management Review has found that investors are becoming increasingly concerned about their investments meeting sustainability criteria. Despite changes in perception around the viability of the current economic model in the long term and the business world striving to integrate and embrace sustainability goals, (particularly in the aftermath of the Paris climate change accord), the primary motivation for companies to become sustainable remains business oriented. In this context, most – 59% of European and 51% of US companies – have a strategic priority for a green supply chain in place. > Learn more

3. Top Four Reasons to Attend a Sustainability or CSR Conference this Fall

Getting approval from corporate controllers for airfare, hotels and conference fees may be intimidating for many CSR and sustainability execs. This article from 3BL Media takes a look at four reasons why the cost for Sustainability & CSR professionals of not sharpening their skills may be especially high this fall. The article also lists 18 key events worthy of consideration for anyone working in CSR, sustainability and environmental matters. > Find out more

4. A Look at the Future of Reporting Standards

Reporting standards are changing, and they will continue to evolve over the next 18 months. To help companies interpret the implications for their sustainability reporting strategies, BSR conducted an interview with with Eric Hespenheide, interim chief executive of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and chair of Global Sustainability Standards Board (GSSB) for GRI, on the transition from the G4 Guidelines to modular GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards. > Learn more

5. 5 Ways to Build your Company’s Reputation for Sustainability

According to the 2015 Nielsen Global Corporate Sustainability Report, brand trust tops the list of sustainability factors that influence purchasing decisions, with 62% of consumers saying it’s an important factor. New consumers in particular are extremely active with technology and social media, and have the ability to influence the wider audience, both positively and negatively. Reaching them is crucial, and some companies are struggling to adjust. This short piece takes a look at 5 tactics to start creating sustained trust: > Read more

Also on Enablon Insights, this month we were glad to share part 1 in a three-part series of guest blog posts from Enhesa, focusing on water quality, regulatory compliance and policy in the U.S.: ‘Between Flint and a Hard Place: A Confluence of Trends regarding Water Contamination and Remedial Enforcement’. This first installment takes a look at the recent public outcry on the conditions of drinking water in the United States, leading to a number of investigations by federal and state agencies across the nation. Flint, Michigan switched its water supply to a less costly alternative in 2014, but without first addressing the potential for corrosion from the new water source in the supplying pipes. As a result, Flint residents have been exposed to high levels of lead leached into their drinking water from corroded pipes. >Learn more

7. We Just Broke the Record for Hottest Year, Nine Straight Times

Earth’s record hottest 12 consecutive months were set in each month ending in September 2015 through May 2016, meaning 2016 is almost certain to break the record once again. It will be without precedent: the first time that we’ve seen three consecutive record-breaking hot years. In addition, 2014 and 2015 each set the record for hottest calendar year since we began measuring surface temperatures over 150 years ago. As it becomes clear that we’re living in astonishingly hot times,  The Guardian examines the science behind the data, and the current policy context. > Read more

8. (Video) Earth Overshoot Day 2016 is on August 8

The first 2 minutes of this quick illustrative video will help remind you what Earth Overshoot Day is and why it matters: > Go to source

9. COP 22 Provisional Agendas Released

On 7-18 November 2016, in Marrakesh, Morocco, the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP) will convene for the first time since it adopted the Paris Agreement in December 2015. Among other key issues regarding the implementation of the Paris Agreement, according to the just released draft agenda, the COP may work on: matters related to the development and transfer of technology; the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage associated with Climate Change Impacts (WIM); capacity building; and matters related to finance. > Learn more

10. Investors to SEC: We Want Better Sustainability Reporting

Investors representing trillions of dollars around the world are asking the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to approach corporate reporting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues like it would any other financial disclosure issue. “Material financial and ESG information are part of the same product and consequently should be delivered in the same wrapper and be subject to the same standards of rigor,” a global network of investors that have signed onto the Principles for Responsible Investment told the commission. > Read more

We hope this recap will have helped draw your attention towards issues and news you might have missed. Tune in this September for more resources, data and information fresh off the press!