Sustainability Roundup - December 2018

December 10, 2018

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 December 2018.

Powering On: Four Factors to Energize a Corporate Renewable Energy Program

The private sector is increasingly turning to renewable energy to achieve corporate sustainability goals. In order to accomplish this successfully, companies depend on a clear corporate renewable energy program. An effective program will include a clear goal, a defined procurement strategy, and an iterative underlying process for ongoing management. Read more

How the Circular Economy Unlocks New Revenue Streams

Research suggests the rise of the circular economy will unlock $4.5 trillion in new economic growth by 2030. But for this to happen, businesses, banks and governments must collaborate to encourage and enable a change in mindset to embrace new business and finance models. Read more

Advancing the Circular Economy via Product-Service Systems

Many academics claim that product-service systems (PSS) are moving society towards a resource‐efficient, circular economy as the sale of tangible products may also include service systems such as repair and maintenance, updates and upgrades and disposal‐services such as recycling. PSS involves selling physical products as well as the provision of after-sales services. Read more

Top Tips for Corporate Sustainability Reporting

This video from the WBCSD’s Reporting Exchange provides six tips for improving your sustainability reporting. Watch video


How to Implement the TCFD Recommendations

For sustainability practitioners, the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) remove a pain point by establishing a single vocabulary of climate risks and opportunities, and harmonizing the landscape of climate reporting. It’s time to move the discussion from whether to implement the TCFD recommendations, to how. Read more

Using Product Certification to Win Consumers’ Hearts and Minds

There’s mounting evidence that consumers are differentiating brands by their authenticity, values and sustainability credentials at an unprecedented rate. Alongside this growing consumer consciousness and awareness, we’re witnessing the mainstreaming of certification, with the surge in certified products appearing in our shopping baskets. Read more

4 Reasons Why the EU’s New Net-Zero Emissions Plan Could Be A Game-Changer

The European Commission adopted a long-term strategy for achieving a climate-neutral economy by 2050. Given the EU’s role in the global economy and its emissions size – it’s the world’s third-largest emitter, responsible for 10% of global greenhouse gas emissions – this is one of the most important long-term climate strategies released so far. This article gives four reasons why the EU’s plan is so significant. Read more

How to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability

The challenge of running a sustainable enterprise has taken center stage among shareholders. But the dilemma for directors is determining what aspects of sustainability, or ESG performance, should have priority, and should be linked to pay incentives. Bonuses should depend largely, or solely, on executives’ success in tapping big strategic opportunities related to sustainability. Read more

How to Integrate Climate Risk Into Corporate Supply Chain Management

Companies are experiencing the negative impacts of climate change, including infrastructure damage, operational disruptions, logistics challenges and supply interruptions. By integrating climate risks and building the climate resilience of the communities on which supply chains depend, companies increase the likelihood of meeting supply chain objectives. Read more

CSE’s New Research Links Financial and Corporate Sustainability (ESG) Performance

The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) announced its third annual report on Sustainability (ESG) Reporting Trends: North America 2018. This research provides a representation of the current state of Sustainability Reporting. It focuses on companies and organizations based in the U.S. and Canada. For the first time, the research examines how artificial intelligence and blockchain are applied to Corporate Sustainability. Read more