Sustainability Roundup - February 2016

February 15, 2016
By Adriana Salazar

Loyal to our monthly sustainability and CSR appointment, once more, it’s time to take a look at 10 interesting online resources that have caught our eye in the past few weeks:

1. The Wow Factor: The Next Phase for Corporate Climate Targets

Beyond targets focused around becoming 100% renewable or 100% climate-neutral, in the post-Paris context, this GreenBiz article highlights reporting on climate targets as the ‘wow factor’ separating corporate sustainability leaders from followers.Find out more

2. (REPORT) From Agreement to Action: Mobilizing Suppliers towards a Climate Resilient World

Despite the reality of climate-related risks and the contribution of global supply chains to the climate change problem, supply chains are also critical levers for action. However, much remains to be done: i.e., just 34% of suppliers to the 75 organizations participating in this CDP study have lowered their GHG emissions in the past year. Read more.

3. Climate Deal’s First Big Hurdle: The Draw of Cheap Oil

For your dose of Post-COP21 analysis, this New York Times article (January 25) takes a look at why oil prices are plummeting to levels not seen since the global financial crisis, and how this circumstance may negatively affect the commitments put forward in the Paris Agreement.  See article

4. (REPORT) The State of Green Business 2016

In its ninth edition, GreenBiz’ State of Green Business report takes both a snapshot of corporate sustainability across the US and globally, and an in-depth look at current trends, progress made over the past five years, and future challenges.See report

5. A Guide to the European Directive on Non-Financial Reporting

For the financial year 2017, companies fulfilling certain requirements will need to report according to the EU Directive on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information, mandating the disclosure of ESG data. As a reminder that companies should start preparing this year, this infographic breaks down the key takeaways from the Directive. → Go to source


6. Proposed rule to reduce methane emissions and wasted gas on public and tribal lands from oil and gas operations

This proposed rule from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) aims to limit venting, flaring and leaking from oil and gas operations to reduce waste and harmful emissions. Who is affected? What are the requirements?Read more

7. Business Contribution to the SDGs: Making it Happen

Adding value to the conversation around why businesses should care about the SDGs, the Global Reporting Initiative offers  2 specific tools worth taking a very good look at: The ‘SDG Target 12.6 Tracker (SDG Target 12.6 specifically encourages companies to integrate sustainability information into their reporting cycles), and the ‘SDG Compass’.  → Find out more

8. How Business can Support a Circular Economy

In this February 1st article, the Harvard Business Review gives us 3 actionable recommendations on how business can support and push forward the circular economy. Which French car manufacturer is championing tip number 3 (‘offer ways to lengthen and widen the use of products’)? → Read more

The National Association of Environmental Management’s (NAEM) bi-annual report provides an in-depth analysis of the issues defining EHS and sustainability management, at a landmark moment (where the business community is at a turning point) and in the years to come.

10. Rethinking Plastics

This Issue Briefing from the 2016 Davos World Economic Forum discusses the main findings from a recent study (‘The New Plastics Economy, Rethinking the Future of Plastics’) on plastic pollution, the role of plastic in the circular economy and how to turn the ‘$80-$120 billion worth of plastic packaging that is burnt, buried or dumped into the environment each year into an opportunity’. For more forum webcasts, you can browse the full library here.

Until we meet again for March’s roundup, we hope these resources will bring plenty of new information and sustainability ideas your way!