Sustainability Roundup - January 2018

January 15, 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 January 2018.

[Report] CEO Guide to Climate-Related Financial Disclosures

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) was established in December 2015. This report explains the four recommendations from TCFD on climate-related financial disclosures that are applicable to organizations across sectors and jurisdictions. Download report

Business and the Sustainable Development Goals: Why It Matters

According to a recent survey, more than two thirds of participating companies said they were already planning to engage with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but less than half plan to embed them into their business strategy in the next five years. Should the SDGs really matter to business? The answer is yes. There are five ways in which the SDGs can help business generate value. Read more

Introduction to Investing for Sustainability Professionals

People often think of “investors” as one uniform group, but a more nuanced understanding is required if sustainability professionals are to engage this important group effectively. This video provides an introduction into the different ways that investors work. Watch video


[Report] Corporate Social Responsibility & EHS Compliance = Unlikely Pairing or Two Peas in a Pod?

EHS compliance is a must. Similarly, CSR and business sustainability continue to gain traction. What if you could do both: manage regulatory compliance risk and grow your business in a responsible, sustainable manner? This report from Enhesa argues that by adopting a risk management strategy with a strong triple bottom line focus, organizations have the potential to enhance both. Download report

Why 2018 Could be a Breakthrough Year for SASB

The reporting system created by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) aims to encourage companies to share metrics that really matter to their industry in a way that is easily accessible for investors. When SASB was created, much was made of the perceived overlap with other reporting frameworks. However, in mid-2017, the leaders of SASB and GRI published a joint editorial that differentiates the missions of the two frameworks. Read more

The Sustainability Reporting Landscape: Q&A with GRI and SASB

This article summarizes an interview conducted by BSR with Tim Mohin, chief executive of GRI, and Jean Rogers, chair of the SASB, about the relationship between the organizations’ standards and how they can be used in combination. Read more

4 Opportunities for U.S. States, Cities and Businesses to Step Up for America’s Pledge

The U.S. federal government is not showing leadership on climate change, but a growing number of U.S. states, cities and businesses are stepping up to take strong climate action. A report released from America’s Pledge shows how these non-federal actors can do more, including four key opportunities summarized in this article. Read more

How to Maximize the Impact of Corporate Sustainability Goals

While there has been an improvement in high-impact sustainability goal-setting, this activity has been limited to a small block of leading companies. Is current best practice producing ambitious enough goals to meet sustainability challenges? The right approach to setting corporate sustainability goals depends on company culture, where the company is on its sustainability journey, the context of the issue targeted and other factors. Read more

The Rise of Corporate Sustainability Goals: Some Hard Data

This article summarizes research into the sustainability goals of the world’s largest companies. The research focuses on the world’s largest 200 companies from the Fortune Global 500, and pulls the goals primarily from sustainability reports. It categorizes the targets in multiple ways, including by 29 topic areas and by value chain stage. Read more

4 Steps to Creating Social Impact Programs That Benefit Communities and Business

Businesses have historically approached CSR/sustainability as a “feel good” silo or regulatory requirement. But in recent years, more companies have started to realize that corporate citizenship and social impact programs don’t just have the capacity to benefit society. They can also be strategically designed in a way that supports business goals and maximizes long-term shareholder value. Read more

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