Sustainability Roundup - June 2017

June 12, 2017
By Jean-Grégoire Manoukian

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 June 2017.

4 Things Everyone Needs to Know About Sustainable Business

Corporations have made significant progress on the sustainability front, but the work mainly focuses on making sure companies do less harm, protecting reputation and managing risk. However, given the disconnect and fragility of the relationship between society, business and institutions, this is not enough. Business needs to reconnect with society more effectively. Read more

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Hundreds of Businesses Vowed to Meet Paris Climate Goals on Their Own

Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, eBay, Uber and hundreds of companies, alongside a group of mayors and colleges, joined together as part of the “We Are Still In” campaign to reiterate their commitment to the principles of the Paris climate agreement. In particular, many of the big tech companies are currently transitioning their data centers to using completely renewable energy. Read more

Who’s Taking Responsibility for Your Supply Chain?

Manufacturers are being held to a higher standard of corporate social responsibility, and are developing new best practices to adapt their supply chain ecosystems accordingly. If a manufacturer appears to be careless with regards to CSR, it can take a lot of time and money to restore its reputation. Read more

Reporting on the SDGs Action Platform Launched: A Global Mechanism for Measuring Business Contribution to the Global Goals

GRI and the UN Global Compact have formed a ground-breaking Action Platform to establish best practices in reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Watch the video to find out more about the partnership, its members and what the world will look like in 2030 if the SDGs are achieved.

In an effort to showcase industry-specific examples and ideas for corporate action related to SDGs, the UN Global Compact and KPMG have published SDG Industry Matrices for various verticals. This post on Enablon Insights highlights specific opportunities that companies from five key industries can take to advance SDGs while making their businesses more profitable and resilient.

The Art of Modern Sustainability Communications: How to Embrace an Audience-First Approach

Recent research indicates that today’s stakeholders expect more from companies, i.e. they want to purchase from and work for companies that champion sustainability. Since modern audiences are accustomed to having lots of content provided to them, contemporary sustainability has given rise to a new type of challenge for many organizations. In addition to acting responsibly, companies are now expected to effectively communicate about sustainability, which can seem like a daunting task on its own. Read more

Thirsty for Change? 4 Ways to Improve Corporate Water Targets

Water-related business risks are becoming more and more apparent. According to CDP’s 2016 global water report, 607 companies lost $14 billion last year alone due to water scarcity, drought, flood and other water risks. This article provides four considerations for companies looking to create more impactful water stewardship goals. Read more

More Big Investors Are Taking Action on Climate Risks

Just 12 months ago, more than half of the world’s biggest asset owners were completely ignoring the climate risks related to their financial decisions. A year later, 60% of the world’s 500 largest asset owners are taking steps to recognize the financial risks associated with climate change. Read more

First Global Standard for Sustainable Procurement Hits the Market

The first international standard for sustainable procurement from ISO is available. ISO 20400 aims to help companies make better purchasing choices throughout their supply chains by establishing guidelines to judge suppliers on ethical and sustainability issues. In addition to environmental considerations, it also takes account of social and economic sustainability when judging what sustainable purchasing looks like. Read more

New ISO Standard for Climate Action Framework Under Development

A new International Standard under development is intended to give all organizations involved in climate action a framework for the development of consistent, comparable and improved methodologies in the fight against climate change. ISO 14080, Greenhouse gas management and related activities – Framework and principles for methodologies on climate actions, which is currently at the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage, provides a generic framework for the development of climate action methodologies and their review and management over time. Read more

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