Sustainability Roundup - March 2018

March 12, 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 March 2018.

7 Key Trends All Sustainability Execs Should Watch

Climate change, new disruptive technologies, and political and social upheaval make building a sustainable company a significant challenge. But by better understanding these complex trends and risks, companies can create strategies that can unlock new opportunities for both sustainability and their bottom line. This article identifies seven key areas of likely disruption and innovation, for which all sustainability executives should prepare. Read more

New Evidence That Rewarding Executives for Corporate Social Responsibility Really Does Work

The Kellogg School of Management took a closer look at the growing practice of corporate social responsibility contracting. CSR contracting refers to the practice of linking executive compensation to achieving CSR goals. According to the research, rewarding CEOs for CSR pays off for society and for firms: CSR contracting encourages executives to sacrifice short-term payoffs for long-term gains. Read more

Three Hot Debates in Sustainability Reporting Today

Based on interviews with more than 50 sustainability leaders, and discussions around the future of sustainability reporting, BSR identified three questions where opinions were often sharply divided. This article gives more background on these three questions, along with BSR’s opinions for each. Read more

[Report] Corporate Reporting in the United States and Canada

This report provides a description of the non-financial reporting landscape in the USA and Canada using research conducted by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB). It also includes thoughts about the challenges, opportunities and next steps for corporate reporting and disclosure. Download report

The Missing Link: Connecting Procurement and Sustainability

Procuring ingredients from water-stressed regions is becoming riskier. That’s why a growing number of companies are seeking to minimize their risks by setting goals to source key commodities sustainably or in ways that reduce the environmental and social impacts of growing those crops. Read more

[Report] Redefining Sustainable Business

This report provides a blueprint for putting sustainability at the center of business to enable companies to play their full part in the creation of a just and sustainable world. It focuses on how sustainability is implemented inside companies with regard to strategy, governance, and management. Download report

What do the SDGs Mean for Business Now?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) hold great possibilities for businesses. While perhaps the largest audience for the SDGs are government entities, businesses can contribute in three important ways: as engines of employment; through technological innovation; and as sources of finance. Read now

The Role of Business in Driving Sustainable Consumption & Production

Businesses are increasingly aligning their activities with the SDGs. While some progress has been made on responsible consumption and production, it has been insufficient. It is clear that business and government need to raise their ambition levels on responsible consumption and production. This article highlights three potential areas of focus. Read more

Q&A: How Can Food and Beverage Companies Become More Sustainable?

Sustainability has dominated headlines in the food and beverage industry, as major players have vowed to switch to renewable energy, and cut food waste and use of plastics. In this article, Andrew Noone from Anthesis Group explains the importance of eradicating waste and cutting plastic consumption, and explores the steps food and beverage companies need to take to create a greener future. Read more

Companies Must Take The Higher Road Toward A Sustainable Future

A new report by Ceres examines how 600+ of the largest U.S. companies are responding to growing environmental and social challenges. More companies now understand the importance of addressing sustainability risks. But many companies are neither acting as quickly nor as boldly as they should to deliver on the Paris Agreement goals and SDGs, and to become sustainable enterprises. Read more

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