Sustainability Roundup - October 2016

October 10, 2016
By Adriana Salazar

Hot on the heels of SPF Americas, below you will find our pick of the top 10 Sustainability & CSR resources that have caught our attention this past month:

1. The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold

At a time when atmospheric carbon dioxide is usually at its minimum, the monthly value for September 2016 failed to drop below 400 parts per million (ppm). This all but ensures that 2016 will be the year that carbon dioxide officially passed the symbolic 400 ppm mark, never to return below it in our lifetimes, according to scientists. > Read more

2. Top 5 Lessons on how to Engage Sustainable Suppliers

Today’s progressive companies integrate sustainability into their everyday, core business models and throughout their value chains. This means being accountable for the entire value chain — but engaging sustainable suppliers has proven to be a challenge for many companies. Domtar, designer and manufacturer of pulp, paper, and personal care products, shares five lessons learned on supporting forest landowners to become sustainable suppliers> Learn more

3. Mobile App Raises Awareness of Global Goals, Connects People who Want to Make a Difference

The United Nations has launched a mobile application to provide a global forum for industry, governments and individual citizens to collectively realise the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Collaborating with the Groupe Spécial Mobile (GSMA), which represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, and non-profit global campaign Project Everyone, the UN created the Action app, which also includes associated SDG targets, explanatory videos, key data, and suggestions on how people can take action to help achieve them. > Find out more

4. Does your Company Really Know how to Prepare for the Uncertainty that is Climate Change

For Enhesa, the answer is: probably not. Dealing with climate change is without a doubt the challenge of the century. Although the vast majority of companies recognize the importance of taking measures now, few companies follow up by actually executing these measures. This was recently the topic of discussion during Enhesa’s one-hour webinar entitled “Climate Change, Regulatory Compliance and What They Mean For Your Business”> Learn more

5.The Do’s and Don’ts of CR Reporting

The rules and trends in sustainability reporting continue to change rapidly, particularly among Fortune 500 companies. As we approach the beginning of a new reporting cycle, Greenbiz takes some time to reflect on the trends that are worth replicating, as well as the challenges companies still face. > Read more

6. The Paris Agreement Enters into Force: Now What?

Although the Paris Agreement will officially enter into force on 4 November 2016 (just in time for the next UNFCCC meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco, from November 7-18), on 5 October 2016, the threshold for entry into force of the Paris Agreement was achieved when several member states of the European Union crossed the last procedural hurdle to joining the agreement. > Read more

7. More than Half of all Businesses Ignore UN’s Sustainable Development Goals

One year on from the adoption of the SDGs, according to two new surveys from Corporate Citizenship and Ethical Corporation, Businesses are failing to work on the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs), despite being billed as having a key role to play in achieving the ambitious goals. > Read more

8. The Periodic Table of Sustainability Reporting

There are many elements to remember when it comes to sustainability reporting. 2degrees attempts to chart the major factors to focus on for success. > Access here

Periodic Table of Sustainability Reporting

9. Shifting the Carbon Pricing Debate: Business Attitudes Revealed in the Context of COP21

As part of a larger commitment to discussions surrounding COP21 in Paris in December 2015, EY’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services (CCaSS) practice commissioned a study to determine the prevailing views of business toward carbon pricing. A growing number of businesses are now actively investing in low-carbon initiatives and technologies. However, some concerns still exist – i.e. does it really have a potential effect on business competitiveness? > Read more

In this in-depth interview series featured on Enablon Insights, speakers from Enablon’s SPF Houston keynote panel offer a fresh look at EHS management, risk and resilience. Mike Nicholus is the Global Environment Director at Accenture, responsible for measuring and managing the environmental impact of operations around the world. Learn more how his global professional services company harnesses data to drive energy efficiency and organizational performance across 600 locations. >

We hope you enjoyed this month’s recap and don’t forget to join us again in November for 10 new resources you won’t want to miss!