Sustainability Roundup - October 2017

October 09, 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 October 2017.

CEO Guide to the SDGs

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) CEO Guide to the SDGs aims to galvanize engagement from global business leaders in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The guide sets out clear actions that CEOs can take to begin to align their organizations with the SDGs and plot a course towards unlocking the value they represent. Download guide

[Report] Towards a Sustainable Economy: The Commercial Imperative for Business to Deliver the UN Sustainable Development Goals

The SDGs represent a global strategy for achieving economic growth that is consistent with the planet’s carrying capacity, society’s basic needs and priorities, and the capabilities and stability of the economy. In this report, leading companies call for a compelling business narrative and a systemic approach to maximize the chances of delivering the SDGs. Download report

How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line

This article shows, through a case study, how embedding sustainability improves financial performance through innovation, operational efficiency, risk reduction, employee recruitment, engagement and retention, customer and supplier loyalty, competitive advantage, reduced cost of capital, as well as improved marketing and sales. Read more

Sustainable Procurement Best Practice Framework

The Sustainable Procurement Best Practice Framework provides an overview of ten key sustainable procurement program elements based on the collective experience of public and private sector organizations, and emerging best practices in sustainable purchasing. It identifies the key policies and practices that make for a solid and impactful program that manages risk and delivers tangible business results. Read more

To Chart the Course of Sustainability, Grab the Right Map

The decision to engage in corporate sustainability, or to improve your company’s current initiatives, requires thoughtful discussion, strategic planning and agreement among multiple parties. Figuring out how to ultimately meet a corporate goal can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to. Read more

5 Challenges to Scaling the Circular Economy

The circular economy moves away from the take-make-dispose system of “business as usual” and infuses manufacturer’s material streams with recycled goods. There are still massive barriers to implementing the circular economy. This article explains five major challenges to proliferating the use of reclaimed goods, and the opportunities that may arise from them. Read more

Companies That ‘Walk the Talk’ on Sustainability Have a Positive Outcome in Their Financial Performance

As companies position themselves as good corporate citizens, sustainability reporting becomes increasingly important. Non-financial sustainability reports are one of the most useful and powerful tools a company can wield. In addition, almost two thirds of companies with the highest CSR rankings achieved better financial results than companies with lower rankings. Read more

5 Emerging Trends for Corporate Buyers of Renewable Energy

Today, companies are making big moves to power their operations with clean energy. To date, corporate buyers have purchased a global total of 19 GW of renewable energy, enough to power five million average American homes. The 2017 REBA Summit last month gathered more than 400 representatives from corporations, utilities and developers to discuss ways to accelerate renewable energy purchasing. This article shares five trends that emerged from the summit. Read more

The Center for Safety & Health Sustainability (CSHS) published a report on the need for standardized sustainability reporting practices. The report provides insight into how organizations considered “sustainable” currently publicly disclose information on occupational safety and health. The report also makes recommendations about leading indicators for safety that should be tracked and disclosed in sustainability or corporate social responsibility (CSR) reports. The indicators are highlighted in this post.

3 Ways to Change Company Culture to Create a Greener Business

One of the biggest changes you can make within your company culture is to become more sustainable. The benefits of a sustainable company also apply to your customers. When they see you care about sustainability, they feel more connected to your brand and want to help you succeed. With these deep connections, you can create a loyal customer base willing to purchase your products or services. Read more

Visit Enablon Insights again a month from now to learn more about what caught our attention in Sustainability and CSR!

To learn more about EHS, Sustainability and Risk trends, we encourage you to read the NAEM 2016 Trends Report: Planning for a Sustainable Future, which presents the ideas and issues that will shape EHS and Sustainability Management.

NAEM 2016 Trends Report: Planning for a Sustainable Future