Sustainability Roundup - September 2016

September 13, 2016
By Adriana Salazar

August is never a slow month at Enablon, but come September most us are back from the holidays and looking to catch up on what we might have missed. To help you out, here are 10 articles and resources on sustainability & CSR that have recently caught our attention:

1. Six Ways Businesses View Climate Change

This quick read from Greenbiz includes an interesting 6-way typology of private-sector thinking, outlining the patterns that explain how business decision-makers think about climate change.  At number one on the scale are ‘Decision-makers who see their company’s future as fundamentally threatened by any climate policy that substantially would slow climate change’, while ‘decision-makers who see themselves as being on the front lines of efforts to address climate change’ are at the opposite end of the spectrum. > Read more

2. (Report) The Status of Sustainable Supply Chains

This recent report on the State of Sustainable Supply Chains, jointly published by EY and the UN Global Compact, includes data and analysis collected through interviews with 70 companies, ultimately revealing that the approach to creating sustainable supply chains can be categorized in 5 major groups: basic, improving, established, mature and leading. > Learn more

3. Corporate Social Responsability and Compliance: Building Capacity to Respond to Stakeholder Demands

In light of evolving stakeholder expectations, integrating CSR commitments into a company’s compliance programs presents opportunities for both enhanced performance and operational efficiencies. Reflecting excerpts from a chapter out of a Corporate Legal Compliance Handbook, by author Sarah A. Altschuller, this blog post takes a look at how corporate compliance personnel are well-positioned to play a strategic role in guiding, and overseeing, the collective efforts of a range of corporate departments to address mandatory and voluntary compliance requirements. > Find out more

4. Why Sustainability is Missing the Data Party (and How to Sneak in)

Triple Pundit examines the reasons why some sustainability professionals still have issues accessing the data they need to perform their functions at the highest level. Executives often think of sustainability teams as cost centers and to make matters worse, sustainability often gets further marginalized by being considered as a nice-to-have function. As a result, CSR professionals face a steep uphill climb to influence systemic changes to operations, strategy and culture. > Learn more

5. Air Pollution Costs Trillions and Holds Back Poor Countries, says World Bank

According to a major study by the World Bank, air pollution costs the world trillions of dollars a year and severely impedes development in many countries. According to its report on the economic costs of indoor and outdoor pollution, the bank found that in 2013 – the year from which the latest available estimates date – China lost nearly 10% of its GDP, India 7.69% and Sri Lanka and Cambodia roughly 8%. Rich countries are also losing tens of billions of dollars a year through lost work days and welfare costs from premature deaths. Air pollution was found to cost the UK $7.6bn (£5.6bn) a year, the US $45bn and Germany $18bn.  > Read more

The Global Reporting Initiative’s transition from the GRI G4 Guidelines to the GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards (or more simply, the ‘GRI Standards’) comes to an end this October, and on August 3, GRI announced the closing of the public comment period created to outline the Standards’ content, structure and formulation. Stemming from GRI’s participation at Enablon’s 2016 EMEA Sustainable Performance Forum, we recently revisited GRI’s core strategic pillars and invited readers to discover the GRI Standards. >

7. (Infographic) Renewable Power in Developing Markets

Infographic mapping anticipated growth of global power demand in 2012-2030, top emerging markets for clean energy investment, world electricity access and more > Go to source

Renewable Power in Developing Markets

8. Predictive Tool, Vital to Sustainable Environmental Futures

A new predictive tool, developed at the University of York (UK), for the first time combines human perception of the environment with land-use planning and socioeconomic data to help governments mitigate the impact of climate change in developing countries. The team, working with the World Wide Fund (WWF) Tanzania, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre, and Sokoine University of Agriculture, recruited local people to participate in workshops to record their perspectives on how the land is changing and the impact it has had on the environment and the working practices of whole communities. Collected data was then combined with national-level data on land use, social, and climate data to develop maps for each region that were combined to provide a national perspective across different scenarios running up to 2025. > Read more

9. Nike’s Ultra Sustainable Distribution Center

This 2-minute quick read will walk you through Nike’s recently expanded and ultra-sustainable distribution center located in Belgium. Most of the deliveries arrive directly by boat, the cranes are all hybrids, and it runs on 100% renewable energy. Nike sees it as a model for the rest of its supply chain. “We are incredibly proud of what we’ve accomplished here in Europe,” says Eric Sprunk, Nike’s chief operating officer. > Read more

10. The Future of Sustainability Reporting is Anything but Square

Greenbiz takes a look at how the vast range of available sustainability reporting guidelines & frameworks fit together and complement each other. While multiple reporting frameworks can appear confusing and conflicting, each has its own rationale, and collectively they fit together in an easily understandable triangle: The top comprises succinct information relevant for multiple audiences, then information increases in detail and the target audience narrows as one moves down the triangle. > Read more

We hope you’ve enjoyed this roundup and don’t forget to tune in October!