Sustainability Roundup - September 2017

September 11, 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 September 2017.

[Report] The 2017 Sustainability Leaders: Celebrating 20 Years of Leadership

The GlobeScan/SustainAbility Leaders Report tracks expert opinions on sustainable development leadership. In this latest survey, the opinions of over 1,000 sustainability experts are analyzed to answer a number of questions. Experts reveal the companies that they see as being leaders in integrating sustainability into their business strategy. Download report

How to Make Your Materiality Assessment Worth the Effort

Materiality assessments are the backbone of sustainability reporting. The key to getting real value out of any materiality assessment is starting with a clear understanding of what information you are looking for. This enables you to ask the right questions, choose the right stakeholders, apply the appropriate methodology and visually present the information effectively to help inform decisions. Read more

How to Align Your Corporate Citizenship Strategy with the UN Sustainable Development Goals

This article presents some key steps and tips on how to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), based on best-in-class examples of corporate alignment to the SDGs, and insights and experiences from companies’ corporate citizenship strategies. Read more

8 Surprising Trends in Sustainability Reporting

The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence announced its second annual research of Sustainability Reporting Trends in North America 2017. 551 companies from the U.S. and Canada were analyzed, many of them among the Fortune Global 500. The research shows the U.S. lagging Europe despite better revenue returns for corporations with strong reporting practices. Read more

3 Digital Strategies for Telling Your Sustainability Story

Every month there are over 110,000 searches for the term “green” in the U.S., and two-thirds of Americans claim to be searching for greener products. That’s why a well-thought-out digital marketing strategy is key for telling, and leveraging, your sustainability story. This article presents three strategies to attract buyers looking for greener options. Read more

CEO Guide to the Circular Economy

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) CEO Guide to the Circular Economy aims to give CEOs and business leaders the tools they need to implement circular economy principles. The Guide outlines five business models and three disruptive technologies companies can explore and implement in order to seize the $4.5 trillion opportunity the circular economy represents. Read more

8 Business Cases for the Circular Economy

The macro-opportunities associated with implementing the circular economy are clear. Companies need to know how circularity will impact their business as well as specific industry or sector opportunities. Summarizing the results of over 100 interviews and survey responses, WBCSD identified eight business cases managers can use to justify circular economy practices across the board. Read more

How to Address Profitability in CSR Communications

The third “p” of triple bottom line clearly highlights the importance of “profitability”. However, it seems like many businesses are weary of discussing their CSR success in relation to financial success. Do you understand what it looks like to effectively communicate sustainability in pursuit of bolstering your brand image and profits? Read more

A Cresting Wave for Circular Water Strategy

When it comes to the application of a circular economy concept to water, examples include the reuse of wastewater for manufacturing opportunities and treating contaminated water and replenishing aquifers. The need to move from a linear strategy to a circular one is driven to a significant extent by the gap between water supply and demand, as well as associated issues of security, economic development and stewardship. Read more

Could RFID Eliminate Food Waste – or All Product Waste – from Producer to Consumer?

Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, which dates back to World War II radar systems, is increasingly being used to track goods throughout complex global supply chains. Recently, RFID’s potential has also been explored to address food waste, an issue affecting a host of industries across multiple sectors. Read more

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

SPF Americas 2017 will take place on September 26-27 in Chicago, and will bring together more than 500 EHS, Sustainability, Risk and IT professionals from the world’s largest corporations. Register today and don’t miss out on 50+ sessions and countless opportunities to network with your peers.

Register for SPF Americas 2017