Sustainability Roundup - September 2018

September 10, 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 September 2018.

Transforming Business for a Sustainable Economy

This article includes findings from a survey of 297 global companies. According to the article, next practices in sustainability can unlock significant opportunities. In addition, leading firms will envision their future in a truly sustainable economy and craft an objective to fit that vision. Also, leaders will use advanced technology to intensify their sustainability efforts, redefine what value creation means and reinvent their core business, if necessary. Read more

[Report] The New Big Circle: Achieving Growth and Business Model Innovation Through Circular Economy Implementation

This report is the result of research that includes a survey of 78 managers from a variety of industries around the world, and one-on-one interviews with leaders. It provides the state of current circular trends and practices in companies, practical recommendations to successfully transition towards a circular economy, and best practices. Download report

Digital Technology and Sustainability: Positive Mutual Reinforcement

Digital technology and environmental sustainability are often mutually reinforcing. In fact, without digital technology, it is hard for companies to reduce pollution and manage waste. Bringing digital skills and sustainable practices together should be at the forefront of strategic thinking for any business, as a way to differentiate itself and gain long-term viability. It may even be essential. Read more

Steps to Create Your Company’s Renewable Energy Strategy

Business can play a significant leadership role in accelerating the transition to a lower-carbon economy, and renewable energy can be a key component of climate action efforts. Corporate renewable energy procurement should be guided by a defined strategy based on available options, key priorities and ambition. Read more

Why a Dashboard With Two Gauges Should Replace 80-Page CSR Reports

How can sustainability reports provide clarity on how companies address their social and environmental impacts, and at the same time can be read in 30 seconds? This article suggests that companies should report on their progress using a dashboard with two gauges, one for their climate change response and the other for their stakeholder relationships. Read more

Keynote Address: The Future of Sustainability Reporting Standards

In this article, lan L. Beller, JD, a director of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), talks about sustainability and corporate reporting. Beller starts by explaining SASB’s governing principles, and then describes how the standards are developed. He also gives a glimpse of what to except in the near future. Read more

The Sustainable Development Goals: An Opportunity for Business?

In 2015, 193 countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In this article, Kevin Moss, Global Director of Sustainable Business at World Resources Institute (WRI), outlines how businesses that are making a head start in implementing the SDGs are carving out a distinct advantage. Read more

The 8 Attributes of Successful Sustainability Leaders

In this article, Bob Langert, Former VP of Sustainability at McDonald’s, reflects on the common attributes of sustainability leaders that he has observed in his 30-year sustainability career. These leaders used different leadership styles to produce significant positive, sometimes transformational changes. Read more

Explaining the Business Case for Sustainability Again…and Again…and Again

How close are we to seeing mainstream business leaders take sustainability seriously as a critical driver of profit and resilience? There are clear leaders, but at the same time there are still many fence-sitters. The question “What’s the business case for sustainability?” keeps surfacing. In this article, the author shares typical conversations that take place around the question. Read more

The Paris Agreement Is Failing. This Is How We Can Make It Work

According to the author of this article, it is time to acknowledge the experiment we did so far with the Paris Agreement is failing and that we need to make a pivot, i.e. “a change in the strategy without a change in the vision”. This pivot does not guarantee success, but without it failure is all but certain. Read more

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