Sustainability Communication

Great sustainability communicators infuse their purpose into everything that they do, and they make it easy for everyone to understand what they stand for. As a result, they have more loyal customers, happy employees and trust from investors. At Finch & Beak we support our clients by developing credible and convincing sustainability communication strategies that energize stakeholders and build a strong reputation. We develop communication plans that work and, if needed, help to execute them. When the project calls for it, we work with partners to develop tailored communication platforms and fresh visuals to support the story.
 
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September 21, 2020

Start of the IMD Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program

Following the publication of the book Winning Sustainability Strategies, IMD Lausanne is launching an online program aimed at business executives, strategy practitioners and sustainability professionals who are interested in the business case for sustainability and its strategic implications. Facilitated by the authors Jan van der Kaaij, Managing Partner of Finch & Beak, and IMD professor Benoit Leleux, the program starts on 21 September 2020 and is designed to help integrate sustainability in your strategy so you can maintain your competitive edge.
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Sustainability Communication with Impact

Great sustainability communicators infuse their purpose into everything that they do, and they make it easy for everyone to understand what they stand for. As a result, they have more loyal customers, happy employees and trust from investors.
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The Art of Non-Financial Reporting “Less is More”

The magnitude of different non-financial reporting frameworks increasingly pressures sustainability departments in staying away from the reporting trap and focusing on improving their positive impact. Companies must frequently cope with limited bandwidth in terms of attention and resources. Instead of the all-too-common machine gun approach of spraying efforts large and thin, it is important to select a limited number of high-impact sustainability efforts. Effective implementation requires precision in the definition of sustainability targets and dedicated efforts in execution.
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Paint is Not Transparent

Coating companies seem to underleverage their ESG performance in comparison to their peers from the chemical sector. And with more than a quarter of assets under management across the globe now invested according to ESG principles, listed companies within both sectors are well advised to increase their sustainability performance. What lessons can be learned from comparing to similar but also different sectors in different ESG Benchmarks?
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Deepening Your Focus for Better Sustainability Reporting

This time of year many annual reports are under construction to inform stakeholders about the 2019 performance and to provide them with an outlook on the upcoming years. Although reports can seem like straightforward tools to inform investors about the impacts of a company over the past reporting period, companies can get stuck in the reporting trap. The reporting trap causes companies to lose focus on the long-term, leaving limited time to make a real impact and turn strategy into action.
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Don’t Get Snowed In This Reporting Season

In 2017, the WBCSD’s Reporting Exchange initiative identified over 1,750 reporting requirements and resources across 60 countries and 70 sectors, with a steep increase on climate disclosures since 2015. While transparency is necessary, one of the unwelcome consequences is that sustainability departments end up spending too much of their time on reporting at the expense of generating real impact.
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How Tripadvisor Could Drive Sustainable Tourism

Online rating by consumers is booming business - as it does wonders with increasing trust. Increasingly, consumers are interested to learn about the sustainability profile of hotels, restaurants, wineries and others. Since 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, how can raters drive sustainability within their respective industries?
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RobecoSAM Yearbook 2017 Emphasizes Impact Valuation

The new RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2017 not just contains an overview of the results of the organization’s annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), highlighting leading companies and key trends for each analyzed industry. This year, the Yearbook also focuses on how RobecoSAM uses CSA data to integrate long-term value drivers in investment decisions, and how measuring the monetary value of environmental and social impact can contribute to that.
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Does Your CFO Already Know? ESG Laggards Unveiled

Since September 2016 listed companies that perform below par on ESG criteria have been unpleasantly surprised. Bloomberg, the data provider that informs investors and journalists on company performances and financial market developments, will disclose the ESG performance of both top performers and laggards.
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Liberty Global’s Quest for Leaner Sustainability Reporting

As a major company with over $19 billion in revenues, a workforce of 45,000 employees and 29 million customers in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, it can be easy to get lost in ambiguity when you talk about your role in society. Not at Liberty Global. The company recently released its compact Corporate Responsibility Report 2015, showing that even large, publicly listed companies do not need hundreds of pages to tell their sustainability story in a convincing manner.
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