Webcast on Human Capital Development & Eco-Efficiency

Summary of key criteria to accelerate sustainability performance
Webcast on Human Capital Development & Eco-Efficiency
Publ. date 30 Nov 2017
On November 30th, the last out of 5 webinars on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2017 results was broadcasted by RobecoSAM. The webcast covered the criteria of Human Capital Development and Operational Eco-Efficiency. Both criteria play an important role in the 60 industries addressed by RobecoSAM's questionnaire. As in line with the general trend of the sustainability assessment, those two criteria have shifted towards quantitative questions. Therefore, companies are required to have a data-driven perspective in order to accelerate its performance. In the download section of this article, you can find our summary of the webcast.

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Human Capital Development & Operational Eco-Efficiency

The questions in the Human Capital Development criterion focus on a company’s employee development programs and the returns and benefits it obtains from those investments. The criterion is comprised of four questions which are quantitative in nature. This aligns with the general movement of RobecoSAM: from qualitative questions to a more data-driven approach.

Operational Eco-Efficiency is applicable for all industries, but the level of detail is different for each industry. Environmental indicators that are applicable to all companies are scope 1 + 2 greenhouse gas emissions, energy and water consumption, and waste. The criterion focuses on the inputs and outputs of a company’s operations. Investors are interested in company’s performance on these elements as this has a direct effect on operational costs and regulatory, reputational, and operational risks.

Leveraging the outcomes of benchmarking efforts

With the publication of Dow Jones Sustainability Index data in the Bloomberg terminal, companies are now better capable of combining their perceived and actual sustainability performance, and compare it with their peers’ position. The outcome drives more efficient communication and helps sharpen the sustainability program; whether it is to accelerate actual performance on specific issues or to better to leverage sustainability leadership through alignment of communication.

The increasing hunger for ESG information from investors and institutions is more and more burdening companies. Reporting activities take up a lot of time, at the cost of generating real impact. Meanwhile, research continues to show that it is not the overall sustainability profile that is driving long-term company value, but a focused approach on the organization’s most material topics.

Benchmarks as drivers to accelerate your sustainability program

Finch & Beak helps companies to avoid the reporting trap by focusing on issues that are key for your company and society, by choosing the right benchmarks, and through efficient ways of reporting. With over 12 years of experience in Dow Jones Sustainability Index support and a long-term collaboration with RobecoSAM, Finch & Beak is one of Europe’s leading experts in assisting companies with their submission to ESG benchmarks.

Our work for (ex-) industry group leaders is characterized by a pragmatic, 12 month-approach that leverages existing assets in the short term, while identifying opportunities for strategic development in the future. If your organization is looking to improve its sustainability performance, please download our service description or contact Josée van der Hoek, Director and DJSI expert at josee@finchandbeak.com or call +31 6 28 02 18 80.

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