Impact valuation is a voluntary question in the Corporate Sustainability Assessment in 2019, however, RobecoSAM will reintroduce it in the future. The question goes beyond traditional sustainability reporting by evaluating externalities in a quantitative way or by converting them into monetary values (from inputs to outputs to impacts). Engaging with this question early on will allow companies to become a frontrunner in answering investor expectations. Furthermore, it will be a great way to gain insight into the impact of externalities.
RobecoSAM identifies developing a climate strategy as a key driver in reducing company risk and increasing profitability. Lessons were learned from expert speaker Kaitlin Crouch-Hess from ING, a company with a bold climate ambition to steer its business towards the well-below 2-degrees goal of the Paris Climate Agreement, supported by objectives in operations, business, and society.
RobecoSAM's Media and Stakeholder Analysis (MSA) evaluates the overall quality and effectiveness of the management’s response and transparency in different situations by looking at publicly available information. The increased DJSI score influence of MSA cases further raises the urgency to avoid controversies.
Companies can elevate HRM to a strategic business partner by getting a grip on data. For example, being able to quantify company benefits from employee development programs proves to be one of the most challenging questions in the HR related criteria - as demonstrated by industry leader METRO.
Incorporating key dates in internal planning and preparation will help companies to complete the CSA with confidence. We particularly recommend informing internal topic owners and read up on the methodology changes. Furthermore, the seven guiding principles from the book Winning Sustainability Strategies can lead companies in developing focus and executing change in the long term. If your organization is looking to improve its sustainability performance, please contact Josée van der Hoek, Director and DJSI expert at firstname.lastname@example.org or call +31 6 28 02 18 80.