Sustainability Strategy

 
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Umicore: the World’s Most Sustainable Company

The Canadian research institute Corporate Knights has named Umicore as the world’s most sustainable company. This is quite a feat, as Umicore used to have a rather unpopular image of a polluting company. With revenues of about €12.5 billion (2012), 14,600 employees, 77 industrial sites and 15 R&D centres in 34 countries, there is no doubt that Umicore is doing well. But what is the key to Umicore’s success and how did sustainable change led to value creation?
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Putting the Concept of "Creating Shared Value" to Work

In one of his interviews on Creating Shared Value (CSV), professor Michael Porter compares CSV to the traditional Fair Trade approach. In his view, Fair Trade is about how to share the pie in an ethical way and CSV is more about how to expand that pie. What's more is that CSV is regarded by professor Porter as one of the greatest (future) differentiators of businesses and as the next chapter in thinking about business strategy.
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Sustainable Business Models: Research & Practice

Companies should operate according to a sustainable business model in order to maintain continuity. An explicit and widely shared vision, confirmed by prominent people like Tex Gunning, former member of the Board of management of AkzoNobel and by June 2013 CEO of TNT Express and Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations. They claim that our current model of economic development and growth will soon come to an end. For companies it should no longer be about financial results only. It is time for them to operate according to a changing economy. But how?
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Sustainable Future? Exploring Opportunities

SBE SCOPE Symposium at Maastricht University

Together with keynote speakers, prestigious companies and excellent students the one-day convention at Maastricht University will be centered around the theme 'Topic' as sustainability is perceived as an important topic to be further addressed. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the School of Business and Economics in Maastricht, the first SBE SCOPE Symposium will take place on 18 May 2015. The SBE SCOPE Symposium provides a platform for all participants to take part in discussions, which will address different specified topics to capture all interests.
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Converting Your Material Issues into a Business Development Tool

Integrated reporting has changed dramatically since Harvard professor Bob Eccles described the concept in the much touted 'One Report' in 2010. Four years experience on the road of Integrated Reporting has resulted in new insights based upon own practises, adapted guidelines and rulings. In his new book 'The Integrated Reporting Movement: Meaning, Momentum, Motives, and Materiality' Professor Eccles emphasizes the importance of a well balanced materiality matrix that not only covers relevant business risks, but that also can be used as a driver for innovation.
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Conference centered around 'Innovate, Impact, and Inspire'.

IESE Doing Good & Doing Well Conference

On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd February 2014, business school IESE's annual Doing Good and Going Well conference took place on its Barcelona campus. This year's conference was centered around 'Innovate, Impact, and Inspire'.
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Integrated Thinking by Integrated Doing

Mid-November, the 2015 results of the Dutch Transparency Benchmark were released. The benchmark is an annual research since 2004 on the content and quality of corporate social responsibility reports of Netherlands-based companies. Its goal is to provide transparency and promote the development of corporate social reporting among the largest companies.
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GRI Changes the Game of Sustainability Reporting

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) revealed its new ambitions for the future in order to catalyze the next era of sustainability reporting. With its new 2015-2020 strategy, the pioneer of the sustainability reporting process, extends the scope from sustainability reporting to focusing on capturing value opportunities. Herewith GRI wants to empower companies to leverage their capabilities and competences towards building a more sustainable economy and society. The new GRI strategy is an urgent call to escape from the Reporting Trap, where companies get stuck in box-checking issues when it comes to sustainability, and actually create value from societal issues.
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McDonald's Ambitious Targets for 2020

Although McDonald’s is not typically perceived as one of the frontrunners in sustainability, it has built up a sound track record recognized by leading benchmarks such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Great Place to Work, and Fortune. Over the past few years, the company has been working on a global sustainability framework and collaborated with stakeholders to define goals for the year 2020. Where is the company on its sustainability journey and how is McDonald’s collaborating with locally operating companies?
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Pushing boundaries for a global impact

International Sustainable Campus Network 2014 Conference

Leveraging collective action for global impact is the theme for the International Sustainable Campus Framework (ISCN) 2014 Conference on June 1-4. In partnership with Harvard University and the Massachusetss Institute of Technology (MIT), the ISCN organizes its event in Cambridge, one of the most famous innovation hubs in the United States.
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