Sustainability Strategy

Winning sustainability strategies are characterized by clear choices on where to focus (direction) and a persistent, rapid execution (speed). At Finch & Beak we support companies by designing and implementing sustainability strategies that are directly connected to the company’s must-win-battles. We immediately make them actionable through the development of roadmaps, communications and well-prioritized actions.

 
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Materiality Activation in the European Fashion Industry

As the need for increased focus on human rights issues and responsible supply chain management grows across industries, the upcoming EU Directive on corporate sustainable due diligence, published in 2022, will require organizations to provide consumers with more transparency when purchasing goods. This article elaborates on the implications for European companies, considers the environmental and social concerns that the fashion industry is facing, highlights inspiring progress by sustainable pioneers in the sector and then makes the case for human rights and supply chain management as foundational materiality topics and crucial elements for ESG acceleration. The downloadable checklist for materiality activation gives three tips to help your organization determine material issues.
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Tips & Tricks for a Strategic Approach to the CSA in 2023

On 27 October 2022, Finch & Beak hosted a webinar on effectively approaching S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). During the session, we provided insights on structuring your organization’s ESG governance and turning your ESG ratings into a sustainability program accelerator. This article summarizes the event takeaways delivered by our speakers Nikkie Vinke, Team Lead ESG Benchmarking at Finch & Beak, and Catalina Hemmink, Sustainability Reporting Specialist at ABN AMRO. The download provides you with three tips to tackle the CSA in 2023.
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Design and accelerate your company's sustainability transformation

Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program: 7 Nov - 11 Dec 2022

The IMD Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program is a “how-to” guide that offers a very pragmatic take on how to integrate sustainability in your corporate strategy – while ensuring it has a strong business case. The program is aimed at business executives, strategy practitioners and sustainability professionals, who are looking to harness sustainability innovation and its strategic implications. Facilitated by the authors Jan van der Kaaij, Managing Partner of Finch & Beak, and IMD professor Benoit Leleux, this edition starts on 7 November 2022 and registration closes 31 October 2022.
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ESG Benchmarks Under Regulatory Scrutiny in Europe

ESG benchmarks and ratings are valuable tools to assist organizations in understanding their own ESG performance and its position relative to peers, and enabling to share insights with interested (financial) stakeholders. One of the key findings of Finch & Beak's most recent ESG Market Survey highlights a need for streamlining, with the average company responding to four benchmarks. Regulators are now also starting to take note of the firm growth of the ESG benchmarking market. As the number of ESG ratings keeps growing, it can be challenging to determine which benchmarks and ratings your organization should respond to. This article sheds some light on these developments, and suggests three tips for maximizing your organization’s efficiency towards ESG ratings. The downloadable 2022 ESG Rankings Cheat Sheet provides practical advice on what to look for and how to determine relevance.
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Successfully Implementing TCFD: Risk & Opportunity Analysis

This article is the first article in our series titled 'Successfully Implementing TCFD', explaining the different phases of Finch & Beak's Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Roadmap in more detail. This article focuses on the suggested phase of conducting a climate-related risk and opportunity assessment by sharing valuable insights on how to assess and understand climate-related risks and opportunities. The accompanying download provides practical tips to assist your organization in overcoming three barriers that can prevent the successful implementation of TCFD.
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Ensuring a strategic approach towards DJSI inclusion

ESG Acceleration Webinar: CSA Training for ESG Teams

Approaching S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) in the smartest way possible is crucial to strengthen your organization's performance and chances for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). In this webinar, we will discuss how to set up your ESG team to prepare well for your CSA 2023 participation. By sharing insights on how to drive your sustainability program, we will equip ESG teams and more specifically topic owners, and project managers with practical tips to strengthen your organisation's approach to the CSA.
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Leveraging Your CSA Participation

On 27 September Finch & Beak organized an ESG Acceleration Webinar designed for companies interested in participating in the upcoming Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) as part of the group with the deadline in January 2023. During the session, ESG Expert, Nikkie Vinke explained the key aspects of the CSA, elaborated on the relevance of the assessment in the ESG investment landscape, and provided practical advice for leveraging your company’s participation. This article summarizes the webinar highlights and includes a downloadable checklist with expert tips and tricks to help your organization ensure successful CSA participation.
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Considering Where to Play and How to Win

ESG Acceleration Webinar: State of ESG 2023

In this ESG Acceleration Webinar, we discussed the key takeaways from Finch & Beak’s State of ESG 2023 report. ESG experts Nikkie Vinke and Josephin Schulz considered the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) results for 2022, and provided helpful advice for organizations on where to play and how to win in ESG in 2023.
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Activating Climate Change Management in the ICT Industry

With the expected growth of the Communication Services industry, concerns related to energy use, product sustainability, and CO2 emissions are expected to increase, too. For this reason, these issues naturally form part of the top priorities of materiality matrixes of organizations in the industry. Developing a climate strategy provides a great opportunity to activate materiality on these topics and ultimately, reduce companies’ impact on the environment. This article explains how organizations can improve their longevity and resilience by identifying and assessing climate risks and opportunities associated with their business and provides practical steps for developing a corporate climate strategy.
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How the Postal Industry is Making Progress on Aligning with TCFD

As postal companies face increasing pressure from regulators, society, and investors to act on climate and reduce GHG emissions, intensified net-zero actions and focused climate plans are crucial for the industry. This article elaborates on the ESG maturity of the top five postal companies, selected from a recent Finch & Beak benchmark study, highlights exemplary best-practice TCFD-alignment lessons to be learned, and suggests how companies can make and achieve climate goals by applying the TCFD recommendations.
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