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Sustainability and Enterprise Risk Management

It's Time to Get Serious about Materiality

Last year, research among WBCSD member companies on sustainability and risk disclosures revealed that only 29% of material topics as published in the sustainability report were also included in the company’s legal disclosure of risks. Amazingly enough, for 35% of member companies this disclosure dropped to zero(!) demonstrating a feeble link between sustainability reporting and Enterprise Risk Management. With the launch of a public consultation on fiduciary duties and sustainability by the European Commission in November 2017, the increase of the interest in this topic is likely to further expand.
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Lean Materiality Matrix 'Re-Fresh' Using Big Data

The materiality matrix has become a familiar sight in corporate reporting, representing a selection of topics that generate impact on the company and that are relevant to its stakeholders. Traditionally, full materiality assessments are conducted involving internal and external stakeholders in an elaborate process. But, today’s turbulent business environment requires a more frequent and agile approach, monitoring sustainability risks and opportunities around the clock. Finch & Beak’s Re-Fresh Materiality Assessment guarantees an annual update of your materiality matrix within 4 weeks by using big data from Bloomberg and CDP, among others.
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Accelerating Sustainability After Your Holidays

The Finch & Beak team wishes you a great Christmas and all the best for the new year ahead of us! Our first full year as Finch & Beak was a productive one, where we worked for great companies across nine European countries, and welcomed many others to our trainings in Amsterdam, Zurich and Barcelona. We are proud to have supported them to increase their impact, and we look forward to continuing on our mission to accelerate sustainability in 2018.
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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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Summary of Webcast on Corporate Governance & Materiality

On November 9th, the fourth out of 5 webinars on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2017 results was broadcasted by RobecoSAM. The webcast covered the criterion of Materiality and the updated Corporate Governance chapter. Both criteria are key in determining whether companies have the right focus and effective structures for long-term shareholder value creation. In the download section of this article, you can find our summary of the webcast.
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Materiality Matrix Update at Royal DSM in 4 Weeks

The materiality matrix has become a familiar sight in corporate reporting, often an intensive exercise that is traditionally repeated every three to four years. Today’s turbulent business environment requires a more frequent and agile approach, monitoring sustainability risks and opportunities around the clock.
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RobecoSAM and Bloomberg: Changing the Game

Earlier this year, RobecoSAM already announced its new partnership with Bloomberg, a principal provider of business and financial information. As a result, the performance of the Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) of all companies that have been appraised will be accessible by the Bloomberg licensees. This might come as a shock to those companies that have been assessed - often without their knowledge - based on publicly available information only.
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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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Finch & Beak

Finch & Beak is a consulting agency that helps companies accelerate their performance on today’s biggest sustainability challenges. In 1997, we launched our business as a boutique consultancy that worked on bringing sustainability into the mainstream. During this 20 year period, we have serviced over 100 corporate clients throughout Europe, trained more than 5000 executives and worked with top level business schools from around the globe.
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Sustainability Program Can Increase Target Price by 15%

The valuation impact of sustainability can be very high. ESG based value driver analysis led to a target price impact of -19% at Anglo American and +23% at Chr. Hansen. However, when talking to Investor Relations executives and Board members of listed companies, a frequently heard statement is “Why bother, our investors are not interested in sustainability”. This claim is sourced from the observation that there are few questions in shareholders meetings and earnings calls that address the topic. But how is that possible with the level of assets under management of ESG integrated funds rising beyond €6 trillion in Europe alone?
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