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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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Creating Impact through Acceleration of Lean Reporting

The last two years have been defining for corporate non-financial reporting in Europe. The introduction of the EU Directive on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information (Directive 2014/95/EU) has set a roadmap that is to lead to increased business transparency and accountability on social and environmental issues. And the 28 EU Member States have been turning the Directive into national legislations so companies are now expected to comply with the new disclosure requirements when reporting over fiscal year 2017.
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Webcast on Human Capital Development & Eco-Efficiency

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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Kraftwerk: SDG Solutions for Today’s Biggest Challenges

On Friday October 6th 2017, Kraftwerk Zürich opened its doors. The building, which formerly belonged to the Swiss energy provider ewz, has been transformed into an inspiring place for innovation and collaboration. By offering spaces for meetings, workshops and events, Kraftwerk aims to unleash collaboration between a broad range of unlikely allies. In changing times, teaming up with others often proves to be the best way to create the highest mutual impact.
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Key insights from CSA specialists and learn from top-level experts in Barcelona

DJSI Expert Training in Collaboration with RobecoSAM

After our successful training in Amsterdam last March, Finch & Beak once again hosted a DJSI Expert Training in collaboration with RobecoSAM. This time, the training took place on 27-28 November in Barcelona. Global practitioners on ESG benchmarking came together to learn and exchange best practices with top level DJSI peers. During the training four experts from leading DJSI companies presented their approach on selected criteria, while specialists from RobecoSAM and Finch & Beak provided insights and guided interactive discussions with participants. For the key takeaways of the training, please refer to the download below.
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Summary of Webcast on Policy Influence & Human Rights

On October 5th, the second out of 5 webinars on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2017 results was broadcasted by RobecoSAM. The webcast covered the newly introduced criterion on Policy Influence, as well as the questions on Human Rights. Both criteria have become more data-driven, indicating that RobecoSAM is merely looking for quantitative based answers rather than qualitative stories. Furthermore, the public disclosure is a major assessment aspect for both topics. In the download section of this article, you can find our summary of the webcast.
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Excelling on the UN's Sustainable Development Goals

On November 8th, JCI The Netherlands is organizing the WeDo2030! festival in Amsterdam. It will be the ideal event for businesses, NGOs, governmental agencies and citizens to take action towards the Sustainable Development Goals. Kofi Annan, former Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN) and Nobel prize winner, will share with us his vision of working towards a better world. An array of companies and non-profit organizations will also give us a peek into the actions they are taking. This is your chance to learn from their experiences, hear their tips, and share your own ideas. Let’s see how far The Netherlands has come in achieving these Sustainable Development Goals.
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Dow Jones Sustainability Index Industry Leaders 2017: Pearson, Inditex, and KPN

On the 7th of September 2017, RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. This year’s industry group leaders include Pearson, SGS, Inditex, Metro, Grupo Argos and Henkel. Companies that were newly added in this year’s Indices are CRH, Carrefour, Solvay, Saipem, Philips Lighting and TechnipFMC, whereas Rio Tinto and Reckitt Benckiser Group have been deleted from the index. LANXESS re-entered the European Index within the chemicals sector.
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Executive training in Barcelona on 10 & 11 October 2017

Training: Accelerating Your Circular Economy Game Plan

Breaking down the $4.5 trillion potential of the circular economy and capture company-specific value remains a vital challenge for many organizations. The circular economy is very broad as a concept – at Finch & Beak, we found that companies have trouble finding a concrete starting point to identify tangible business opportunities within their business and are lacking a common understanding of the topic.
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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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