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RobecoSAM Yearbook 2017 Emphasizes Impact Valuation

The new RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2017 not just contains an overview of the results of the organization’s annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), highlighting leading companies and key trends for each analyzed industry. This year, the Yearbook also focuses on how RobecoSAM uses CSA data to integrate long-term value drivers in investment decisions, and how measuring the monetary value of environmental and social impact can contribute to that.
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VUCA-Proof Big Data for Long-Term Sustainable Growth

Larry Fink’s latest annual Corporate Governance letter to CEOs recently made its way into headlines as the BlackRock chairman expressed a noteworthy appeal for companies to stop giving quarterly earnings-per-share guidance. In a wider perspective, Fink urges companies to resist the “powerful forces” of short-termism, and invest in long-term growth instead.
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Mobilizing Your Board on Materiality Today

Many corporate practitioners are rethinking how to do an even better job of making sustainability an indispensable topic on the board agenda. One sure-fire and appropriate way of doing this, is turning your materiality matrix into a colorful kaleidoscope. The DJSI questionnaire clearly underpins the importance of Materiality as it has evolved into an independent criterion.
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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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In What Rankings Should We Participate?

The number of users of environmental, social, and governance data is increasing. Research of the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board has shown that the majority of a company’s value is now driven by intangible assets.
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How Frontrunners Turn Societal Topics into Business Opportunities

At the World Economic Forum 2016 the launch of the full scale attack on global food waste “Champions 12.3” was announced. Its aim is to halve global food waste and reduce food losses per capita by 2030. The involvement of CEOs of major companies DSM, Nestlé, Rabobank, Tesco and Unilever demonstrate how a materiality matrix and data can be used beyond reporting purposes. Of course, reporting and rankings such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) are important to demonstrate your sustainability performance towards stakeholders. But in the end it is not the holy grail, as frontrunners show how they are capturing value from sustainability today.
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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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Building a Culture of Long-Term Investment and Growth

The world’s largest asset manager, BlackRock, has teamed up with nonprofit sustainability leader Ceres to create guidance for institutional investors on engaging with companies and policymakers on sustainability issues. The guide “21st Century Engagement: Investor Strategies for Incorporating ESG Considerations into Corporate Interactions” includes tactics and case studies from 37 experts spanning 6 countries.
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Why Investors Do Not Seem to Get Sustainability

The recent CEO study by UN Global Compact and Accenture reported that, while 38 percent of CEOs believe they are able to accurately quantify the business value of their sustainability initiatives, just 7 percent of investors agree*. This striking gap demonstrates the shortcomings of many companies in effectively communicating ánd quantifiably measuring the business value and success of sustainability.
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Is Pharma in Need of a Sustainability Pill?

The pharmaceutical industry did not score well in the latest 2014 Edelman Trust Barometer, obtaining a trust level of only 54 percent. Some might argue this doesn’t come as a surprise, as pharmaceutical companies seem to be stuck in an almost schizophrenic situation of trying to find a balance between healthy profits and serving the community. Nowadays, new open innovation business models are vital to respond to the pressing healthcare needs. This sparks the question: how is pharma building trust with its stakeholders to meet these requirements? Although the perception of highly profitable corporates with shiny reports who see sustainability as a mere PR tool is still alive, the actual sustainability performance in the sector has improved.
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