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3 Essentials to Start Implementing the GRI G4 Guidelines

Demonstrating your company’s contribution towards a sustainable future with tangible lasting results, is not an easy task. Transparency and accountability comes from clear communications; in reporting and also in other activation. In May 2013, GRI released the updated G4 version of their reporting principles.The guidelines from the Global Reporting Initiative serve as a basic framework for both sustainability and integrated reports.
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Invitation-only event for Sustainability Directors dealing with rankings such as DJSI

Senior Executive Lunch Meeting in Zürich

On Thursday the 11th of September 2014, together with our partner BSD Consulting, Finch & Beak will co-host a Senior Executive Lunch Meeting in Zürich. On this same date, the results of the participating companies in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index will be made public, providing a great platform for interaction and networking on the sense and non-sense of the materiality matrix as a driver for innovation.
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Shaping the Horizon for Long Term Value Creation

Companies are outlining more and more sustainability issues in their annual reports. Recently published reports prove that companies in the same industry address different material topics in their Form 10-K, which is the annual report required in the United States by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for traded companies. The inconsistency in reporting, offers various initiatives opportunities to raise the bar for sustainability accounting standards. Organizations like the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP) and so on continuously improve their standards.
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Tilburg Sustainability Center welcomed academics and practioners to explore CSR

Spring Camp Corporate Social Responsibility

On March 26-27, the Tilburg University campus turned into a playground for CSR-experts as the Tilburg Sustainability Center hosted its 2014 Spring Camp on Corporate Social Responsibility. Academics and practioners in the field joined the conference at which various aspects of CSR were scrutinized.
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Avoiding the Reporting Trap

Over the last decades, the business world has changed dramatically to one with greater uncertainty, a broader range of risks and opportunities, and significant resource constraints beyond access to capital. The financial world especially is looking for ways to standardize metrics needed to express the material, non-financial risks and opportunities facing companies today.
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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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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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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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International CSR-Experts Address Sustainability Challenges

The increasing awareness and recognition for corporate social responsibility (CSR) as an important business theme is the central topic of the 2014 Spring Camp event at Tilburg University in the Netherlands. International prominent academics and leading practitioners are invited for a two-day conference to discuss the various aspects of sustainability on March 26 and 27. Harvard University, Boston University and Indiana University will present their academic papers addressing themes as, reporting and standard settings, the valuation of sustainability and the implementation of a CSR strategy.
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