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2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Index Results - DJSI Services

On September 10th, RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). Once again, our customer Telenet reconfirmed its position as the industry group leader in the worldwide media sector, now for the fourth year in a row. Other industry group leaders include Unilever, Akzo Nobel, Roche Holding, and Air France-KLM.
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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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Richness vs. Reach: 5 Minutes to Review Sustainability Rankings

Are the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and other sustainability rankings taking up (too) much of your time? This sound is being heard a lot these days and the cry for standardisation of questionnaires seems to be getting louder.
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From BlackRock to Black Angus: Adapting Global to Local

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations has recently called for "urgent concerted policy responses" to deal with the growing threat of climate change to global food security. With predicted demand for ruminant meat to almost double between 2000 and 2050, which is in line with earlier reports concerning the growth effects of dairy and poultry on global warming, the FAO flags potential problems to be addressed – particularly on the issue of water scarcity. When looking at the broader range of materialities surrounding the highly globalized food industry, there appears to be a strong need for a local approach to address these issues in an effective manner.
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The impact of sustainability trends on financial markets

The 2015 RobecoSAM Forum

The RobecoSAM Forum is a community platform of thought leaders to launch initiatives and discuss solutions in the field of sustainability investing. Corporates, asset owners and RobecoSAM experts will come together for two days in Zürich, Switzerland to exchange their views on the impact of sustainability on financial markets and the future of ESG investing.
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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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RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook Crowns Leaders for 2015

In January, RobecoSAM released its highly anticipated Sustainability Yearbook 2015. The Swiss sustainability investing firm reconfirms Telenet’s advanced position, naming it Industry Leader within the Media industry and member of the RobecoSAM Gold Class 2015. This indicates that Telenet is considered to be the company within its industry that is best prepared to seize the opportunities and manage the risks deriving from economic, environmental and social developments.
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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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How Leading Chemicals Companies Surpass Their Competition

For the case studies we wrote for IMD business school on Royal DSM, and the forthcoming case on Novozymes for INSEAD, Finch & Beak did a deep dive in the sustainability performance within of the chemicals sector. This has taught us that at least a few chemical companies are among the global community of corporate sustainability front runners, which sparked the question: what is the status of sustainability in the rest of the industry?
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