Materiality Matrix

 
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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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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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SDGs as Instrument for Business Integration

Last year, the United Nations and its member countries agreed upon a new development agenda, including 17 goals and 169 targets. A recent study by the Global Opportunity Network found that 32 percent of CEOs surveyed were aware of the SDGs, and 23 percent said that they were fully aware and are planning a response. What about the others?
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Climate Goals: How Postal Companies are Beating COP21

Early December, Paris will be flooded by global leaders from governments, businesses, NGO's and civil society organizations to join COP21. Sustainability practitioners from all over the world will bend their heads over how to achieve the climate change goals on a global scale. Although the negative messages about governments not reaching climate objectives for 2020 kept us busy lately, there are still evidential cases for reducing the carbon footprint in time. One of those success stories is coming from the postal industry, where the International Post Corporation (IPC) announced that the sector's participants have reached the 2020 ambition of reducing 20% CO2 emissions already in 2014.
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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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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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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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Pushing boundaries for a global impact

International Sustainable Campus Network 2014 Conference

Leveraging collective action for global impact is the theme for the International Sustainable Campus Framework (ISCN) 2014 Conference on June 1-4. In partnership with Harvard University and the Massachusetss Institute of Technology (MIT), the ISCN organizes its event in Cambridge, one of the most famous innovation hubs in the United States.
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Reporting: How to Hook the C-suite

With the reporting season in full swing, it’s time to shed some light on the phenomenon that integrated reporting has become. The abundance of sustainability standards and benchmarks makes it easy to get lost in the details of execution, but we should remember to see them as what they are: bait on the hook towards the ultimate goal of sustainable value creation.
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