Materiality Matrix

 
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24 Ways to X-ray Your Customers in a Sustainable Fashion

Many companies around the globe are gradually evolving from CSR centered around communication and philanthropy towards a form of business integrated sustainability. As a result, more and more companies are making an effort to capture the hidden market opportunities in this new vicinity. Unfortunately, the opportunities do not present themselves that readily. Moreover, many organizations are using old maps to find new land by applying traditional market research methods that fail to focus on uncovering the correct sustainability drivers. But how can companies better research and unlock the innovation potential from material issues?
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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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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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Greenpeace Takes Campaign to a New Level

Using social media, Greenpeace saved large parts of the rainforest. How? By mobilizing the online community to make Nestlé stop using palm oil. The unsustainable extraction of palm oil lead to deforestation of the rainforest and therefore, Greenpeace came into action. The success of this social media campaign illustrates the importance of responsible companies and their social media presence.
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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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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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