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Balancing Richness and Reach for More Focused Reporting

Spurred by regulation and industry standards, more companies than ever are reporting on core ESG topics by publishing integrated or separate corporate sustainability reports. Simultaneously, 26 percent of global assets under management are managed under an ESG strategy. While investors are becoming stronger advocates for ESG disclosure, companies are struggling to find the balance between reporting too little or too much. Pro-active lean reporting combined with responding to relevant external ESG rating requests can help to resolve this dilemma.
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DJSI Services: Real Impact from Benchmarking

The demand from investors and institutions for ESG information increasingly puts pressure on companies. However, reporting activities often take up much time at the expense of creating real impact. As a European expert we see a lot of value in actively engaging in the leading ESG-benchmarks such as Dow Jones Sustainability Index and CDP, but at the same time the struggle that companies have to leverage all the efforts they have put into filling out the (sometimes very demanding) questionnaires.
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Checklist: How to Get Ready for Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2018

If improving your company's position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is one of your objectives for 2018, now is the time to get ready. A good preparation can make filling out the DJSI questionnaire a lot easier, and put you in a better position to improve your results. Here are five things you can still do before RobecoSAM opens the new assessment on the 5th of April.
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Getting Your Facts Straight to Gain Investor Trust

The launch of the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark at this year's WEF in Davos, the introduction of a sugar tax to fight obesity, and the recent New York City lawsuit against five major oil companies for their contribution to climate change. These are just a few recent developments showing that managing externalities now have a clear business case. Today investors seek companies that demonstrate effective management of their most relevant ESG factors and focus on their issues that have a real impact. The time for storytelling is over. It is now high time to have the data on issues in place in order to mitigate your business risks and to start seizing market opportunities.
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Impact Valuation at LANXESS: A Practitioner Perspective

How does a corporation add value to society? Investors and other stakeholders are more and more requesting companies to value their businesses in a way that incorporates externalities, such as carbon emissions and health effects. Leading specialty chemicals company LANXESS has developed an impact valuation model that measures and monetizes the company’s impacts on society. This is how they did it.
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Summary of Webcast on Corporate Governance & Materiality

On November 9th, the fourth out of 5 webinars on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2017 results was broadcasted by RobecoSAM. The webcast covered the criterion of Materiality and the updated Corporate Governance chapter. Both criteria are key in determining whether companies have the right focus and effective structures for long-term shareholder value creation. In the download section of this article, you can find our summary of the webcast.
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Practical Insights into Impact Measurement & Valuation

Earlier this year, RobecoSAM rolled out the Impact Measurement and Valuation criterion to all industries in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index universe. The new chapter posed a big challenge for many companies, which was reflected in the on average low scores in this area. We shine light on the emerging topic and provide practical insights for better understanding RobecoSAM's expectations.
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Key insights from CSA specialists and learn from top-level experts in Barcelona

DJSI Expert Training in Collaboration with RobecoSAM

After our successful training in Amsterdam last March, Finch & Beak once again hosted a DJSI Expert Training in collaboration with RobecoSAM. This time, the training took place on 27-28 November in Barcelona. Global practitioners on ESG benchmarking came together to learn and exchange best practices with top level DJSI peers. During the training four experts from leading DJSI companies presented their approach on selected criteria, while specialists from RobecoSAM and Finch & Beak provided insights and guided interactive discussions with participants. For the key takeaways of the training, please refer to the download below.
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Summary of Webcast on Policy Influence & Human Rights

On October 5th, the second out of 5 webinars on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2017 results was broadcasted by RobecoSAM. The webcast covered the newly introduced criterion on Policy Influence, as well as the questions on Human Rights. Both criteria have become more data-driven, indicating that RobecoSAM is merely looking for quantitative based answers rather than qualitative stories. Furthermore, the public disclosure is a major assessment aspect for both topics. In the download section of this article, you can find our summary of the webcast.
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Summary of RobecoSAM’s Webcast on DJSI 2017 Results

On September 14th the first out of 5 webinars on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2017 results was broadcasted by RobecoSAM. The webcast covered the general developments of the 2017 assessment, as well as some more details into highlighted criteria. General remarks covered the RobecoSAM’s developments in the analysis of companies’ responses. In the download section of this article, you can find our summary of the webcast.
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