Sustainability Strategy

Winning sustainability strategies are characterized by clear choices on where to focus (direction) and a persistent, rapid execution (speed). At Finch & Beak we support companies by designing and implementing sustainability strategies that are directly connected to the company’s must-win-battles. We immediately make them actionable through the development of roadmaps, communications and well-prioritized actions.

 
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What Each Sector Needs To Do To Achieve Net Zero

The AR6 Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change report elaborates on what is required across human society to decarbonize. This final article in the series about the highlights of the latest IPCC reports suggests what each sector can do to at least halve emissions by 2030 and concludes that if ever there was a crucial decade for climate action, it is now.
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How to Keep Global Warming to Within 'Safe Levels'

Is it still technically feasible to bring temperatures down to 1.5°C-2°C ? In this third article in the four-part series unpacking the key pieces of information from THE IPCC AR6 reports, we explore which monumental actions will be required to bring temperatures down to a safe level and limit global warming.
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Impacts of Climate Change on Human Society

This article, the second in a four-part series unpacking the key pieces of information from the IPCC AR6 reports, provides insights into climate change impacts so far, how they will impact the world in the future, and suggests how humans can adapt.
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The Latest Climate Science from the IPCC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produces a set of major reports every seven years summarizing the latest climate science and its implications for human society. This article is the first in a series of four blog posts unpacking the key pieces of information from the reports and explores the key highlights from the AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis report that considers the emissions pathway we are tracking, the topic of abrupt climate tipping points, and the logic of a 1.5°C versus 2°C target.
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TCFD Alignment Lessons from the Insurance Industry

As more and more organizations are embarking on the TCFD journey and with the proposal for updating the ESRS being submitted which will incorporate alignment with TCFD, the extent to which organizations will be held accountable for integrating the recommendations will only increase. This article outlines why it is important for insurance companies to be aware of and develop an understanding of climate-related risks and opportunities, provides best practice examples of insurance companies implementing the TCFD recommendations, and suggests three tips for closing the gaps in TCFD alignment.
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Double Materiality: 3 Tips for a Practical Approach

Regulators and investors are increasingly expecting organizations to conduct their materiality assessments following the principle of double materiality. However, understanding exactly what double materiality entails, and conducting this assessment in a successful manner comes with its challenges. This article outlines the concept of double materiality in brief and provides three tips for a successful double materiality assessment with practical guidance as part of a downloadable checklist.
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September 12, 2022

Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program: 12 Sept - 6 Oct 2022

The IMD Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program is a “how-to” guide that offers a very pragmatic take on how to integrate sustainability in your corporate strategy – while ensuring it has a strong business case. The program is aimed at business executives, strategy practitioners and sustainability professionals, who are looking to harness sustainability innovation and its strategic implications. Facilitated by the authors Jan van der Kaaij, Managing Partner of Finch & Beak, and IMD professor Benoit Leleux, this edition starts on 12 September 2022 and registration closes 1 September 2022.
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ESG Acceleration Webinar: Materiality in Motion

With the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and European Sustainability Reporting Standards set to take effect in 2023, the sustainability reporting landscape is undergoing major development. On the 21st of June 2022, Finch & Beak organized an ESG Acceleration Webinar on the topic of materiality and the recent developments in the reporting landscape. Guest speaker Virginie Delcroix, Vice-President Sustainable Development at Arkema shed light on the materiality process followed by the company. On behalf of Finch & Beak, Director Consulting Bas Nuijten shared the highlighted changes in ESG reporting in combination with practical implications for companies. This article summarizes the highlights of the session and includes a downloadable checklist with 3 materiality activation tips.
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Accelerating Decarbonization in the Chemical Supply Chain

With the growing demand for chemical products, the Chemical industry is facing increasing pressure to reduce its emissions. To reach net-zero and decarbonize the entire supply chain (therefore strongly focusing on Scope 3), the collaboration between chemical companies and partners is crucial to developing sustainable solutions. This article elaborates on carbon challenges that the sector is facing, as highlighted by a recent Finch & Beak benchmarking study on the maturity of the industry featuring 38 European chemical distribution companies.
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A Greener Manufacturing Approach using LCA

Understanding the environmental impact of products and services is a daunting and complex task but using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a great starting point and a helpful tool to assist your organization in asking accurate questions. In this article, Simon Gandy, Technical Director at SLR with more than 20 years of experience advising clients on matters of LCA explains how a high-level, streamlined LCA can be used to determine the impacts of your organization's product, processes, and services and provides a practical downloadable application in the form of a four-step plan for greener manufacturing.
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