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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December 2, 2021

Co-Creating Impact Summit 2021

The Co-Creating Impact Summit, organized by Novartis, gather experts inside and outside of Novartis to continue the company's work of improving its impact on the society and the planet. The summit will bring together thought-leaders and experts from academia, institutions, business, and the financial markets to discuss the expanding spectrum of impact challenges and opportunities. The all-day virtual event will explore ways of reimagining and resetting capitalism, including impact-based decision-making, impact investing, social impact of access to health care, the integration of financial and sustainability reporting, and the crucial role of leadership. Finch & Beak's Jan van der Kaaij will be participating in the summit's panel session dedicated to embedding impact in business.
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Activating Materiality to Accelerate ESG Performance

How can a materiality assessment be used to effectively accelerate a company’s sustainability performance? On September 23rd, Finch & Beak organized a webinar focused on materiality activation: transforming the materiality assessment from a reporting tool to the steppingstone for activation of company’s sustainability program. As an illustration, Rebecca Dunn, Head of Sustainability at Spectris presented how materiality accelerated the company’s sustainability strategy. Bas Nuijten, Senior Consultant and Team Leader at Finch & Beak, followed to explain how to integrate the double materiality principle and how to overcome challenges in materiality activation, and shared three tips for a successful activation of materiality.
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3 Steps for Effectively Implementing Sustainability Strategies

Sustainability needs to be effectively integrated into the core of the business for it to flourish. An example of a sector that is struggling to put sustainability into practice is the transportation sector – evident from its 21.7% contribution to the total CO2 emissions of the European economy in 2018. A sustainability strategy must directly connect to a company’s must-win battles. Such a strategy can be made actionable through the development of roadmaps, well-prioritized actions, and convincing communications. This article looks further into ways to effectively implement a sustainability strategy with an example of transportation company Farm Trans, that strives to be a frontrunner in sustainability in the sector.
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Job Alert: Business Consultant Sustainability

Finch & Beak is a leading European consulting firm in the field of strategy, ESG and sustainability. Over the past 24 years, we have worked with more than 150 corporate clients across Europe, trained over 5000 managers, and worked with top-level business schools from around the world. To help our fast-growing client portfolio accelerate its sustainability performance, we are expanding our Rotterdam team and are looking for a Business Consultant.
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What You Need to Know about the EU’s Sustainable Finance Regulations

Having over 9 billion people living well within planetary boundaries by 2050 is an ambitious, yet crucial goal. As an enabler for the urgent transformation required to meet this objective, redirecting finance towards sustainable investments plays an essential role. Europe has already taken important measures to shape the future of its financial sector towards a more sustainable future. These have far-reaching implications for all financial market participants operating in Europe and may inspire other parts of the world to accelerate on the topic of sustainable finance. This article gives a brief overview of sustainable finance in Europe and its global implications for companies.
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Telenet's Stakeholder-Driven Solution for Internet in Covid Times

As the world faced the global pandemic, our working and learning models were transformed, turning ourselves toward the telecommunication industry to ask for new digital solutions and reliable internet connections. At the same time, the digital gap became more apparent, leaving those who can’t afford internet access in a vulnerable position. Building on its adaptability and resilience during the early months of the Covid crisis, Telenet further strengthened its commitment to society and offered a new service to bridge the digital divide.
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ESG Essentials: Focused and Lean Reporting

Spurred by regulation and investor interest, more companies than ever are reporting on core ESG topics by publishing integrated or separate corporate sustainability reports. Simultaneously, more than $1tn in total assets under management in funds are now abiding by ESG principles, and legislation is catching up. While investors and policy makers are becoming stronger advocates for ESG disclosure, companies struggle to strike the balance between efforts and results. Focused and lean reporting combined with efficient responding to relevant external ESG rating requests can help to resolve this dilemma.
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Using materiality to navigate to a sustainable future

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Forward-Looking Materiality

During this webinar, we'll explore how to apply the materiality assessment as a tool to capture (emerging) ESG risks and opportunities, as a driver for future strategy and risk mitigation, and how to align materiality with enterprise risk management. Special guest speaker is Suzanne Westlake, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Affairs at Ocado Group. Participation is free and capacity is limited, so sign up today to confirm your registration - if you haven't already.
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Develop and accelerate your company's transformation to a more sustainable business model

Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program: February-March 2021

The second edition of the IMD Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program is a “how-to” guide that offers a very pragmatic take at 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 22 February 2021.
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Reflecting on DJSI 2020 - Summary of S&P Global's Review Webcast

On the 1st of December, S&P Global launched webinars on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) 2020 results. The first webcast discussed general information on the outcomes of the 2020 assessment and zoomed in on a number of highlighted criteria. Download our free summary of the highlights in the attachment of the article.
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