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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How Swiss Organizations Can Leverage TCFD Beyond Reporting

On 31st January 2023, Finch and Beak delivered an ESG Acceleration Webinar to elaborate on how Swiss organizations can successfully implement and benefit from their TCFD-related efforts. During the session, Josephin Schulz, TCFD expert at Finch and Beak, and Peregrine Chard, Head of Risk at Ocado Group, outlined how organizations can use the TCFD as a strategic exercise to strengthen their climate-related activities while also sharing valuable hands-on examples and lessons learned. This article summarizes the webinar’s highlights while the download provides three ESG Acceleration Tips for leveraging TCFD.
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CSA Expert Training - 2 March 2023

Finch & Beak is proud to invite ESG practitioners from across Europe to come together once again and meet in a live event in Amsterdam to learn and exchange best practices with top-level peers. On Thursday, March 2nd 2023, we will deep-dive into the challenges of ESG rating & reporting with a focus on the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment. A key component to selecting companies for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices are S&P Global ESG Scores, which are calculated based on the results of the CSA. Featuring guest speakers from S&P Global Sustainable1, the training focuses on climate strategy, supply chain management, and biodiversity while giving practical insights to take into account during your CSA participation in 2023, such as upcoming methodology changes.
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Using TCFD to understand and prepare for the impact of climate change on your organization

ESG Acceleration Webinar: How Swiss Companies Can Leverage TCFD

As Switzerland has adopted an ordinance requiring mandatory climate disclosures based on the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), Swiss companies are required to get up to speed on how to use TCFD to better understand climate risks and opportunities. In this webinar, Peregrine Chard, Head of Risk at Ocado Group will share some practical insights from their inspiring ESG strategy, and Finch & Beak’s TCFD expert Josephin Schulz will be making the case for why TCFD is beneficial, elaborate on the climate risk analysis process, and share some best practice tips.
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State of ESG 2023: Increasing Your Sustainability Program's Effectiveness

On 13 December, Finch & Beak organized an ESG Acceleration Webinar to discuss the key takeaways of the State of ESG 2023 Report. During the session, ESG experts Nikkie Vinke and Josephin Schulz explained the four main challenges of the State of ESG 2023 and how to deal with them: the ESG reporting trap, engaging the board, leveraging TCFD, and the increased scope of company boundaries. This article summarizes the webinar highlights and includes a download with four tips for ESG acceleration in 2023.
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State of ESG 2023: Where to Play and How to Win

Based on recent developments and insights from its annual ESG Market Survey completed by 160+ European stock listed companies, Finch & Beak's State of ESG 2023 Report outlines four main ESG challenges surfacing in today's dynamic business environment. For companies looking to increase the effectiveness of their sustainability programs and for corporate decision makers looking to prioritize their budgetary limitations, the report suggests how to avoid the ESG reporting trap, leverage TCFD, engage your board better, and improve the insights into your supply chain, while also reflecting on the freshly released Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2022 results.
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No Time to Waste, the Only Way is Forward

Although yielding many positive outcomes, unfortunately, this year’s COP27 proved that the clock speed with official negotiations is much slower than that by the actors of the real economy where the discussion is about speeding up the transformations and getting finances to flow. Different this year from previous conferences was that there is consensus that we can’t afford any other way than a way forward, towards 1.5°C. This article is a personal account by Peter Bakker, President and CEO of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) summarizing the key takeaways and elaborating on why collaboration and accountability are the way to get from commitment to action.
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Double Materiality as the Foundation for Sustainability Strategy

For organizations to remain competitive, embedding ESG in their business strategies is imperative. As a first step in strategy-making usually entails analyzing and understanding the organization’s inside and outside contexts, a double materiality assessment is a great tool to help organizations consider the impacts of both of these. On top of the assessment being foundational for integrating ESG in organizational strategies, it will be required as part of the EU approved Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). In this article, we discuss the importance of considering materiality as a starting point for your strategy, elaborate on other strategy building blocks, and provide tips and practical guidance for a successful double materiality assessment.
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Great Reasons for Planning Ahead for DJSI Season

To be well prepared for the upcoming Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) season, it is recommendable to take a forward-looking approach and start the preparation phase early. This article summarizes the benefits of preparing early for S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) participation, suggests where to start, and what can be learned from a company that successfully increased its score due to early preparation in 2022.
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Understanding & Preparing for the CSRD

On 28 November 2022, the European Council approved the proposed Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), which aims to revolutionize sustainable reporting and parallel it with financial reporting. The Directive replaces the existing Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) and will substantially increase reporting requirements for companies falling within its scope. This article addresses uncertainties about scope, timelines, and implications for business by providing clarification about the CSRD’s requirements as well as giving practical recommendations to prepare for compliance in 2023 and beyond.
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Engaging Stakeholders to Accelerate ESG Performance

Engaging stakeholders is essential for companies to build a strong strategy, meet ESG (environmental, social, and governance) commitments and scale their impact. However, successfully collaborating with stakeholders to achieve these outcomes brings other challenges. In this article, we outline the case for, and provide three tips on stakeholder engagement to accelerate ESG performance. More specifically, we consider how materiality assessments can facilitate and enhance the process of stakeholder engagement. For more practical insights, the download provides three tips on how companies can engage their stakeholders while conducting their materiality assessment.
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