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Summary of RobecoSAM’s webcast on DJSI 2017 results

On September 14th the first out of 5 webinars on the 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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The McDonald’s Business Model Canvas

The McDonald's brand is probably one of the best-known across the globe. Let's dig a little deeper. In our range of Business Model Canvas series, we present the McDonald's business model. What are the strategic differentiators and in which areas might there be room for sustainable innovation to create a more circular business model?
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Designing Cool Ice Cream Business Models for the Circular Economy

Begin 2017 TIAS Business School in Tilburg hosted a case challenge event to select its representative for the Nespresso MBA Sustainability Challenge. Jan van der Kaaij, Managing Partner of Finch & Beak, took seat in the jury to select the best team for competition in the challenge. Nespresso has been organizing the Nespresso Sustainability MBA Challenge as a means of stimulating sustainable innovation. Previous challenges included sustainability related topics such as brand image and integrated supply chains.
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Finch & Beak

Finch & Beak is a consulting agency that helps companies accelerate their performance on today’s biggest sustainability challenges. In 1997, we launched our business as Between-us: a boutique consultancy that worked on bringing sustainability into the mainstream. During this 20 year period, we have serviced over 100 corporate clients throughout Europe, trained more than 5000 executives and worked with top level business schools from around the globe.
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Unfolding the Materiality Matrix - A Consulting Approach

In 1999, many of us got to know ‘The Matrix’ as the world we humans live in, and the real world, which is a layer around the Matrix that is controlled by machines. Was this spectacular science fiction movie the inspiration for many organizations to think beyond their small world, to start interacting with stakeholders and develop a materiality matrix? Probably not. However, since the beginning of the new millenium, we have seen a spectacular increase in the use of the materiality matrix in sustainability strategy design and reporting.
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12 Questions to Test Your Sustainability Strategy

Sustainability strategy is a notion easily used, but hard to capture. The fact that only 37 percent of CEO’s trust they have a clear business case for sustainability triggered us, as many companies claim to be sustainable. Projecting an image that differs from the real situation leads to an ‘authenticity gap’ where stakeholders receive insufficient or wrong information regarding your sustainability efforts. So how to design an accurate sustainability strategy that is part of the regular business and not functions as an add-on for communications?
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Getting in Gear for DJSI 2015: Notable Methodology Changes

On March 31st, RobecoSAM opened its annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment: the base for selecting the best-performing companies for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices. More than 3,000 eligible companies have received their invitations to participate in this year’s DJSI assessment. In order to prevent surprises, participating companies are well advised to take changes into account for this year’s methodology before diving into the questionnaire.
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Putting the Concept of "Creating Shared Value" to Work

In one of his interviews on Creating Shared Value (CSV), professor Michael Porter compares CSV to the traditional Fair Trade approach. In his view, Fair Trade is about how to share the pie in an ethical way and CSV is more about how to expand that pie. What's more is that CSV is regarded by professor Porter as one of the greatest (future) differentiators of businesses and as the next chapter in thinking about business strategy.
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RobecoSAM Yearbook 2016: Emerging Risks and Opportunities

Increasingly, companies consider sustainability not only as a means of mitigating or avoiding risks, but also for seizing new opportunities that can give them a competitive edge. In line with these developments, changing investor demands and business environments have been driving change in the DJSI-assessment.
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Preventing spankings from rankings

Naming and shaming is increasingly regarded as an effective way to progress the sustainability of sectors and individual organizations. Therefore the global drive for sustainability is progressively leading to the emergence of green rankings.
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