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ESG Results: Turning Data into Action

More than ever, companies are asked by stakeholders to share their performance on a variety of ESG related topics. Whereas in the past companies were good to go with a story-telling approach, today a data-driven approach is needed to fulfill stakeholders’ expectations in the best possible way. As the field of ESG information is immensely broad, ranging from detailed information on governance practices, to energy reduction activities, and health and safety initiatives, companies are advised to focus on what matters most to their type of business and organizational culture.
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11 Years Left to Flip the Switch on Energy

The World Economic Forum published its second edition of the Energy Transition Index. The Index benchmarks individual countries on the performance of their energy system and their readiness towards the energy transition. It provides a framework for countries to design long-term energy transition roadmaps by looking at their energy system's current performance. Furthermore, it highlights the necessary enablers that improve a country’s readiness for energy transition.
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5 Tips for a Flying Start of your DJSI 2019 Cycle

Now the list of all eligible companies for its 2019 assessment is revealed, companies are getting ready for the 2nd of April, when the new questionnaire will be released. The added value of ESG benchmarking comes from the fact that it provides insights of where your company's sustainability approach is doing well, and which areas are up for of improvement. Especially the Dow Jones Sustainability Index provides a high level of richness in its feedback that can serve as drivers for the internal departments and pointers for the continuous improvement of your program. The overall goal is to accelerate your company's impact through a sustainability program with a clear direction, delivering positive results in the ESG benchmarks as a positive outcome.
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Give Your Business More than a Sustainable Twist

Many firms fail to successfully implement their sustainability strategies, not because they lack the desire, the willingness or even the belief in the impact of sustainability on their businesses, but because they fail to identify proper objectives for their efforts. Setting a clear and meaningful purpose can help an organization to coalesce various efforts and goodwill and gives a shared sense of direction. Practice the creation of a purpose-based business with The Cover Story tool and the Bob’s Burgers Workshop.
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Designing a Purposeful Business

Many firms fail to successfully implement their sustainability strategies, not because they lack the desire, the willingness or even the belief in the impact of sustainability on their businesses, but because they fail to identify proper objectives for their efforts. Setting a clear and meaningful purpose can help an organization to coalesce various efforts and goodwill and gives a shared sense of direction. The Bob’s Burgers workshop and Cover Story exercise can help to define a sustainability-based purpose.
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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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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

Early 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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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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