Sustainability reporting

 
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2017 DJSI Industry Leaders: Pearson, Inditex, and KPN

On the 7th of September 2017, RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. This year’s industry group leaders include Pearson, SGS, Inditex, Metro, Grupo Argos and Henkel. Companies that were newly added in this year’s Indices are CRH, Carrefour, Solvay, Saipem, Philips Lighting and TechnipFMC, whereas Rio Tinto and Reckitt Benckiser Group have been deleted from the index. LANXESS re-entered the European Index within the chemicals sector.
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DJSI and CDP: Real Impact from Benchmarking

The demand from investors and institutions for ESG information increasingly puts pressure on companies. However, reporting activities often take up much time at the expense of creating real impact. As a European expert we see a lot of value in actively engaging in the leading ESG-benchmarks such as DJSI and CDP, but at the same time the struggle that companies have to leverage all the efforts they have put into filling out the (sometimes very demanding) questionnaires.
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SDG Business Forum 2017

On July 18 2017, the SDG Business Forum will take place at the United Nations in New York. The forum will bring together leaders from business and government, as well as heads of UN agencies, key international organizations, and civil society groups to discuss the role of business in delivering the 2030 agenda. Amongst many others, participants include United Nations Global Compact, International Chamber of Commerce, Global Business Alliance for 2030 and Novozymes.
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Lean Materiality Matrix Re-Fresh Using Big Data

The materiality matrix has become a familiar sight in corporate reporting, representing a selection of topics that generate impact on the company and that are relevant to its stakeholders. Traditionally, full materiality assessments are conducted involving internal and external stakeholders in an elaborate process. But, today’s turbulent business environment requires a more frequent and agile approach, monitoring sustainability risks and opportunities around the clock. Finch & Beak’s Re-Fresh Materiality Assessment guarantees an annual update of your materiality matrix within 4 weeks by using a big data analysis on corporate reporting trends from Datamaran Benchmark, as well as big data from Bloomberg, CDP, among others.
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Dow Jones Sustainability Index Readiness Assessment

The summer months are an ideal time to reflect upon a busy start of the year and start planning ahead for 2018. When in full reporting mode, you may run out of time and come across issues in your Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) process that you are not able to deal with at that very moment. For those eager to plan ahead and looking to maximally benefit from your participation, we've developed a comprehensive Readiness Assessment for (future) participants of the DJSI.
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Liberty Global’s Quest for Leaner Sustainability Reporting

As a major company with over $19 billion in revenues, a workforce of 45,000 employees and 29 million customers in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, it can be easy to get lost in ambiguity when you talk about your role in society. Not at Liberty Global. The company recently released its compact Corporate Responsibility Report 2015, showing that even large, publicly listed companies do not need hundreds of pages to tell their sustainability story in a convincing manner.
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Mapping the SDGs to Your Business Priorities

In September 2015, the UN launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since then, organizations around the globe have started to adjust their societal strategies towards this new sustainable development agenda. But how big is the existing gap to your business and how to overcome this with a minimum time-to-value?
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Converting Your Material Issues into a Business Development Tool

Integrated reporting has changed dramatically since Harvard professor Bob Eccles described the concept in the much touted 'One Report' in 2010. Four years experience on the road of Integrated Reporting has resulted in new insights based upon own practises, adapted guidelines and rulings. In his new book 'The Integrated Reporting Movement: Meaning, Momentum, Motives, and Materiality' Professor Eccles emphasizes the importance of a well balanced materiality matrix that not only covers relevant business risks, but that also can be used as a driver for innovation.
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How to Create More Mileage from Your Materiality Matrix

Currently a professional sustainability strategy is grounded by its materiality matrix. A materiality matrix allows the company to detect which topics are of high, medium, and low interest for the different stakeholder groups of the company and for the strategy and the business of the company itself. The horizontal axis of the matrix usually represents the impact societal issues (economic, social, environmental, political…) have on the company strategy and business and the vertical axis usually illustrates the interests of the company’s stakeholder groups.
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