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Getting Your Facts Straight to Gain Investor Trust

The launch of the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark last week in Davos, the introduction of a sugar tax to fight obesity, and the recent New York City lawsuit against five major oil companies for their contribution to climate change. These are just a few recent developments showing that managing externalities now have a clear business case. Today investors seek companies that demonstrate effective management of their most relevant ESG factors and focus on their issues that have a real impact. The time for storytelling is over. It is now high time to have the data on issues in place in order to mitigate your business risks and to start seizing market opportunities.
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RAPIDO Service Platform: Increasing Impact with Less Effort

This year, the WBCSD’s Reporting Exchange initiative identified over 1,750 reporting requirements and resources across 60 countries and 70 sectors, with a steep increase on climate disclosures since 2015. While transparency is necessary, one of the unwelcome consequences is that sustainability departments end up spending too much of their time on reporting at the expense of generating real impact.
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Don’t Get Snowed In This Reporting Season

In 2017, the WBCSD’s Reporting Exchange initiative identified over 1,750 reporting requirements and resources across 60 countries and 70 sectors, with a steep increase on climate disclosures since 2015. While transparency is necessary, one of the unwelcome consequences is that sustainability departments end up spending too much of their time on reporting at the expense of generating real impact.
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Creating Impact through Acceleration of Lean Reporting

The last two years have been defining for corporate non-financial reporting in Europe. The introduction of the EU Directive on the disclosure of non-financial and diversity information (Directive 2014/95/EU) has set a roadmap leading to increased business transparency and accountability on social and environmental issues. And the 28 EU Member States have been transposing the Directive into national legislations so companies are now expected to comply with the new disclosure requirements of the locally transposed laws when reporting over fiscal year 2017.
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Webcast on Human Capital Development & Eco-Efficiency

On November 30th, the last out of 5 webinars on the DJSI 2017 results was broadcasted by RobecoSAM. The webcast covered the criteria of Human Capital Development and Operational Eco-Efficiency. Both criteria play an important role in the 60 industries addressed by RobecoSAM's questionnaire. As in line with the general trend of the sustainability assessment, those two criteria have shifted towards quantitative questions. Therefore, companies are required to have a data-driven perspective in order to accelerate its performance. In the download section of this article, you can find our summary of the webcast.
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Summary of Webcast on Policy Influence & Human Rights

On October 5th, the second out of 5 webinars on the DJSI 2017 results was broadcasted by RobecoSAM. The webcast covered the newly introduced criterion on Policy Influence, as well as the questions on Human Rights. Both criteria have become more data-driven, indicating that RobecoSAM is merely looking for quantitative based answers rather than qualitative stories. Furthermore, the public disclosure is a major assessment aspect for both topics. In the download section of this article, you can find our summary of the webcast.
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Materiality Matrix Update at Royal DSM in 4 Weeks

The materiality matrix has become a familiar sight in corporate reporting, often an intensive exercise that is traditionally repeated every three to four years. Today’s turbulent business environment requires a more frequent and agile approach, monitoring sustainability risks and opportunities around the clock.
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DJSI Industry Leaders 2017: 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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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 and CDP, among others.
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