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DJSI 2018 Sustainability Stars

Are You Among This Year’s Sustainability Stars?

On 13th September 2018, RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. We are happy to announce that all our customers from eight different countries entered or continued their inclusion in the DJSI, of which four are now industry leaders. Among the companies that were newly added in this year’s Indices are Diageo, General Mills, Assicurazioni Generali, and BBVA whereas Henkel, BASF, and Bayer have been deleted from the index.
Less is More – the Materiality Conundrum

Less is More – the Materiality Conundrum

It sounds contradictory: Less is More. However, it is highly relevant for the sustainability focus of corporations. Companies often slip into the trap of focusing on too many ESG issues that are not material to their business. Solid research has shown that focusing performance on ESG issues that are truly material has a positive effect on total shareholder returns. So companies should concentrate on enhancing their impact in fields that matter the most. By committing to a select number of ESG issues, companies can unleash the full potential of their materiality matrices.
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RAPIDO: More tangible results from your sustainability strategy

The avalanche of reporting requirements, benchmarks and ratings calls for more focused and aligned disclosures, and smarter lean reporting solutions. In order to progress towards sustainability leadership, Finch & Beak believes the focus has to be on turning strategy into action. This is why RAPIDO was born: an integrated service platform for strategy development that promotes lean reporting and leaves time and budget available for transformative change and impact.
Sustainability and Enterprise Risk Management

It's Time to Get Serious about Materiality

Last year, research among WBCSD member companies on sustainability and risk disclosures revealed that only 29% of material topics as published in the sustainability report were also included in the company’s legal disclosure of risks. Amazingly enough, for 35% of member companies this disclosure dropped to zero(!) demonstrating a feeble link between sustainability reporting and Enterprise Risk Management. With the launch of a public consultation on fiduciary duties and sustainability by the European Commission in November 2017, the increase of the interest in this topic is likely to further expand.
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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 big data from Bloomberg and CDP, among others.
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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 Dow Jones Sustainability Index 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.
ESG Performance and Investors

Getting Your Facts Straight to Gain Investor Trust

The launch of the Antimicrobial Resistance Benchmark at this year's WEF 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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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 that is to lead to increased business transparency and accountability on social and environmental issues. And the 28 EU Member States have been turning the Directive into national legislations so companies are now expected to comply with the new disclosure requirements 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 Dow Jones Sustainability Index (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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