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Using materiality to navigate to a sustainable future

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Forward-Looking Materiality

During this webinar, we'll explore how to apply the materiality assessment as a tool to capture (emerging) ESG risks and opportunities, as a driver for future strategy and risk mitigation, and how to align materiality with enterprise risk management. Special guest speaker is Suzanne Westlake, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Affairs at Ocado Group. Participation is free and capacity is limited, so sign up today to confirm your registration - if you haven't already.
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Register Now for the New ESG Acceleration Webinar Series

Join us for 2021's first instalment of Finch & Beak's ESG Acceleration Webinar series, aimed at speeding up sustainability performance and building resilience in the decade to deliver - especially during these challenging times. In February and March we'll focus on the social aspects of ESG with cases and guest speakers from S&P Global and the postal industry. Join us as we dive deeper into the business case for social impact, Human Resources-related criteria in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index assessment, and the organizational development of ESG.
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Develop and accelerate your company's transformation to a more sustainable business model

Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program: February-March 2021

The second edition of the IMD Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program is a “how-to” guide that offers a very pragmatic take at how to integrate sustainability in your corporate strategy – while ensuring it has a strong business case. The program is aimed at business executives, strategy practitioners and sustainability professionals, who are looking to harness sustainability innovation and its strategic implications. Facilitated by the authors Jan van der Kaaij, Managing Partner of Finch & Beak, and IMD professor Benoit Leleux, this edition starts on 22 February 2021.
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Second Instalment of the ESG Acceleration Webinar Series

Join us for the second instalment of Finch & Beak's ESG Acceleration Webinar series, aimed at speeding up sustainability performance and building resilience in the decade to deliver - especially during these challenging times. In December, we'll share more practical insights on effective ESG Equity Stories, using DJSI to accelerate performance and #BuildBackBetter to take your sustainability program to the next level.
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The 2020 Global Dow Jones Sustainability Index Results

After a prolonged submission period for the Corporate Sustainability Assessment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, last Friday S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. Arkema, Storebrand, Essity and Wendel Group are among the newcomers in this year’s DJSI Indices, while Alphabet Inc, Bank of America and UPS are among those who dropped out. As our summarizing infographic illustrates, this year the percentage of participating companies increased by an astonishing 19% compared to 2019.
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ESG Acceleration: How to Get More from Materiality

Last year’s results of the global risk report of the World Economic Forum revealed that the biggest risks are all environmentally oriented followed by technological risks such as data fraud. A risk that was not as prevalent was infectious diseases and we are all well-aware of how this has changed in has impacted society and business. With the recent developments around COVID-19, businesses are challenged to be even more agile and forward looking in order to cope with today’s fast-changing environment.
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White Paper: Capture the Value of Impact Valuation

Impact valuation is an emerging approach to measure and value the effects of business activities on society and the environment. The impact valuation approach can support companies to ensure long-term and sustainable value creation by improved reporting, better strategic decision making, and improved operational management. However, the benefits of impact valuation can only be unlocked through proper implementation of the impact valuation approach. In this article we share three conditions to ensure successful use and execution of the impact valuation tool.
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Lessons from DSM’s Winning Sustainability Strategy

The roots of global specialty chemicals company Royal DSM are as a Dutch state-owned coal mining company that started in 1902. The company’s future, however, is far removed from its past. DSM’s Strategy 2021 describes how the company plans to drive above-market growth through developing innovative solutions addressing Nutrition & Health, Climate & Energy and Resources & Circularity, together with increased customer-centricity and large innovation projects. In this article, DSM’s approach is decomposed by looking at the elements of its sustainability strategy, and we provide tips how to replicate this.

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