Materiality Matrix

 
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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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Dyeing your Business Model Canvas Green

Based upon 20 years of international experience in sustainability strategy and implementation, Finch & Beak developed a process tool to assist companies with the conception of sustainability as a key element of business strategy. The tool, called GLOBE-US, finds its basis in the Business Model Generation-approach of Osterwalder and Pigneur. GLOBE-US is comprised of 7 steps, starting with the original business model. Through the relevant material issues, the tool focuses on value creation and ultimately disruptive business model design.
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2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index Results

On the 8th of September 2016, RobecoSAM announced the results of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). We are proud to be working for Europe's frontrunners of which Koninklijke DSM and Telenet Group Holding are this year's industry group leaders. Other industry group leaders include Unilever, Roche Holding, Telecom Italia, and Metro AG. Companies that were added in this year’s world index are Cisco Systems, Essilor, Royal Dutch Shell, and Adobe Systems, whereas Samsung Electronics and BT Group are companies that have been deleted from the index.
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Finch & Beak

Finch & Beak is a consulting agency that helps companies accelerate their performance on today’s biggest sustainability challenges. In 1997, we launched our business as Between-us: a boutique consultancy that worked on bringing sustainability into the mainstream. During this 20 year period, we have serviced over 100 corporate clients throughout Europe, trained more than 5000 executives and worked with top level business schools from around the globe.
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Avoiding the Reporting Trap

Over the last decades, the business world has changed dramatically to one with greater uncertainty, a broader range of risks and opportunities, and significant resource constraints beyond access to capital. The financial world especially is looking for ways to standardize metrics needed to express the material, non-financial risks and opportunities facing companies today.
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Three things you need to know about GRI G4

For numerous sustainability experts around the globe, the main event of the year 2013 was the global GRI conference, held in May in Amsterdam. At the GRI conference the new and long anticipated G4 sustainability reporting standard was introduced and discussed. So what are the key take-aways of this new standard?
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Creating shareholder value key for aligning CSR and financial performance

Many corporations have initiated sustainability programs: they’re using renewable energy, recycling waste materials or supporting charitable projects in Africa. Yet only a fraction of these companies have developed a truly strategic approach to sustainability which takes the interest of all stakeholders into account and addresses the material issues that are surrounding the organization.
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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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Sustainability and Rankings: using KPI's for benchmarking and implementation

For the occasion of our 15 year anniversary, Finch & Beak organised an exclusive Senior Executive lunch on 14 March in Antwerp with "De Baak". Topic of the event was how to make better use of rankings and benchmarks with the implementation of sustainability.
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