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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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Does Your CFO Already Know? ESG Laggards Unveiled

Since September 2016 listed companies that perform below par on ESG criteria have been unpleasantly surprised. Bloomberg, the data provider that informs investors and journalists on company performances and financial market developments, will disclose the ESG performance of both top performers and laggards.
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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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MVO Nederland

MVO Nederland, in English CSR Netherlands, is the Centre of Excellence for Dutch companies that are striving towards corporate social responsibility. More than 2000 companies are affiliated with this networking organization.
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Future Trends: What Would Investors Like to See?

Investors are calling for clearer, more comparable and more integrated non-financial reporting and greater accountability from company boards, according to a new survey. The study, conducted by the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif), asked investors to evaluate the non-financial reporting practices of European companies.
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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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Increased Influence of CFOs on Sustainability

What is sustainability? Ask a consumer this particular question, and he or she will most likely answer ‘green’ or ‘durable materials, or perhaps a more social answer such as ‘preventing child labour’. Companies however are showcasing a broader view on sustainability and become more and more aware of their responsibility to start working on various social issues. Companies are more capable of creating economic value from sustainability and integrate it in their business strategy.
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Sustainability and Rankings: Using KPIs 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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Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability

Harvard Business School tested the performance of a sample of 90 companies that had adopted sustainability policies since the early 1990s when CSR was still at nascent stage, against a control peer group of 90 companies that only adopted sustainability more recently. Next, they used selected SAM/Dow Jones Sustainability Index data and found several interesting correlations.
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Preventing spankings from rankings

Naming and shaming is increasingly regarded as an effective way to progress the sustainability of sectors and individual organizations. Therefore the global drive for sustainability is progressively leading to the emergence of green rankings.
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