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Winning Sustainability Strategies Book

Using Vectoring to Fast-Forward Your ESG Activities

European temperatures in the past summer months were not as exceptional as some might think. According to the UN weather agency, CO2 levels are at their highest in the last 650,000 years, and so are the average temperatures, with the world’s nine warmest years all having occurred since 2005, and the five warmest since 2010. With the battle for sustainability heating up, companies and executives need to develop a new sense of urgency, moving it from the realm of compliance to that of a key driver of performance and innovation, which requires embedding it deeply into their core strategies.
Next DJSI Expert Training

Co-Design our Next DJSI Expert Training

Following successful Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Expert Trainings in Amsterdam, Zürich and Barcelona, Finch & Beak is again planning to bring together global practitioners on ESG benchmarking to learn and exchange best practices with top level DJSI peers. In order to provide the most relevant program, we want to hear from you! Share your preferences so that we can address the most pressing questions during the training.
Driving ESG Performance

Access to Capital is Driving ESG Performance

Increasingly sustainability frontrunners are leveraging their position as leaders by making deals with their banks. Philips, Barry Callebaut, and Generali are recent examples of companies that have successfully engaged with their capital providers to develop facilities with innovative sustainable and green features. By linking interest costs to ESG performance such as targets on green investments or progress made on sustainability initiatives, a strong business case for sustainability is created. Analyzing the different ESG benchmarks is a useful first step to further understanding ESG performance, as well as monitoring progress, and guiding decision-making to further accelerate sustainability performance.
New DJSI MSA Methodology

New DJSI MSA Methodology Shakes Up 2018 Results

In June 2018, RobecoSAM announced the update for the Media and Stakeholder Analysis (MSA) which is an integrated part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) questionnaire for 2018 and onwards. The impact of this change is extremely significant in terms of both industry and company absolute scores. In this article we summarize the most important changes and how to explain this to your board.
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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 2019. 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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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.
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Balancing Richness and Reach for More Focused Reporting

Spurred by regulation and industry standards, more companies than ever are reporting on core ESG topics by publishing integrated or separate corporate sustainability reports. Simultaneously, 26 percent of global assets under management are managed under an ESG strategy. While investors are becoming stronger advocates for ESG disclosure, companies are struggling to find the balance between reporting too little or too much. Pro-active lean reporting combined with responding to relevant external ESG rating requests can help to resolve this dilemma.
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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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Checklist: How to Get Ready for DJSI 2018

If improving your company's position in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index is one of your objectives for 2018, now is the time to get ready. A good preparation can make filling out the DJSI questionnaire a lot easier, and put you in a better position to improve your results. Here are five things you can still do before RobecoSAM opens the new assessment on the 5th of April.
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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