As 2020 draws to a close, we reflect on what has undoubtedly been a surreal and challenging year, but ultimately a positive one for corporate sustainability and climate action.
The headline news from our Sustainability Reporting Performance reports this year was that corporate action on climate change is simply not happening fast enough. While this is sadly true, the purpose of our research is not to simply cast another cloud over the climate crisis. The objective is really to recognise the action that is … Continued
We recently published our 2018 Sustainability Reporting Performance reports. The reports are based on annual research into the public disclosures of the FTSE 100. The purpose is to highlight trends and recognise leadership in environmental performance and disclosure across some of the world’s largest and most carbon intensive companies. Here we take a dive into … Continued
Gradually companies are beginning to embed sustainability in their business models; the paradigm is shifting from sustainability as an afterthought to sustainability as best practice. McKinsey’s Sustainability’s Strategic Worth: Global Survey report found that CEOs are now twice as likely to cite sustainability as their top business priority when compared to 2012, demonstrating not only … Continued
Businesses globally have a wide range of sustainability frameworks, standards and benchmarks, they can report to – CDP, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) – and the list goes on. Each tool varies slightly in purpose, audience and … Continued
CDP recently published the materials companies need to be able to submit a disclosure to the 2017 investor led questionnaires (climate change, forests, water). The extent and breadth of this material and the questionnaires themselves may sometimes seem overwhelming.
Derived from ancient Greek, the word strategy refers to a high level plan to achieve a long term goal. If our long term goal is to have zero impact on our climate, how does a sustainability strategy support that?
I’ve not set resolutions this year. However, this year I have decided that I’d like to not take certain things with me into 2017. I’d like to leave the negative aspects of 2016 behind and focus on the now. This particularly resonates for me when I think about climate change. So much was achieved in … Continued
When discussing strategy and sustainability there is, I think, a danger of lapsing into what one of my colleagues affectionately calls “management dude speak”. However, done well, a strategic approach should help manage risks and make the most of opportunities. Here we expand on some of these themes and whilst aiming to keep the dude … Continued