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FLASH REPORT: 60% of Russell 1000® Are Publishing Sustainability Reports, G&A Institute’s 2018 Inaugural Benchmark Study Shows

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G&A INSTITUTE RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Since 2011, G&A Institute has tracked the percentage of companies in the S&P 500® Index that publish sustainability reports and has reported dramatic growth since 2011 when just 20% published reports, compared to 86% reporting in 2018. 

Now that sustainability reporting has become common practice for the largest 500 companies in the US capital markets (typically included in the S&P 500® Index), the G&A Institute team has expanded its efforts to track the reporting trends of the next 500 largest companies by examining all of the companies in the Russell 1000® Index.

In this inaugural benchmark study, G&A found that 60% of the [total] Russell 1000® published sustainability reports in 2018.  Of importance to consider is roughly the top half (by market cap) of companies in the Russell 1000® are the S&P 500®, which the Institute analyzes each year.  When we now examine the bottom half in the Russell 1000®, beyond the S&P 500, we find that only 34% of these companies are publishing sustainability reports.

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G&A INSTITUTE RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS 

Since 2011, G&A Institute has tracked the percentage of companies in the S&P 500® Index that publish sustainability reports and has reported dramatic growth since 2011 when just 20% published reports, compared to 86% reporting in 2018. 

Now that sustainability reporting has become common practice for the largest 500 companies in the US capital markets (typically included in the S&P 500® Index), the G&A Institute team has expanded its efforts to track the reporting trends of the next 500 largest companies by examining all of the companies in the Russell 1000® Index.

In this inaugural benchmark study, G&A found that 60% of the [total] Russell 1000® published sustainability reports in 2018.  Of importance to consider is roughly the top half (by market cap) of companies in the Russell 1000® are the S&P 500®, which the Institute analyzes each year.  When we now examine the bottom half in the Russell 1000®, beyond the S&P 500, we find that only 34% of these companies are publishing sustainability reports.

Fair Trade USA Joins 1% for the Planet ‘My Planet Pass’ Program to Encourage Environmental Activism

New My Planet Pass bundles make it easy for individuals to support Fair Trade USA and other nonprofits
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Fair Trade USA is partnering with 1% for the Planet on 'My Planet Pass,' a bundled program that makes environmental giving easy. 

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Fair Trade USA is partnering with 1% for the Planet on 'My Planet Pass,' a bundled program that makes environmental giving easy. 

Three Challenges You Need to Consider When Disbursing and Safeguarding Employee Workplace Giving Donations

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After employees donate through an employee giving program, then what happens?

The answer to that question begets a slew of other questions that employers need to consider when handling charitable funds from workplace giving programs.

The fact is, processing and disbursing charitable contributions is a complex process, with a number of risks and costs involved that can have significant, long-term ramifications on your business’ bandwidth, budget, and bottom-line.

The Challenges

Back to School Month: School Supplies, Health and Hunger, and Safety

Build bright futures for students now and all year long!
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As summer draws to a close, students of all ages - from preschool to college - and their teachers are heading back as a new school year begins. Back to school month is about so much more than school supplies though.

The Power Of Purpose: How Virginie Helias And P&G Are Making Sustainability 'Irresistible'

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P&G's Chief Sustainability Officer Virginie Helias's journey to sustainability began with her being faced with a challenge when she was leading the detergent business in Europe in the 2000s with their lead brand Ariel down for three years in a row. Virginie and her team discovered that the leading messaging that connected with consumers was the fact that Ariel could wash clothes in low temperature leading to lower electricity bills.

Watch Recorded Webinar: Evolving Your Preferred NPO Strategy for More Employee Choice

How can you offer the greatest choice, maximize matching opportunities, and still align preferred causes? Listen to learn more.
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Over $5 Billion is raised through workplace giving annually. But today’s workforce has evolved to expect more options and transparency from corporate giving programs. When charitable choice is given, employee participation increases. But how do you align your preferred causes with current NPO partners, with expanded choices employees are looking for? Add to that, 84% of donors say they’re more likely to give if a match is offered, yet $5-$7 Billion in matching gift funds goes unclaimed every year.

Providing Electricity Packaged in Ways That Meet the Needs and Lifestyles of Customers

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Our residential and small business brands — NRG, Reliant, and Green Mountain Energy — provide electricity packaged in ways that meet the needs and lifestyles of our customers. Increasingly, these solutions are becoming sustainable solutions. Renewable energy plans are the most direct example, but we are also thinking more critically about more in-depth sustainability opportunities.

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) 2019

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Created to recognize all the hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations, International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) is a time devoted to:

As Investors Suggested Tying Executive Compensation to Progress in ESG / Sustainability – Can This Be Factored Into Today’s Corporate Pay Programs?

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (08.02.2019)
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For several decades now, investors have increasingly focused on issues involving executive compensation.  Remember Graef S. Crystal?  Back in 1992 the former compensation consultant to the largest corporations became an activist focused on “excess” pay arrangements for U.S. corporate CEOs (his book was “In Search of Excess – the Overcompensation of American Executives”).

Comerica Shows the Way to a Thriving Future

Latest Corporate Responsibility Report Demonstrates Progress on Environmental and Social Issues while Supporting Customers and Communities
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August 5, 2019 /3BL Media/  - Comerica Incorporated (NYSE: CMA) recently released its 2018 Comerica Corporate Responsibility Report which can be found at www.comerica.com/sustainability. Comerica President and CEO Curtis C. Farmer stated, “Corporate responsibility is a fundamental part of Comerica’s culture. Our Corporate Responsibility Report provides insights on how we support a successful business climate, the environment and our communities, all of which combined put us on a path towards a thriving future.”

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