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Is Your Sustainability Reporting Still Mostly Fluff?

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Corporate sustainability has come a long way in the last couple of decades. Given the current climate and citizen mobilizations, any and all advances in this area deserve to be applauded.

But let’s talk about sustainability reporting for a moment. Because, quite frankly, we’re still seeing way too much fluff. And that’s worrisome. Stakeholders – whether citizens, consumers, investors, government regulators – you name it, now expect much more from corporate sustainability than simply a green beauty contest. It’s your job to deliver the goods.

An Early Look at CECP’s Giving in Numbers Survey Data

By André Solórzano Senior Manager, Data Insights, Chief Executives for Corporate Purpose (CECP)
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and no, we don’t mean the holidays! We mean the release of the annual Giving in Numbers infographic, which offers the public the very first look at the latest trends that are defining the strategies behind corporate social investments in 2018. CECP’s Giving in Numbers is the unrivaled leader in benchmarking on corporate social investments, in partnership with companies.

From Internet of Things to Internet of Water: How Integrated Data Can Help Stop "Day Zero"

Smarter infrastructure, with data at its core, will be key to overcoming threats to our water supply
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The taps are flowing more freely in Cape Town, one of the world's premier tourist destinations and a cultural center of South Africa. In 2018, Cape Town residents stared down "Day Zero," the moment when the water system – jeopardized by the combination of population growth, drought cycles, aging infrastructure and deferred system improvements – was predicted to literally run dry.

By Any Measure: How Small Improvements Lead to Big Gains in Efficiency

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The data is clear: paying attention to metrics improves performance. When we track our fitness and nutrition, we acquire small insights that lead to corresponding changes in our behavior, and we end up feeling better. When we live by a budget, we save more money. And when we meticulously track farm inputs like fertilizer and pesticide, we end up using less.

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The data is clear: paying attention to metrics improves performance. When we track our fitness and nutrition, we acquire small insights that lead to corresponding changes in our behavior, and we end up feeling better. When we live by a budget, we save more money. And when we meticulously track farm inputs like fertilizer and pesticide, we end up using less.

How Data Sharing Can Improve Frontline Talent Development

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The research included in this report was made possible through funding by the Walmart Foundation. The findings, conclusions, and recommendations presented in this report are those of Digital Promise alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Walmart Foundation.

 
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The research included in this report was made possible through funding by the Walmart Foundation. The findings, conclusions, and recommendations presented in this report are those of Digital Promise alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Walmart Foundation.

 

ESG Investing Outlook for 2019

Incorporating Environmental, Social and Governance factors
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An article on ESG & Systems Thinking by Katherine Collins, Head of Sustainable Investing, Putnam Investments 

Corporate Purpose Is the Tie That Binds: CECP’s Annual Trends Report

By Daryl Brewster, CEO, CECP
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Leading companies are laser-focused on corporate purpose. They explore what their purpose is and how it translates to their people and community and bring that purpose to life through intentional practices and strategies. They use a human-centered lens for all business operations because it helps them see around corners and delivers a competitive edge. All this leads to a future-forward outlook that enables a long-term view.

Gut Check: Data is Valuable, But There’s Something Else

By Jeffrey Whitford
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I recently had two pertinent reminders about my gut—and no I’m not talking about my microbiome, though this is an increasingly hot topic for us at the Life Science business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germanyi.

I often have a continual, inner dialogue with myself. This may be a side effect of being an only child and figuring out how to entertain myself, or a sign of something else. A lot of that dialogue comes from an attempt to be better in practice at reflection and learning lessons as they’re happening—allowing me to implement feedback in real-time.

Erb Faculty Director, Joe Arvai Talks Metrics at Innovation Forum: Measuring Business Outcomes and Impacts, and Capacity Building

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The Erb Institute partnered with Innovation Forum during their recent visit to Detroit, Oct. 2-3rd, for their conference on “How business can measure the impact—and ROI—of corporate sustainability.”

The conference delved into the best ways to assess materiality, build a business case and deliver impact at scale. Participants from corporations, nonprofits and academia shared their approaches to measuring impact and return on investment (ROI).

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