After months of study, deliberation and negotiation, members of the United Nations task force charged with establishing “Sustainable Development Goals” can take a bow -- all 193 member nations have signed on to the goals, which address a wide range of ESG issues, such as solving hunger and poverty issues, addressing inequalities, dealing with climate change issues, creating more “sustainable cities,” and encouraging “more responsible” consumption.
Two McKinsey managers present a commentary for Fortune readers -- corporate executives, board members, managers -– corporate sustainability is now critical to your business. Cited: a McKinsey survey of 340 executives; 90% of respondents initiated their sustainability journey based on risk management concerns. Authors Jeremy Oppenheim and Martin Stuchtey present brief examples of corporate benefits of sustainability efforts (a brewing company, water utility, China-based industrial), and examples of WalMart Stores, Nike, Unilever, DuPont sustainability initiatives. These explain t
SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights September 30, 2015
In 2007, the dominoes started to fall. The debt auction rate market caught cold, leading in time to the broad capital markets and housing markets catching pneumonia. Down went the dominoes – click/click/click – US housing prices plunged, lender foreclosures skyrocketed, equity share prices plummeted – and trillions’ of dollars of accumulated wealth disappeared – poof!
SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights September 24, 2015
Forbes’ contributor Christopher Meyer seeks to ask and answer this question in our Top Story selection this week. He explores the actions and statements about responsibility to society that leading consumer marketers make. Is the commitment and action “for real,” or part of the effort to differentiate [a company] from its consumer market peers via smart PR?
SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights September 17, 2015
This week, the results of the RobecoSAM's annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) were announced. Along with it, we see the flurry of press releases coming from companies announcing their results -- their inclusion in the various DJSI family of indexes or being recognized with the various other highly coveted recognitions (such as the Gold Class, or Sector Leader recognitions, among others).
This year the three largest additions to the DJSI World index are:
SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights August 25, 2015
There is spirited debate in the corporate community and among capital market players: Is global warming occurring...what are the causes (if so)...and can anything be done by the private sector and governments to mitigate the effects if our planet is heating up? The Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) was careful in reminding corporate boards a few years ago to pay closer attention to downside "risk," and upside opportunities related to climate change. In specific terms, "global warming" was not included in the staff interpretation to corporate issuers.
SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights August 13, 2015
The big news while you may have been away on vacation or sunning at the beach: President Barack Obama has unveiled the final version of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) rules. The new regulations will provide the framework for individual U.S. states to meet emissions-reduction goals in their electricity service area.
SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights July 21, 2015
We think the Sustainable Brands annual conference is one of the “must attend” gatherings of sustainability managers and service providers. This year’s theme was “How Now,” with focus on “how” companies can support, strengthen and innovate their brands [for sustainability] – “now!” (This was the organizations’ 15th annual conference.)
SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights July 13, 2015
Our Top Story this week is a Forbes/Poland post by CSR editor Magdalene Krukowska, who looks critically at a research and ranking effort by SustainAbility (UK) and GlobeScan (Canada) – the firms analyzed the efforts of leading multinationals that are generally considered to be sustainability leaders.
SustainabilityHQ.com Weekly Highlights July 8, 2015
Sustainability? Green products & services? That’s nice. One might still hear this in the company’s executive suite. But the word is fast getting around in the board room and C-suite corridors of power. That’s MONEY we are talking about. The Conference Board just released a study – “Driving Revenue Growth Through Sustainable Products & Services,” authored by Thomas Singer and supported by the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute (IRRC). Findings: Leading companies are realizing a substantial and positive impact on revenue from their sustainable produ