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DJSI CSA Will Soon Be “Open” for US Companies to Begin Their Response Effort – Workshop for Corporate Staff Scheduled for April 6th/NYC, Presented by G&A Institute w/ RobecoSAM

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (03.29.2018)
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The Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes are some of the most important and widely-used benchmarks for global investors – the suppliers of capital to the corporate sector.  The “DJSI” benchmarks include the well-known “World” and “North America” indexes. 

Flash Report: 85% of S&P 500 Index® Companies Publish Sustainability Reports in 2017

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GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY INSTITUTE, INC. RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS:
G&A Institute has analyzed index companies’ sustainability reporting activities since 2011. Our research over the past seven years shows that corporate reporting on sustainability -- including environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and achievements -- continues to be a consistent, reliable standard for the largest and most influential companies in the US capital markets.

“Sustainability reporting” rose dramatically from 2011, when roughly 20% of companies published reports, to 72% just three years later in 2013. From 2013 to 2017, the frequency of reporting has increased each year, now up to 85% of companies reporting in 2017.

This enhanced and expanded corporate disclosure and structured reporting underscores the importance and value of considering corporate ESG issues when planning growth strategies, allocating capital, managing resources and communicating results to stakeholders such as customers, employees, and shareholders.

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GOVERNANCE & ACCOUNTABILITY INSTITUTE, INC. RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS:
G&A Institute has analyzed index companies’ sustainability reporting activities since 2011. Our research over the past seven years shows that corporate reporting on sustainability -- including environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and achievements -- continues to be a consistent, reliable standard for the largest and most influential companies in the US capital markets.

“Sustainability reporting” rose dramatically from 2011, when roughly 20% of companies published reports, to 72% just three years later in 2013. From 2013 to 2017, the frequency of reporting has increased each year, now up to 85% of companies reporting in 2017.

This enhanced and expanded corporate disclosure and structured reporting underscores the importance and value of considering corporate ESG issues when planning growth strategies, allocating capital, managing resources and communicating results to stakeholders such as customers, employees, and shareholders.

Ceres on Corporate Sustainability: "Turning Point" Research Effort Results

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (03.15.2018)
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We can view this as very encouraging news:  Ceres released a report – "Turning Point" -- that shows almost two-thirds of 600 companies examined intend to reduce GHG emission; half have water management policies; and just under half of the companies are formally committed to "workers' rights". The current research effort is the third assessment of corporate progress against key expectations of the framework, "The Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability," and is a follow up to Ceres' "Gaining Ground: Corporate Progress" report in 2014.

Building Success Into the Firm’s Sustainability Efforts – By Making Sustainability Everyone’s Responsibility

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (03.07.2018)
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Lately, we’ve been participating in conferences where CEOs and other senior managers have been on the lectern describing their companies’ sustainability journeys – the why, how, challenges and positive outcomes.

Most presenters are the leaders in brand marketing who know that the stakes are higher now, in terms of both investor and customer expectations.  They know that the customer-facing company that wants competitive market positioning will demonstrate greater corporate responsibility and strive to be more sustainable.

Supply Chain Responsibility – A Signal of Excellence in Corporate Accountability? Stakeholders Are Increasingly Thinking That Way…in the “New World Order"

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (03.01.2018)
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Back in 1991, the tense “Cold War” environment of the post-WWII era was coming to an end.  President George H.W. Bush, a veteran fighter pilot in WWII and “Cold War Warrior,” addressed the U.S. Congress (January 19th) to deliver his State of the Union address. 

ING Surveyed Corporate Finance Execs: The Results Are Encouraging, As the Respondents Commented on Positive Results of Corporate Sustainability

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (02.23.2018)
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Take our Top Story today and get it in front of your firm’s finance leaders... 

So often we hear that “investors don’t ask” or “no one inside seems to care” or “our finance folks don’t believe in” when we talk with corporate connections about corporate sustainability at their firm.  And, inside the company, skepticism can typically be found in the finance offices.

Internship: Sustainability Reports Data Analyst

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February 20, 2018 /3BL Media/ - G&A is offering unpaid internship opportunities for qualified students interested in learning more about corporate sustainability and corporate ESG performance (“Environmental, Social, Governance”) issues.

Access RobecoSAM's Leading Practice & Benchmarking Database for the Day @ DJSI - How Insights Inspire Action

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February 15, 2018 /3BL Media/ - Each attendee will have free access to RobecoSAM's Benchmarking & Leading Practices Database for the day. Access to these databases normally cost 4’990 EUR and 2’500 EUR respectively.

The aim of this workshop is to increase the participants’ knowledge about the importance of and methodology behind the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) and the RobecoSAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA).

Representatives from RobecoSAM will lead a workshop session on how to utilize these important resources which are summarized below.

The Year 2018: Significant Developments Moving Sustainable Investment and Corporate Sustainability & Responsibility Forward – The Pace is Exciting!

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (02.08.2018)
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We are just past one month into the year 2018 and there have already been significant advances that directly affect the lives of professionals and organizations in the fields of corporate sustainability and sustainable investing – the two vital halves of the capital markets – and in related fields.

It’s 2018 – Does Wall Street “Get It” on Corporate Sustainability and Sustainable Investment? A Noted Author Explores the Question...

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (01.02.2018)
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Does Wall Street finally care about sustainability?  A noted sustainability author (Andrew Winston) muses about this in the pages of the influential journal for the C-suite – the Harvard Business Review. Yes, we think – more and more asset owners and managers are getting aboard the train...but there is work to do.  And what about corporate boards and CEOs...”

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