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Sustainability: Why South Korea's Industrial Firms Need to Do More
When it comes to sustainability, industrial firms are perhaps not the first that spring to mind. Their performance is patchy, to say the least. A recent study compared global leaders in the diversified industrial sector – that is to say engineering, construction and production companies, who manufacture a wide variety of products – with their counterparts in South Korea, a country widely respected for its industrial exports. Significant gaps are becoming evident between a small group of leaders, who continue to show groundbreaking innovation, and the rest of the pack.
The success – or not – of the diversified industrial sector is pivotal as it has an impact on the supply chain of so many other industries. Products either enable or hinder customers to manage their own sustainability impacts, while the sector's own business model is highly dependent on the ever increasing and fluctuating prices of raw materials and energy.
At Two Tomorrows we have just carried out a new piece of research for the Tomorrow's Value Rating in South Korea. This ranks the sustainability performance of 30 leading South Korean companies and shows which of them is likely to deliver long-term investment value thanks to sustainable practices. It also compares their sustainability performance with that of the 90 companies we rated in the global Tomorrow's Value Rating last year. The companies rated with investment grades are restricted to those that are already recognised as strong performers in sustainability.
In South Korea, companies such as GS E&C have focused on mitigating their environmental impacts by developing technologies that are energy efficient and that recycle resources. To be applauded, yes, but as part of an effective strategy, there is still much more to be done.
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