sustainable investing

Companies Expand Work Opportunities to Support Refugees

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The global refugee crisis has reached a point where it is no longer an option for large companies not to reach out in support of displaced people. The socially responsible behavior of major employers is under greater scrutiny than ever before, and companies need to demonstrate their commitment to retain the trust of their employees, customers and investors.

Vigeo Eiris Applauds US Companies’ Stance against Immigration Ban

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Globalization of business has extended the reach and impact of large corporations to every part of the world. Although the basic responsibility to preserve international human rights standards still lies with the governments, there is an increasing realization that companies hold some level of responsibility as well.

Climate-Smart Transport is Pivotal to a Sustainable World

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Transport accounts for 23 percent of global energy-related GHG emissions, and is one of the sectors where emissions are rising the fastest. Ironically, the transport sector is also one of the victims of climate change, with transport infrastructure being particularly vulnerable to the effects of higher temperatures, increased precipitations, and flooding.

Sustainable Companies Outperform Peers in Value Creation

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Corporate sustainability efforts include programs that address issues such as climate change, resource efficiency and circular economy, sustainable agriculture, and chemicals management. Some of the most valuable program approaches include product innovation, design and development, activating a sustainability purpose in the business, and responsible sourcing.

Socially Responsible Funds Link Pay to ESG Impact

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Socially responsible investing (SRI) seeks out companies that are rated high for environmental stewardship, employee diversity, fairness to customers and suppliers, community engagement, and robust standards of corporate governance. According to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, one out of six dollars under professional management in the US in 2014 was invested following SRI strategies.

World’s Stock Exchanges Launching Sustainability Reporting Standards

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable reporting has come of age. The UN and the nonprofits are no longer the only ones advocating sustainability reporting, and the markets themselves are demanding it. When companies report on sustainability issues, they also tend to act more sustainably. Market analysts increasingly point toward a positive correlation between sustainability commitment and strong financial performance.

Stakeholders Demand More Exacting Standards in Corporate Responsibility

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Expectations of good business behavior have become so strong that consumers and other stakeholders are ready to take action to penalize companies viewed as irresponsible. Visionary companies already recognize this trend of increasing interdependence between corporate and societal performance at a global level.

World’s Top Banks Making Progress to Reduce Climate Risk

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Since the COP21 climate summit in Paris, climate change has risen up the agenda in the corporate and financial sectors. Leading banks and financial institutions are now seeking opportunities in sync with the global climate goals. However, there is an urgent need for many banks to review policies and strategies in order to make a deeper contribution to climate risk mitigation.

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