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UNCW & G&A Institute Announce The Certificate & Certification in "Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability Strategies" E-Learning Course Offering Dual Credentials

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NEW YORK/WILMINGTON, NC, July 10, 2017 /3BL Media/ - To meet the needs of professionals seeking knowledge about the dramatically-expanding fields of Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Sustainability, Corporate Citizenship, Sustainable Investing and related subject matters, Governance & Accountability Institute, Inc. has partnered with the Swain Center for Executive Education at the University of North Carolina Wilmington to offer an online, self-paced learning course for individuals.

Flash Report: 82% of the S&P 500 Companies Published Corporate Sustainability Reports in 2016

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Highlights from G&A Institute: 

G&A Institute has analyzed the index company components' sustainability reporting activities for the past six years.   Our research over the last six years shows that reporting on the corporate sustainability including environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) continues to be a consistent, reliable norm for the largest companies in US capital markets.   

Sustainability reporting rose dramatically from just 20% of the companies reporting in 2011 to 72% just three years later in 2013.  From 2013 to 2016, the frequency of reporting has maintained with slight increases each year, now up to 82% in 2016, the latest year of our study released.

Over the last few years, this consistent volume of corporate reporting underscores the importance and staying power of considering ESG issues when setting corporate strategies, managing resources and communicating to important stakeholders such as customers, employees and shareholders. 

Press Release

Highlights from G&A Institute: 

G&A Institute has analyzed the index company components' sustainability reporting activities for the past six years.   Our research over the last six years shows that reporting on the corporate sustainability including environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) continues to be a consistent, reliable norm for the largest companies in US capital markets.   

Sustainability reporting rose dramatically from just 20% of the companies reporting in 2011 to 72% just three years later in 2013.  From 2013 to 2016, the frequency of reporting has maintained with slight increases each year, now up to 82% in 2016, the latest year of our study released.

Over the last few years, this consistent volume of corporate reporting underscores the importance and staying power of considering ESG issues when setting corporate strategies, managing resources and communicating to important stakeholders such as customers, employees and shareholders. 

June 15 New Date Locked In: Introduction to Corporate ESG for Investment & Finance Professionals Certification

The why and how of applying ESG to corporate valuations
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April 4, 2017 /3BL Media/ - New date locked in for the second Introduction to Corporate ESG for Investment & Finance Professionals Certification scheduled for June 15, 2017. This full-day course is offered by Governance & Accountability Institute and Global Change Associates and is being hosted at Baruch College/CUNY at The Newman Vertical Campus in New York City.

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How Valuable is Your Brand -- and What Are You Doing to Enhance the Brand Through Your Company's Sustainability Journey?

G&A's SustainabilityHighlights (2.3.2017)
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Some of the most popular -- and valuable -- brands in the world are housed under the big umbrella of Unilever (and consider that the Anglo-Dutch parent company name itself is a valuable brand).  Think Unilever brands: Dove (soap); Hellmanns (mayo); Lipton(tea); Breyer's (ice cream); and Ben & Jerry's (one of the great pioneers in CSR and purveyors of iconic ice creams).

The Authoritative Voice for Wall Streeters," Says It ... Barron's Tells Mainstream Investors It's a "New Era of Sustainable Investing" ...And that is, in the Trumpian Era, No Less...

G&A's SustainabilityHighlights (23.02.2017)
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The Barron's weekly newspaper is the "hot read" for Wall Streeters - both institutional and retail investors alike eagerly absorb the news and opinions of the editors, writers, and columnists.  "Did you see Barron's....?" is a familiar question in the investment community.

Doing the Right Things in Business --Making the Business Case - Making the Financial Case - Also Incorporating the Moral Case?

G&A's SustainabilityHighlights (17.02.2017)
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It's an age-old topic of discussion: Where in American business do the issues of morality, ethical behaviors, and "fair and equitable" fit in? Andrew Winston, author of the best-selling "Green to Gold," explores the topic ("morality") in an essay on Sustainable Brands' "New Metrics" web platform.

State Street CEO to Boards of Companies in Portfolio: Disclose More About the Impact of Climate Change on Your Business -- Be More Transparent...and More

G&A's SustainabilityHighlights (10.2.2017)
Newsletter

State Street Corp is one of the world's leading asset managers, with US$2.47 trillion in AUM.  State Street Global Advisors CEO Ron O'Hanley in late-January sent a message to the boards of directors of public companies whose stock is in State Street portfolios:  SSGA is increasing focus on climate change, safety, workplace diversity and various other ESG issues.  Especially climate change.  Tell us more about what you are doing.

The Best Intentions of C-Suite on Corporate Sustainability -- Results in are in With Sharing of Bain & Co Survey

G&A's SustainabilityHighlights (2.2.2017)
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This is not encouraging: the respected management consulting company Bain & Company surveyed the leaders of 300 companies engaged in "sustainability transformation" and conducted interviews with heads of sustainability recognized for outstanding results.

The question: What are the results of instituting sustainability as a top priority? The answer: Alas, not really encouraging for stakeholders, says Bain & Company. There's an important "but" here with tips for CEOs and C-suite on how to overcome the odds of losing forward momentum in corporate sustainability efforts.

How Millennials are using Data to Power the Impact Investing Movement

How the Case Foundation Influences Capital
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by Sean Tennerson, Program Officer, The Case Foundation 

For those of you who know the Case Foundation, we’re bullish on the impact investing movement and the power of private capital for public good. While still a relatively small market, impact investments are surging, with some seeing a trillion-dollar market potential by 2020. Against that context, we do a lot of thinking about what is standing in the way of tipping significantly more interested investors to activated investors.

The 100 Most Sustainable Global Companies According to Corporate Knight Analysis

G&A's SustainabilityHighlights (1.26.2017)
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Every year the Canadian-headquartered firm Corporate Knights (publishing, research) ranks “the world’s most sustainable companies,” from a universe of 4,000 global enterprises with market cap of at least US$2 billion each. The research team applies 14 metrics in its analysis of “corporate sustainability” to evaluate the management and governance of the sustainability journey.

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