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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
We are about to enter "uncertain terrain" or as the ancient Romans called it, terra incognita - when it comes to what [national] public policies the United States of America will / or will not pursue in the days ahead regarding the complex issues surrounding "climate change" (or dare we say..."global warming").
Welcome to 2017 -- Quo Vadis for Corporate Sustainability and Sustainable Investment for This New Year?
At the outset of the Year 2016 we were seeing so many (mostly) positive trends converging in a critical mass that spelled out "s-u-c-c-e-s-s-f-u-l" year ahead for sustainability professionals, whether they toiled in the corporate sector, in the capital markets, in NGO offices, in the public sector, and so on. In January 2016 we began to explore these trends one-by-one and in the collective, to develop commentary around the respective themes and developments.
Sustainability reporting in stock exchanges 'comes of age' (Thursday - December 08, 2016) Source: GreenBiz - As many as 21 stock exchanges across the world could introduce sustainability reporting standards in the coming months. They would join the 17 exchanges that currently recommend listed companies to report on environmental, social...