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Dear Framework clients, partners, and friends:

Thank you for another year of collaboration in pursuing our shared goal of a more sustainable world! It’s a special privilege to get to do this work with you.

For this year’s annual handmade gift, Framework teamed with New Haven-based non-profit Sanctuary Kitchen to create a Syrian culinary treat for you: Syrian Petit Fours. We learned this recipe from Sanctuary Kitchen cook Fatema, a 25-year-old refugee from Syria who arrived in New Haven two years ago with her husband and son. Fatema loves cooking and introducing her new neighbors to Syrian food, and aspires to enter a health-related profession.

Framework is pleased to support Sanctuary Kitchen, a program of CitySeed developed in partnership with a team of community volunteers. The organization’s aim is to improve cultural understanding and appreciation while creating income opportunities for the cooks. They host cooking classes, food demonstration, and supper clubs led… More >

Cecily Joseph, VP of Corporate Responsibility at Symantec, spoke to TriplePundit last week about the company’s 2017 Corporate Responsibility report. As the article states, Joseph has led Symantec and the reporting community at large, “using quality sustainability reporting standards to drive sustainability programming now for 10 years running.” Framework has been proud to support Symantec on this journey every step of the way.

Featuring Joseph’s tips and highlights on best practices in reporting, the article makes for important reading for all CR professionals. We congratulate Symantec on this substantial milestone.

Read “Symantec’s Cecily Joseph Shares Lessons Learned from a Decade of CSR Reporting” in TriplePundit, Oct 24th 2017.

Today, public trust in institutions is at an all-time low. Stakeholders expect more responsible management than ever from corporations, and investors are increasingly scrutinizing management practices with the help of a growing set of data platforms for evaluating material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors.
Businesses are often surprised to discover how mainstream and specific the ESG assessment of their companies is becoming—and just how much capital is being influenced by these considerations. To stay ahead of this trend, companies, especially S&P 500 members and other prominent corporations, should examine the ESG/sustainability expectations of their top shareholders and the ways in which key ratings organizations are assessing them. 
Below we chart the dramatic rise of ESG factors in global investment decision-making in recent years, and offer 4 steps every company should take. The infographic is also available for high-resolution download as a PDF (2MB).

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