Recent posts on Material issues

By now, you probably know that we at Framework are passionate advocates for materiality analysis. That’s because we’re increasingly convinced that any serious effort to become a more sustainable organization must include a formal assessment of the issues with the greatest impacts on performance and most importance to your internal and external stakeholders.

But of course, the story doesn’t end there. Constructing the matrix of issues is just the beginning of the real work of implementing strategies and actions that can drive actual performance–and value.

In studying how best to help you build on your materiality findings, we recognized a set of needs that often go unnoticed among businesses trying to move from identifying issues to acting on them. We’ve addressed these pitfalls by developing a new suite of tools that places the issues in the context of business planning and prepares you to develop strategies and engage decision makers in… More >

In her latest report review, Kathee Rebernak notes that the AP Moller-Maersk 2012 sustainability report makes a good case for integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into business strategy and operations. The report details the company’s business strategy, the ESG factors that impact its business, and the impacts of its heavily fossil-fuel reliant operations. The discussion of Maersk’s effort to combat corruption and workplace injuries are refreshingly honest and present a stark picture of the difficulties of operating in some developing countries. Such frankness does not, however, extend to the discussion of the impacts of Maersk’s oil and gas business.

Read the full review, as published in the April 2013 issue of Ethical Corporation Magazine.

In the most recent session of Sustainable Brands’ “Issues in Focus” series, sustainability practitioners gathered to discuss, debate, and expound on “The New Metrics of Sustainable Business.” Among the conference contributors, Framework’s  Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy joined with Charlene Wall Warren of BASF to explore the value and applications of materiality analysis in today’s corporate sustainability landscape.

See the presentation slides and conference summary to learn more.