Recent posts on strategic sustainability

Framework CEO Kate Rebernak writes about the attitudes and connotations that adhere to words like “ESG”, “citizenship”, and “sustainability”. This article also appears in the Journal of Sustainable Banking & Finance’s May edition.

While in a meeting recently with members of the top management team of an iconic U.S. company (which we’ll call IconCorp), I mentioned, as I often do, that investors increasingly consider companies’ performance on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in making investment decisions. The comment was based, in part, on the growth in the number of signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment in recent years, the increasing amounts of money being managed by investment professionals who (say they’re) considering ESG factors in their investment process, and the growth in the number of shareholder resolutions over the past several years on issues such as board diversity, reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, and… More >

Nestlé’s Creating Shared Value approach reflects the belief that long-term success relies on creating value for shareholders and society. Nestlé’s 2010 report focuses specifically on rural development.

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Getting It Right:

Materiality Analysis and Strategic Sustainability

Part 5 in a Series
Embarking on Strategic Sustainability

Materiality analysis as a bridge to integrated strategic planning and reporting

Our study of the sustainability reports of CR’s 100 Best Corporate Citizens of 2010 found that fewer than half conducted a systematic materiality analysis of their sustainability issues, risks, and opportunities. Only one in four used the results of such an analysis to structure their reports. And fewer than one in ten companies aligned their 10K financial disclosures with the material issues identified through their analyses.

High-Impact Reporting

A materiality analysis enables readers of a sustainability report to judge the performance of the company that issued it, based on those issues that matter most to stakeholders and the company itself. We believe that it also enables companies to judge their own… More >