Shareholder Value and CSR: Friends or Foes?

There is little question that corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability are of growing interest to businesses and investors. In 2011, just under 20% of S&P 500 companies published a sustainability or CSR report. By 2013, just two years later, that number had grown to 72%. However, in spite of this increased focus, many companies struggle […] ... lees meer

New pan-European lobby group for bioeconomy

A new pan-European bioeconomy lobby group (European Bioeconomy Alliance) has been launched in Brussels. The bioeconomy offers huge potential to tackle societal challenges such as resource efficiency, climate change, maintaining European competitiveness and creation of jobs. The vision of the European Bioeconomy Alliance is for a competitive, innovative, energy secure and sustainable Europe: leading the transition towards a […] ... lees meer

GRI helps companies comply with Directive on non-financial reporting

Today, GRI, architect of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework, has released the publication “Making headway in Europe”, which sets out the links between GRI’s G4 Guidelines and the recently adopted European Directive on disclosure of non-financial and diversity information. The linkage document specifies how G4 can be used to gather information, and […] ... lees meer

New report: Companies struggle to reduce environmental impact

The world’s biggest companies are working to address their environmental impacts — but it isn’t making much of a difference, according to State of Green Business 2015, a report released Tuesday by GreenBiz Group and Trucost. The eighth annual edition of the report, which measures the global progress of large, publicly-traded companies  confronting myriad environmental […] ... lees meer

Enter the Climate-KIC Accelarator, apply before 12 February

Climate-KIC’s Accelerator in the Netherlands is looking for ambitious cleantech start-ups to apply. The next round closes on 12 February 2015. Technology start-ups seldom fail on technology, they fail on commercialisation. We can help you solve real customer problems. We help you think, act and grow big, so you can reach global domination in your chosen market […] ... lees meer

Will Unilever become the world’s largest publicly traded B corp?

After Natura was certified as the first publicly listed B Corp in December, Unilever CEO Paul Polman says his company is considering pursuing the status. The movement to put purpose at the heart of business strategy has received a major boost with news that several multinationals, including consumer goods giant Unilever, are considering becoming B […] ... lees meer

Executives Meet with UN Secretary-General to Advance Business Leadership on Sustainable Development and Climate Change

Global business leaders met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon last week in Davos to advance the corporate statesmanship and transformative business leadership that is needed to address the world’s most critical challenges. The meeting was held as the year ahead presents an historic opportunity to adopt a new sustainable development agenda and to reach a global […] ... lees meer

Companies Can Now Credibly Report Emissions From Low-Carbon Electricity Purchases

The World Resources Institute unveiled new guidance for companies to measure emissions from purchased electricity. The first major update to the GHG Protocol Corporate Accounting and Reporting Standard responds to the rapid growth of renewable energy and other major shifts in the electricity market. The GHG Protocol Scope 2 Guidance provides a consistent, transparent way […] ... lees meer

Bold Energy Reforms Needed across Major Emerging Economies for Growth and Sustainability

Reforming governments across major emerging economies should push forward with policies to address high energy intensity, corrosive energy subsidies, and encourage wider investment. This insight was highlighted in the World Economic Forum’s Global Energy Architecture Performance Index Report 2015, released in collaboration with Accenture. The annual index, designed to help countries address challenges and identify […] ... lees meer