What Makes a Sustainability Leader Successful?

“Sustainability,” little more than a buzzword in the corridors of corporate America a decade ago, is today a business concept that has been embraced by many companies in principle and, increasingly, in practice. Yet, while more and more companies are integrating corporate sustainability strategies and programs into their daily business operations, “sustainability,” is prone to multiple interpretations. For this reason, and in an effort to understand the skills, drivers and collaboration strategies necessary for executive success, VOX Global, Weinreb Group Sustainability Recruiting and Net Impact, Berkeley conducted a national survey of sustainability leaders. ... lees meer

Cradle to Cradle Certified (CM) Product Program Moves to Independence, Transparency

A new Certification Standards Board has been created by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute to oversee the ongoing development of the Cradle to Cradle product certification protocol. The board’s responsibility for Cradle to Cradle product certification represents an important step toward transparency for the certification process and independent third-party verification of the protocol, developed over the past 20 years by William McDonough and Dr. Michael Braungart in collaboration with some of the world’s top brands. ... lees meer

Rio+20: WBCSD president says the future of the planet rests on business

Peter Bakker, the president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Business (WBCSD), believes that the corporate sector currently offers the best opportunity for saving the world. Following the disappointing political outcome of Rio+20, he is on a mission to encourage business to move away from visioning the future and writing glossy reports to implementing change at scale. (Peter Bakker will speak on the [url]http://www.sustainability-congres.nl[link]13th Nationaal Sustainability Congres, 20 november in Nieuwegein[/url]) ... lees meer

Dutch Stock Exchanges tops ranking on sustainability reporting

Despite tougher regulations and the growing relevance of “sustainability” as an investment theme, the breadth of sustainability reporting on stock exchanges globally has fallen since its peak in 2008, according to a new report commissioned by Aviva Investors. In a ranking of the world’s composite stock exchanges by overall sustainability disclosure, the Netherlands comes out on top, with Denmark (2), Finland (3) Spain (4) and South Africa (5) also in the top five. ... lees meer

Nederland 8ste op Sustainable Competitiveness Index

In a World of limited natural resources and human induced changes to the natural and social environment, the GDP is not an inclusive measurement to compare prosperity and the development potential of countries. Based on models for evaluating corporate sustainability and risk modelling tools, SolAbility has developed a Sustainable Competitiveness model with the aim of measuring sustainable prosperity and growth potential of nations. Data indicators tracked by the World Bank, the IMF and various UN agencies have been grouped into four pillars of Sustainable Competitiveness: Natural Capital, Resource Intensity and Efficiency & Sustainable Innovation Competitiveness. The Netherlands is ranked at place 8. Social Cohesion ... lees meer

Experts Again Name Unilever As Top Corporate Sustainability Leader

Unilever has retained its top ranking among corporate sustainability leaders, according to a new survey of sustainability experts from around the world. But the survey also shows that perceptions of sustainability leadership have declined or stalled for nearly all institutional actors – including corporations, governments, NGOs and social entrepreneurs – in the last twelve months. ... lees meer

Ethisphere Institute unveils 2012 World’s most ethical companies

he Ethisphere Institute, a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability, announced today the sixth annual selection of the World’s Most Ethical (WME) Companies, highlighting a record 145 organizations that show leadership in promoting ethical business standards. ... lees meer

Companies yet to realize significant emissions reductions across their supply chains despite opportunity for cost savings

Despite improving their own carbon performance, multinational companies are not yet demonstrating significant emissions reductions in their supply chains, according to research published today by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) and Accenture (NYSE:ACN). The report on 49* CDP member companies, including L’Oréal, Philips and Walmart, and more than 1,800 of their suppliers revealed that while 43% of responding companies have achieved year-on-year emissions reductions, only 28% of suppliers have done so. ... lees meer

KPMG: Sustainability “Megaforces” Impact on Business Will Accelerate

* The costs of environmental impacts of business operations are doubling every 14 years. * Companies should expect increases in external environmental costs which today are often not shown on financial statements. * Businesses and policymakers must take joint strategic decisions and act now. New research from KPMG International has identified 10 “megaforces” that will significantly affect corporate growth globally over the next two decades. ... lees meer