BSR issues new report on linking executive pay to social performance

Executive compensation became a controversial issue in the 1990s and continues to make headlines. Much of the attention has focused on highly paid corporate executives, particularly those who have been paid large sums despite poor corporate financial performance or who have been at the helm during sizable corporate layoffs. Although the media have focused largely on the relative dollar amounts of corporate pay, many analysts, institutional investors and other shareholders have expressed interest mainly in ensuring that executive pay levels are linked to appropriate corporate performance measures, including social and environmental criteria. ... lees meer

Corporate Environmental Research Now Available to Individual Investors

Innovest Strategic Value Advisors, Inc. and Socialfunds.com have announced a joint marketing agreement to provide individual investors with access to corporate environmental performance research previously available only to the institutional marketplace. The research reports, now offered on www.socialfunds.com, utilize Innovest’s unique methodology of correlating corporate environmental performance with stock market performance. ... lees meer

Research shows emerging relationship between environmental performance and shareholder wealth

Does superior environmental performance indicate increased shareholder value? An emerging body of evidence suggests it may. After a generation of experience with environmental issues, regulations, and management efforts, an active debate has emerged over whether environmental activities are value-adding or value-destroying. The debate divides into two theories: the Cost Center and Value Creation. The former argues that environmental issues represent primarily increased cost and offer little positive potential for shareholders. The latter view is that the environment presents a new lens through which companies can identify and realize new sources of competitive advantage and improved financial returns. ... lees meer

Consument vindt voedsel onveilig

Het Centraal Bureau Levensmiddelenhandel (CBL) heeft medio december een enquête gehouden over hoe de consument denkt over de veiligheid van zijn voedsel. De meerderheid, 46 procent, was het oneens met de stelling -ons voedsel is nog nooit zo veilig geweest als nu’, 32% was het daar mee eens, terwijl 23% geen mening had. Met name jonge huishoudens zonder kinderen (53%) en oudere huishoudens zonder kinderen (55%) vinden de veiligheid van hun voedsel onvoldoende. Het CBL concludeert hieruit dat de fabrikanten meer en beter moeten communiceren over hoe zij voedingsmiddelen produceren. Als zij extra maatregelen moeten nemen om de veiligheid van de producten te garanderen, dienen zij deze zonodig in de kostprijs te verrekenen. Het instellen van een algemene heffing, zoals LTO Nederland onlangs voorstelde in het kader van BSE-maatregelen, bestempelde de CBL-voorzitter als -klinkklare onzin’. De consument wil ook voor die zekerheid betalen, zo bleek uit de enquête. Maar liefst 86% zegt daarvoor een gulden per kg vlees extra te willen betalen. 90 procent bleek zelfs bereid om een dubbeltje of kwartje meer te betalen voor groente, fruit en aardappelen die met een minimum aan bestrijdingsmiddelen zijn geproduceerd. ... lees meer

Guidance for measuring and improving business performance and stakeholder relations SMEs

The United Nations Environment ProgrammeÃ??s Division of Technology, Industry and Environment and the Eco-Efficiency and Sustainable Enterprise Group at the Wuppertal Institute in Germany have jointly developed the Efficient Entrepreneur Calendar for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). In combination with an additional booklet, the Calendar provides assistance and guidance on how to measure and improve business performance and stakeholder relations in seven areas. On the basis of “You canÃ??t manage what you canÃ??t measure”, it introduces performance measures that are easy to assess and evaluate. The Calendar charts a “month-by-month” programme that ends with a simple Efficient Entrepreneur report which can be put in a global internet database. ... lees meer