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Posted: Feb 29, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
The growth of corporate sustainability (CSR) over the past decades, along with its positioning as a central element of corporate strategy, has given birth to a new category of professionals, the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility (CR) professionals. Sustainability professionals are those within companies and organizations that spend most of their time designing and performing activities related to environmental, economic and social aspects. CSE Research from various sources* has shown that since the introduction of the term of sustainable development in the late 1980s, there has been a constant growth to the number of companies with full-time sustainability managers. Especially since 2000 the number of such companies has increased by 400%. This is evident also in the fact that more than 60% of sustainability professionals have been in the field for less than 10 years.
Posted: Feb 24, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Not only did I fail to kill our workplace giving campaign’s online auction last year, this year my team is working harder than ever to improve it. I’m still not sure where I went wrong.
Posted: Feb 22, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
As Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues continue to grow in importance for mainstream investors, KKR’s pioneering environmental initiative provides the resources and tools necessary for its participating private equity portfolio companies to determine materiality and the means to measure it.
Posted: Feb 19, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Larry Fink is Chief Executive of BlackRock. BlackRock’s portfolio weighs in at a cool US $4.6 trillion. So when he speaks it’s wise to listen. He has spoken. And what he has said, in a letter to top US and European CEOs, is the single most significant intervention ever made by an investor on CSR issues.
Posted: Feb 17, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
After so many complaints that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs and its 169 targets are unwieldly and unlikely to be effective it seems preposterous to suggest that another Goal may be needed. But yes, there is a glaring omission in those goals and targets.
Posted: Feb 15, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Thomson Reuters wants investors to know that corporate responsibility, sustainability, diversity, and inclusion are drivers that support strong financial performance. Combining these function areas into one global department has allowed the team to strengthen its purpose and work closer with business units to achieve measurable objectives and drive financial growth.
Posted: Feb 12, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
It’s been eleven years since I began writing about the business of sustainability. And, of course, in that time everything has changed. The world has a global deal to tackle climate change; CEO’s are thinking beyond their five-year tenures. We have new business models that favour the leasing and sharing of goods and services. We have enlightened businesses aiming to be ‘net positive’ or ‘circular’. Some of them are even putting a cash value on natural assets.
Posted: Feb 11, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
Integrating sustainability into a company’s core business model enables the business to create more value, manage risk and address today’s global environmental, social and financial challenges.
Posted: Feb 10, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
In this post, I explore the exciting potential that CSR has begun to demonstrate in terms of sound brand strategy.
Posted: Feb 08, 2016 – 06:00 AM EST
China’s expansionism, like that of the U.S. and other empires, revolves around lending countries easy money, then plundering their resources, and paralyzing their leaders through fear. But China appears to have learned from the mistakes of the United States. Chinese loan deals sidestep many of the draconian demands imposed by the World Bank and IMF, such as voting for specific UN policies, trading only in dollars, or authorizing the establishment of military bases occupied by foreign troops.
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