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Most Read Environmental Reporting & Finance Stories of 2012

Every day this week we’re looking at different aspects of environmental and sustainability management and counting down the top stories that grabbed your attention this year. Today we’re looking at two subjects: environmental reporting/finance (below) and energy management.

Here are Environmental Leader’s top 15 environmental reporting and finance stories for 2012, based on reader interest:

15. Study: Symbolic, not Substantive, CSR Action Has Greater Positive Financial Impact

An academic study suggests that symbolic environmental, social and governance actions have a greater positive impact on a company’s market value than substantive actions. The study also concluded that a larger gap between symbolic and substantive actions has a higher positive impact on firm performance; and the more companies engage in both symbolic and substantive actions, the higher the value accumulates to the company…

14. Carbon Disclosure Raises Stock Prices, Study Finds

Companies that voluntarily issue press releases disclosing their carbon emission information see their stock prices rise significantly in the following days, according to a University of California study…

13. Companies’ Sustainability Improves – But Reputations Worsen

AXA, Coca-Cola, Deustche Bank, EADS, General Electric and L’Oreal – companies that last year were not getting enough credit for their actual environmental, social and governance performance – have now earned reputations that match their relatively high sustainability achievements, according to a report by Brandlogic and CRD Analytics. The study found corporations face growing skepticism among professional investors, supply chain officials and recent higher education graduates…

12. Unilever, BT, 13 Others Top Corporate Responsibility Index

KPMG, Unilever, EDF Energy, BT Group, Heineken UK, Marks & Spencer, PwC, J Sainsbury and seven other companies earned the Platinum Plus rating for corporate responsibility, retaining their status from last year, in rankings from U.K. non-profit Business in the Community. Platinum rankings, for scores of 95 percent and up, were earned by 42 companies including the BBC, Hallmark, National Grid, Heathrow Airport Limited, Tesco, and Jaguar Land Rover…

11. UN Documents Propose Mandatory Sustainability Reporting

Two influential documents – the Rio+20 negotiating text and the recommendations of the U.N. secretary general’s High Level Panel on Global Sustainability – both proposed tighter sustainability reporting requirements for businesses…

10. Nearly 50% of CFOs Say Sustainability is Key Driver of Financial Performance

Nearly one half of CFOs see sustainability as a key driver of financial performance and two-thirds are involved in driving strategies in their organizations, according to a global Deloitte survey of 250 CFOs, representing companies with greater than $1 billion in annual revenue…

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