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How to Get Sustainability Initiatives Under Control

Many companies have more sustainability initiatives than they can effectively manage and would benefit from applying performance management principles, according to McKinsey & Company. One of the biggest challenges companies face in sustainability is getting top leadership attention. If a company has too many initiatives and top management doesn’t prioritize … Read more »

World’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies Announced

World’s 100 Most Sustainable Companies Announced

Westpac Banking is the most sustainable company in the world, according to Corporate Knights, the Toronto-based media and investment research firm that compiles the annual Global 100 index. The Australia-based financial service provider topped the 2014 iteration of the corporate sustainability index and has a long history of leadership in … Read more »

US Ranks No. 1 Using Tax Code To Shape Corporate Sustainability

US Ranks No. 1 Using Tax Code To Shape Corporate Sustainability

The US ranks No. 1 among 21 countries most actively using the tax code to influence sustainable corporate activity, reflecting the country’s federal tax incentives for energy efficiency, renewable energy and green buildings, according to KPMG’s first Green Tax Index. Japan, the UK, France, South Korea and China are also … Read more »

Employees Take Corporate Sustainability Efforts Home, Study Says

Employees Take Corporate Sustainability Efforts Home, Study Says

Employees who participate in workplace sustainability programs are likely to promote sustainable practices at home, and encourage others to participate. And three out of four will make purchasing decisions based on a company’s environmentally-conscious practices, a new study finds. According to 2013 Gibbs & Soell, Sense & Sustainability Study, Perspectives … Read more »

Business Trusted More on Climate Change

Business Trusted More on Climate Change

A majority of Americans believe businesses are better suited than the government to cope with climate change, according to a survey by communications group Havas Worldwide. The study “Communities and Citizenship: Redesigned for a New World” found US consumers expect businesses to take on duties that were once the tasks … Read more »

Marfrig Group’s First Scope 3 Inventory Finds 95 Percent of Global Emissions

Brazil-based global food processor Marfrig Group has completed its first Scope 3 GHG emissions inventory, concluding that some 95 percent of its global emissions are generated within Scope 3. The company, one of the largest beef producers in the world, said that this finding will prompt it to focus efforts … Read more »

Intel, Xcel Energy, Alcoa Among US Companies Linking Exec Pay to Sustainability

Intel, Xcel Energy, Alcoa Among US Companies Linking Exec Pay to Sustainability

Intel, Xcel Energy, Alcoa, ING, National Grid, Shell, and Suncor Energy are among the US companies tying executive compensation to sustainability performance, according to a report from The Conference Board. The report, “Linking Executive Compensation to Sustainability Performance,” says shareholders are placing more value on corporate sustainability initiatives, and are … Read more »

Perspectives on Continuous Improvement in Corporate Sustainability

My company recently announced that it achieved a set of aggressive five-year global environmental goals a year ahead of schedule, as part of our Go Green commitment made in 2008. We met or exceeded our goals of reducing water use, waste-to-landfill and carbon emissions by 25 percent each since 2007 … Read more »

Corporate Responsibility Education for Senior Executives – How Important Is It?

As corporate responsibility (CR) has grown rapidly over the past years, CR key issues are dynamic and therefore create the need for new, innovative directions in the development and implementation of effective and integrated CSR strategies. Do senior executives of global large and mid-size organizations really understand the CR business … Read more »

A Three-Part Approach to Corporate Sustainability

Sustainable development is a vast and all-encompassing idea, and corporate sustainability is nearly so. No corporate sustainability leader can hope to make their company “sustainable” in the next year—or even the next five. So as we think ahead to our sustainability initiatives for 2012, how can we set meaningful goals … Read more »

The Real-World Application of Corporate Sustainability

Ask ten different experts to define “corporate sustainability” and you are likely to receive ten different answers all based, to a large extent, on their own experiences. Part of the problem in defining such an amorphous term arises from its continuing evolution along with the ever-increasing entry of new stakeholders, … Read more »

Reaching the Crossroads of Corporate Sustainability and Strong Business Practices

The intersection of corporate sustainability and smart business practices is a crossroads that companies can no longer afford to avoid on the path to increased productivity and reduced costs. An effective sustainability plan provides the roadmap to reaching goals which benefit both the environment and the bottom line. As a … Read more »