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The Drive for Disclosure: What Matters and What Doesn’t

It’s sustainability reporting season. CDP’s climate change questionnaire is due June 30. The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices questionnaire deadline was at the end of last month. And then there’s a company’s own annual report for shareholders outlining sustainability and financial performance that must be completed. It’s enough to make sustainability … Read more »

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Why Climate Business Risk Disclosures are the New Norm

A new emissions disclosure rule, proposed by the White House this week, would require companies with federal contracts to report on their greenhouse gas emissions, efforts and targets to limit such releases and their climate-change related business risks. “It’s the responsible thing to do to take steps to understand the … Read more »

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SC Johnson Expands Ingredient Disclosure Website

SC Johnson has expanded its ingredient disclosure website to include product-specific fragrance disclosure to consumers, beginning with Glade. An April 2015 study commissioned by SC Johnson from GlobeScan, Implications of SC Johnson Ingredients and Fragrance Disclosure, found that consumers appreciate transparency and want to know what is in the products … Read more »

GRI, CDP Streamline Sustainability Reporting

The Global Reporting Initiative and CDP have published a guide that shows how GRI’s G4 Guidelines and CDP’s 2015 climate change questions are aligned, which means companies can avoid duplicating their disclosure efforts. The two organizations say this will ease the reporting burden for the thousands of companies that use … Read more »


Shell to Shareholders: Support Climate Change Disclosure

Shell has recommended its shareholders support a climate change resolution. In a letter to shareholders, the company says “Shell has a commitment to transparency.” The resolution, coordinated by ClientEarth, ShareAction and the Aiming for A Coalition, asks Shell to transparently: Stress-test its business models against the requirement to limit global … Read more »

SC Johnson Publishes Restricted Use Ingredients

SC Johnson Publishes Restricted Use Ingredients

SC Johnson has, for the first time, published its “restricted-use” ingredients — chemicals and other materials the company limits or has banned in its products to protect human health and the environment. Eliminated ingredients include bisphenol A (BPA), mercury and mercury-containing compounds, diethyl phthalate (DEP) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC). The … Read more »

EPA Proposes Removing 72 Chemicals from Approved Pesticide List

The EPA has proposed removing 72 chemicals from its list of substances approved for use as inert ingredients in pesticide products and is seeking public comment on this proposal. The agency says it is taking this action in response to petitions by the Center for Environmental Health, Beyond Pesticides, Physicians … Read more »

Only 3% of Largest Global Firms Report Basic Sustainability Metrics

Only 3% of Largest Global Firms Report Basic Sustainability Metrics

Only 3 percent of the world’s largest listed companies report on all basic sustainability metrics, according to a study by investment advisory and research firm Corporate Knights Capital. In its third annual study, Measuring Sustainability Disclosure: Ranking the World’s Stock Exchanges, Corporate Knights Capital researched how well global stock exchanges … Read more »

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SC Johnson to Disclose Fragrance Ingredient Information

SC Johnson says it will expand its ingredient disclosure efforts by providing product-specific fragrance ingredient information. The company says this move makes it the first major US consumer goods company to disclose fragrance ingredients. Beginning in the spring of 2015, consumers will have access to the main ingredients used to … Read more »

SASB Launches Software Provider Partnership Program

The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, a nonprofit that develops sustainability accounting standards for publicly listed US corporations, has launched a software provider partnership program designed to help companies integrate SASB standards into their disclosure processes. PE International and CSRware are the initial founding partners in the Enterprise Resource Platform Partnership … Read more »