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Why Sustainable Supply Chains Matter

Environmental managers and chief sustainability officers are increasingly looking to their supply chains to conserve natural resources and reduce carbon emissions. Considering supply chains are responsible for up to four times the greenhouse gas emissions of a company’s direct operations and many suppliers operate in water-stressed areas of the globe, … Read more »

Global Economy Facing Environment, Sustainability Skills Deficit

By 2020 the world economy could be facing a skills deficit driven by mega-trends such as population growth, increasing demand for natural resources, and soaring costs of energy, coupled with the impacts of climate change and ecosystem degradation, according to a report by the Institute of Environmental Management & Awareness. … Read more »

How to Improve Sustainability Oversight

Raising awareness of sustainability as a board-level issue is a key theme of the Director’s Handbook on Oversight of Corporate Sustainability Activities, co-produced by Ernst & Young with the National Association of Corporate Directors. The handbook details the state of sustainability governance and offers a how-to-guide for companies to elevate … Read more »

Coalition Backs Natural Capital Framework

The Natural Capital Coalition — a multi-stakeholder coalition whose business signatories include Coca Cola, Kingfisher and Dow Chemical — is seeking to create a framework to standardize how the economic value of natural resources is accounted for and valued. The Natural Capital Protocol is supported by, among others, the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation, and … Read more »

Survey Rates the Best and Worst

Sixty-four business brands have been rated with the highest – and lowest – levels of positive perception among executives responsible for environment, health and safety functions. Global Survey 2014: EH&S Brands was conducted by independent analyst firm Verdantix and is based on interviews with 250 heads of environment, health and … Read more »

Verdantix Names Top Sustainability Assurance Suppliers

Verdantix Names Top Sustainability Assurance Suppliers

Bureau Veritas, Deloitte, DNV, EY, KPMG and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) are the six leading suppliers of sustainability assurance, according to a Verdantix report. Increased scrutiny of environmental, social and governance disclosures in financial and sustainability reports will require Fortune 500 firms to seek much more comprehensive assurance of their sustainability data … Read more »

Steps to Mitigate Water Scarcity Risk

As the economic costs of severe weather increase, consulting firm Ernst & Young has compiled a list of steps companies facing water scarcity should take to assess and mitigate the risks. In 2012, the US Department of Agriculture declared more than 50 percent of all US counties as natural disaster … Read more »

E&Y: Third of CEOs Making Final Decision in Energy Strategy

E&Y: Third of CEOs Making Final Decision in Energy Strategy

The largest global corporations are tackling potential future energy cost rises through executive-level engagement and proactive energy strategies, according to research by Ernst & Young. The Global Annual Cleantech Insights and Trends survey of 100 global executives at companies worth over $1 billion within energy intensive sectors found that for 36 … Read more »