Category: sustainability

Return on Sustainability Investing
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Return on Sustainability Investing

When deciding whether to pursue a project, a company’s CEO and CFO are likely to ask, “what’s the expected return on investment?” (Note: to head off the emails that statement might generate, we acknowledge that the preferred approach is to compute a project’s net present value, but we’ll leave it to corporate finance textbooks to

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It’s Not Hard to Find Good News About Sustainability
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It’s Not Hard to Find Good News About Sustainability

Let’s face it – although sustainable investing has gained global recognition and support over the past decade, for some people the ESG glass remains half-empty. That’s not because of politics – for the most part, investors around the world understand that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues matter because they can affect companies’ bottom line,

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The Ivory Tower – With ESG Studies, the Devil’s in the (Data) Details
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The Ivory Tower – With ESG Studies, the Devil’s in the (Data) Details

The body of research on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) scores and stock returns is large and growing. A search on GoogleScholar using that phrase shows that since 2018 alone, roughly 11,700 academic articles have been published on what ESG scores reveal about stock returns, or whether ESG scores have any consistent relationship with stock

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greenwashing or a misunderstanding
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Greenwashing, or Just a Misunderstanding?

Here’s something we’ll bet you already know:  there has been pushback in certain circles against investing based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria. While often described as “anti-ESG”, some—not all, but some—of that pushback is not actually an objection to ESG per se. It stems from a suspicion that some asset managers, mutual funds,

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Sustainability Joins the C-Suite
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Sustainability Joins the C-Suite

Most mid-sized and large companies have a CEO, COO, CFO, CTO, CIO, CMO, and a CHRM (or some other title that covers the HR function). In recent years, many have added a CSO – Chief Sustainability Officer, but others are not yet familiar with the term. Some may wonder what the role entails and may

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The Pharmaceutical Industry is Prescribing More Sustainable Practices
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The Pharmaceutical Industry is Prescribing More Sustainable Practices

Certain industries tend to grab most of the headlines when it comes to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. The fossil fuel industry immediately comes to mind, as do the other extractives. Consumer-facing and manufacturing companies get a good deal of attention, too.  Of course, every industry can improve its sustainability and help people and

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TRANSPARENCY BOOSTS SUSTAINABILITY and THE EU LEADS THE WAY
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Transparency Boost Sustainability And The EU Leads The Way

Most of us would readily agree that Europe offers various things that are unmatched in other parts of the world – great cuisines, rich histories, beautiful villages – and, of course, precedent-setting guidance on sustainability reporting. Recently, the EU parliament adopted the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD), with 525 votes in favor, 60 against, and

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CUSTOMERS ACT BASED ON WHAT THEY LIKE
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CUSTOMERS ACT BASED ON WHAT THEY LIKE

As the saying goes, consumers vote with their wallets. Every time we go into a store, click “Add to Cart” when shopping online, pick a restaurant, use a rideshare app, or stay at a hotel, we are expressing a preference. Similarly, by avoiding a particular store, website, or service, we are saying, “I don’t like

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KPMG’s 2022 Survey of Sustainability Reporting
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KPMG’s 2022 Survey of Sustainability Reporting

The KPMG Survey of Sustainability Reporting (the Survey) is one of the most comprehensive pieces of global research in the sustainability arena. First published in 1993, the Survey is produced every two years. In this article, we summarize some interesting findings from the 2022 report,  titled “Big shifts, small steps.” The 2022 Survey analyzes Environmental,

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The Triple Bottom Line
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Doing Well by Doing Good – the Triple Bottom Line

Improve the world and make money by doing so. Is this mostly public relations fluff and wishful thinking, or does it really work? In this article, we discuss what “doing well by doing good” and the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) mean and offer some examples that we find inspirational. Spoiler alert: this is not about

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SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT
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SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT

In Pakistan, one-third of the land was submerged after devastating floods. Much of Nigeria is also flooded, and the gulf coast of the United States has been punished with hurricanes and torrential rains. In fact, extraordinary flooding has made headlines several times this year globally, and yet other regions do not have enough. Viral pictures

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Sustainability and Technology – A Good Pairing
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Sustainability and Technology – A Good Pairing

Some people think about incorporating ESG priorities across company operations in a way that focuses on difficult trade-offs. Where is the balance between reducing carbon emissions and maintaining production at a level that meets energy demands? How can we invest more in our employees while preserving shareholder profit? Does pursuing good governance practices interfere with

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