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Can Brands Be Too Big To Do Good?

6 August 2012 -

(Daniel Baylis)

In kindergarten we’re all taught to play fair. It’s the golden rule, the ethic of reciprocity: treat others as you would like to be treated. Yet when it comes to the business world, what becomes of this golden rule? The individual rule of “being good to one another” does not have an equivalent proverb when we consider larger human systems, especially in regards to the corporate world.

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Lessons for corporate sustainability from India

25 June 2012 -

(Saatchi & Saatchi)

It was my first trip to India. My task was to take the lessons from my book Strategy for Sustainability, and apply them to the Indian subcontinent. It seemed straightforward enough.

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Is quarterly reporting inherently unsustainable?

11 June 2012 -

(Mallen Baker)

Al Gore has made the case that companies should no longer be required to produce quarterly financial reports. Such short term updates, he argues, prejudice against long-term and environmentally sustainable investing.

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Unilever’s Paul Polman: challenging the corporate status quo

11 June 2012 -

(The Guardian)

Paul Polman, the chief executive of consumer goods giant Unilever, is in a league of his own when it comes to being the leader a multinational company challenging the corporate status quo.

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So You Call This CSR? Or One of Its Many Other Names?

11 June 2012 -


It’s not a good sign when an entire profession can’t agree on what to call itself. Here’s a short list: Corporate responsibility (CR), sustainability, corporate social responsibility (CSR), sustainable development, corporate accountability, creating shared value (CSV), citizenship, and just plain social responsibility.

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Another report shows US firms lag Europeans on sustainability

21 May 2012 -

(GreenBiz) By Robert Kropp

A new report from Ceres and Sustainalytics concluded that while there are “pockets of leadership and innovation” in the sustainability efforts of 600 of the largest corporations in the U.S., there remains a “compelling case for deeper, more comprehensive business action on sustainability.”

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Coca-Cola, Vodafone, Marks & Spencer Win Top Honors for CR Reporting

15 May 2012 -

(Sustainable Brands) By Bart King

The 5th annual CR Reporting Awards (CRRA’12) recognized the best in corporate responsibility reporting from the past year.

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How integrated reporting can help companies see the bigger picture

8 May 2012 -

(Guardian) By Janet Ranganathan

By including environmental, social and governance information in their reports, businesses can reap significant benefits

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29 firms fail to file promised sustainability reports

12 April 2012 -

(GreenBiz) By Robert Kropp

For the fifth year, a coalition of signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are pressuring companies to fulfill their stated commitments to corporate sustainability reporting.

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3,000 Companies Expelled from UN Global Compact in 7 Years

3 April 2012 -

(Environmental Leader)

Real estate company Georgetown Green, support services firm Kent Global Security and office furniture supplier Humanscale are the latest U.S. firms to be expelled from the U.N. Global Compact, as the program announces that its expulsions have reached 3,123 since 2005.

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Sustainability reporting: immediate choices for the future

5 March 2012 -

(Guardian) By Paul Hohnen

Two recent developments in the Rio+20 context will help prompt welcome – and overdue – attention to the crucial role that corporate reporting can play in promoting progress towards sustainable development.

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Are Sustainability Reports Really Worth the Effort?

27 February 2012 -

( By Dunstan Allison Hope

I have spent the first six weeks of 2012 working with companies to create sustainability reports, and the mix of companies has been refreshingly diverse — first-time reporters and experienced old-hands, reporters from developed and emerging markets, companies with huge direct impacts and those with a much smaller footprint.

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UN Documents Propose Mandatory Sustainability Reporting

13 February 2012 -

(Environmental Leader)

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 propose tighter sustainability reporting requirements for businesses, according to Chatham House fellow Paul Hohnen, writing in the Guardian.

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The 6 Biggest Trends in Sustainability Reporting

13 February 2012 -

(Greenbiz) By Ann Goodman

At the GreenBiz Forum in New York City last week, Ernst & Young offered a preview of fall 2011 survey results of sustainability program and reporting trends at leading companies in 24 sectors. Of the more than 270 respondents, 85 percent are based in the U.S.

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Footprinting Walks A Fine Line

1 February 2012 -

(Greenbiz) By Jow Makower

The idea of calculating one’s “footprint” began in the 1990s with the notion of an “ecological footprint,” a measure of human demand on the Earth’s ecosystems. In those terms, a footprint is a standardized measure of demand for natural capital relative to the planet’s capacity to regenerate it. Organizations like the Global Footprint Network (whose founder, Mathis Wackernagel, helped popularize the concept) use footprint calculations to answer such confounding questions as “How many Earths would it take if everyone lived like us?”

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Corporate social responsibility remains tough to measure

30 January 2012 -

(Smartplanet) By Heather Clancy

Almost three-quarters of companies support a formal corporate responsibility program, up from slightly less than two-thirds in 2010.

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ACCP And LBG Partner To Test A Global Approach To Measuring Corporate Community Investing

30 January 2012 -

(CSR Wire)

The Association of Corporate Contributions Professionals (ACCP) and LBG (the London Benchmarking Group) have embarked on an 18-month pilot program to improve companies’ ability to measure the impact of corporate community investment. Through this initiative, 12 ACCP member companies will learn the LBG framework and its impact measurement tools. Participants will also share their own experiences and best practices to help further develop tools and resources to assist in measuring the impact of community investment.

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Leveraging Reporting as a Management and Communication Tool

20 January 2012 -

(Center for Corporate Citizenship) By  Beth Holzman

Sustainability reporting is increasing at a fast pace here in the United States. Since the Global Reporting Initiative was launched in 1997, the number of reporting organizations in our country has increased tenfold. It’s true that multinationals reporting on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues in the U.S. lag behind our global counterparts. However, it’s encouraging to see an increase in reporting uptake – not just because this allows stakeholders to better understand corporate impacts, but also because reporting in its best form should be a tool that aids strategy development, target setting, and business management.

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Brazilian Stock Exchange Nudges Companies Toward CSR Reporting

12 January 2012 -

(GreenBiz) By Robert Kropp

BM&FBOVESPA, the Brazilian Stock Exchange, announced this week that it will now recommend that its listed companies either state that they publish a regular sustainability report and where it can be accessed, or explain why they do not do so.

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Investors Step Up Calls for Mandatory, Integrated CSR Reporting

5 October 2011 -

(Green Biz) By Robert Kropp
Integrated reporting — the practice of embedding environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) information into corporate financial reports — received another significant boost recently, when a group of financial institutions, professional bodies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), and investors with $1.6 trillion of assets under management called for a binding international commitment requiring companies to disclose sustainability information.

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UK cable urging reporting on remuneration

27 September 2011 -

(News Distribution Service) September 19, 2011
Investors will have greater clarity on how top businesses are run and how executive pay is matched to performance under proposals published today by Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Proposals published as part of a consultation paper will simplify the reporting requirements for companies, providing clear and relevant information to investors on performance and pay.

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At Clinton and UN Forums, Investors Push for Sustainability Ratings, Mandatory Integrated Reporting

22 September 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) September 21, 2011
Investors have launched two major drives to improve the quality of information on companies and funds, pushing a rating system for social and environmental impacts, and asking countries to mandate sustainability reporting in annual reports.
At the Clinton Global Initiative yesterday, B Lab announced that 15 investors are declaring an investment preference for funds and companies rated by its Global Impact Investing Ratings System (GIIRS).

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Integrated Reporting Framework Proposed

19 September 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) September 12, 2011
Integrated reporting holds the prospect of removing “clutter” that obscures important information in company reports, according to a discussion paper released by the International Integrated Reporting Committee.

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Global 500 hit milestone for embedding carbon cutting into business

14 September 2011 -

(BusinessGreen) By Jessica Shankleman – September 14, 2011
Carbon Disclosure Project annual survey finds 68 per cent of respondents have embedded emissions reductions into their growth plans. For the first time, most of the world’s largest corporations reporting their carbon emissions have embedded environmental improvements into their businesses plans.

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EPA Launches Electronic GHG Reporting Tool

29 August 2011 -

(Environmental Leader) August 23, 2011
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has launched a tool to allow 28 industrial sectors to submit their 2010 greenhouse gas pollution data electronically.

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