Balancing Act: Digital Progress and Responsibility
April 23 | Anuj Saush, Senior Sustainability Researcher - Europe, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
With government regulation lagging, technological outcomes depend on how businesses develop and apply them. It’s important that companies fill that gap by complementing their digital transformation journey with a governance arrangement that drives ethics and builds trust.
Materiality Assessment: Crucial in Developing a Sustainable Strategy
March 22 | Minji Xie, Research Analyst, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
Companies conduct materiality assessment to identify, refine and assess potential environmental, social and governance issues which are sufficiently important that they should inform corporate sustainability strategy and reporting. The Conference Board surveyed 50 senior sustainability executives to examine the current trends of materiality practices.
Corporate action on climate and waste: glass half-full or empty?
February 27 | Anuj Saush, Senior Sustainability Researcher - Europe, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Key trends related to the corporate disclosure of environmental and social practices—encompassing, among others, atmospheric emissions, water consumption, biodiversity policies, labor standards, human rights practices, and charitable and political contributions.
Beware the 80/20 Governance Trap: Where External ESG Ratings Fall Short – and Why
February 07 | Gib Hedstrom, Deputy Leader, Global Sustainability Center; Program Director, Sustainability Council I: Strategy and Implementation; Sustainability Council II: Innovation and Growth; and the Chief Environment, Health, and Safety Officers’ Council, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Sustainability Reporting Across Asia: Trends and Challenges
February 01 | Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
The Conference Board recently released its annual study on the state of corporate sustainability disclosure around the world. The research assesses environmental and social disclosure practices of the 250 largest publicly traded companies domiciled in each of the 10 largest economies (by GDP at purchasing power parity) in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific. As we look to Asia, what are key trends in reporting practices across the region? Where do we see the biggest challenges ahead?
Large U.S. companies are among the most active in sustainability reporting
January 23 | Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Research on corporate sustainability reporting finds that large U.S. companies, even in the absence of domestic nonfinancial reporting requirements, are more transparent than their peers in much of the world. Sustainability disclosure by U.S. companies is largely driven by pressure from stakeholders.
ESG reporting practices in Europe – Now and In the Future
January 18 | Anuj Saush, Senior Sustainability Researcher - Europe, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Key trends related to the corporate disclosure of environmental and social practices in Europe
Japanese companies lead sustainability disclosure, but are reporting requirements incentivizing compliance over substance?
December 14 | Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Findings from a global study of corporate sustainability reporting reveals that companies in Japan have the highest overall sustainability disclosure rate. The findings raise the fundamental question of why companies report and whether reporting regulations are incentivizing compliance over substance.
Navigating sustainability reporting frameworks
November 28 | Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
For companies embarking on the practice of sustainability reporting it can be challenging to discern between the various reporting frameworks and guidelines. To ease this process, The Conference Board developed a table comparing some of the leading sustainability reporting frameworks.
Are you strategically engaging on the UN SDGs in China yet?
November 12 | Anke Schrader, Senior Researcher, China Center for Economics and Business | Comments (0)
For most businesses in China, including foreign firms, directly addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is unchartered territory. Many companies are still in the early stages of their sustainability journey in China, and existing programs often lack strategic intent or deep commitment. We see a tremendous opportunity for foreign firms to exploit areas of Chinese policy and SDG alignment to raise the impact and relevance of their sustainability programs in China.