How difficult will it be for companies to implement the TCFD recommendations?
September 06 | Robert G. Eccles , Professor of Management Practice, Harvard Business School | Mike Krzus, Consultant, Krzus Consulting | Comments (0)
Existing company disclosure practices provide the foundation to implement the TCFD’s recommendations Precedent in oil & gas shows reporting at the level of the four principles (governance, strategy, risk, metrics) can be done. Reporting on the 11 specific recommendations will be more challenging, however, none of these are impossible to meet. Climate change is a systemic issue and investors need system-level data. Which means data from all listed companies and eventually the large private ones.
Total Impact Valuation: How Companies Convey Their Impact on Society
July 18 | Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board | Comments (1)
What if companies were able to communicate—in clear financial terms—the total value they create for society? While still very much in a nascent stage, such attempts at total impact valuation are being piloted by more than a dozen major companies across an array of sectors and geographies. A new report finds significant promise in these approaches, but a range of challenges remain to be tackled. Above all, standards for definitions and methodologies are needed to facilitate meaningful comparison.
Sustainability in the mainstream: Investors ESG interaction with companies
June 29 | Anuj Saush, Senior Sustainability Researcher - Europe, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Increasing recognition of the impact of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities on portfolio value is driving institutional investors engagement with companies on ESG.
Science Based Targets – What Is It All About?
May 21 | Dr. Uwe Schulte, Leader, Global Sustainability Center, The Conference Board | Comments (1)
Science Based Targets (SBTs) for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction are increasingly being discussed, however what they entail in detail is often not well understood.In contrast to a simple incremental approach, targets are considered ‘science-based’, if they aim at carbon reduction in accordance with the internationally agreed global climate change targets. In this blog, we want to give a very brief overview of the approach and its application.
An Update on the EU Circular Economy Package
April 26 | Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
This month the EU parliament approved a provisional agreement revising six pieces of EU legislation on waste. The legislation is part of the EU’s Circular Economy Package, a policy initiative aimed at advancing the practice of “recycle, repair and re-use” and waste avoidance. A new report provides more details on these and other recent developments related to the EU Circular Economy Package, including some of the key implications for companies.
ESG rating and ranking initiatives - a necessary evil?
April 20 | Anuj Saush, Senior Sustainability Researcher - Europe, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
An increasing number of studies point towards a strong positive correlation between ESG and financial performance. Whilst this has contributed to an increase in responsible investing, one of the implications of this has been the growth in the ESG rating and rankings initiatives.
C-Suite Challenge™ 2018: CEOs: Digital Strategies enable better Sustainability Performance
February 19 | Dr. Uwe Schulte, Leader, Global Sustainability Center, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
2/3 of CEOs believe that digital transformation is a significant enabler for their sustainability strategy and they actively seek opportunities from digitization to improve sustainability performance and to discover more sustainable business models. The application of digital trans-formation and innovation for new more sustainable business models finds wide acceptance among company leaders. Now is the right time to develop proposals for new products and services and new revenue models.
Sustainability Reporting: Quality over Quantity
February 07 | Thomas Singer, Principal Researcher, The Conference Board | Comments (0)
Corporate sustainability reporting—the disclosure of environmental, Social, and governance (ESG) practices—continues to transition from an exercise in transparency to a more targeted and strategic mechanism for companies to engage with stakeholders. Recent analysis by The Conference Board captures trends in the disclosure of environmental and social practices by large public companies around the world.