1. Transforming Electric Power Generation for a Low-Carbon Environment

    October 2016 | Research Report

    If emerging markets in East and South Asia continue to use coal because it is cheap and domestically available (secure), greenhouse gas emissions will continue to rise.

  2. 25 Truths about Sustainability: Insights from the Sustainability Summit

    August 2016 | Conference KeyNotes

    There’s good and bad news in sustainability. Good: more businesses are taking sustainability seriously. Bad: for many, “growth” still means “selling more product.” The solution: sustainable innovations that also drive business growth.

  3. Seven Pillars of Sustainability Leadership

    June 2016 | Key Business Issues

    We identify a set of business practices most often associated with leadership in corporate sustainability, helping company leaders direct their sustainability efforts where they are most impactful.

  4. Seven Pillars of Sustainability Leadership (CEO Business Implications)

    June 2016 | Key Business Issues

    CEO engagement on sustainability issues is one of the most important drivers of leadership in corporate sustainability. We offer practical examples of how CEOs can strengthen their companies’ sustainability profiles.

  5. Seven Pillars of Sustainability Leadership (General Counsel Business Implications)

    June 2016 | Key Business Issues

    We examine the key business practices that define leadership in corporate sustainability and provide guidance on how general counsel and boards of directors can steer their organizations toward leadership.

  6. China ResearchGraphic: The Growing Importance of Sustainability Reporting in China

    May 2016 | China Center Publications

    The Chinese government’s intensifying focus on improving the sustainability reporting of local companies indicates that better sustainability reporting is desired by regulators, and the demand of the Chinese public for better sustainability standards, enforcement, and transparency is driving this trend.

  7. China ResearchGraphic: The Big Cleanup—What Are China's National Green Policy Targets?

    April 2016 | China Center Publications

    China’s environment has suffered immensely from economic growth, and a major and sustained environmental cleanup is looming. Understanding the plans and targets is thus critical to detecting policy changes and assuring organizational readiness.

  8. China Center Quick Take: China's New Charity Law -- What's the Impact on Corporate Giving Programs?

    April 2016 | China Center Publications

    Last month, China’s first comprehensive charity law was passed by the National People’s Congress. Critics argue that the law aims to co-opt civil society to support the government’s interests, but if implemented well, the new law should yield an improved operating environment for MNCs working with local nonprofits on community engagement and other CSR programs.


  1. Corporate Political Spending: Policies and Practices, Accountability, and Disclosure (Second Edition)

    November 2015 | Research Report

    This report provides companies with information to more easily assess the range of issues related to political activity and disclosure and to determine the best course of action for their businesses.

  2. Business Case for Corporate Investment in ESG Practices

    July 2015 | Director Notes

    This report reviews empirical analyses of the return on investment in environmental, social, and governance initiatives and discusses why the positive correlations found by some academics remain disputed by others.