As the world becomes increasingly politically polarized and some governments abandon sustainable initiatives, like US President Donald Trump’s announcement to pull out of the Paris Agreement in 2017, consumers are now looking towards CEOs and their companies to spearhead sustainability.More
Source: MIT Sloan Management Review, April 2018
Are Companies Succeeding at the SDGs or at “SDG Washing”?
When 193 member states launched the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the United Nations in 2015, it was not clear how businesses could contribute to an agenda that covered such wide-ranging topics as eliminating poverty and hunger and promoting peaceful, just, and strong institutions worldwide.More
It is possible for business to be both sustainable and profitable — but some sectors have a smoother path than others.
Companies and investors are being asked to support the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030 — what some have described as “the closest thing the Earth has to a strategy”— since the public sector alone does not have the resources to do so. At the same time, companies must create value for their shareholders to create the returns they need for their ultimate beneficiaries.
In essence, both are being asked to do good and do well at the same time.More
Any corporate purpose, however laudatory or noble that mission may be, must be accompanied by strong governance.
The company’s board typically sets the boundary conditions in which management pursues its purpose, giving structure and meaning to the pursuit of a given corporate purpose. Purpose is not some teleological concept of the corporate end-state, a raison d’être that — by itself — pulls forward the company’s activities.More
WBCSD has developed a set of guidelines which provide a structured framework and approach that companies can follow as they embark upon SDG road-mapping for their sector.More
The sustainability revolution has taken off, but there’s more work to do. Former US vice-president Al Gore and veteran investor David Blood explain why they’re championing thoughtful firms.More
The signs are clear: Sustainability is a key corporate priority. Nearly 9,700 companies have committed to the United Nations Global Compact, more than 90% of the world’s largest companies issue sustainability reports, and survey after survey shows businesses want to play a leading role in advancing sustainability.More
The role and expectations of business in society are rapidly changing.
Consumers, regulators, shareholders and the media are holding corporations more accountable for their actions – both intended and unintended. Within this context, the role of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is gaining strategic importance.More
BlackRock CEO Larry Fink lays out a number of requests for companies in a public letter.
He cites the pre-occupation with short-term, reactive measures to drive quarterly profits and asks CEOs to focus on “investments in employee development, innovation and capital expenditures that are necessary for longer-term growth.”
Fink explicitly raises the issue of purpose as the critical North Star to guide corporate decisions: “Without a sense of purpose, no company, either public or private, can achieve its full potential. It will ultimately lose the license to operate from key stakeholders”.More
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