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Sustainability

Early Adopters Of SASB Will Reduce Disclosure Risk

This report helps Directors of Investor Relations and their colleagues in management, sustainability and reporting roles understand what SASB standards for investor-oriented non-financial disclosures mean for their industry and how they should alter their reporting strategy. The adoption of SASB will depend on geographic location, current reporting maturity and ambition. Verdantix identifies best practice for firms as keeping abreast of SASB’s industry-specific standards. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 18 March 2014

Challenges And New Thinking In Sustainability Communications

Sustainability communications – the dissemination of sustainability information through corporate marketing channels – is a field that has emerged along with the advent of formalized corporate sustainability strategies. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 31 October 2013

Product Sustainability: The Dos, The Don'ts, And The Business Benefits (Webinar)

Leading sustainability strategies have shifted in the last five years from enterprise-focussed to strategies encompassing product-based sustainability initiatives. Join this Verdantix webinar as we reveal the business benefits of product sustainability, key features of leading strategies and emerging best practices. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 12 September 2013

Sustainability Software Solutions For Employee Engagement

Engaging employees in global firms is challenging because of their differing attitudes to sustainability, lack of access to information and a disconnection between the sustainability team’s aims and those of employees on the ground. This report helps Chief Sustainability Officers, Corporate Social Responsibility Directors and Human Resources departments understand the software applications available in the market to assist with their employee engagement activities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 26 July 2013

G4 Shifts Materiality To The Heart Of Sustainability Reporting

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the most widely used framework guiding corporate reporting on sustainability performance. This report helps CSOs and their colleagues responsible for reporting understand the key changes in the GRI’s latest release, the G4 framework, and the implications of its greater focus on materiality. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 25 June 2013

Sustainability Meets Fast Fashion: H&M's Conscious Journey

Fast fashion is not an industry synonymous with sustainability. H&M, the SEK141 billion ($22 billion) clothing retailer headquartered in Sweden, stands out from its competitors by incorporating sustainability within its operations, products and mainstream communications. This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate sustainability strategies and provides CSOs and VPs of Sustainability with an independent analysis of H&M’s ‘Conscious’ sustainability strategy. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 13 May 2013

Rethinking Sustainability: Brand Risks And Opportunities (Webinar)

This webinar will help executives responsible for sustainability communications, whether sitting in sustainability or marketing functions, to understand the different strategic approaches and the business case for enhancing communications. Verdantix will reveal five sustainability communications strategies used by organisations today, and outline the benefits of adopting sustainability as a key brand attribute and implementing innovative sustainability communications. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 25 April 2013

Rethinking Sustainability: Brand Risks And Opportunities

This report helps executives responsible for sustainability communications, and their colleagues across communications, marketing and sustainability teams to understand the different strategic approaches, the risks and opportunities, and the business case for enhancing communications to support the corporate brand. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 10 April 2013

Global Sustainability Leaders Survey 2013: Brands

As global spending increases on corporate sustainability initiatives, sustainability leaders engage with a myriad of sustainability service providers. These engagements include partnerships with consultants and assurance providers, as well as the purchasing of sustainability management software and collaboration with sustainability-related not-for-profit organizations. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 14 January 2013

Corporate Sustainability Reporting Budgets And Priorities

Sustainability reporting is an important pillar of corporate sustainability programmes and firms seek to communicate progress and meet stakeholders’ demands for sustainability disclosure. This report helps executives in sustainability, marketing and communications roles and firms selling into these functions, to understand where responsibility and budgets lie for corporate sustainability reporting activities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 02 January 2013

Sustainability Consultants Face Complex Market Dynamics

For the past decade, management consultants and firms such as engineering service firms, environmental services firms and boutiques have created sustainability practices in an attempt to address a growing need for sustainability services, which include climate change, carbon management and cleantech. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 20 December 2012

Global Sustainability Leaders Survey 2013: Data Tables

This Excel spreadsheet contains the data included in the Verdantix "Global Sustainability Leaders Survey: Budgets And Priorities". Verdantix clients should use this data with the "Global Sustainability Leaders Survey: Budgets And Priorities" report for context and to understand the scope, underlying the structure and assumptions of the study. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 17 December 2012

Global Sustainability Leaders Survey 2013: Budgets And Priorities

This report provides a global benchmark of sustainability priorities, budgets and governance based on interviews with 250 heads of sustainability in firms with revenues of at least $250 million. The respondents represent 21 industries and are located in 13 countries. The survey finds that sustainability leaders have broad responsibilities for energy, environment and sustainability initiatives, but often lack budgetary control and decision-making authority over those initiatives. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 05 December 2012

Global Sustainability Leaders Survey 2013: Budgets, Governance & Priorities (Webinar)

This Verdantix webinar discusses the findings from our forthcoming annual survey of 250 heads of sustainability located in 13 countries spanning Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, UAE, UK and the US. The survey data covers 2013 sustainability budgets in detail, including planned budget increases by country, sources of funding for 10 key initiatives and 2013 spending priorities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 16 November 2012

Stock Exchange Benchmark On Non-Financial Reporting Rules

Finance and investor relations teams are under pressure from stakeholders to report on non-financial metrics. Stock exchanges are also becoming increasingly vocal on non-financial disclosures, adding to this pressure. This report helps senior managers and executives responsible for disclosure on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance as well as investors, to understand the current demands of stock exchanges regarding non-financial disclosure. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 26 October 2012

Innovative Ways To Engage Employees On Sustainability (Webinar)

The success of many corporate sustainability plans relies on changing the behaviours of the company staff. Even more ambitious engagement plans support employees changing behaviours in their private lives and at the family level too. While this subject has gained considerable momentum over recent years, with companies such as Microsoft all eager to disclose their strategies, achieving real, sustained change is a considerable challenge for CSOs. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 05 October 2012

Engaging Employees On Sustainability: 25 Innovative Approaches

The role of employee engagement in corporate sustainability strategies is essential. From minimizing waste to stimulating innovation, executives rely on a wide array of approaches to change behaviour in the pursuit of greater sustainability. But lasting behaviour change is difficult to achieve. This report shows Chief Sustainability Officers (CSO), heads of human resources and CSR Directors, 25 approaches used to engage staff on sustainability. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 03 October 2012

Consumer Symbiosis: A Powerful Innovation Agenda

Low economic growth, household budgets under pressure, smart phones, networked lifestyles and eco-values have catalyzed the development of a new model for consumer behaviour: consumer symbiosis. Harnessing growing positive public attitudes toward resource optimization and consumption reduction, a number of businesses have emerged to enable the shared use, reuse and recycling of products and services. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 27 September 2012

Ice Rush: Making The Arctic Economy Sustainable

Over the past 30 years, scientists have been measuring the melting and freezing of Arctic sea ice. In September 2012, data show a rapid decline in the extent of sea ice during the summer months compared to previous years. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 26 September 2012

Navigating The Eco-Labels Market

Over the past five years, the presence of eco-labels has risen dramatically as firms seek to profit from product sustainability. With over 400 different labels available, the immature eco-labels market is complex and confusing. This report helps Chief Sustainability Officers, Heads of Marketing and product managers to segment the plethora of eco-labels on the market and to identify the benefits of, and barriers to, implementing eco-label strategies. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 11 September 2012

Sustainability Reporting Frameworks Gain Global Traction

This report provides data on the adoption of single-issue and multi-issue sustainability reporting frameworks between 2004 and 2011. The analysis finds that an increasing number of firms disclose data to the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) every year and adoption of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) as a framework for sustainability reporting also continues to grow. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 11 September 2012

French Eco-Labelling Pilot Reveals Sector-Specific Benefits

This report helps Chief Sustainability Officers, Heads of Marketing and product managers to understand the results of the French eco-labelling pilot that concluded on July 1, 2012. Beginning in July 2011, this national pilot drew together 168 firms across sectors to test eco-labelling schemes prior to the implementation of Article 228 of the 2010 Grenelle II law. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 07 August 2012

AT&T Responds To Consumer Demand By Launching Eco-Rating

On July 30, 2012, US telecoms firm AT&T launched a proprietary eco-label for mobile phone devices. This move follows AT&T research that finds 62% of consumers would consider the environmental performance of handsets, if other factors were equal. This report helps Chief Sustainability Officers, Heads of Marketing and product strategy executives to understand AT&T’s Eco-Rating label, compare it to others in the market, and analyse the business case for AT&T’s investment in it. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 01 August 2012

Apple U-Turn Highlights Commercial Relevance Of Eco-Labels

The EPEAT eco-label is currently found on 2,084 products in the US electronics market. On July 13, 2012, Apple reversed a decision - announced just a week earlier - to drop the EPEAT eco-label from 39 of its products. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 31 July 2012

Benchmarking US Sustainable Telecoms Providers (Webinar)

Based on our new Green Quadrant study of the sustainability solutions from 12 of the largest telecoms operators in the US market, this webinar provides insights for customers to leverage telecoms innovations to improve their sustainability performance. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 27 July 2012

Sustainability Provides Healthy Results For Novo Nordisk

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate sustainability strategies. This report provides individuals in roles such as CSOs and VP of Environment with an independent analysis of global healthcare firm, Novo Nordisk’s sustainability strategy, which is based on a Triple Bottom Line approach. Novo Nordisk has produced an annual report on its environmental performance since 1994, and became early adopters of integrated reporting in 2004. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 02 July 2012

IKEA's Strategy Builds Brand Sustainability Benefits

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate sustainability strategies. This research helps individuals in roles such as VP Environment or Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) to benchmark their strategic thinking on sustainability. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the IKEA Group is a global furniture manufacturer and retailer with revenues of €24.7 billion ($32.6 billion) in FY11. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 11 June 2012

CloudApps Gamifies Sustainability To Catch Employee Interest

Firms increasingly recognize both the importance and the challenge of changing their employees’ behaviour to achieve their corporate sustainability targets. This report helps Chief Sustainability Officers, heads of Human Resources and CSR directors understand a new software tool launched by sustainable business software firm CloudApps to support employee engagement on corporate sustainability. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 07 June 2012

Webinar: Moving From CSR To Sustainable Business: How To Reboot Your Sustainability Communications

Chief Marketing Officers, Brand Directors and Chief Sustainability Officers face a new challenge: how to avoid underselling the strategic importance of sustainability initiatives to an audience that is already disillusioned by green marketing campaigns. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 02 May 2012

Efficiency Is Huawei's First Point Of Call In Sustainability

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate sustainability strategies. This report provides individuals in roles such as VP Environment or Chief Sustainability Officer with an independent analysis of Huawei’s sustainability strategy. In 2008, Huawei launched its ‘Green Communication, Green Huawei, Green World’ strategy that addresses Huawei’s sustainability strategy from both a product (‘Green Communication’) and operational (‘Green Huawei’) perspective. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 01 May 2012

CSO Toolbox Series – Carbon Disclosure Project

Faced with an expanding set of tools, outlets and rankings to aid sustainability reporting Chief Sustainability Officers can struggle to select which offerings in this immature discipline merit their time and effort. This report provides individuals responsible for non-financial reporting with a review of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), as well as guidance on how to participate effectively. Since its founding in 2000, CDP has become a cornerstone of sustainability reporting. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 March 2012

PUMA Pioneers Environmental Profit & Loss Statement

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate sustainability strategies. This research helps individuals in roles such as VP Environment or Chief Sustainability Officer to benchmark their strategic thinking on sustainability. Headquartered in Germany, PUMA is a global apparel firm with revenues of €2.7 billion ($3.5 billion) in 2010, majority owned by French multinational PPR. In November 2011 PUMA published a pioneering Environmental Profit and Loss statement. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 20 March 2012

Best Practices In Sustainability Communications

As executives embrace sustainability across many strategic and operational areas of their business, marketing will be among the fastest growing areas of spending as they try to capitalize on the brand benefits of being seen as responsible. But to date, firms have relegated sustainability either to the corporate social responsibility report – underselling the strategic importance of key initiatives – or ‘green marketing’ campaigns, which the public views with scepticism. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 23 January 2012

Unilever's Strategy Leverages Value Chain Influence

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate sustainability strategies. This report provides individuals in roles such as Chief Sustainability Officer or VP of Sustainability with an independent analysis of Unilever’s sustainability strategy. Headquartered in London, Unilever is a $57.9 billion fast moving consumer goods firm operating across 180 countries. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 10 January 2012

Green Quadrant Sustainability Assurance 2011 (Global)

The financial materiality of sustainability performance data relating to energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, supply chain policies and environmental management is growing. As a result, a wider range of senior managers need confidence in these data sets and management systems. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 21 June 2011

What Sustainable Business Means For AR Managers (Webinar)

Every business decision has a sustainability consequence -buying a diesel truck, relocating to a new corporate HQ, developing functionality for a new software application, purchasing a telepresence suite, flying to a client meeting. But what does sustainability mean for analyst relations managers? View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 11 November 2010

The Murky World Of Green Advertising

Marketing directors and sustainability leaders need to shift from CSR reporting to ongoing sustainability communications. This new approach faces challenges such as the erosion of consumer trust from years of greenwash, and primarily reactive regulator guidance. Firms’ environmental claims continue to draw public criticism from both environmental NGOs and advertising regulators. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 21 September 2010

How To Select A PR/Marketing Agency For Sustainability (Webinar)

Based on our new Green Quadrant study of the sustainability communications offerings of 18 PR firms, advertising agencies, brand identity consultants, and sustainability boutiques, this webinar provides insights for customers to evaluate which firms to hire to create credible, effective communications around their sustainability initiatives. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 10 September 2010

Green Quadrant Sustainability Communications Agencies 2010 (US)

In the last 12 months Chief Marketing Officers, Brand Directors and Chief Sustainability Officers have taken on the mantle of corporate sustainability marketing, building on the successes of CSR directors and corporate citizenship leaders. This is new territory for marketing and sustainability leaders, so to whom can they turn for help and guidance? View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 01 September 2010

Green Quadrant Environmental NGOs 2009 (UK)

This report provides executives responsible for Corporate Social Responsibility with an in-depth, fact-based assessment of 12 leading Environmental NGOs. NGOs like The Climate Group and WWF are key stakeholders who influence, validate and advise on corporate environmental and climate change strategies. They also influence the standards and new policy frameworks which shape future markets. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 18 November 2009

Focus: IBM Repositions Big Green

In May 2007 IBM announced that it would “redirect” $1 billion per year to dramatically increase the energy efficiency of data centres. The success, or lack of success, of IBM’s Big Green strategy is important for the market because it sets the tempo for the rollout of similar strategies from other IT services firms. What has IBM learnt after investing its first $1 billion? View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 15 April 2008

Green Quadrant CSR Assurance Providers 2008 (UK)

Firms are under pressure from stakeholders, investors, competitors to enhance CSR reporting and invest in CSR assurance. But CSR directors and the executive team face a bewildering choice of assurance providers, international standards and project scopes. This report provides a detailed assessment of Acona, Bureau Veritas, Corporate Citizenship, Deloitte, DNV, Enviros, Ernst & Young, KPMG, LRQA, SGS, The Reassurance Network, The Virtuous Circle, URS Corporation and WSP Group. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 31 March 2008