Categoría: Sostenibilidad

Climate Action

Climate change is an urgent, global, and systemic issue that can threaten the sustainability of organizations, markets, and economies. It presents both physical risks (e.g., increasingly severe weather events) and transition risks (e.g., those associated with moving towards a low-carbon economy that may affect asset values or lead to higher costs of doing business). A low-carbon…
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Four strategies for responding to sustainability-oriented competitors

Sustainability-focused startups are entering established companies’ market space, bringing both new threats and new opportunities.  Employees want to work for them, customers are willing to pay more for their products and investors are eager to become shareholders. “Hybrid social ventures” like Whole Foods, Patagonia, and Honest Tea that combine commerce with sustainability missions are leading…
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Why engaging employees on sustainability really isn’t about money

How do you motivate employees? More specifically, how do you engage employees in sustainability initiatives — which are often not tied directly to paychecks or profit margins, but rather seek to combat more daunting societal challenges, such as climate change, fossil fuel dependency and water shortages? According to a recent report by Ceres, 40 percent of companies surveyed attempted…
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Five tips for covering sustainability

Businesses are increasing their concern over sustainability and how their practices impact the environment. With more investment in going green, sustainability continues to produce money angles. Here are our top five tips for reporting on sustainability and money: Cultivate what you know about clean tech New buildings, renovated structures and companies that offer similar goods and services make for…
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Reframing corporate sustainability

One of the most famous frames related to corporate sustainability is the triple bottom line. The triple bottom line separates the way we think about business into three broad areas: economic, social and environmental. This frame has had great influence over corporate thinking in the past 20 years. At least in part, this frame has…
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Materiality matters: why don’t companies have to disclose sustainability risk?

Given that disclosure of financial risk always has been a difficult mandate for publicly-traded companies, requesting the voluntarily disclosure of sustainability risks may seem like a nearly Sisyphean task.   Currently, the Securities and Exchange Commission, under rule 405, requires disclosure of anything considered “material” through annual or quarterly filings. The Financial Accounting Standards Board…
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CPA Canada helps companies steer the corporate sustainability agenda

The accountancy profession has increasingly evolved beyond the core function of providing accounting services. Accountants can help businesses identify cost-cutting opportunities through energy efficiency, and draw attention towards the strategic marketing and brand building benefits inherent in pursuing an agenda of corporate sustainability. A new strategic initiative, sponsored by Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA…
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How to become a sustainability consultant

If you’re looking for a way to mix business, leadership, and a love for the environment, starting a sustainability consulting firm could be a terrific decision for you. In addition to helping companies develop an environmental conscience, you can show them the financial advantages of going green. A big vision Big companies are very good…
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Sustainability challenges and opportunities for CFOs

CFOs who embrace sustainability can help improve an organization’s performance in several key areas: risk management, capital productivity, and innovation and growth.  That’s according to a report about sustainability’s challenges and opportunities, based on case studies and interviews and published by Corporate Eco Forum and the World Environment Center. The report defines sustainability as protecting and…
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