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ESG Ratings – Why all the confusion?

From CSE Consulting team   Sustainable investments in the first half of 2020 amounted to $20.9 billion dollars in the US, compared to $21.4 billion throughout 2019. Investors rely on ESG reports and ratings to evaluate a company’s performance compared to peers. As interest grows globally, different environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria and ratings […]

Four Steps to Improve Your ESG Rating

By Nikos Avlonas, President and Founder of CSE   Companies looking for investors MUST understand their ESG rating and how to improve it. UN PRI and US SIF both track assets under management (AUM) in the trillions domestically and internationally. Blackrock is demanding sustainability metrics for any future investments in its billions of AUM just […]

CSE Research explores why ESG practices bring improved financial results

What Do Companies With Improved Financial Results Have in Common in Terms of ESG Practices and Frameworks? CSE Research explores why ‘doing business as usual’ is no longer a valid option and the shift to doing business in a sustainable way’ is the only way to secure companies’ trust and financing.   CHICAGO,  3BL Media […]

Five New Roles for Sustainability Managers in 2021

By Nikos Avlonas, Founder & President of CSE   If you’re sustainability academic, you know Donella Meadows.    If you’re a sustainability worker bee, you benefit from her work.  Meadows was the lead author to Limits to Growth (1972), the first book showing the consequences of unchecked growth on a finite planet.  Meadows also gave us […]

The Rise of ESG: Challenges and Opportunities for 2021

Lessons learned from the ESG top 50 companies By CSE Research Team   Chicago, February 4 – At the exclusive event “The Rise of ESG: 2021 Challenges and Opportunities” offered by the Center for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) to its Certified Sustainability (ESG) Practitioners in North America, the discussion revolved around key Sustainability challenges faced […]

CSE Research on why ESG practices bring improved financial results

What Do Companies With Improved Financial Results Have in Common in Terms of ESG Practices and Frameworks? CSE Research explores why ‘doing business as usual’ is no longer a valid option and the shift to doing business in a sustainable way’ is the only way to secure companies’ trust and financing. CHICAGO,  3BL Media Press […]

So Many Sustainability Standards & Ratings  – So Little Time! 

Four steps to improve your ESG performance via an Integrated Sustainability Management System. by Nikos Avlonas   Your boss gets a note from a board member asking why your company has such a low Moody’s ESG rating.  You’re the sustainability manager, so you get asked why.  In frustration, you point to your pile of surveys […]

Part 2 in our series What to Expect from Digital Sustainability Training

What to Expect: Theory versus Practice   Why devote time to take a three-day Digital Sustainability Training?   You can probably take a course at a local University, or even a degree.  A quick glance indicates Higher Ed is teaching about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  And, the often-huge campuses certainly have at least […]

Publicly listed companies take note: SASB Standards Important for Sustainability Reporting

  A long-time leader in GRI-informed sustainability reporting and consulting, CSE is taking on the next hot reporting trend – SASB – the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board.   Both GRI and SASB emphasize transparency.  Both are guided by materiality.  They differ on purpose.  GRI focuses on the economic, environmental and social impacts of a company, […]

Three Reasons TCFD & SASB reporting on Climate Scenarios is Important

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) provides market-driven recommendations for voluntary and consistent climate-related financial risk disclosures in mainstream filings.   The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) provides industry specific standards help investors and other market participants assess their portfolios’ exposure to sustainability risks and opportunities.   Climate risk is often material, and […]