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GRI Standards and investors community – Designing transparent sustainability reports

Investors are increasingly interested in responsible investment, including ESG issues and appropriate disclosures. Better ESG information can lead to more meaningful and actionable insights by decision makers. Today, ESG investing is no longer a “voluntary” movement, but imperative in attracting capital, creating financial and competitive success. It has become the number one tool for investors […]

How to embed Sustainability into the core of your Business Strategy and Communications

How feasible is it for corporate leaders to understand the correlations between a comprehensive sustainability strategy and the financial benefits of corporate sustainability efforts? Investors on the other hand understand more clearly sustainability is not just a box to tick on a disclosure form.   Leading organizations globally seem to better understand the financial impacts […]

Small steps towards better ESG Scores

Investors show a continued interest in the adoption of ESG principles, increasing the demand for sustainable business practices. ESG ratings and a sufficiently detailed reporting on ESG issues meet this demand. Moreover, by participating in ESG ratings, companies can not only increase investments, but also improve shareholder relations. However, there is still a gap between […]

ESG – Two Steps Back with current administration; Three Steps Forward with Biden

Nikos Avlonas President CSE   Environment, social and governance (ESG) considerations were limited during the current Administration.  Under President Joe Biden, companies active in the US can expect a different emphasis.  ESG criteria are important to: Investors doing due diligence Applicants looking to work at companies with purpose Activists looking for corporate support of their […]

Part 3 in our series What to Expect from Digital Sustainability Training

What to Expect: Building the Business Case   San Francisco is the heart of the tech world.  The city also has some of the most progressive environmental and social mandates in the US.  One would think Silicon Valley corporations would be equally sensitive to sustainability issues.  CSE research shows this is not the case.   […]

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, […]

What investors’ behavior tells us about firms with responsible strategies on environmental and climate issues during CODIV -19 crisis

According to recent research key findings, firms with greater environmental responsibility have better stock returns. It seems that the COVID-19 shock led investors to reward environmental responsibility to a large extent. The Center for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) innovates in sustainability training and consulting and has an ambitious agenda for 2020 to continue supporting Fortune 500 […]

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 […]

Wasted Effort Could Affect ESG Rankings. The importance of Materiality Assessment

By Nikos Avlonas President CSE   Bravo to companies’ incorporating sustainability.  The effort is noble and daunting.  Often executives address first the environment, social and governance (ESG) issues most important to them.  Other times, they delegate sustainability to a manager.  An executive might be highly motivated to engage the community.  A former HSE manager, now […]

SASB and TCFD guidelines: Kicking the Tires for ESG

 By Nikos Avlonas President and Founder of CSE   When addressing Sustainability Reporting, CSE is often asked, “what should my company report?”  We answer “the issues most material to the product or service you provide.”   “How do I know what’s most material?”  Ask your stakeholders.   “What if I don’t have the resources for […]