Here’s how to put sustainability on the agenda: 5 tips

Research shows that almost 80% of SMEs want to take measures to become more sustainable. As a reader, you might share this view. However, now the challenge lies in convincing your colleagues and management to do so and getting sustainability on the agenda. After all, sometimes it can take time and effort to persuade others…

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The (Un)Sustainability of Carbon Offsetting: An Explanation

Introduction Carbon offsetting promises to compensate for negative impacts on the climate, it seems too good to be true. Although such mechanisms are increasingly being attached to products, terms like carbon neutral, carbon offsetting and carbon reduction often only appeal to the imagination. Read all you need to know about carbon offsetting (and its added…

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The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) explained

ESG and reporting on sustainability are gaining ground, recent annual reports show. For example, ASML mentions ESG 71 times and Philips over 95 times in its annual reporting. Reporting on your company’s environmental, social and governance performance is good. However, the claims must be accurate to avoid greenwashing– unfortunately, a growing problem. The Global Reporting…

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ESG: Meaning, importance and how to measure?

The ‘ESG trend’ has been going on for a number of years and is starting to get a backlash. For instance, the Economist declared SRI a “broken idea” and the New York Times called it a “scam”. This is because sustainable investing in ESG funds turns out not to be so green; ESG scores are…

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Is ESG the new GDPR?

GDPR came into force in 2018 in what felt like an overnight change of data protection regulation. The European Commission, however, brought up the need for regulatory changes in data protection (last updated in 1995) as early as 2012 and GDPR was adopted in 2016, leaving companies 2 years to prepare for its enforcement. Yet…

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Why sustainability is important in business: 4 reasons

Why sustainability is important in business: Smaller companies may find it difficult to become more sustainable or to contribute to a sustainable future. At the same time, we quite often fall into the trap of thinking of our impact on an individual level: what is the impact of a small business compared to large multinationals?…

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Essentials: Why ESG for small companies?

Even though the term ESG has been around for a while, during the pandemic it started gaining momentum among policymakers, regulators and investors. This in turn led to an increasing number of businesses looking into incorporating ESG into their strategy and with good reason. The framework allows companies to be more resilient in the face…

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What ESG lending means for your business

ESG discussions seem to be ramping up these days, making Environmental, Social and Governance considerations one of the most important themes in business across industries and sectors. This comes with a considerable amount of pressure to put ESG at the forefront of decision-making. We have recently published content explaining what ESG is and why it…

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What are SDGs and why are they important for your business?

The UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs, as they are widely referred to, were adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015 and provide a framework for sustainable development that aims to bring peace and prosperity for people and the planet now and into the future. This agenda consists of 17 goals, such as…

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Essentials: What ESG?

In 2005 a conference titled “Who Cares Wins” took place in Zurich bringing together investors, consultants, asset managers, research analysts, government bodies and regulators to explore the environmental, social and governance value drivers in asset management and financial research. This is when the term ESG was used for the first time. This corporate social responsibility…

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