Your company, big or small, is expected to ensure it respects human rights across its operations and business relationships. This blog post explores the six key resources for non-experts to build your understanding and support your company’s human rights journey.
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Materiality Assessments: Why It’s Time for a New Approach
Done well, corporate sustainability materiality assessments should improve the quality and relevance of your disclosures and ideally, clarify where your company needs to take action and inform your core business strategy. Unfortunately, most materiality assessments don’t live up to that promise. In this blog post, we reflect on how we got here and why the materiality assessment process is in desperate need of an overhaul.
Engaging Your Board on Sustainability: Advice for (And From) Senior Sustainability Leaders
How can you make the most of your time with the board? We asked sustainability leaders from our corporate peer group for their advice on effective board engagement.
Corporate Action on Nature Loss: Key Trends
Nature is disappearing, harming people and business. In this blog, we explain what you need to know about nature loss, the TNFD, and taking credible action to protect and restore nature.
Push It to the Limit: Scenario Planning That Takes Sustainability Seriously
Scenario planning can be an effective strategic process for understanding risks and opportunities, but what about your company’s impacts on society and the environment? In this blog, we provide five recommendations to help create scenarios in which your company supports sustainable futures by operating within the limits of key systems.
Emerging Trends in Climate Change Goals
Climate change is already having a significant impact on the environment, on communities, and on economies. To address this crisis, companies must set ambitious and credible climate goals. This blog explores trends we have observed around climate goal setting in 2021-2022.
Supporting Sustainability Steering Committees
Whether you call these sustainability steering committees, integration teams, leadership councils, or something else, having an internal, cross-functional group to support your company’s sustainability journey can be invaluable. In this blog, we share best practices and lessons learned for establishing and revitalising steering committees to ensure they are a well-functioning support for the business.
Scenario Planning Made Simple: An 8-Step Method
Scenario planning is an effective strategic tool for decision-makers, but it can be challenging to know where to begin. In this blog, we break down Dr. Nardia Haigh’s scenario planning framework into eight straight-forward steps.
How to Conduct Effective Scenario Planning: An Interview with Dr. Nardia Haigh
Scenario planning is a tool for companies to prepare for the unpredictable impacts of sustainability issues. In this blog, we interview Dr. Nardia Haigh to learn more about how to conduct effective scenario planning.
Enter, Insetting: Supporting Carbon Reduction in Your Value Chain
In the third and final instalment of our blog series on carbon offsets, we offer an alternative to offsetting: insetting your emissions within your own value chain. We highlight how carbon insetting can help you reduce your carbon emissions profile while also supporting your value chain members and advancing climate justice.
Buyer, Beware: How to Navigate the Carbon Offset Market
This is the second entry in a three-part series about carbon offsets and their viability as a credible solution for reducing emissions. In this instalment, we look at the most common issues with carbon offsets (with a focus on nature-based offsets) and highlight key considerations and actions you can take to better ensure that your offset investments are effective and credible.
Carbon Offsets Are More Popular than Ever, and That’s a Problem
The demand for carbon offsets has never been greater, and their legitimacy as an effective tool for stopping climate change has never been more tenuous. This is the first entry in a three-part series that explains carbon offsets and their viability as a credible solution for reducing emissions. In this instalment, we unpack carbon offsets and carbon credits and explain why the market for carbon offsets is growing.
How to Build Good Relations with Indigenous Peoples: An Interview Series (Part 3)
In our conversations with companies around the world, we have heard a common need: How do we build good relations with Indigenous Peoples? This third and final post in our series aims to help bridge this gap. We partnered with Chief Leanne Joe to identify resources that help you understand Indigenous truth-telling, systemic discrimination, and highlight essential business practices that can help you build long-lasting relationships founded on trust and respect.
How to Build Good Relations with Indigenous Peoples: An Interview Series (Part 2)
In our conversations with companies around the world, we have noticed a common refrain: building good relations with Indigenous Peoples is essential, but we aren’t sure how or where to start. This is the second entry in a three-part series that aims to help bridge this gap. In this instalment, we discuss some of the specific actions that your company can take towards embedding an understanding of Indigenous worldviews into how you operate and your approach to building capacity with Indigenous communities.
How to Build Good Relations with Indigenous Peoples: An Interview Series (Part 1)
In our conversations with companies around the world, we have noticed a common refrain: building good relations with Indigenous Peoples is essential, but we aren’t sure how or where to start. This is the first entry in a three-part series that aims to help bridge this gap. In this instalment, we unpack the importance of understanding Indigenous worldviews, taking the time to understand the needs of their Peoples, and acting with deference and sincerity towards building positive and long-lasting relationships in order to advance reconciliation.
7 Ideas to Help Embed Sustainability in Your HR Life Cycle
In this blog post we delve into the ways that Human Resources teams can support the sustainability objectives of your company by integrating sustainability into every part of the HR life cycle. We include key resources for Human Resources teams to develop and manage an inclusive, sustainability-driven workforce.
Upholding the Human Right to a Living Wage Is Essential for Business
In this blog post we explore the human right to a decent living to help you to understand why it is relevant for companies and how you can get started on your living wage journey.
Key Climate Change Resources for Companies
As companies globally are increasing their ambition on climate change, you may wonder how to help your company take meaningful action. We have compiled the tools experts are using to help their companies advance a net-zero future.
9 Actions That Will Help Your Company Support Climate Justice
Advancing climate justice is the responsibility of every company, but it is a complex, multifaceted undertaking, and you may be wondering where to begin. Here are some key actions your company can take right away.
Climate Justice Is the Solution to Our Climate Crisis
Leading companies recognise the reality of climate change and its effects. In response, they often focus on mitigating emissions. But these efforts are only part of the solution. This blog post discusses the need for companies to participate in a just transition to a net-zero economy.
Supporting Systems Thinking in Your Company
Systems thinking is a crucial sustainability capability, but companies may face some hard-to-overcome hurdles when implementing a systems thinking approach. This blog post identifies common challenges that companies encounter, and suggestions on how to get unstuck.
Why Stakeholder Capitalism Is Not Enough
Calls are growing for companies to become sustainable and create value for company stakeholders. But is stakeholder capitalism enough to ensure a sustainable future? This blog post explores why it is not.
Climate Action: Key Resources to Support Your Company’s Leadership Team
Corporate executives and directors play an important role in ensuring the companies they lead do their part to support climate resilience. Here are some helpful resources you can share with your executives to support them in taking climate action.
5 Resources to Help You Think in Systems
Systems thinking helps companies to manage disruptive risk, make more informed choices, and limit the impacts of their activities. Yet, many companies are not sure how to best leverage systems thinking for sustainability. This blog post explains why leading companies think in systems and points you to some of our favourite resources.
The Journey to Becoming an Agent of Change
We are all embedded in a system of production and consumption that reinforces the privileges of a few at the expense of a majority of others and of the planet. Some of us are insiders and have reaped the advantages. This blog post explores what it takes for insiders to become agents of change.
Why Thresholds Matter
In this blog post, we tackle the idea of social and environmental thresholds and why companies need to consider them when developing their corporate strategy, setting credible sustainability goals, and taking meaningful action.
5 Key Resources for Effective Investment in Communities
Many companies choose to invest in their local communities, both as a way of demonstrating their commitment to sustainability and to manage community-related risk. This blog post highlights key resources to help your company make meaningful and strategic contributions in the communities where you operate.
Getting Started on Your ESG Journey in 7 Steps
In the rapidly evolving ESG space, many companies aren’t sure where to start. While each company’s sustainability journey will look a bit different, depending on its industry, location(s), value chain, and investors, customers, or partners, there are some common steps that can help any company confidently start down the sustainability path.
Top Resources to Leverage Storytelling for Sustainability
Stories are powerful. They can shape your organisation’s culture and its decision-making. Yet, many companies are not sure how to best leverage storytelling for sustainability. We share what we have learned and point you to some of our favourite resources.
Climate Change and Climate Risks: What Corporate Directors Need to Know
Climate change threatens both the future success of businesses and the wellbeing of society. Corporate directors have the opportunity and responsibility to steer their businesses towards supporting climate resilience. To do so, directors must understand climate science, the risks and opportunities for businesses, and the actions needed to respond to them.
5 Steps to a Corporate Strategy That Delivers on Sustainability
To achieve the societal transformation we need, companies must do their part to embed sustainability into their core strategy. And that means focusing on more than shareholder value or even stakeholder value… It means focusing on systems value. We've created a straight-forward five-step process to help companies develop a truly embedded strategy.
Community Resilience: Why It Matters to Companies and 3 Things Your Company Can Do
The increasing pressure on companies to account for their impacts on the environment and on communities has been hard to miss. And many companies are making an effort to “do good” in the community, but they are often unsure how best to go about it. This blog post helps companies to figure out how they can contribute.
Companies Need to Take a Stand. Here’s How to Do It Right.
More than ever before, the public has turned its attention to business leaders and said “how are you going to be a part of the solution?” To help companies take a credible position, we have created a straight-forward eight-step approach that will help you to craft a comprehensive yet concise position statement on key issues.
Are Corporate Position Statements on Sustainability Worth the Time and Effort?
Given the urgency for companies to improve their sustainability performance, you may wonder why I am spending so much time trying to get companies to write credible position statements. “Position statements, really? …that’s what you want to talk about?” Yep, I do. Let me try to convince you that, not only do they matter, they can be an effective catalyst to moving your sustainability agenda forward...
Setting Strong Sustainability Goals Can Feel Hard. It Doesn’t Have To.
Customers, employees, communities, and even shareholders are demanding meaningful corporate action on sustainability. This blog post lists seven straight-forward questions to help you assess your company’s existing goals, or to consider as you develop your next round of sustainability goals.
Trends in Sustainability Goal Setting: Credible Corporate Climate Goals
Climate change is projected to have significant impacts on economies, the stability of global financial markets, and the companies that operate within them. To address this crisis, companies are recognising they must set strong corporate climate goals. This blog post discusses encouraging and significant developments around climate goal setting in 2020-21.