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Freakonomics » Is Good Corporate Citizenship Also Good for the Bottom Line?

Freakonomics » Is Good Corporate Citizenship Also Good for the Bottom Line? | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Yea! I heart freakonomics and now they covered a topic near & dear to my heart.

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BSR's report "The Quiet (R)Evolution in Expectations of Corporate Environmental Performance

Great summary of corp engagement in ES to date, trends there. Nice set of 23 cases of business engagement in ES. Interesting to note that of 23 examples, only 3(ish, debatable) intimate monetary returns - RioTinto re: investigation of offsets opportunties of lands they own; Goldman Sachs in env market opportunities; Dow saying they expect $10 mill investment in ES partnership to have "real returns to our company and our world". The rest just mention they are assesing their impact/dependencies, consider ES in siting new operations or consider ES impacts of operations (esp extractive), bunch of goodwill stuff incl research, managing lands for ES, voluntary reporting (Puma)

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Oil industry, Texas, NM focus on lizard habitat

HOUSTON (AP) — The energy industry has made enough progress toward conserving a rare lizard's habitat in Texas and New Mexico that its efforts may help prevent the reptile from being listed as an endangered species, a designation that could harm...

"About 95 percent of the dunes sagebrush lizard's habitat in New Mexico and more than 70 percent of it in West Texas are now under voluntary "conservation" contracts. The agreements mean ranchers, the energy industry and the states agree to avoid the habitat or pay a fee if they can't"

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Deloitte | No Water, No Energy. No Energy, | Few companies have integrated energy/water strategies

Deloitte | No Water, No Energy. No Energy, | Few companies have integrated energy/water strategies | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
Few companies have integrated energy/water strategies.
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Accenture Summary of 2010 UN Global Compact CEO Survey

Source: United Nations Global Compact CEO Survey 2010 (based on 766 completed responses)

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Biodiversity: The Hidden Link in the Rio+20 Text - Forbes

Biodiversity: The Hidden Link in the Rio+20 Text - Forbes | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
21 June 2012 While our political leaders are lining up to make their statements in the official conference, multi-stakeholder dialogues continued across Rio.

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16 June, Rio+20 – Launch of the Natural Capital Declaration: Perspectives from senior executives | Natural Capital Declaration

16 June, Rio+20 – Launch of the Natural Capital Declaration: Perspectives from senior executives | Natural Capital Declaration | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

The speakers lined up for the launch at Rio+20 are all UN-y people. UNEP, IFC, UNEP FI. And also: Infraprev CEO; FIRA Banco de Mexico CEO, Global Canopy Programme.

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Some coverage of Rio+20 re: business and biodiversity from Frank Vorhies

Some coverage of Rio+20 re: business and biodiversity from Frank Vorhies | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
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Corporate EcoForum: Additional case studies valuing nat capital

Short summaries.

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Buying Green Stocks Pays, But Finding Green in Brown Stocks Pays More - Seeking Alpha

Buying Green Stocks Pays, But Finding Green in Brown Stocks Pays More - Seeking Alpha | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it

Another analysis of Newsweek 2010 Green Rankings.

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Unilever commits to sustainable sourcing of paper packaging | 2010 | Unilever Global

2010 - old news, but a good case.

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Dow Announces 2nd ecosystem services Pilot with TNC - Zacks.com

"The pilot will focus on making better judgments on agricultural lands, increasing accessibility to clean water, and fostering natural habitats along with protecting and restoring important forests."

 

The pilot site (Santa Vitória Açúcar e Álcool Ltda. - SVAA) "is developing the largest integrated plant ever for producing biopolymers from renewable sugar cane, which will be powered to some extent by using waste biomass. The pilot will enable Dow and TNC to study how Dow’s operations affect and are affected by natural surroundings and finally devise ways for implementing sustainable solutions that can be applied both locally and globally."

 

Q: What's the motivation here? Guessing this biopolymer plan needs access to water, which may be in competition with local agriculture - ?? Forest protection - b/c it will increase water quality - so water quality is an important input? Or is this all just community goodwill?

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2010 McKinsey CEO survey on biodiversity

2010 McKinsey CEO survey on biodiversity | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
As with climate change a few years ago, executives are now beginning to recognize the importance of biodiversity for their future strategies. Many are also discovering business opportunities, not just threats.
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Work in Progress: Ecosystem Service Tools Overview

Work in Progress: Ecosystem Service Tools Overview | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
Thought I’d share an overview I’ve been working on to simplify the expanding suite of tools available to identify, measure, value and track ecosystem services. This overview is written ...
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CGLI - good resource re: water/ecosystem service tool analysis

You wouldn't know it from it's title, but this is actually a great resource for understanding tools out there to measure ecosystem services - in this case, services related to water. Various tools were reviewed, metrics considered, tools applied to four different industries. Very nice approach and a lot of useful information.

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SABMiller: tackling the ripple effect of water scarcity

SABMiller: tackling the ripple effect of water scarcity | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
Brewer is exploring many new ways of conserving water by using risk assessments to justify allocation of resources...
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Coca-Cola Enterprises: creating a water sustainable business

Coca-Cola Enterprises: creating a water sustainable business | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
Water is key issue for the company, which aims to significantly reduce its usage and invest in community-based programmes...
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Accounting for pollution likely within a decade - group | Reuters

Accounting for pollution likely within a decade - group | Reuters | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
* Companies, countries plan to put nature on balance sheet * Regulators, stock markets study ways to value pollution * Fifty-seven nations agree to revise national accounting * Resource losses seen...

"Companies that signed onto the natural capital accounting commitments include Puma <PUMA.L > Unilever Wal-Mart , Woolworths Holdings and Standard Chartered"

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Report commissioned by TEEB for Business Coalition

The research aims to provide a ranking of corporate
impacts on the natural environment and by highlighting the scale of the financial risk, provoke debate about what this means for long-term business and shareholder value.

 

Heavy focus: water (agriculture), CO2

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The Planet Brands Index

The Planet Brands Index | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
A list of 100 brands that have the potential to change the world • How and why the list was created...
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ecometrica-corporate-biodiversity-accounting.pdf

Seems most suited to firms with land impacts

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Article on various analyses of 2009 Newsweek Green Rankings performance of companies

Article on various analyses of 2009 Newsweek Green Rankings performance of companies | Corporate Ecosystem Services | Scoop.it
It's not just about being a do-gooder. Cary Krosinsky reports that companies--and the investors who follow them--make out like bandits when they're environmentally responsible.

 

"Take NEWSWEEK’s Green Rankings, for example: companies that ranked in the top 100 of the 2009 ranking, weighted equally, outperformed the S&P 500 by 4.8 percent over the last two years. These companies are collectively up 15.2 percent, compared to 10.4 percent for the S&P 500."

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BSR's ES and Gov Trends report

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Dow TNC ES collaboration 2011 progress report

The 2011 report. 

http://www.nature.org/about-us/working-with-companies/companies-we-work-with/dow/2011-collaboration-progress-report-final-1-23-12.pdf

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Alpha from Sustainability

May 2011 report by SAM -- an investment boutique focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing.

 

"What is the added value of integrating sustainability criteria into traditional financial valuation models? Can financial performance be enhanced by investing in sustainable companies? These are just a few of the questions that have been raised as interest in sustainability investing has continuously gained momentum over the last few years. This white paper seeks to address these questions."

 

I like the graph on p. 7

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