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Financial institutions and their stakeholders have increasingly recognized that sustainable finance makes good business sense, including the full incorporation of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. Sustainable finance is moving to the center stage of investors, corporations, NGOs, public sector and financial institutions.
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Big firms should report environmental and social impacts -UN panel

Big firms should report environmental and social impacts -UN panel | sustainable finance | Scoop.it

May 30, 2013 Reuters

Panel advises mandatory reporting for large companies* Environment protection core part of plan to end poverty (Updates throughout)

Among the recommendations, the 69-page report says large businesses should be obliged to report social and environmental impacts, in addition to their financial accounts. About a quarter of businesses now make environmental reports.

"We suggest that a mandatory 'comply or explain' regime be phased in for all companies with a market capitalization above $100 million equivalent," the report said. "The same principle should apply to governments. National accounting for social and environmental effects should be mainstreamed by 2030."... http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/05/30/environment-un-idUSL5N0EB2SF20130530

 

 

 


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SGX pushing for greater sustainability disclosure

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The Singapore Exchange (SGX) is reviewing its policies to push for greater sustainability disclosure.

 

A recent SGX and KPMG study revealed a lack of genuine commitment to embrace sustainability either strategically or holistically.

 

The SGX will introduce more tools to help listed companies in their sustainability reporting. It is also exploring the possibility of setting up a Singapore Sustainability Index.


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Why is biodiversity important for your business?

Why is biodiversity important for your business? Using a business case model the European Business & Biodiversity Campaign explains how companies benefit fro...

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Socially Responsible Finance and Investing | Wow! eBook

Socially Responsible Finance and Investing | Wow! eBook | sustainable finance | Scoop.it

A detailed look at the role of social responsibility in finance and investing The concept of socially responsible finance and investing continues to grow, especially in the wake of one of the most devastating financial crises in history. This includes responsibility from the corporate side (corporate social responsibility) as well as the investor side (socially responsible investing) of the capital markets. Filled with in-depth insights and practical advice, Socially Responsible Finance and Investing offers an important basis of knowledge regarding both the theory and practice of this ever-evolving area of finance. As part of the Robert W. Kolb Series in Finance, this book showcases contributed chapters from professionals and academics with extensive expertise on this particular subject. It provides a comprehensive view of socially responsible foundations and their applications to finance and investing as determined by the current state of research. 

Read more at: http://www.wowebook.com/book/socially-responsible-finance-and-investing/


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Sustainability in Brazil: a mixed conundrum

Sustainability in Brazil: a mixed conundrum | sustainable finance | Scoop.it
Brazilians lead in concern about environmental issues but this awareness is divorced from positive action, writes Fabián Echegaray

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Shared Value: Amplifying the Success of a Business and Its Community

Shared Value: Amplifying the Success of a Business and Its Community | sustainable finance | Scoop.it

The term "shared value" was introduced in 2010 by Michael Porter and Mark Kramer, co-founders of FSG, a nonprofit consulting firm specializing in strategy, evaluation, and research.

But what does it mean? Simply put, it is the concept that a company can enhance its own competitiveness while simultaneously alleviating social problems in the communities where it operates.

According to Porter and Kramer, one way in which companies can create shared value opportunities is to enable "local cluster development."


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The Role of the Private Sector in Global Development Paradoxes | CSR News - Justmeans

The Role of the Private Sector in Global Development Paradoxes | CSR News - Justmeans | sustainable finance | Scoop.it

In 2000, the world committed to address the major challenges restricting global prosperity in the next 15 years at the Millennium Summit of the United Nations, with the launch of the Millennium Development Goals. In 2012, the UN published an MDG Goals Report which assessed the progress towards achieving those goals and the gaps that remain to be closed before 2015. Among the goals assessed, four issues rise above the rest as most critical to global development – water, food security, disease, and unemployment. Though significant strides have been made, much remains to be done.

Fortunately, the private sector is in a position to support accelerated growth.  Global corporations have the unique ability to support social progress while also achieving high levels of business performance and innovation.  International Corporate Volunteerism (ICV) is one way in which some of the world’s largest companies, like PepsiCo, John Deere, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, Pfizer, Intel, and SAP, are finding innovative approaches to work within new markets, while developing a generation of leaders who understand the complexity of these challenges.


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Measuring Social Impact : Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the "Beneficiaries"

Measuring Social Impact : Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the "Beneficiaries" | sustainable finance | Scoop.it

Stanford Social Innovation Review Spring 2013

 

Why don’t we place greater value on the voices of those we seek to help? Why don’t we routinely listen to our most important constituents?

 

The views and experiences of the people who benefit from social programs are often overlooked and underappreciated, even though they are an invaluable source of insight into a program’s effectiveness.,,,  http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/listening_to_those_who_matter_most_the_beneficiaries?utm_source=Enews13_03_14&utm_medium=email&utm_content=3&utm_campaign=twersky_buchanan_threlfall

 

 


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Deloitte Shows the Market Value of Strong ESG Management - Triple Pundit

Deloitte Shows the Market Value of Strong ESG Management - Triple Pundit | sustainable finance | Scoop.it
Triple Pundit Deloitte Shows the Market Value of Strong ESG Management Triple Pundit standartization sri parnassus mit metrics investors ESG Management ESG disclosure Deloitte One of the questions we keep asking is if sustainability is so great for...
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