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Next-Gen Impact Measurement Tools a Needed Boost for Companies to Achieve BHAGs

Cross-Posted from New Metrics. “Sustainability” is so last year. This week at New Metrics ’19, we explored the growing range of tools and tricks needed to keep up with demand for next-level goals such as plastic-neutrality, 100% circularity and properly quantified social and product impacts.

Happy Birthday, GRI — Time Now to Put the Horse Before the Cart

The timing is right for taking concrete steps to standardize a set of generally accepted triple-bottom-line accounting principles, and for making GRI and other reporting standards stronger than they’ve ever been before.

Sea Change: How to Spark Sustainable Innovation in an Old-School Industry

Many people and organizations, as well as broad market and social trends, contributed to sustainable seafood’s arrival at this place. Everyone who engaged helped build the network; and because they did, our oceans and plates are going to be healthier.

Trending: Public-Private Partnerships Foster Solutions for Climate-Resilient World

The Global Innovation Lab for Climate Finance has launched six new financial instruments for climate-related projects in developing countries; while the World Economic Forum has convened public and private partners to launch the Coalition for Climate-Resilient Investment.

New, UN-Backed Chocolate Bar Enables Consumers to Directly Impact Farmer Livelihoods

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. The Other Bar is an experiment in influencing consumer behaviour through quantifiable proof of impact. If it can prove that consumers will buy and be loyal to impactful products, the hope is that bigger brands will want to follow suit, turning their marketing dollars into impact.

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Mastercard, Clothing Giants Partner to Help Garment Workers Secure Financial Futures

By partnering with companies with labor-intensive supply chains, Mastercard is creating digital solutions to give workers more control and transparency over their earnings and savings.

With Less Than 4,000 Days to Go, Business Contribution to SDGs Falling Woefully Short

Despite some progress since the goals were launched in 2015, advancement over the past four years has been stifled due to socioeconomic, geopolitical and technological uncertainties, hindering CEOs’ sustainability efforts.

UPDATE: Salesforce’s Sustainability Cloud Empowers Business to Drive Impactful Climate Action

Salesforce reinforces sustainability commitments at UNGA and Climate Week NYC with stakeholder engagement, STEM investments, and a new carbon accounting product.

Blockchain and the Climate Crisis: Beyond the Hype

Blockchain’s full potential cannot be forecast with certainty. Yet, in a messy world where various parties struggle to gain enough good faith to work together on solutions, systems that engender trust will lay the foundation for progress.

Sustainable Investors Representing $90T Rally to Fight Amazon Fires

The world’s largest responsible investor group is campaigning to end the manmade fires raging through the Amazon, as latest assessment reveals increased deforestation since the 2014 New York Declaration on Forests.

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Good Fashion Fund Seeks Sustainable, Scalable Supply Chain Solutions

Cross-Posted from Supply Chain. If we are to really shift the textile industry from one that is harming workers, local communities and the environment to one that is circular and sustainable, scalable solutions will be necessary.

Morgan Stanley Impact Quotient™ Offers Sustainable Investing Analytics, Reporting

The Morgan Stanley IQ application gives wealth management clients new customizable insights into the social and environmental impact of their investment portfolios.

Report: Food Giants Capitalizing on Consumers’ ‘Appetite for Disruption’

$5.3 trillion investor coalition reports on how global food companies including Tesco, Carrefour and Nestlé are responding to consumer demand for alternative proteins

How Investors Can Effectively Select an Investment Manager to Measure ESG

Here are a few preliminary steps asset owners should take when beginning the search for an investment manager that integrates ESG.

Investors Lose Patience with Companies’ Lack of Environmental Disclosure

Investors with nearly $10 trillion in assets are targeting over 700 companies that are not transparent enough about their environmental impact, and pushing them to disclose this information through CDP. This is the first time that CDP is reporting publicly on its Non-Disclosure Campaign.

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SustainAccounting Launches World’s First Triple Bottom Line Certification

At the heart of the Certified TBL program is its advocacy of multicapital- and context-based Triple Bottom Line accounting, still new to most organizations but rapidly emerging as the gold standard for measurement and reporting.

Sustainability Skeptics, No More: Getting Past the Three Walls

Cross-Posted from Business Case. You’re sitting across from the decision-maker for a large potential sustainability project. It’s taken months, possibly years, to get here. If your numbers look good, the decision is much more likely to be a positive one for you, for them and for the world.

SASB, CDSB Partner on How-To Guide for Climate-Related Disclosures

Sustainability standards setters release implementation guide for complying with TCFD recommendations for communicating about climate-related financial risk.

Prudential Pledges $180M to Promote Financial Wellness for Opportunity Youth

Largest private sector investment to date will prepare next generation of global workforce with education and training, build financially stable communities and help break the cycle of poverty.

The Win-Win of JUST Jobs: Higher ROE When Companies Disclose Workplace Policies

Human capital issues increasingly important area for corporate leadership, as market participants call for greater transparency.

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