Region Archives: Africa

The Year Ahead: 2017 Sustainability Trends and How They’ll Impact Corporate Leadership

We are delighted to present this webinar to discuss global sustainability trends that will shape the economic, political, and social landscape and business agenda in 2017. 2016 was marked by increased social and economic instability and profound changes in the global political landscape. What will these developments mean for business? What key issues shaping the sustainability

Closing the Sustainability-Investor Relations Gap

In this public webinar, SustainAbility Senior Manager Rebecca O’Neill will present the findings of the company’s new research report, Closing the Sustainability-Investor Relations Gap. Too few companies get clear sustainability performance messages out to their investors and one of the main barriers is the internal dynamic between Sustainability and Investor Relations (IR) departments. Closing the

Spotlight on Novartis

Launched in 2015, the Novartis Access is a prime example of how the private, public and civic sectors can complement each other. The company is partnering with governments and NGOs to distribute medicines on the ground and to raise awareness and strengthen healthcare system capabilities. Michael Fuerst, Senior Manager Corporate Responsibility Strategy & Innovation at

The Evolving Private Sector Response to Climate Change Post-Paris Agreement

The 21st of March 2016 marked 100 days since the historic climate agreement was struck in Paris between 195 countries, setting the first long-term goal for carbon emissions reduction. It was bolstered, too, by the World Economic Forum, whose work demonstrates that global leaders for the first time perceive the failure to mitigate and adapt to

The Business Response to Displacement & Migration

More than a million refugees crossed into Europe in 2015 alone, part of the 50 million refugees worldwide. According to the World Economic Forum, if a country was created from all the displaced people it would be the 24th largest in the world. Migration is not new, but the scale in Europe in contemporary times

The 2016 Sustainability Leaders Survey: Experts Share Views on Progress and Company Performance

GlobeScan and SustainAbility have tracked expert opinions on sustainable development leadership for more than 20 years. Over these two decades, we have seen the sustainability agenda evolve and broaden, watched companies climb to the top of the corporate leadership list and then completely disappear from it, and witnessed many waves of optimism and pessimism as

Transforming Culture at Barclays, Enel and Campbell Soup

Our recently released research, Sustainability Incorporated: Integrating Sustainability into Business, calls out the need for business to further embed sustainability into its core strategies. The report highlights five pathways that sustainability practitioners can leverage to more deeply integrate sustainability into their business: employing business model thinking; putting materiality to use; applying a sustainability lens to

Less Bias, More Bucks: Spotlight on Arabesque Partners

The ESG investing movement – which promotes the factoring in of relevant non-financial data into investment decisions – is gathering momentum, led by a small but growing number of asset managers. Arabesque Partners is one such company looking to lead the way to a sustainable economy through an innovative rules-based, technology-enabled approach to integrating ESG

Cultivating Purpose: Sustainability Innovation and Employee Engagement

Fostering an environment where people can work with purpose by innovating for more sustainable outcomes can help inspire and retain employees. “There is an ugliness in being paid for work one does not like,” Anaïs Nin penned in 1941 in her diary. We may have to admit that the global workplace may indeed be in

If Technology is the Answer, What is the Question?

In our Fall 2015 Quarterly Trends we noted that rapidly developing technological breakthroughs are reshaping society, business, supply chains and the workplace. We are also seeing a greater articulation of the discomfort that is arising from the rate at which technological progress is taking place and the inability to manage some of the risks and