Topic Archives: Strategy & Integration

Webinar: What Strategic Value Can Materiality Assessments Deliver in the Future?

  Novartis and SustainAbility presented a webinar on August 17th which kicked-off a series of conversations about the results and outcomes of Novartis’ 2017 Corporate Responsibility Materiality Assessment. This webinar focused on the overall results which highlighted crucial insights into the expectations of Novartis’ stakeholders. Hear from Rob Cameron, Chief Executive at SustainAbility, Michael Fürst, CR

Integrating Corporate Responsibility into the Core Business Through Materiality

The 2017 Corporate Responsibility Materiality Assessment Results Report summarises the approach and results of the Novartis 2017 corporate responsibility (CR) materiality assessment. This third full materiality assessment for Novartis plays an important role in strengthening the integration of CR in Novartis’ core business. The objectives of the materiality assessment were to: Further align strategies with

Finding Opportunity in the Sustainable Development Goals

  At first glance, you might imagine that the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals are best tackled by governments and non-profits, but the reality is that businesses have a crucial role to play. SustainAbility’s Director Margo Mosher, who is a member of The New York Academy of Sciences, shares the story of how she shifted her

Webinar on Targeting Value: Setting High-Impact Sustainability Goals

  In this public webinar, SustainAbility Senior Manager Rebecca O’Neill presented the findings of the company’s new research report, Targeting Value. The research provides clear insights on the value to business of setting, pursuing, achieving and reporting on sustainability goals. The report identifies several key barriers to setting high-impact goals, as well as potential ways

Advancing to the Next Frontier of Corporate Sustainability Goal Setting

This is part 4 of a 6-part series revealing findings from SustainAbility’s recently-released report, Targeting Value, which focuses on how to maximize impact through corporate sustainability goal setting. In this post, we hear from Kevin Moss, Global Director, Business Center, at the World Resources Institute, on science-based targets and the future of sustainability goals. SustainAbility’s Sarah

How to Maximize the Impact of Corporate Sustainability Goals

This is part 1 of a 6-part series revealing findings from SustainAbility’s recent report, “Targeting Value,” which focuses on how to maximize impact through corporate sustainability goal setting. Part 2 next week will address corporate sustainability goals around water stewardship. While there has been a substantial improvement in high-impact sustainability goal-setting by companies over the past decade,

Targeting Value

Targeting Value provides clear insights on the value to business of setting, pursuing, achieving and reporting on sustainability goals. The report also presents current best practices for ensuring goals deliver maximum business value and broader societal impact. Companies have a responsibility to ensure they are operating in a sustainable manner; setting goals to outline what

As New Reporting Frameworks Emerge, A Focus on Transparency Prevails

According to the Governance & Accountability Institute, 81% of companies listed on the S&P 500 published sustainability reports in 2016. The universe of relevant reporting developments continues to evolve, influenced by the establishment of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the emergence of integrated reporting and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) standards. Consequently, companies

Playing to Win Through Sustainable Growth

How can a sporting goods company play to win whilst maintaining sustainability as its foundation of future growth? By identifying and prioritizing the economic, environmental and social impacts and issues that matter most to the company and its stakeholders, and setting goals to improve performance. SustainAbility supported Amer Sports to deliver the company’s materiality assessment

Value Creation through Goal Setting

Companies are pursuing increasingly ambitious sustainability goals. There are a range of frameworks to help guide them in their goal setting, however, on the whole, the targets set by companies are not in line with what’s necessary to resolve our collective sustainability challenges. SustainAbility’s new research will provide practical guidance to help companies set, track