What is ESG? ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. There is growing evidence that suggests that ESG factors, when integrated into investment analysis and decision making, may offer investors potential long-term performance advantages. ESG has become shorthand for investment methodologies that embrace ESG or sustainability factors as a means of helping to identify companies with superior business models. ESG factors offer portfolio managers added insight into the quality of a company's management, culture, risk profile and other characteristics. By taking advantage of the increased level of scrutiny associated with ESG analysis, ESG Managers® Portfolios seek to identify companies that we believe:
Mistra Urban Futures-Knowledge about and Approaches to Fair and Socially Sustainable Cities - KAIROS KAIROS is a transdisciplinary research project with focus on the social dimension of sustainability. The premise of the project is the way in which globalisation, migration and urbanisation characterise our time and place new demands on participation and co-creation. Cities' role in a changing world The complex societal problems that come with the on-going societal transformation is embodied and impacts on a local level.
The Social License To Operate The Social License has been defined as existing when a project has the ongoing approval within the local community and other stakeholders, ongoing approval or broad social acceptance and, most frequently, as ongoing acceptance. At the level of an individual project the Social License is rooted in the beliefs, perceptions and opinions held by the local population and other stakeholders about the project. It is therefore granted by the community. It is also intangible, unless effort is made to measure these beliefs, opinions and perceptions. Finally, it is dynamic and non-permanent because beliefs, opinions and perceptions are subject to change as new information is acquired.
2013 Human Development Report Skip to main content Home 2013 Human Development Report Human Development Report 2013 The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World The 21st century is witnessing a profound shift in global dynamics, driven by the fast-rising new powers of the developing world. Investors in People We are the UK's most successful framework for business improvement through people management. The Investors in People Framework underpins everything we do. Based on 20 years of leading practice, it was designed by business, for business. Written in consultation with customers, employees and people management specialists, it provides a path to organisational change. Created to meet the ever-evolving needs and challenges of today's businesses, the Framework gives you a tangible way to drive your business forward. The benchmark for any well-run organisation, it signals to customers and employees your commitment to good business and people management excellence.
UNEP Corporate Sustainability Reporting > Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 The Group of Friends of Paragraph 47 is a government led initiative that was formed by Brazil, Denmark, France and South Africa, pioneers in sustainability reporting practice and policy. The Group was born in June 2012 following acknowledgement of the importance of corporate sustainability reporting in Paragraph 47 of the Outcome Document of the 2012 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). Since then, the Governments of Austria, Chile, Colombia, Norway and Switzerland have joined the Group. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) support the group in a Secretariat capacity and provide technical support and guidance in concert with others.
The Natural Step / Det Naturliga Steget also known as the Framework for Strategic Sustainable Development (FFSD) The FSSD is a process of continual learning that incorporates other methods, tools, and concepts into a shared, structured overview. No successful attempt to develop such an overview would ignore other approaches – instead, this framework will make better use of them. We have deduced the FSSD from empirical data on systems and impacts from unsustainable development, tested it in the real world, refined it, tested it again on empirical data, and so forth.
Press release: Disclosure of non-financial information by certain large companies (proposal to improve transparency) European Commission Statement Brussels, 26 February 2014 Home Masters in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability Programme - Blekinge Institute of Technology The Master's in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability (MSLS) Programme is a 10-month transformational masters programme in Karlskrona, Sweden that focuses on advancing your knowledge, skills, and global networks, in order to build your capacity to be a strategic leader in the co-creation of thriving, sustainable societies. Dr. Karl-Henrik Robèrt, one of the programme´s co-founders, on the essence of MSLS:
Our Approach Futureye’s approach is to reduce the gap between stakeholder expectations and perceived company performance. Depending on the circumstances, this can involve adjusting stakeholder expectations, improving actual company performance or a combination of both. Futureye has identified that when gaps exist between stakeholder expectations and perceived performance, the views of a small but vocal minority can quickly gain broader support and affect a company’s reputation.
Accessible Social Impact Assessment Twelve sustainability experts from leading companies have come together in the Roundtable for Social Metrics, aiming to make social impact assessment more accessible and meaningful through the development of a handbook for social impact assessments of products and services along value chains. The draft handbook that was developed in Phase 1 has undergone external consultation. Phase 2 recently started, with five new companies joining this initiative. The Initiative