The Business Case for Sustainability

Building evidence for financial ROI

Those of us who intuitively care about the idea of “sustainability” have no problem feeling good about it. It just feels like the right thing to do.

But at the end of the day, we need to convince hard nosed business practitioners that there is a benefit to investing time and money in sustainability initiatives. In the past few years more and more companies have begin taking sustainability seriously and are even benefiting financially from sustainable business practices.

The articles on this page outline some of the best examples.

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The Corporate Risk of Climate Change

While public companies are required to disclose risk in their financial reporting, there is little incentive for them to actually blame climate change.
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Sustainability Brand Valuation Measures Up

Sustainability proponents know intuitively that sustainability's contribution to corporate value is great but that we have generally failed to convince skeptics that estimating…
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Finding the ROI in Sustainability

Just about anyone who has worked in the area of sustainability has had to deal with the question of justifying long-term investments on…
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Is There a Business Case for Product Take-Back?

There are many environmental and financial benefits to extended producer responsibility (EPR): the idea that a product’s manufacturers and retailers should assume responsibility…
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Finding the Value in Sustainable and Inclusive Business Activities

How are sustainable business practices initiated and valuated? Though materiality assessments continue to advance in sophistication, in order to initiate sustainable or inclusive…
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Talking Sustainability with Your CFO Shouldn’t Be Scary

We often hear that sustainability professionals need to get better at talking to the CFO. Frankly, this is a scary proposition for many…
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London Business School Prof on the Long-Term Benefits of ESG

Ioannis Ioannou, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School whose research focuses on sustainability and CSR, talks about the…
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SAP’s Integrated Reporting is a Big Success

SAP recently released its first integrated reporting results for financial and non-financial performance in 2012.
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The Business Case For Sustainability is Becoming Easier to Make

Good news: the business case for sustainability is becoming an easier sell for companies both large and small.
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Sharing is the Rational Economic Choice

The barriers to a sustainable future are many and complex, and no single entity has all the answers. In a sharing society, organisations…
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How SAP Makes the Business Case for Sustainability

SAP's transformation of its business model is a compelling example on the business case for sustainability.
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MIT Study Makes the Case for Sustainability

The message of the new study is quite clear – more companies see sustainability as a core business driver, and innovate and profit…
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The Business Case for Women in the Workplace

Oliver Balch explains why women will be a fundamental part of getting the global economy back on track – and setting it on…
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3 Corporate Sustainability Issues for 2013

The Chief Sustainability Officer of SC Johnson shares her thoughts on how companies will use sustainability to boost the bottom line in 2013.
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Andrew Winston Explains Why We Need More Paul Polmans

Andrew Winston, co-author of Green to Gold, who also advises some of the world’s biggest companies on environmental strategy, offered a very clear…