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  • andrea 7:45 am on April 5, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    What leading companies are doing on the SDGs 

    2017 has seen a big ramp-up in our work on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From integrating the Goals into business strategy and identifying risks and opportunities, to engaging partners and communicating how they contribute, we’re seeing clients across all markets strongly embrace this new sustainable business agenda.

    Over the past few months, our focus has been helping organisations across a range of sectors get to grips with operationalising the SDGs. For Carlsberg we helped align key initiatives with relevant SDG targets and incorporate these into the beverage giant’s 2016 sustainability report. In Australia, with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Sustainability Advantage program, we’ve done SDG mapping and facilitated workshops for senior executives across food, health, aged care and financial services. As well as working hands-on with management teams to develop a robust strategic response, a key outcome has been getting organisations to work together to prioritise core Goals and build partnerships for sector-wide change. During 2017, we’ll be working further with the rapidly expanding aged care sector on a pilot project to drive uptake of the Goals across the industry.

    It’s a space we’ve been active in for a while. In recent years we’ve contributed to moving the needle on the post-2015 agenda at a number of companies—for example via the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development and Novartis Foundation. In 2016, we helped Ericsson and The Earth Institute produce a much-acclaimed report showing how information and communication technology (ICT) could deliver step-change on the Goals in at least four areas—education, energy efficiency, health and financial inclusion. We’ve also worked with UN Environment’s Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific to collate best practice and recommendations on partnering with business to deliver the environmental dimensions of the Goals. The upshot? The challenges of the 2030 Agenda may be ‘yuge’, but so are the opportunities for companies that embrace them.

    And because we’ve now got a great library of best practice on how companies around the world are approaching the SDGs, our next industry briefing will share key insights on how to report on the Goals.

    You can sign up to receive the briefing here: info@onestoneadvisors.com


  • andrea 4:29 am on April 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , G4, , materiality, reporting, ,   

    Electrolux: sustainability gets strategic 

    Already a veteran reporter and multi-year DJSI world sector leader, Electrolux aims to raise the bar again with its 2014 corporate sustainability report. Front and centre this year is a renewed focus on material issues – the company’s biggest impacts, what matters most to stakeholders, and where it can make the biggest difference. The result? 10 key areas where the global appliance manufacturer intends to drive competitive advantage and considers high performance a condition of doing business, cementing sustainability squarely at the heart of the business strategy.

    You can check out the 2014 report here. And as part of the team behind it, we’d love your feedback!

    Electrolux says sustainability is like a decathlon - you have to excel at many things to be top of your game.

    Electrolux says sustainability is like a decathlon – you have to excel at many things to be top of your game.

  • andrea 2:21 am on November 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Apple, Big Data, , , ICT industry, Privacy, reporting, , US government   

    Big Apple takes on Big Data: Apple champions consumers’ Right to Know 

    First Wikileaks, then Edward Snowdon now Apple? With its recent Report on Government Information Requests, 2013’s most valuable brand is turning the transparency tables – on governments.

    On November 5th, Apple Inc issued a short 7-page pdf report. Its focus: the growing number of requests the company is receiving from governments to disclose information on customer accounts and specific devices. Covering the period January 1st-June 30th 2013, the report is Apple’s first in an industry increasingly in the spotlight over privacy and personal data issues following global uproar over data mining.

    apple_logo“We believe,” Apple writes, “that our customers have a right to understand how their personal information is handled, and we consider it our responsibility to provide them with the best privacy protections available.”

    The report is interesting in two regards. First, because it puts customer interests front and centre – drawing attention to the way personal data is used by third parties without consent. In the first half of this year alone, Apple received 719 requests from countries as diverse as Belarus and Brazil. With the growing trend towards data retention legislation, this is an issue that isn’t going to go away anytime soon.

    Second is the way Apple uses the report to take a strong advocacy stand against US government restrictions that prevent it disclosing details of these requests. The restrictions’ impact is clear from the first of the report’s two charts, where the US is both the country with the highest number of information requests and the only country for which exact figures cannot be given, since Apple is obliged to print a consolidated range in increments of 1000. Apple doesn’t mince its words on the US stance: “We strongly oppose this gag order [and have] made the case for relief from these restrictions in meetings and discussions with the White House, the US Attorney General, congressional leaders and the courts.”

    After years of companies being in the firing line of demands for greater transparency, this time it’s the turn of the state. Rather than go the legal route, Apple hopes to change US policy through dialogue and advocacy; “We will continue to aggressively pursue our ability to be more transparent.”

    With over 700m IOS devices in the market, striking the right balance between matters of national security and crime prevention on the one hand, and personal freedom and human rights on the other is a huge societal challenge. Some great suggestions include allowing personal data to be collected – but in  an encrypted form – which authorities could access via a ‘digital search warrant’ if the need arose.

    By publishing this report, Apple takes a first step towards finding a better balance.

  • andrea 3:39 am on June 23, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BOP, reporting, shared value, societal good, sustainability trends, ,   

    Sustainability Trends – here’s 5 to watch 

    Fabian Pattberg’s latest blog posts the results of a recent survey on the hottest CSR trends of 2011. Top of the list in his snapshot poll: social media, supply chain, stakeholder engagement and reporting.

    Hot they may be, but these issues have been at a steady boil for some time on the sustainable business cooker.

    So instead, what are the issues that are building up to a boil? Here, One Stone sees another set of trends at work:

    1. Fear of ‘none’, goal of ‘zero’
    Recognition that megadrivers like population and economic growth are threatening natural resource supplies, is driving companies to innovate and set ‘zero’ and ‘neutrality’ goals for water, waste, carbon, etc. By way of example, note Coca-Cola’s goal to “Replenish to nature and communities,” by 2020, “an amount of water equivalent to what is used in our finished beverages.” Scarcity is the mother of economy.

    2. Telling Tales
    A marriage between digital technology and demand for traceability is spawning hyper-transparency – allowing consumers to dip into product origins and pathways as never before. Like Brazil’s Aurora Coopercentral, whose newly-launched Ultra Heat Treated milk product carries a unique code printed on each package enabling retailers and consumers to access information on product origin via an internet portal. Or ReMakes eco-friendly placemats, which feature a smartphone-readable QR code: when you scan the QR symbol, a webpage URL appears, linking you to more information.

    3. From ‘products’ to ‘Goods
    Stu Hart’s pioneering ‘base of pyramid’ work and Michael Porter’s ‘creating shared value’ are making market inroads: companies are now running with the idea of generating a profit by solving societal needs, including meeting the Millennium Development Goals. The title of telecoms giant Ericsson’s latest sustainability report – Technology for Good – is a case in point.

    4. From exhortation to implementation
    Sustainability leader companies know what they need to do, now they just have to actually do it – and this is pushing employee behaviour change and motivation, and organisational transformation into the spotlight. Finding the right combination of change levers – carrot and stick – for your corporate culture is the challenge.

    5. A diet of MMMs
    The Pattberg survey threw up reporting as a hot trend – we would qualify this with 3 Ms – maturity, mainstreaming, and mandatory. As uptake of sustainable business tools spreads and gathers momentum, a convergence is taking place – reflected in the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IRRC)’s remit of developing triple bottom line accounting standards by 2020, and the uptake, from Denmark to California, of ‘report or explain’ legislation. If GRI is right, this will be coming to a regulator near you, soon.

    We’ll stop there. What are YOUR top 5 sustainability trends for 2011?

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