News & Update

Report or Explain initiative gains ground

Posted on: October 3rd, 2013
by Green Consult

The number of companies listed on the São Paulo stock exchange, BM&FBOVESPA, which publish a sustainability report or explain why if they do not, rose from 203 to 293 between May 2012 and June 2013. The addition of these 90 companies represents an increase from 45 to 66 percent of companies that are now in BM&FBOVESPA’s Report or Explain voluntary initiative, launched in December 2011. Read more…

China Threatens Death Penalty for Serious Polluters

Posted on: September 17th, 2013
by Green Consult

(Reuters) – Chinese authorities have given courts the powers to hand down the death penalty in serious pollution cases, state media said, as the government tries to assuage growing public anger at environmental desecration.

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Mandatory Reporting: Does it make a difference?

Posted on: December 28th, 2012
by Green Consult

Over the last few years a number of stock exchanges in Asia, including in China, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia have introduced requirements or “encouragement” to listed companies to report on their sustainability activities. Does mandating or encouraging companies to produce sustainability reports make any difference to their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance over time?   In addition to giving a snapshot of what Asian exchanges are currently doing to promote corporate social responsibility, I’ll take a look at evidence to show that mandatory reporting improves sustainability performance over time. Read more…

Sustainability report design – a missed opportunity?

Posted on: December 27th, 2012
by Green Consult

In the CSR Asia Disclosure Forum 2012 held earlier this month, there were strong discussions revolving around disclosing CSR information and a greater use of assurance to maintain high standards. Clearly, the sustainability report in its many forms has become a vehicle for companies to communicate its CSR efforts to a targeted audience. Unfortunately, company stakeholders are often overwhelmed with the collection of indigestible amount of information found in this reports. This is where design can play a crucial role. Read more…

10 Ways to Green Your Business

Posted on: November 23rd, 2012
by Green Consult

Half-a-hundred options for cleaning up your business, from the universal (catch that rainwater!) to the specific (lose the plastic bowls!). Mix, match–join in.

Imagine asking today how the Internet affects business. It’s an absurd question, like asking how electricity changed business. Asking the same about sustainability, it turns out, is equally absurd. Like the Internet, sustainability spurs innovation in everything, from how you see your business model to whether you see your employees (why not let them work at home more?). Here are our favorite ways companies today are greening up–and saving money and making better widgets in the process.

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Sustainability reporting

Posted on: November 23rd, 2012
by Green Consult

A sustainability report is an organizational report that gives information about economic, environmental, social and governance performance.

Corporate sustainability reporting has a long history going back to environmental reporting. The first environmental reports were published in the late 1980s by companies in the chemical industry which had serious image problems. The other group of early reporters was a group of committed small and medium-sized businesses with very advanced environmental management systems.
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Sustainability

Posted on: November 22nd, 2012
by Green Consult

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Sustainability in a general sense is the capacity to support, maintain or endure. Since the 1980s human sustainability has been related to the integration of environmental, economic, and social dimensions towards global stewardship and responsible management of resources. In ecology, sustainability describes how biological systems remain diverse, robust, and productive over time, a necessary precondition for the well-being of humans and other organisms.Long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests are examples of sustainable biological systems.
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