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Speaking the Same Language

Improving Communications between Companies and Investors on Corporate Responsibility

Investors and companies are still not having a meaningful dialogue about the business value of corporate responsibility. But there is a strong desire to change this and to find agreement on the best way forward. This report was produced in 2003 in partnership with the UK Social Investment Forum and...
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Corporate Responsibility in the Food Industry

Too hard to swallow?

This document summarises the discussions from this event, highlighting the complexities of the supply chain in the food industry and the steps that some companies are taking to derive value and new opportunity through corporate responsibility.
Sustainability

Profits from Poverty

The ethics of making money from the poor

Two-thirds of the world's population live on less than $1000 a year. Though individually cash-poor, as a group they constitute a significant target for business. Making profits from poverty may make financial sense, but is it ethically acceptable? This document summarises discussions from one of...
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The Carbon Margin

Translating Carbon Exposure into Competitive Advantage

The carbon margin urges all business sectors to view emerging carbon constraints as an opportunity to develop new profit streams and gain competitive advantage. This report provides a guide to the specific risks and opportunities carbon exposure presents for each major industry sector, and explains...
Sustainability

The Role of Green Branding in the Race to Innovate World

Consumer-driven market innovation

At "Solutions for Sustainability", the 12th annual conference of the German-British forum held in London on 11 and 12 October 2007, Arthur D. Little emphasised the role of green branding. We are seeing consumer-driven market innovation. With green electricity tariffs, some consumers are...
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Green Purchasing Power

Cost Reduction and Revenue Generation through Sustainable Procurement

As stakeholders become increasingly insistent that "promises made" by the CEO become "promises delivered", business leaders will need to extract and manage increasing innovation from suppliers as well as employees to deliver on commitment to sustainable performance.
Operations management, Sustainability

The Water Margin

How Strategic Management of Water can Grow Business Value

With two-thirds of the world to experience water shortages by 2025, this report warns companies that it is imperative to assess their water footprint and develop a proactive response to water management or risk damaging their business performance. A proactive approach to water management assesses...
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Ensuring Survival

Business Models in a Low-Carbon World

Much to everybody’s surprise, the low-carbon bandwagon survived even a global downturn - it remains a real issue in the eyes of politicians and the public alike. We have not seen the end of risky financial decisions, but we have reached the end of a period when carbon became established as an...
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Carbon Futures

Ensuring maximised competitiveness post-2012

Carbon trading can have a significant influence on the bottom line and is here to stay. Its future, however, is uncertain and is driven by emerging legislation for the period after 2012. In the face of this uncertainty, what should executives responsible for investment outcomes post-2012 be doing...
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Optimizing Involvement in the Development of

Balancing Integrity and Innovation

Public policy is increasingly influencing the corporate sustainability agenda, as is the need for companies to engage in its development. This is by no means a simple task. In this Viewpoint we identify key steps in the policy development process and highlight how companies can optimise their...
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