Businesses globally have a wide range of sustainability frameworks, standards and benchmarks, they can report to - CDP, the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), the UN Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs) - and the list goes on.
CDP recently published the materials companies need to be able to submit a disclosure to the 2017 investor led questionnaires (climate change, forests, water). The extent and breadth of this material and the questionnaires themselves may sometimes seem overwhelming.
Derived from ancient Greek, the word strategy refers to a high level plan to achieve a long term goal. If our long term goal is to have zero impact on our climate, how does a sustainability strategy support that?
I’ve not set resolutions this year. However, this year I have decided that I’d like to not take certain things with me into 2017. I’d like to leave the negative aspects of 2016 behind and focus on the now.
This particularly resonates for me when I think about climate change. So much was achieved in 2016 – ratification of the Paris Agreement and the ongoing march of renewable energy as an economically competitive energy source – but sometimes other events overshadowed the good news.