Research & insights

Consumers are becoming more insistent that the companies they do business with act responsibly toward both the community and the environment. With an eye on this increased demand for sustainability, what are organisations doing to deliver value? PwC's research and insights take a comprehensive look at the environmental, social and governance issues impacting companies, and how sound sustainability initiatives can strengthen customer relationships while driving growth.

Low Carbon Economy Index 2015

October 28, 2015

The 7th annual Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) tracks the rate that G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.

Make it your business: Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals

September 22, 2015

Governments have agreed new global goals to achieve, but how ready is business to help them achieve them? What’s their intention and their vision? Will they be business as usual or business critical?

CEO pulse on climate change

September 14, 2015

Countdown to a deal on climate change: What does this mean for business success?

Responsible investment: Aligning interests

May 22, 2015

How do investors view responsible investment and ESG management? How in sync are investors (LPs) and fund managers (GPs)? PwC explores.

Collaboration: preserving water through partnering that works

April 13, 2015

Water is a business risk that needs active management. Explore why and how to collaborate well with others sharing a water basin.

Water disclosure guidelines for business

October 13, 2014

With water stress increasing, business is improving the way it uses water. Water management and water disclosure are now important. New best practice guidelines available.

Water risks in Agricultural Supply Chains

July 15, 2014

A guide for investors - understanding the water risks faced by companies in their agricultural supply chains and building in resilience 

Scaling Up Energy Access through Cross-sector Partnerships

December 20, 2013

This WEF-PwC publication explains how the two organisations have developed a cross-industry framework that can help the energy access ecosystem grow. Contributions from more than 40 experts from the private, public and civil sector have helped to identify the barriers preventing private sector investment at scale

Putting a price on value

September 24, 2013

PwC’s PE responsible investment survey shows more opportunity for value protection and creation through Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

September 14, 2013

Sector insights: what is driving climate change action in the world’s largest companies?

Water Valuation

September 09, 2013

The Business Guide to Water Valuation provides business-specific guidance on the main concepts and techniques associated with water valuation. It builds on an earlier report which sets out the international trend towards valuing water and the business case for water valuation and is further supported by a review of 21 business case studies.

Helping you manage the gap between water supply and demand

August 14, 2013

A guide for investors - understanding the water risks faced by companies in their agricultural supply chains and building in resilience 

Total Impact Measurement & Management

August 01, 2013

Is ‘good’ growth the expected norm? Looking at growth from a total impact perspective means decisions are made with more holistic information and ‘good’ growth becomes easier to spot.

Helping business measure its socio-economic impact

February 21, 2013

Many companies are now starting to measure how they impact the economies, environments and communities in which they operate.

What’s the sustainability impact on the business environment?

January 22, 2013

Far-reaching changes are taking place, and they’re taking place faster than ever. In this new era of ‘stable instability’, risks that once seemed improbable and even remote have become the norm and for CEOs across the world, ‘expect the unexpected’ has become the mantra. The only solution is to build organisations that can thrive amidst disorder: organisations that are agile and adaptable, able to cope with disruption and emerge stronger than before.

Using environmental, social and governance factors to improve your deal

January 10, 2013

Poor environmental, social & governance (ESG) performance can reduce deal value between private equity sellers & trade buyers, good ESG improves it.

South Korea leads Asia on greenhouse gas legislation

December 12, 2012

This PwC publication explains how, and why, South Korea has committed to green growth and agrees to a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme designed to help reduce the country’s gas emissions by 30% by 2020.

PwC Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Too late for two degrees?

November 05, 2012

Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Are G20 economies making progress in reducing carbon emissions levels? Can the world limit warming to 2oC?

Picking up the Pace – Accelerating public policies for positive outcomes

October 17, 2012

This PwC publication the second World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) report examines key ecosystems and biodiversity policies vis a via conserving and sustainably managing ecosystems.

PwC Business Ecosystems Training (BET) Services

October 12, 2012

The Business Ecosystems Training (BET) course is a capacity building programme designed to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts and dependencies that businesses have on ecosystems services – and, therefore the business case for ecosystem services valuation and management.

CEO Water Mandate Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines

August 21, 2012

In August 2012, the United Nations CEO Water Mandate launched a set of standardized guidelines to help leading global organizations report on their water management. The CEO Water Mandate is an alliance of 86 corporations – including PwC -- committed to promoting water sustainability. PwC was selected by the CEO Water Mandate Secretariat, to lead the development of the guidelines.

The true value of water

August 16, 2012

This PwC paper examines the future business implications − business disruptions, higher costs, and the loss of license to operate in locations experiencing water insecurity − of the growing scarcity of water around the world.

Sustainable packaging: myth or reality

June 28, 2012

New materials and technology are changing the packaging landscape. But raw material scarcity is a growing problem.

Videos and webcasts

May 11, 2012

Through videos and webcasts, PwC and other business leaders discuss the risks, impacts and growth opportunities for sustainable climate change and socially responsible initiatives.

Malcolm Preston, Global Leader Sustainability and Jochen Zeitz, Chairman and CEO of PUMA

May 02, 2012

Video: Malcolm Preston, Global Leader Sustainability and Jochen Zeitz, Chairman and CEO of PUMA The environmental P&L account

Water: Challenges, drivers and solutions

March 21, 2012

A PwC report on the challenges facing the water industry in light of decreasing water quality and supply – key players, economics and future solutions.

Feature article from our survey of the Private Equity industry

March 01, 2012

A theme to emerge from our survey of the Private Equity industry is the difference in attitude and approach between the US-headquartered PE houses and those in Europe.

Minerals and metals scarcity in manufacturing: The ticking time bomb

December 07, 2011

Top manufacturing executives warn that mineral and metal scarcity will increasingly affect global operations. The solution? More efficiency, innovation and collaboration across the supply chain.

Solar Power: Generation and Transmission

January 04, 2011

This booklet sets out how PwC has played and continues to play a key role in helping governments, business and society make the transition to renewable solar energy options.

Low Carbon Economy Index 2015

October 28, 2015

The 7th annual Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) tracks the rate that G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.

Make it your business: Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals

September 22, 2015

Governments have agreed new global goals to achieve, but how ready is business to help them achieve them? What’s their intention and their vision? Will they be business as usual or business critical?

CEO pulse on climate change

September 14, 2015

Countdown to a deal on climate change: What does this mean for business success?

Responsible investment: Aligning interests

May 22, 2015

How do investors view responsible investment and ESG management? How in sync are investors (LPs) and fund managers (GPs)? PwC explores.

Collaboration: preserving water through partnering that works

April 13, 2015

Water is a business risk that needs active management. Explore why and how to collaborate well with others sharing a water basin.

Water disclosure guidelines for business

October 13, 2014

With water stress increasing, business is improving the way it uses water. Water management and water disclosure are now important. New best practice guidelines available.

Water risks in Agricultural Supply Chains

July 15, 2014

A guide for investors - understanding the water risks faced by companies in their agricultural supply chains and building in resilience 

Scaling Up Energy Access through Cross-sector Partnerships

December 20, 2013

This WEF-PwC publication explains how the two organisations have developed a cross-industry framework that can help the energy access ecosystem grow. Contributions from more than 40 experts from the private, public and civil sector have helped to identify the barriers preventing private sector investment at scale

Putting a price on value

September 24, 2013

PwC’s PE responsible investment survey shows more opportunity for value protection and creation through Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

September 14, 2013

Sector insights: what is driving climate change action in the world’s largest companies?

Water Valuation

September 09, 2013

The Business Guide to Water Valuation provides business-specific guidance on the main concepts and techniques associated with water valuation. It builds on an earlier report which sets out the international trend towards valuing water and the business case for water valuation and is further supported by a review of 21 business case studies.

Helping you manage the gap between water supply and demand

August 14, 2013

A guide for investors - understanding the water risks faced by companies in their agricultural supply chains and building in resilience 

Total Impact Measurement & Management

August 01, 2013

Is ‘good’ growth the expected norm? Looking at growth from a total impact perspective means decisions are made with more holistic information and ‘good’ growth becomes easier to spot.

Helping business measure its socio-economic impact

February 21, 2013

Many companies are now starting to measure how they impact the economies, environments and communities in which they operate.

What’s the sustainability impact on the business environment?

January 22, 2013

Far-reaching changes are taking place, and they’re taking place faster than ever. In this new era of ‘stable instability’, risks that once seemed improbable and even remote have become the norm and for CEOs across the world, ‘expect the unexpected’ has become the mantra. The only solution is to build organisations that can thrive amidst disorder: organisations that are agile and adaptable, able to cope with disruption and emerge stronger than before.

Using environmental, social and governance factors to improve your deal

January 10, 2013

Poor environmental, social & governance (ESG) performance can reduce deal value between private equity sellers & trade buyers, good ESG improves it.

South Korea leads Asia on greenhouse gas legislation

December 12, 2012

This PwC publication explains how, and why, South Korea has committed to green growth and agrees to a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme designed to help reduce the country’s gas emissions by 30% by 2020.

PwC Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Too late for two degrees?

November 05, 2012

Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Are G20 economies making progress in reducing carbon emissions levels? Can the world limit warming to 2oC?

Picking up the Pace – Accelerating public policies for positive outcomes

October 17, 2012

This PwC publication the second World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) report examines key ecosystems and biodiversity policies vis a via conserving and sustainably managing ecosystems.

PwC Business Ecosystems Training (BET) Services

October 12, 2012

The Business Ecosystems Training (BET) course is a capacity building programme designed to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts and dependencies that businesses have on ecosystems services – and, therefore the business case for ecosystem services valuation and management.

Low Carbon Economy Index 2015

October 28, 2015

The 7th annual Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) tracks the rate that G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.

Make it your business: Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals

September 22, 2015

Governments have agreed new global goals to achieve, but how ready is business to help them achieve them? What’s their intention and their vision? Will they be business as usual or business critical?

CEO pulse on climate change

September 14, 2015

Countdown to a deal on climate change: What does this mean for business success?

Responsible investment: Aligning interests

May 22, 2015

How do investors view responsible investment and ESG management? How in sync are investors (LPs) and fund managers (GPs)? PwC explores.

Collaboration: preserving water through partnering that works

April 13, 2015

Water is a business risk that needs active management. Explore why and how to collaborate well with others sharing a water basin.

Water disclosure guidelines for business

October 13, 2014

With water stress increasing, business is improving the way it uses water. Water management and water disclosure are now important. New best practice guidelines available.

Water risks in Agricultural Supply Chains

July 15, 2014

A guide for investors - understanding the water risks faced by companies in their agricultural supply chains and building in resilience 

Scaling Up Energy Access through Cross-sector Partnerships

December 20, 2013

This WEF-PwC publication explains how the two organisations have developed a cross-industry framework that can help the energy access ecosystem grow. Contributions from more than 40 experts from the private, public and civil sector have helped to identify the barriers preventing private sector investment at scale

Putting a price on value

September 24, 2013

PwC’s PE responsible investment survey shows more opportunity for value protection and creation through Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

September 14, 2013

Sector insights: what is driving climate change action in the world’s largest companies?

Water Valuation

September 09, 2013

The Business Guide to Water Valuation provides business-specific guidance on the main concepts and techniques associated with water valuation. It builds on an earlier report which sets out the international trend towards valuing water and the business case for water valuation and is further supported by a review of 21 business case studies.

Helping you manage the gap between water supply and demand

August 14, 2013

A guide for investors - understanding the water risks faced by companies in their agricultural supply chains and building in resilience 

Total Impact Measurement & Management

August 01, 2013

Is ‘good’ growth the expected norm? Looking at growth from a total impact perspective means decisions are made with more holistic information and ‘good’ growth becomes easier to spot.

Helping business measure its socio-economic impact

February 21, 2013

Many companies are now starting to measure how they impact the economies, environments and communities in which they operate.

What’s the sustainability impact on the business environment?

January 22, 2013

Far-reaching changes are taking place, and they’re taking place faster than ever. In this new era of ‘stable instability’, risks that once seemed improbable and even remote have become the norm and for CEOs across the world, ‘expect the unexpected’ has become the mantra. The only solution is to build organisations that can thrive amidst disorder: organisations that are agile and adaptable, able to cope with disruption and emerge stronger than before.

Using environmental, social and governance factors to improve your deal

January 10, 2013

Poor environmental, social & governance (ESG) performance can reduce deal value between private equity sellers & trade buyers, good ESG improves it.

South Korea leads Asia on greenhouse gas legislation

December 12, 2012

This PwC publication explains how, and why, South Korea has committed to green growth and agrees to a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme designed to help reduce the country’s gas emissions by 30% by 2020.

PwC Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Too late for two degrees?

November 05, 2012

Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Are G20 economies making progress in reducing carbon emissions levels? Can the world limit warming to 2oC?

Picking up the Pace – Accelerating public policies for positive outcomes

October 17, 2012

This PwC publication the second World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) report examines key ecosystems and biodiversity policies vis a via conserving and sustainably managing ecosystems.

PwC Business Ecosystems Training (BET) Services

October 12, 2012

The Business Ecosystems Training (BET) course is a capacity building programme designed to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts and dependencies that businesses have on ecosystems services – and, therefore the business case for ecosystem services valuation and management.

Low Carbon Economy Index 2015

October 28, 2015

The 7th annual Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) tracks the rate that G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.

Make it your business: Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals

September 22, 2015

Governments have agreed new global goals to achieve, but how ready is business to help them achieve them? What’s their intention and their vision? Will they be business as usual or business critical?

CEO pulse on climate change

September 14, 2015

Countdown to a deal on climate change: What does this mean for business success?

Responsible investment: Aligning interests

May 22, 2015

How do investors view responsible investment and ESG management? How in sync are investors (LPs) and fund managers (GPs)? PwC explores.

Collaboration: preserving water through partnering that works

April 13, 2015

Water is a business risk that needs active management. Explore why and how to collaborate well with others sharing a water basin.

Water disclosure guidelines for business

October 13, 2014

With water stress increasing, business is improving the way it uses water. Water management and water disclosure are now important. New best practice guidelines available.

Water risks in Agricultural Supply Chains

July 15, 2014

A guide for investors - understanding the water risks faced by companies in their agricultural supply chains and building in resilience 

Scaling Up Energy Access through Cross-sector Partnerships

December 20, 2013

This WEF-PwC publication explains how the two organisations have developed a cross-industry framework that can help the energy access ecosystem grow. Contributions from more than 40 experts from the private, public and civil sector have helped to identify the barriers preventing private sector investment at scale

Putting a price on value

September 24, 2013

PwC’s PE responsible investment survey shows more opportunity for value protection and creation through Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

September 14, 2013

Sector insights: what is driving climate change action in the world’s largest companies?

Water Valuation

September 09, 2013

The Business Guide to Water Valuation provides business-specific guidance on the main concepts and techniques associated with water valuation. It builds on an earlier report which sets out the international trend towards valuing water and the business case for water valuation and is further supported by a review of 21 business case studies.

Helping you manage the gap between water supply and demand

August 14, 2013

A guide for investors - understanding the water risks faced by companies in their agricultural supply chains and building in resilience 

Total Impact Measurement & Management

August 01, 2013

Is ‘good’ growth the expected norm? Looking at growth from a total impact perspective means decisions are made with more holistic information and ‘good’ growth becomes easier to spot.

Helping business measure its socio-economic impact

February 21, 2013

Many companies are now starting to measure how they impact the economies, environments and communities in which they operate.

What’s the sustainability impact on the business environment?

January 22, 2013

Far-reaching changes are taking place, and they’re taking place faster than ever. In this new era of ‘stable instability’, risks that once seemed improbable and even remote have become the norm and for CEOs across the world, ‘expect the unexpected’ has become the mantra. The only solution is to build organisations that can thrive amidst disorder: organisations that are agile and adaptable, able to cope with disruption and emerge stronger than before.

Using environmental, social and governance factors to improve your deal

January 10, 2013

Poor environmental, social & governance (ESG) performance can reduce deal value between private equity sellers & trade buyers, good ESG improves it.

South Korea leads Asia on greenhouse gas legislation

December 12, 2012

This PwC publication explains how, and why, South Korea has committed to green growth and agrees to a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme designed to help reduce the country’s gas emissions by 30% by 2020.

PwC Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Too late for two degrees?

November 05, 2012

Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Are G20 economies making progress in reducing carbon emissions levels? Can the world limit warming to 2oC?

Picking up the Pace – Accelerating public policies for positive outcomes

October 17, 2012

This PwC publication the second World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) report examines key ecosystems and biodiversity policies vis a via conserving and sustainably managing ecosystems.

PwC Business Ecosystems Training (BET) Services

October 12, 2012

The Business Ecosystems Training (BET) course is a capacity building programme designed to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts and dependencies that businesses have on ecosystems services – and, therefore the business case for ecosystem services valuation and management.

Low Carbon Economy Index 2015

October 28, 2015

The 7th annual Low Carbon Economy Index (LCEI) tracks the rate that G20 countries are decarbonising their economies.

Make it your business: Engaging with the Sustainable Development Goals

September 22, 2015

Governments have agreed new global goals to achieve, but how ready is business to help them achieve them? What’s their intention and their vision? Will they be business as usual or business critical?

CEO pulse on climate change

September 14, 2015

Countdown to a deal on climate change: What does this mean for business success?

Responsible investment: Aligning interests

May 22, 2015

How do investors view responsible investment and ESG management? How in sync are investors (LPs) and fund managers (GPs)? PwC explores.

Collaboration: preserving water through partnering that works

April 13, 2015

Water is a business risk that needs active management. Explore why and how to collaborate well with others sharing a water basin.

Water disclosure guidelines for business

October 13, 2014

With water stress increasing, business is improving the way it uses water. Water management and water disclosure are now important. New best practice guidelines available.

Water risks in Agricultural Supply Chains

July 15, 2014

A guide for investors - understanding the water risks faced by companies in their agricultural supply chains and building in resilience 

Scaling Up Energy Access through Cross-sector Partnerships

December 20, 2013

This WEF-PwC publication explains how the two organisations have developed a cross-industry framework that can help the energy access ecosystem grow. Contributions from more than 40 experts from the private, public and civil sector have helped to identify the barriers preventing private sector investment at scale

Putting a price on value

September 24, 2013

PwC’s PE responsible investment survey shows more opportunity for value protection and creation through Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) management.

The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

September 14, 2013

Sector insights: what is driving climate change action in the world’s largest companies?

Water Valuation

September 09, 2013

The Business Guide to Water Valuation provides business-specific guidance on the main concepts and techniques associated with water valuation. It builds on an earlier report which sets out the international trend towards valuing water and the business case for water valuation and is further supported by a review of 21 business case studies.

Helping you manage the gap between water supply and demand

August 14, 2013

A guide for investors - understanding the water risks faced by companies in their agricultural supply chains and building in resilience 

Total Impact Measurement & Management

August 01, 2013

Is ‘good’ growth the expected norm? Looking at growth from a total impact perspective means decisions are made with more holistic information and ‘good’ growth becomes easier to spot.

Helping business measure its socio-economic impact

February 21, 2013

Many companies are now starting to measure how they impact the economies, environments and communities in which they operate.

What’s the sustainability impact on the business environment?

January 22, 2013

Far-reaching changes are taking place, and they’re taking place faster than ever. In this new era of ‘stable instability’, risks that once seemed improbable and even remote have become the norm and for CEOs across the world, ‘expect the unexpected’ has become the mantra. The only solution is to build organisations that can thrive amidst disorder: organisations that are agile and adaptable, able to cope with disruption and emerge stronger than before.

Using environmental, social and governance factors to improve your deal

January 10, 2013

Poor environmental, social & governance (ESG) performance can reduce deal value between private equity sellers & trade buyers, good ESG improves it.

South Korea leads Asia on greenhouse gas legislation

December 12, 2012

This PwC publication explains how, and why, South Korea has committed to green growth and agrees to a greenhouse gas emissions trading scheme designed to help reduce the country’s gas emissions by 30% by 2020.

PwC Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Too late for two degrees?

November 05, 2012

Low Carbon Economy Index 2012: Are G20 economies making progress in reducing carbon emissions levels? Can the world limit warming to 2oC?

Picking up the Pace – Accelerating public policies for positive outcomes

October 17, 2012

This PwC publication the second World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) report examines key ecosystems and biodiversity policies vis a via conserving and sustainably managing ecosystems.

PwC Business Ecosystems Training (BET) Services

October 12, 2012

The Business Ecosystems Training (BET) course is a capacity building programme designed to raise awareness and understanding of the impacts and dependencies that businesses have on ecosystems services – and, therefore the business case for ecosystem services valuation and management.