Sustainability

Trust is in short supply everywhere. Business leaders recognize they must regain the confidence of investors, consumers, employees and the public at large. One important step: embed and demonstrate sustainable business practices. You can also explore all of PwC's publications covering current business issues and industry trends.

Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines; Towards a common approach to reporting water issues

Clean, consistent water supply — it's essential for businesses to operate—and investors, consumers, and other stakeholders know it. They’re demanding more information on how companies are using—and conserving-- this critical resource, which presents both challenges and opportunities to companies. The UN Global Compact’s CEO Water Mandate initiative has released the finalized Corporate Water Disclosure Guidelines – a common approach for companies to effectively and intelligibly disclose the many elements of their corporate water management practice to key stakeholders.

Point of view - Sustainability reporting

Sustainability reporting is a growing trend. Find out how leading companies are benefitting from increased transparency.

Sustainability goes mainstream: Insights into investor views

What do investors think about sustainability? Are they incorporating environmental and social issues into investment practices and strategies, and will they in the future? We asked investors about these issues to learn more about their perspectives.

Sustainable Supply Chains: Making value the priority

Sustainability has been on the executive agenda for years and it’s now one of the fastest-growing supply chain management trends. More than two-thirds of 500 supply chain executives say it will play an important role in how they manage their supply chains through 2015. When PwC and APICS Foundation decided to explore what the people responsible for executing on these strategies would say about the topic, an interesting picture emerged. Thirty-nine percent of APICS members, the leading association for supply chain and operations, say company leadership is not providing the mandate, incentives, and resources to turn supply chain sustainability into action. Read this report to find out more.

10Minutes on integrated reporting

Investors have been showing increased interest in the correlations between financial performance and sustainability factors like resource scarcity, environmental performance and corporate governance when assessing a company’s future risk and growth opportunities. Is your company ready to respond? This 10Minutes highlights insights and benefits companies can glean into these issues by integrating their thinking to develop a better understanding of impacts to their businesses, allowing them to tell a more holistic value creation story.

What do leading companies and investors really think about climate change?

What do companies and investors think about climate change? Results from the Carbon Disclosure Project point to an increased focus on embedding sustainability into the business, measuring the results, and taking a holistic approach to business strategy and operations.

Key sustainability trends driving business value in the real estate sector

This article originally appeared in “US Real Estate Insights”, we highlight key drivers spurring action among real estate asset managers and how leaders are creating value for their funds.

10Minutes on eco-efficiency

Eco-efficiency can reduce costs for your company. And there are broader benefits, too: a stronger brand, greater productivity, and mitigated risk. Still, opportunities to save money while reducing your company’s use of energy, transportation fuel, waste, water, forest products or chemicals are often short-changed. Why? It’s most likely due to overlooked-but-valuable information.

Sustainability valuation: An oxymoron?

Considering both direct and indirect valuation methods helps quantify sustainability's value and the impact it makes for shareholders.

10Minutes on environmental and social risk

Environmental and social issues are posing greater commercial risks than ever. In this 10Minutes we'll explore what's changing and how companies can take a more forward-looking risk approach.

Toward a common approach to reporting water issues: Corporate water disclosure guidelines

As companies face escalating risks related to water, these new guidelines and publication from the UN Global Compact CEO Water Mandate provide examples and tools for assessing water risks and opportunities, developing a corporate water profile, and better water management strategies and solutions.

Sustainability goals 2.0: An evolving landscape

Setting sustainability goals are essential to a company’s sustainability strategy but they don’t always drive the change that’s needed. PwC reviewed goals set by 126 companies identified as top sustainability performers and presents and analysis and implications for setting effective sustainability goals.

The sustainability executive: Profile and progress

The role of the Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) is evolving based on input from CSOs in 25 leading sustainability companies. The research identifies trends on how companies organize sustainability, the work agenda, key success factors, and the challenges ahead.

Resilience: Sustaining the supply chain

Companies need to protect the integrity of their supply chains to avoid damage to their reputations. In this report, we outline strategies for environmental and social issues in the supply chain. A resilient supply chain requires combining both ‘play not to lose’ and ‘play to win’ strategies.

Driving CO2 out of the supply chain and off retailers’ shelves

This PwC report discusses how global retailers are beginning to work more collaboratively with suppliers to eliminate millions of tons of carbon emissions from their global and local supply chains, giving them a direct stake in how their suppliers source, design, manufacture, and deliver products.

Five management principles from companies modernizing our vehicles, buildings and electric grids

AutoDesk, Cisco Systems, Facebook, General Electric, IBM, Johnson Controls, Microsoft, General Motors, PG&E, Boeing, CBRE, FedEx, Ford, and Jones Lang LaSalle talk to PwC about their roles in accelerating efficiency in our energy, information, building and transportation systems. Stressing the importance of systems thinking, collaboration skills, and innovation capabilities needed for growth, these companies are capitalizing on both technology change and business model innovation to achieve breakthroughs in business and environmental performance.

Sustainable packaging: myth or reality

While public views on the usefulness of packaging are notoriously difficult to shift, the industry has made significant steps in creating improved packaging solutions across the packaged goods value chain.

Closing the loop on sustainability information

We’ve identified four key emerging information technology areas that directly affect enterprise sustainability. These areas span the lifecycle of information—from where it is created to where it is reported.

Do investors care about sustainability?

A review of investor research reveal a trend that more investors are using corporate sustainability reporting to inform investment strategies. Sustainable investing outpaces the growth rate of conventional investment assets under professional management.

WSJ CEO Council: Encouraging and protecting business innovation

From the education of global talent pools, to national immigration policies, regulation and international intellectual property protections, the public policy issues on the new innovation landscape are abundant and complex.

Sustainability: Moving from compliance to leadership

Sustainability is moving from “something that’s nice to have” to one of the most important strategic initiatives enterprises will undertake in the coming decade—a practice deeply embedded in the organization.

The CIO’s next leadership opportunity: Sustainability

CIOs can demonstrate natural leadership with sustainability—by surfacing information that can educate, motivate, and catalyze decision-making, and by using metrics and other IT tools to embed sustainability practices throughout the organization.

Factoring sustainability in IPO planning

Those looking to become a part of the renewed vigor in the IPO market may be unprepared for the public scrutiny they are likely to encounter. Mounting interest in companies' nonfinancial disclosures, such as sustainability and corporate responsibility, leads to a simple question: Is your company prepared?

How credible is your sustainable reporting?

CEOs and boards know the benefits of corporate responsibility reporting included increasing profitability, reducing supply chain risks and costs, and garnering sustainability ratings and recognitions. Overall, companies need this information to drive operational efficiencies and facilitate innovation. Ultimately though, to win stakeholders’ trust, companies need to be credible with respect to sustainability. How do they achieve it?