On average 55% of all global CEOs are investing in improving living and working conditions where they operate. Their efforts range from job training programs to infrastructure development, depending on the priorities of local stakeholders. In comparison, just over 40% of US CEOs say they are making such investments. But they are targeting specific areas where they see a greater role for the private sector; for example, 64% of US CEOs are increasing their commitment to maintaining the health of their workforce.
This quarterly publication provides key highlights from the last few months and identifies additional resources that provide more detailed information and guidance.
Considering both direct and indirect valuation methods helps quantify sustainability's value and the impact it makes for shareholders.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Download the 2012 edition of PwC’s Cities of Opportunity. This year’s report, our fifth, analyses in depth the trajectory of 27 capitals of finance, commerce, manufacturing and/or culture across 60 variables -- and offers insight into what factors and conditions make cities function best, plus customized, interactive tools for exploring the data.
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.
A global market for green goods and services offers benefits of prosperity and job creation. PwC's report offers CEO insights on this and other topics.
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.
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.
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.
Managing risks related to dwindling freshwater supply is becoming more urgent for businesses. This 10Minutes discusses how companies can prepare for the consequences of water scarcity by monitoring water use, evaluating risk across the supply chain, and partnering with local communities to replenish water supply.
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.
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.
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 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.
In this interview, Intel IT director Chris Peters discusses how Intel is greening its data center and focusing on transitioning sustainability from a program to a mind-set.
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.
In this fascinating interview, Amit Chatterjee and Michael Gelobter of Hama Software demonstrate how optimizing energy expense can be a transformational force that can shape your business toward sustainability.
In this interview, David Kepler, who leads both Dow Chemical’s IT and sustainability functions, discusses how Dow synthesizes the metrics that integrate environmental and social concerns with economic value and strategy.
In this interview, Peter Graf, SAP’s chief sustainability officer, explains how sustainability is about long-term business models, and details what CIOs can do to give their organizations an edge.
SunGard sustainability director Ryan Whisnant details his company’s deep and longstanding commitment to sustainability, and its many benefits—from improving competitiveness and reducing risk to being a good corporate citizen.
Pat House, SVP for strategy at C3, discusses how volatile energy costs and stakeholder pressures are creating a new mandate to make energy and emissions optimization a top management priority.
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?
For the first time, a majority of S&P 500 responding companies report they are now integrating climate change into their core business strategy, according to the 2011 Carbon Disclosure Report.
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?
In this interview, author and commentator Niall Ferguson brings this unique perspective to the major issues of the day—financial, economic, and political. As a student of empire, he also offers his views on why civilizations rise, fall, and, possibly, rise again.
PwC surveyed more than 1,200 senior executives to share their perspectives on "good growth: - growth that is financially, environmentally, and socially more sustainable. From their responses, five key challenges emerged.
Why are more companies promoting their corporate responsibility efforts? In the interest of transparency and the fact that investors are increasingly interested in non-financial information, businesses are looking to increase long-term shareholder and social value while mitigating the negative environmental and social impacts of company activities.
New Greenhouse Gas (GHG) standards will enable companies to measure and manage more of their carbon emissions. The standards represent emerging accounting practices for the carbon emissions that exist along a company's entire value chain where a significant source of emissions and supply chain costs lie.
Being sustainable can drive new growth through lowered costs, reduced risk, enhanced customer value, revenue growth, new products and markets, and motivated work force. All companies, ecofriendly or not, can adjust their thinking to be more sustainable. How can your company benefit from doing so?
While some views hold that capitalism is on its way out, reality tells a different story.Through crisis after crisis, through boom cycles and busts, capitalism manages to reinvent itself and prevail. In this interview, economist and journalist Anatole Kaletsky shares his unique perspective on the resilience of capitalism and on the current state of our economy and its prospects for the future.
What makes a city great? Surely factors like livability, abundant resources and thriving business come to mind. But other factors show that intellectual capital is also at the core of a city’s appeal; a strong intellectual base not only attracts investment but can also foster innovation, while a brain drain deflates a city’s potential for vibrancy. Here we take a closer look at the factors revealed in the Cities of Opportunity study and what the keys to a well-balanced city are.
For the first time, the utilities industry is preparing to deal with a challenge it has not encountered before: customer relations beyond billings and outages. As cities across the United States gear up to introduce the smart grid, utilities are hoping to find ways of convincing customers that the new technology is beneficial. What must utilities companies do to sell the idea successfully?
Regulatory and market pressures are forcing more companies to measure, disclose, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But what should a “statement of greenhouse gas emissions” include? This publication offers some guidance.
As cleantech matures into one of the largest global industries and the U.S. and China deploy ambitious cleantech build-outs, opportunities for alliances and cross-border collaboration are emerging in cleantech sector "sweet spots", including utility-scale wind and solar generation, water technologies, electric transportation and smart grid infrastructures.