Sustainability & climate change

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Total Impact Measurement and Management

We can help you value your business’s social, environmental, tax and economic impacts, compare the total impacts of your strategy and investment choices, and manage the trade-offs.

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Embed sustainability into strategy

We can help you develop and integrate a detailed sustainability vision into your strategic planning, enabling you to leverage the sustainability agenda to extend your strategic advantage.

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Report clearly and in compliance

We can help you communicate your organisation’s sustainability performance and report on your corporate activities to support climate change, resource scarcity and socially responsible investing.

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Build a ‘green’ supply chain

We can help you build a supply chain that’s both environmentally responsible and financially efficient.

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Manage sustainability risks and improve compliance

We can help you assess how compliant you are with sustainable development policies, advise you about the impact on any operational changes you’re planning and suggest areas for improvement.

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Understand and manage ‘green’ taxes

We can help you understand and manage the taxes, incentives and regulations that governments worldwide are introducing as part of their sustainability and climate change policies.

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Get ‘climate’ smart

We can help you save money, while making sure that your business model is resilient and able to adapt to change, be it climate change, economic change or regulatory change.

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Build risk confidence

We can help you look at your risk processes, policies, systems and controls holistically, with a fresh eye. We can provide independent insight and guidance, enabling you to improve the resilience of your business, not to mention your confidence.

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Promoting ‘good growth’

The importance of sustainability now goes far beyond environmental issues, as the need to behave responsibly becomes a key aspect of strategy and operations, maintaining brand and reputation and seeking good growth. And that’s true irrespective of the sector in which a company operates.

Traditionally, ‘heavy’ industries like resources, utilities, transportation and manufacturing have attracted most scrutiny. But no company, no matter what it does, can now afford to take its eye off its environmental, economic, tax and social impact. If it does, non-governmental organisations, activists, social networks, the media and its customers will soon hold it to account. Its good name will be badly damaged and it could even lose its licence to operate.

What does this mean for your business?

It’s clear that behaving in a responsible way is imperative, both for individual organisations and the economies and societies in which they operate. That’s why many companies are working hand in hand with governments to tackle risks like climate change, secure the natural resources they need responsibly and promote ‘good growth’ that’s not only financially, socially and environmentally sustainable but also real, inclusive, responsible and lasting.

More and more companies are also changing the way they engage with their stakeholders, recognising that many customers now factor environmental, social, economic and corporate responsibility practices into their purchasing decisions. There’s a pressing need, particularly in emerging markets – where younger, more socially aware buyers tend to drive consumption patterns and dominate talent pools – for companies to offer products and services that are closely matched to local environmental and social needs and concerns.

Some questions to consider

To what extent do your customers now factor your record for environmental and corporate responsibility into their purchasing decisions – and is this changing?

What mechanisms and forums do you use to take other stakeholders’ views on board?

How does your business tap into – and generate value from – growing awareness of sustainability and development issues among your customers and other stakeholders?

How closely do you work with governments and intergovernmental organisations to improve your environmental and social impact?

How successfully does your sustainability strategy help you attract and keep talent?

How do you measure your return on investment in sustainability initiatives? And does your sustainability strategy help you maximise shareholder value?

Can you track, monitor and report on your environmental performance?

Do you measure and report on the total impact of your operations on a wider set of stakeholders, including government and the community in which you operate?

To what extent is your environmental performance reporting externally verified and assured?


View our latest Sustainability research and insights


Green Deal signed on impact measurement in the Netherlands

A coalition of 13 Dutch companies has agreed to measure their societal impact and report the results.

Apr 14, 2014


17th Annual global CEO Survey: Industry Focus: Power & utilities

With an energy transformation on the horizon, power & utilities CEOs are counting on technology, but they’ll also need to do more to build customer trust.

Feb 12, 2014


17th Annual global CEO Survey: Industry Focus: Transportation & logistics

In this year’s CEO survey transportation & logistics CEOs are more optimistic. They’re focusing on developing the workforce and improving their environmental footprint.

Feb 12, 2014


17th Annual Global CEO Survey: Industry focus: Industrial manufacturing

In this year’s CEO Survey industrial manufacturing CEOs have a more confident outlook. Many see climate change & resource scarcity transforming business over the next 5 years.

Feb 6, 2014


17th Annual global CEO Survey: Industry Focus: Forest, paper & packaging

In this year’s CEO Survey forest, paper & packaging CEOs see tough times ahead and worry about economic risks. Adapting more quickly to changing technology is an issue too.

Feb 6, 2014


17th Annual Global CEO Survey: Industry focus: Energy

The energy sector is transforming, with technology playing a big role. Energy CEOs are reaching out to new global consumers and building trust with stakeholders. They worry about government actions too.

Feb 5, 2014


17th Annual Global CEO Survey: Industry focus: Chemicals

In our CEO Survey, Chemicals CEOs are optimistic about growth despite worries. They expect technological advances & climate change and resource scarcity to transform their businesses.

Feb 5, 2014


Scaling Up Energy Access through Cross-sector Partnerships

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

Dec 20, 2013


Spotlight on: Creating and measuring sustainable value

Explore featured research and insights on hot topics for business today in PwC's Spotlight.

Nov 12, 2013


"Brave and open-minded": Innovating to meet demand

PwC’s Malcolm Preston and Mark O’Sullivan talk about their hopes for two new innovative approaches to business information.

Oct 29, 2013