Business and society in the coming decades

In the long term, corporate and societal interests converge. Walmart CEO Doug McMillon and SVP of sustainability Kathleen McLaughlin argue companies have an opportunity to use their scale and expertise to reshape global systems and mitigate complex problems.

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Sustainability Reporting: The Lawyer’s Response

With ever-increasing frequency, clients are seeking advice about reporting and communication on sustainability issues. “What are we legally required to communicate?” “What are we permitted to communicate?” “What can or should we say to stay competitive and protect business relationships, profitability, and our social license to operate?” “What standards should we use?” This article will…

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Driving Revenue Growth Through Sustainable Products and Services

A corporate sustainability program can be more than just a commitment to adhering to the best environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards in the field; it can drive innovation and be a key element of a company’s growth strategy. As corporate sustainability practices evolve and mature from isolated initiatives focused on compliance and environmental footprint…

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BUSINESS FOR THE RULE OF LAW FRAMEWORK

The UN Global Compact is a call to businesses everywhere to align their values, strategies and operations with its Ten Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti- corruption, and to take action in support of UN goals and issues. The UN Global Compact, along with over 85 Global Compact Local Networks…

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Corporate Social Responsibility

In her regular column on corporate governance issues, Holly Gregory explores corporate social responsibility issues that are likely to gain attention in the 2014 proxy season and provides guidance for boards on their oversight of corporate social responsibility strategies.

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World Exchanges Encouraged to Report Indicators of Long- Term Sustainability

On November 4th, the World Federation of Exchanges (http://www.world-exchanges.org/home/index.php) (WFE) released (http://www.world-exchanges.org/home/index.php/news/world-exchange- news/world-exchanges-agree-enhanced-sustainability-guidance) a set of 34 sustainability measures that include environmental, social and governance indicators. WFE recommends that its member exchanges implement these indicators into the disclosure requirements for listed companies.

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Protecting Endangered Species While Promoting Wind Power

Every day, we make decisions based on ratings, from the cars we drive and appliances we buy, to the restaurants we eat at and movie we see. Increasingly over the past few years, the theory has been that investors too could be persuaded by so-called green ratings for corporate sustainability. That has led to a…

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Is Sustainability the Future of the NYSSCPA?

Ten years ago, if you were to ask American CPAs about corporate sustainability practices, your questions would most likely be met with blank stares, if not downright skepticism. That’s changed. Today’s CPAs know you don’t have to be an environmental zealot in order to evangelize for sustainable business practices. In fact, in a few years,…

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