Business Case for Sustainability
It has been More than 25 years since the publication of The Brundtland Commission’s groundbreaking report “Our Common Future” defining the now familiar concept of sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. Since then, companies have come a long way in recognizing the financial benefits of embracing sustainability as a core component of their corporate strategies. Yet, continued economic uncertainty caused by the ongoing financial crisis points to the need for a renewed emphasis on long-term thinking and a shift away from short-sighted behaviour.
MOSS remains convinced that a long-term focus and sound management (hallmarks of companies that excel in sustainability performance) will prepare them to better weather turbulent economic environments and give them a competitive advantage.  If you need support in building an internal business case for taking action – this segment  will help enormously.  Enjoy!

1996 – 2015 US EPA Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award Winners
US EPA, Market US, Years 1996 – 2015
Green chemistry is the design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the generation of hazardous substances and aims to significant environmental benefits, innovation and a strengthened economy. Be inspired by past winners!
National Capital Coalition Resource Libraries
Natural Capital Coalition, Market: Singapore, Year: Unknown
NCC is launched by Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Environment and Water Resources, Singapore. Its activities focus on global stakeholder engagement, focused research and development of methods for natural capital accounting. In this library of resources, you can find publications of the NCC and its partners, as well as links to additional key documents and programmes on natural capital valuation and related topics… Read more
The science of climate change: Questions and answers
Robert Montgomery, Australian Academy of Science, Market: Australia, Year: 2015
This publication from the Australian Academy of Science aims to address confusion created by contradictory information in the public domain. It sets out to explain the current situation in climate science, including where there is consensus in the scientific community and where uncertainties exist.
WBCSD, Market: Global, Year: 2015
This CEO Guide aims to be a compass and provide clarity on the different ways to engage a company. A simple start may be to ask your team to tell you know your company will be involved in each of the initiatives on pages 7 to 13… Read more
New business models and sustainable innovation
Ethical Corporation, Market: UK, Year:2015
Alexandra Palt, CSO of L’Oréal and Nigel Stansfield, Vice President & Chief Innovation Officer of Interface Inc. talk about the winding road towards being able to create entirely sustainable products, and what they’re doing to get there… Read more
The Truth About CSR
Kasturi Rangan, Lisa Chase, and Sohel Karim, Harvard Business School, Market:US, Year:2015
In recent years, corporate social responsibility (CSR), has gained traction in the business world. Although many companies have long been mindful of the communities and environments in which they operate, there is now an increased focus on turning CSR into a business discipline. In this recent article, Professor V. Kasturi Rangan, faculty chair of the Corporate Social Responsibility program, examines the strategic side of CSR… Read more
Investing in the intangibles are what keep sustainability policies alive – and evolving
Gregory Unruh, MIT Sloan, Market: US, Year:2015
Steve Zaffron, CEO of the Vanto Group and co-author of the best-selling book The Three Laws of Performance, has worked with diverse organizations to achieve a culture where sustainability focus runs deep. His experience shows that leaps in human performance come less from tangible investments in automation, equipment or compensation schemes, and more through intangible transformations in the way people in organizations see themselves and others. Read more
‘No One Company Has All the Answers’: How Exchange of Ideas Has Helped HP Make Living Progress
Jennifer Elks, Sustainable Brands, Market: Australia, Year:2015
In its 2014 Living Progress Report, HP outlined the human, economic and environmental impacts it has made in its pursuit of Living Progress – the company’s framework for integrating sustainability into its business strategy. Chris Librie, Senior Director of HP’s Living Progress, talked about how the company’s holistic approach has informed the impacts made to date. Read more
New Documentary Raises Awareness for Adaptation Needs
UNFCCC, Market: Global, Year: 2014
A documentary released highlights the growing recognition of the need for adaptation to climate CHANGE around the world, as recognized by governments at this week’s UN Climate Change Conference in Lima. The 20 minute documentary “Adapting to a changing climate” introduces viewers to the topic of climate change adaptation by weaving inspiring stories of adaptation action together with interviews with experts… Read more
SustainAbility reports call for consideration of new business models
SustainAbility, Market: Australia,Year:2014
The need for fundamental shifts in business practice, including in business models, both to drive necessary progress toward, and to unlock business value from sustainability. Such shifts are all the more urgent and relevant today, given slow progress on sustainable development broadly and accelerating innovation and disruption (both positive and negative) already playing out in many industries. Read more…


Interface – The Business Case for Corporate Sustainability
Ray Anderson – Founder and Chairman Interface Inc (USA)
Interface had an ambitious goal is to be the first fully sustainable corporation, with a zero foot print by 2020. But to reach its goal, Interface, which operates in 100 countries with more than 5,200 staff, had to completely rethink its business philosophy and redesign its entire production systems and processes globally. Most would think this would cost money – but it actually saved money, lots of money and became a massive marketing differientiator and opened the door to innovation. This case study is the vanguard of the future and a must see video presentation of Ray Anderson at Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit in 2005.This second video also by Ray Anderson, Founder and Chairman of InterfaceFLOR shares more of the company vision “mission zero” to eliminate any negative impact it may have on the environment, by the year 2020. Whilst at the healm of Interface, Ray Anderson increased sales and doubled profits while turning the traditional “take / make / waste” industrial system on its head. In a gentle, understated way, he shares a powerful vision for sustainable commerce.
How corporate social responsibility is really a corporate social opportunity.
Prof David Grayson OBE – Director Business in the Community (UK)
If built in and not bolted on, CSR can open the flood gates to an exciting new source of creativity and innovation that can lead to corporate social opportunities in the form of innovation in products and services, access to new markets, building new business models (how products are conceived, developed, marketed, distributed, financed, staffed etc.) And these opportunities can be commercially very attractive. David challenges business, and those engaged with business to think about CSR in a very different way…. as an authentic and genuine commitment to environmental and social responsibility, as ethical business practices and a new route to market, one that is not only sustainable, but profitable. Check out this presentation of David at Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. And, if you’d like to purchase books by David Grayson referred to in this video presentation click here to go the MOSS shop. 
Case Studies – The Guardian Sustainable Business Awards
The Guardian, Market: UK, Year 2013/14
The Guardian Sustainable Business in the UK has some great case studies from their annual Sustainable Business Awards. Check out some of the winners from 2013.
Ahead of the Curve: How the Circular Economy can unlock Business Value +
Corporate Citizenship, Market: Global, Year: 2014
As the circular economy continues to be the latest buzzword in sustainability, this paper unravels the complexities around the topic and presents it in a compelling, easy to read language – packed with best practice and advice that companies can relate to… Read more


3 ways food and beverage companies can lead on sustainability
Andrea Moffat – GreenBiz Market: US, Year: 2014
To be successful in a warming and increasingly resource-constrained world, companies in the food and beverage sector need to embrace sustainability as a core corporate value and shape long-term strategic business decisions accordingly. Integrating sustainability principles isn’t just a matter of corporate social and environmental responsibility; it’s a survival strategy in a changing world.
Global Agenda Council on Values: A New Social Covenant
World Economic Forum Market: Global, Year:2014
The world is facing a series of difficult challenges and adjustments: We face a broken social contract and declining social trust in developed economies. There are very difficult choices that come with austerity and retrenchment. We see serious resource mal-distribution and constraints; and experience growing conflicts. The need for equitable growth in developing nations is clear; and the need for a moral agenda to overcome extreme poverty. Read more…
Sustainability in the Tire Industry
Pathway polymers Market: Global, Year:2014
Sustainability in the tire and flatproofing industries is a topic that draws a lot of public attention. Tires are viewed as one of the most problematic sources of waste because of the alarming amount of fossil fuels and other raw materials used to produce the tires. Environmentally sound disposal of scrap tires and the sustainable use of natural resources continue to be top priorities for tire manufacturers, distributors and retailers today. Read more…
Are you ready for the resource revolution?
McKinsey Market: Global, Year: 2014
Meeting increasing global demand requires dramatically improving resource productivity. Yet technological advances mean companies have an extraordinary opportunity not only to meet that challenge but to spark the next industrial revolution as well.
Sustainability’s Next Frontier
MIT Sloan Management Review and Boston Consulting Group GC. Market: Global, Year: 2013
This 2013 report looks at companies that “walk the talk” in addressing significant sustainability concerns. So-called “Walkers” focus heavily on five fronts: sustainability strategy, business case, measurement, business model innovation and leadership commitment. For them, addressing significant sustainability issues has become a core strategic imperative and a way to mitigate threats and identify new opportunities.
Six growing trends in corporate sustainability
Source: Ernst & Young Market: Global, Year: 2013
This 2013 survey looked at how companies are responding to a wide range of internal and external forces related to environmental sustainability risks and how well companies are prepared to address them.Read more…
Does your pitch make sense to your CFO?
Sustainable Brands. Market Global, 2013
Many experts have been observing in recent months that innovating for sustainability seems to be approaching mainstream attention, particularly at Fortune 500 companies and among forward-looking social entrepreneurs. The growth of the Sustainable Brands community certainly supports that claim, with an audience of over 2,800 boasting more than $4 Trillion in combined annual revenue represented at SB’13 earlier this year. At the same time, however, in the majority of cases sustainability is still not part of the firm’s core strategy. And we can’t expect to be on the right long-term trajectory if all we do is encourage employees to switch to double-sided printing. More…
The 3% Solution: Driving Profits Through Carbon Reduction
WWF and CDP. Market: USA, Year: 2013
Many of the world’s leading companies have made major strides in addressing climate change over the last decade. By establishing climate targets, they pushed themselves to look harder at energy waste and found money lying on their factory floors. These success stories have been celebrated, but far more needs to be done to avoid the dangerous and irreversible risks to society and businesses from climate change as global temperatures continue to rise. This report helps U.S. businesses chart a new path forward. This path is tremendously profitable, practical and helps curb climate change and equally relevant for business around the world.
Business Pulse. Exploring dual perspectives on the top 10 risks and opportunities in 2013 and beyond
Ernst & Young. Market: Global 2013
It’s not surprising the biggest opportunity between 2013 – 2015 is innovation in products, services and operations. Read the Full Report.
The Sustainability Yearbook 2013
KPMG RobecoSAM. Market: Global, Year: 2013
The Sustainability Yearbook assesses the sustainability performance of more than 2,000 companies worldwide across 58 sectors. It provides: An analysis of corporate sustainability covering multiple sectors and geographies; Highlights the economic, environmental and social dimensions that are relevant to each sector; provides insights into future sustainability trends and how sustainability strategies can help businesses to achieve a competitive advantage.


Building our Nation’s Resilience to Natural Disasters
Deloitte Access Economics. Market: Australia, Year: 2013
The Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities commissioned a fact-based, comprehensive White Paper, Building our Nation’s Resilience to Natural Disasters, through Deloitte Access Economics. This White Paper aims to considerably assist decision making about the allocation of scarce resources and support the development of policy around natural disaster mitigation. Not surprisingly it shows the government is currently only investing $50m a year on mitigation while $560m per year is spent on recovery measures.
Business Perspectives on Australia’s Climate Policy: A survey of business attitudes
Business for a clean economy. Market: Australia, Year: 2013
Almost 300 organisations have galvanised under the banner of Businesses to voice their support for putting a price on carbon. Business wants action on climate change…
Cone Communications, Echo Global CSR Study
Cone Communications and Echo Research. Market: Global, Year: 2013
This Study makes one thing abundantly clear: the question is not whether companies will engage in corporate social responsibility, but how they will create real and meaningful impact. Corporate social responsibility is no longer an option – it is emphatically and indisputably a must-do.
Golden Book of the first European CSR Awards
CSR Europe. Market: Europe, Year: 2013
This publication showcases 63 winning CSR partnerships of the first pan-European CSR Award Scheme in two categories: SME’s and large companies. They all represent collaborative projects between business and at least one non-business partner, which bring both positive social and business impact.
Measuring Socio-Economic Impact: A guide for business
WBCSD Social Capital. Market: Global, Year: 2013
This Guide is to help companies gauge for themselves which tool or combination of tools best meets their socio-economic impact measurement needs – thereby enabling and accelerating business action to align profitable business ventures with the needs of society, and contribute to a more sustainable world.
Off the Charts: Extreme Australian Summer Heat
Climate Commission. Market: Australia, Year: 2013
Australia is a land of extremes. As global temperature rises, very hot days are becoming more frequent and heatwaves are becoming more prolonged across many parts of Australia. The heatwave affecting Australia in late December 2012 and early January 2013 brought extreme heat to most of the Australian continent over a sustained period. Temperatures above 40°C and 45°C were unprecedented in their extent across the continent, breaking new records for Australian averaged maximum temperatures. The heat was also unprecedented in its duration. This document provides a summary of the influence of climate change on Australia’s temperature and extreme heat events.
Order Within Chaos: A New Business Paradigm Inspired by Nature
CSR Wire. Market: USA, Year: 2013
The economic, social and environmental volatility now facing business means organizations have to operate in a dynamically transforming landscape. Organizations inspired by nature are resilient, optimizing, adaptive, systems-based, values-based, and life-supporting. This article by Giles Hutchins Co-founder of BCI: Biomimicery for Creative Innovation and Author of The Nature of Business offers a radical new way of doing business; a way that is both inspired by and in harmony with nature. Also check out this short clip on the same topic.
Six growing trends in Corporate Sustainability
Ernst & Young. Market: USA, Year: 2013
This 2013 study looked at how companies are responding to a wide range of internal and external forces related to environmental sustainability risks and how well companies are prepared to address them. Six key trends emerged. The survey tells us that company and stakeholder interest in corporate sustainability reporting continues to rise, although the tools are still in their infancy. CFOs are emerging as key players in sustainability, and, surprisingly, employees are too: they are second only to customers as drivers of company sustainability initiatives.
The State of Green Business
GreenBiz. Market: Global, Year: 2013
Green Business has been expanded to include data on 1,600 companies worldwide, as well as on the U.S.-based S&P 500. Find out where the world of sustainable business is headed and the leading indicators of future progress in the sixth edition of this report.


The Sustainability Yearbook 2013
KPMG RobecoSAM. Market: Global, 2013
The Sustainability Yearbook assesses the sustainability performance of more than 2,000 companies worldwide across 58 sectors. It provides: An analysis of corporate sustainability covering multiple sectors and geographies; Highlights the economic, environmental and social dimensions that are relevant to each sector; provides insights into future sustainability trends and how sustainability strategies can help businesses to achieve a competitive advantage.


Cranfield on Corporate Sustainability
Cranfield University. Market: UK, Year: 2012
The challenge for business schools and business itself is to establish a new maxim “the business of business is sustainable business”. Business schools have a special contribution to make in developing globally responsible, critical and independent thinking future leaders and managers. This book available through Amazon aims to provide a roadmap both for business students – the leaders of tomorrow – and for existing and engaged leaders who need support, coaching and counselling to address the challenges of the sustainability agenda. With contributions from more than 30 Cranfield faculty and associates across multiple management disciplines, the book emphasises the need for cross-disciplinarity when confronting sustainability dilemmas. There’s also video interviews with each lead author on each chapter theme as outlined below.Overview: Professor David Grayson
The business of business is sustainable business, Professor Frank Horwitz
Embedding corporate sustainability as a knowledge-creation journey, Professor Patrick Reinmoeller
Philosopher, pet, trickster: New role models for corporately responsible leaders, Professor Donna Ladkin•   Embedding the governance of responsibility in the business of the board, Professor Andrew Kakabadse

•   Strategic business performance for sustainability, Professor Mike Bourne

•   Sustainability and new product development, Professor Keith Goffin

•   Sustainable marketing, Professor Lynette Ryals

•   Towards more sustainable supply-chain management, Mike Bernon

•   Enabling the change: Corporate sustainability and employee engagement, Dr Martin Clarke

•   Sense and sustainability, Sharon Jackson

•   Telling like it is: Report sustainability performance, Dr Ruth Bender

Making the Pitch: Selling Sustainability From inside Corporate America

VOX Global Weinreb Group Sustainability Reporting Net Impact, Berkeley. Market: Global, Year: 2012

This US survey of sustainability leaders showed that they adopted similar strategies for success. Those lessons, many of which run counter to conventional wisdom, are shared in this report.


MIT SMR BCG Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point Winter 2012

MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group Market: Global, Year: 2012

They have conducted a survey of managers and executives from companies around the world, asking how they are developing and implementing sustainable business practices. This year, most survey respondents say sustainability is on their companies’ management agendas to stay. What’s more, a substantial portion of respondents say their companies are profiting from sustainability activities. This research report discusses our findings and offers lessons to managers who are either trying to develop a sustainability agenda or wondering whether they should.

SMR BCG Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point Winter 2012.pdf


Our Uncashed Dividend: The health Benefits of Climate Action

Climate and Health Alliance and The Climate Institute. Market: Australia, Year:2012

This report draws together a large and growing body of evidence from health and medical research showing substantial health benefits linked to measures to cut emissions. It demonstrates that actions that cut greenhouse gas emissions can improve Australians’ health and could save billions of dollars for health care budgets and save thousands of lives each year.


Sustainability Nears a Tipping Point Winter 2012

MIT Sloan Management Review and The Boston Consulting Group. Market: Global, Year: 2012

The authors have conducted a survey of managers and executives from companies around the world, asking how they are developing and implementing sustainable business practices. This year, most survey respondents say sustainability is on their companies’ management agendas to stay. What’s more, a substantial portion of respondents say their companies are profiting from sustainability activities. This research report discusses their findings and offers lessons to managers who are either trying to develop a sustainability agenda or wondering whether they should.


Sustainability: The How

Nick Pennell and Dr Greg Lavery. Market: Global, Year: 2012

Most organisations face three common challenges on their sustainability journeys and typically struggle with at least one of them. This paper presents a sustainability transformation roadmap and practical, proven solutions for overcoming the challenges.


Sustainable Capitalism

Generation Team. Market: Global, Year: 2012

To address these sustainability challenges, Generation Team advocates for a paradigm shift to Sustainable Capitalism; a framework that seeks to maximise long-term economic value creation by reforming markets to address real needs while considering all costs and stakeholders. The objective of is twofold. First, they make the economic case for mainstreaming Sustainable Capitalism by highlighting the fact that it does not represent a trade-off with profit maximisation but instead actually fosters superior long-term value creation. Second, they recommend five key actions for immediate adoption that will accelerate the mainstreaming of Sustainable Capitalism by 2020. Sustainable Capitalism.pdf


The Impact of a Corporate Culture of Sustainability on Corporate Behaviour and Performance

Harvard Business School. Market: Global, Year: 2012

This paper investigates the effect of a corporate culture of sustainability on multiple facets of corporate behaviour and performance outcomes. Using a matched sample of 180 companies, they find that corporations that voluntarily adopted environmental and social policies by 1993 – termed as High Sustainability companies- exhibit fundamentally different characteristics from a matched sample of firms that adopted almost none of these policies – termed as Low Sustainability companies. They provide evidence that High Sustainability companies significantly outperform their counterparts over the long-term, both in terms of stock market and accounting performance. The outperformance is stronger in sectors where the customers are individual consumers, companies compete on the basis of brands and reputation, and in sectors where companies’ products significantly depend upon extracting large amounts of natural resources.


The Sustainability Yearbook 2012

KPMG RobecoSAM. Market: Global, Year: 2012

The 2012 edition of The Sustainability Yearbook marks the beginning of a new global alliance between SAM and KPMG aimed at helping companies measure and enhance their corporate sustainability performance. It provides insights into the 58 sectors examined by the 13th SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment, which determines the companies that are included in this reference guide to the world’s sustainability leaders. The leading companies in 58 sectors are classified into three categories-SAM Gold Class, SAM Silver Class and SAM Bronze Class-with special status awarded to Sector Leaders and Sector Movers.


Towards Resource Efficiency: A Report on Impact 2008-11

WRAP. Market: UK, Year: 2012

With growth under pressure because of wider economic conditions, WRAP has provided organisations with valuable tools to help them realise the business benefits of greater resource efficiency which, in turn, can underpin growth. This report is a great summary of their work with case studies across a range of industries from construction to local government. Additional resources, tools and case studies can also be found here.


Why Every Company Needs a CSR Strategy and How to Build It

Harvard Business School. Market: Global, Year: 2012

This paper offers a pragmatic alternative vision for CSR with a view towards developing its practice in an evolutionary way.


The Sustainability Yearbook 2011

SAM & PWC. Market: Global, Year: 2011

The 2011 Sustainability Yearbook offers an overview of the results of SAM’s 12th annual assessment of corporate sustainability practices, which provides the basis for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes. It contains sustainability insights into 58 sectors. The top performers in each sector qualify as SAM Sector Leaders. In addition, the companies that have achieved the most significant year-to-year improvement in their corporate sustainability performance in each sector are recognised as SAM Sector Movers. The key topic of water as a global sustainability issue is a focal point for 2011.


Business Case for being a Responsible Business

School of Management, Cranfield University Market: UK, Year 2011

The aim of this report is to articulate succinctly the business case for being a responsible business witha headline synthesis of the arguments being used and the most frequently stated business benefits.

Corporate Sustainability: A Progress Report

KPMG. Market: U.K., Year: 2011

This report examines the impact of sustainability on business practices, the role that government is playing, how firms are reporting on this issue and the challenges ahead.


The Business Case for being a Responsible Business

Business in the Community & Doughty Centre for Corporate Responsibility. Market: UK, Year: 2011

The aim of this report is to articulate succinctly the business case for being a responsible business – a headline synthesis of the arguments being used and the most frequently stated business benefits.


Beyond Corporate Responsibility: The Spiritual Turn’ and the Rise of Conscious Business

Gianni Zappalà. Market: Global, Year: 2010

This is the third paper in a series on the relationship between spirituality and business, Gianna examines what the shift in world views means for organizations and for the concept and practice of Corporate Responsibility (CR).


Blueprint for Corporate Sustainability Leadership within the Global Compact

United Nation Global Impact. Market: Global, Year: 2010

This is a new model of leadership within the Global Compact, which is designed to inspire advanced performers to reach the next level of sustainability performance. It identifies leadership criteria linked to implementation of principles, efforts to support development objectives, and engagement in the Global Compact.Download the report here.


Business and Development

World Business Council for Sustainable Develpment. Market: Global, Year: 2010

What are the links between business and development? And what is the business role and opportunity in addressing sustainability challenges of developing countries and emerging economies? These are the key questions addressed in this WBCSD report which draws on a decade of WBCSD thought leadership and practical experience in promoting business solutions to sustainability issues in the developing world.


OECD Interim Report of the Green Growth Strategy: Implementing our Commitment for a Sustainable Future

OECD. Market: Global, Year: 2010

This Report provides first insights to better understand the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and assesses some of the measures taken in the context of the crisis. It is the result of the work of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and partner countries. It has benefitted from the perspectives of business and civil society stakeholders.


The Sustainability Yearbook

PWC. Market: Global, Year: 2009 and 2010

Discover key findings from the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and SAM Group 2009 and 2010 Sustainability Year Books. The yearbooks offers an overview of corporate sustainability practices, which provides the basis for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes.


Embedding Sustainability – The Sustainability Agenda: Industry Perspectives

PWC. Market: Global, Year: 2010

In this paper PwC examines the unique challenges and dynamics of complex global supply chains across five key sectors; energy, transportation and logistics, retail and consumer, technology and banking and capital markets.


The Question about “Doing Good”: Is It Worth It to Business?

ATKearney. Market: Global, Year: 2010

It is a conundrum of somewhat recent vintage, thanks to the accelerated development of corporate social responsibility over the past five decades: How should we quantify the qualitative? Is “doing good” worthwhile in and of itself? Or can its impact-its value to society-be quantified in terms that justify its efforts and, in doing so, prove its financial worth to the enterprise and to society?



Vision 2050: The new agenda for business – Full report & summary

World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Global, Year: 2010

The Vision 2050 report lays out a pathway leading to a global population of some 9 billion people living well, within the resource limits of the planet by 2050. This work results from an 18-month combined effort with CEOs and experts, and dialogues with over 200 companies and external stakeholders in some 20 countries.Full ReportSummary Report


Meeting of the OECD Council at Ministerial Level: From Recovery to Sustained Growth

OECD. Market: Global, Year: 2010

As the focus of policy makers moved from crisis management to more structural issues in order to sustain recovery, this year’s OECD Council Meeting at Ministerial Level addressed the key challenges facing governments in the months and years ahead. These included ensuring a sustained and “jobs rich” recovery, while also looking at ways to boost innovation and promote green growth.



Prosperity without Growth

Tim Jackson. Market: Global, Year: 2010

So much of the analysis of how we respond to climate change assumes that economic growth and emissions reduction are compatible goals. But is this wishful thinking? To question maximising economic growth as an organising principle of society seems close to economic heresy. But is there any evidence that we can de-link consumption and economic growth from emissions growth? Must we re-think the very notion of growth and what it means to be genuinely prosperous? views from Tim Jackson author of the Book Prosperity Without Growth – Economics for a Finite Planet” when he spoke recently in Australia at the 2010 Deakin Lecture.

The Truth About Sustainability Compensation

GreenBuzz. Market: Global, Year: 2010

Given that transparency is a tenet of CSR, it’s ironic that CSR salaries are not more transparent. The truth is that human resources policies, and salaries for that matter, still function on the traditional operating principles of the corporate sector. The writer of the article hopes to shed light on CSR salaries with the purpose of helping hiring managers and employees benchmark what is fair. Find out the Truth…


UN Global Compact and Accenture have released findings of the largest CEO research study on corporate sustainability

UN Global Compact and Accenture. Market: Global, Year: 2010

The findings of this study are based on a global survey of more than 750 CEOs and in-depth interviews with 50 of the world’s foremost CEOs in a range of industries and geographies.


Business and Development: Challenges and Opportunities in a Rapidly Changing World

Would Business Council for Sustainable Development.  Market: Global, Year: 2010

This paper looks at development challenges and opportunities in what are commonly referred to as developing countries and emerging economies, and what this means for companies and business leaders striving to succeed as part of sustainable economies.


The Sustainability Yearbook 2009

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and SAM Group. Market: Global, Year: 2009

For the fifth consecutive year, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and SAM Group launched the Sustainability yearbook 2009. It is one of the world’s most comprehensive publications on corporate sustainability and the related challenges and opportunities for companies.



Beyond GDP, Accounting and Climate Change

EEA. Market: Global, Year: 2009

Read what Prof Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director of the European Environment Agency had to say at what MOSS believes was one of the best events at COP15 in Copenhagen ‘Climate change, GDP and measurements of prosperity’. Jacqueline believes we have known for some time that GDP has shortcomings. In this speech she sets out the key concerns – from an environmental perspective at least – and then explains how the European Environment Agency are trying to go beyond GDP and how this links with climate change.View the speech here


IBM – Leading a sustainable enterprise

IBM. Market: Global, Year: 2009

[unrecognized beecos tag: {link This 2009 Study}] reveals that sharing relevant information to educate and inform stakeholders was a primary objective. Interestingly, using information to optimize supply chains, transport and logistics, waste management and product lifecycle was a far less prevalent goal. Given that 87 percent of business leaders surveyed say they have focused their CSR efforts to create new efficiencies, we see a missed opportunity to connect operational information with this important CSR objective.


Return for improving conditions in developing countriesWall Street Journey. Market: USA, Year: 2009A commitment to improving social and environmental conditions in the developing countries where a company operates is the key to maximizing the profits and growth of those operations according to a study of more than 200 companies. As a group, the companies most engaged in social and environmental sustainability are also the most profitable. Wall Street Journal says…


The Future of CSR: 2009 Report

CSR Asia. Market: Asia, Year: 2009

CSR Asias 2009 CSR Report is based on research conducted through interviews with over 70 experts, knowledgeable of and working with CSR issues in the Asia Pacific region in 2009. It discloses their views in three areas: the key issues that are likely to dominate CSR in the future; the key institutions that are likely to shape the CSR agenda; and, the responses that they expect from businesses.


How-to Embed Corporate Responsibility/Sustainability

School of Management, Cranfield University Market: UK, Year: 2009

The guide is a comprehensive synthesis of over 60 guides to provide a practical, relevant and timely how to guide.

The Sustainability Survey 2009 Highlights

GlobeSCan. Market: Global, Year: 2009

GlobeScan has conducted its twice yearly Survey of Sustainability Experts since 1994. In 2009, the Survey of Sustainability Experts is being replaced by The Sustainability Survey Research Program, a joint SustainAbility / GlobeScan effort leveraging the capabilities and expertise of two world-class organizations. Some important points are highlighted in paper. 1) Addressing climate change requires both government and corporate leadership; 2) The economic downturn may catalyze progress on sustainability; 3) The mantle of corporate leadership is changing, etc. Highlights include graphical illustration of the survey.


Why corporate responsibility is a survivor

Michael Skapinker. Market: UK, Year: 2009

Michael Skapinker of the Financial Times said it was easy to predict that the recession would end talk of corporate social responsibility (CSR). It could’ve been assumed that faced with the fear or reality of losing their jobs or homes, consumers would rush past the Fairtrade shelves and pick up something the family could afford. Companies would concentrate on saving themselves rather than the planet. But, he said, that easy prediction has turned out to be wrong … Read it here.


Leadership for change – aligning organisations for the future

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2009

Leaders in businesses and governments are grappling with a huge change agenda at a time when public trust in them is low. Most are still trying to transform into organisations that can take full advantage of a globally interconnected world in which knowledge and innovation are changing our lives at warp speed. Research_Paper_Leadership_for_Change_FINAL.pdf


‘The Climate Challenge’ briefing note

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2009

This paper sets out Business in the Community’s position on climate change and responsible business. The_climate_challenge_briefing_note.pdf


Retail-led Regeneration: Why it matters to our communities

BCSC. Market: UK, Year: 2009

Retail-led Regeneration: Why it matters to our communities is the result of research conducted by global real estate advisors, DTZ. Business in the Community worked in partnership with the BCSC and DTZ to research the social impacts of retail-led regeneration. This report identifies the wider benefits of retail developments, including economic growth, job creation and opportunities, quality of life for local communities such as improved public space and neighbourhood areas, new housing, increased civic pride and community cohesion. Retail-led_Regeneration_Study.pdf


Marketplace: It’s never been more important

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2009

As the recession gathers pace some businesses will consider whether responsible business practices are a nice to have rather than a must have. Our twenty seven years of research and hands-on support to business, leaves BITC convinced that responsible business practices make businesses better placed to respond to the fall-out from the financial crisis, rebuild consumer trust and thrive beyond. Download this important report.


Business Benefits

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2008

BITC highlight examples which demonstrate the contribution corporate responsibility has had on cost savings and positive returns on investment. Business_Benefits.pdf


Discussion Paper of the Investor Roundtable on Sustainable Infrastructure

Ralian Conservation Foundation, Australia Institute of SUperannuation Trustees and Responsible Investment Association Australia’s Academy.

Market: Australia, Year: 2008

The roundtable was a gathering of senior investment industry representatives strongly focused on the up-side opportunities for investors in sustainable, low carbon, water efficient infrastructure in a changing climate and the related regulatory developments. This paper outlines the key conclusions and the seven key topics that have been addressed in the roundtable that was held in Sydney in October 2008.


The Costs of Ecoflation

ATKERNEY. Market: Global, Year: 2008

Ecoflation is a future scenario that combines existing economic forecasts-government estimates on population, consumption and gross domestic product, which we call the “base case” and adds in projected environmental trends and potential public policy responses. Under the pressure of having scarce natural resources, companies must adapt to this changing environment and make ecoflation an integral part of their business. The-Costs-Of-Ecoflation.pdf


The Value of Corporate Governance & Responsible Business

Business in the Community. Market: UK, Year: 2008

By showing leadership on responsible business issues, companies can gain a competitive advantage within their sector, through increased customer loyalty, stronger brand loyalty and better employee engagement. Ensuring that responsibility is integrated into a company’s governance and that environmental and social issues are managed responsibly delivers improved financial performance for companies.This report from BITC examines the relationship between total shareholder return and the management of environmental and social impacts in 33 FTSE companies that have measured and managed their corporate responsibility through Business in the Community’s Corporate Responsibility Index (CR Index) in each of its six years.The results revealed that FTSE companies that actively managed and measured corporate responsibility issues outperformed the FTSE 350 on total shareholder return by between 3.3% and 7.7% throughout the period 2002-2007.


White Paper: A New Mindset for Corporate Responsibility

BT Cisco. Market: Global, Year: 2008

This paper includes both research and cases studies and presents a vision of corporate sustainability, which places an emphasis on innovation as the means to add value, not just to the bottom line, but to the environment and society at large. It builds on the soild foundations laid by initiatives including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Tomorrow’s Global Company, SustainAbility and others. It shows how organisations can successfully and profitable address all three elements of the triple bottom line while simultaneously becoming increasingly agile and innovative.


Sustainability and Climate Change – what it means to PSF strategy

Market: Australia, Year: 2008

This document evaluates why sustainability and climate change are important, why they are relevant to Professional Service Firms (PSFs), and how should PSFs design sustainability strategies and implementation processes.


Sustainable Performance Delivered – How to Unlock Value Through Integrity and Innovation

Arthur D Little. Market: UK, Year: 2008

Base on the established connection of sustainable performance – Integrity + Innovation = Sustainable Performance – this paper continues Arthur D. Little’s exposition of the relationship by showing how companies are making the most of it in the real world. It focuses on four determinants of business value – risk exposure, revenue protection, cost reduction and revenue growth – and examine how companies such as GE, Dow and Novo Nordisk are unlocking these through integrity and innovation.




EcoPinion – Climate Change and Consumers: The Challenge Ahead

ECOalign. Market: US, Year: 2008

This fifth EcoPinion Survey focuses on consumers and climate change: customer feelings and levels of personal responsibility in regard to reducing climate change, willingness to take action and what type of actions, perceptions of costs, who should pay and how new revenue should be used. The results provide further evidence of a green gap between high levels of consumer understanding and concern over climate change balanced against conflicted feelings of personal responsibility to “do something” about climate change.



Corporate citizenship: Profiting from a sustainable business

The Economist. Market: US, Year: 2008

Corporate citizenship is becoming increasingly important to business sustainability. It provides benefits that are both tangible – such as reducing waste and increasing energy efficiency-and intangible – such as improved employee productivity. This Article suggests that corporate citizenship can help to improve the bottom line.


Case Study – In conversation with Nortel’s Rick Dipper

Market: Canada, Year: 2008

Differentiating yourself from your competitors is always a challenge. Nortel is successful in pulling market share from giant Cisco Systems by using green marketing. ** Resource Here not found in tag {resource id_960996307:Nortel_Case_Study.pdf Here is a conversation} ** with Nortel’s leader of corporate responsibility worldwide, Rick Dipper, discussing how its green advertising campaign fits in with the company’s culture.


Emerging Opportunities For Global Retailers

ATKEARNEY. Market: Global, Year: 2008

In this paper A.T. Kearney uses The 2008 A.T. Kearney Global Retail Development Index to examine the global opportunities for global retailers.


IBM: Attaining sustainable growth through corporate social responsibility

IBM. Market: Global, Year: 2008

IBM’s global survey was conducted to gauge just how deeply the CSR issue has penetrated the core of the corporation – its strategies and operations. It surveyed more than 250 business executives worldwide. Its analysis led to three dynamics that companies should understand and act upon in dealing with CSR, namely impact for business, information and relationships. More…


IBM: Government 2020 and the perpetual collaboration mandate

IBM. Market: Global, Year: 2008

IBM research finds that the future of societies around the world is being shaped by six drivers outside the realm of government control. Powerful changes related to demographics, globalization, environmental concerns, societal relationships, social stability and technology will affect virtually every government, demanding individualized responses suited to each nation, region or locality. These nearly universal drivers will require “perpetual collaboration” that starts with intensified, multi-directional communications, and shared operational and technical standards. Beyond those core essentials, effective strategies also hinge on government commitments to facilitate efforts involving multiple agencies (within and across borders), and improve partnering with transnational organizations.



Just good business

The Economist Intelligence Unit. Market: Global, Year: 2008

This is a report done by ** Resource The not found in tag {resource id_28121507:Just_good_business_ECONOMIST.pdf The Economist Intelligence Unit.} ** For a number of reasons, companies are having to work harder to protect their reputation and, by extension, the environment in which they do business. Few big companies can now afford to ignore CSR. This special report will thus look in detail at how companies are implementing CSR. It will conclude however that it is often just a figleaf and can be positively harmful.


Sustainable energy is the solution to global warming, builds nations and prevents inflation

Dr Ray Wills. Market: Australia, Year: 2008

This article written by Dr Ray Wills, Chief Executive Officer of WA Sustainable Energy Association, expresses his opinion on CSR. He believes that the future of energy in Australia and for the globe is an array of sustainable energy solutions that lead to sustainable outcomes for the community and the nation.


Sustainability in Action: New Thinking and a Better Way

Ray C. Anderson. Market: US, Year: 2008

This article is from Ray C. Anderson, Founder of Interface, Inc., which is a billion dollar + global producer of carpet tiles and broadloom carpets, primarily for commercial and institutional interiors. ** Resource In not found in tag {resource id_928028219:Sustainability_in_Action_-_Ray_Anderson.doc In this article} ** different stories are told to remind us being sustainable is not impossible. Ray suggests “When you think it’s not possible, try to think in a new way and you will find nothing is impossible.”


Sustainable energy is the solution to global warming, builds nations and prevents inflation

Dr Ray Wills. Market: Australia, Year: 2008

article written by Dr Ray Wills, Chief Executive Officer of WA Sustainable Energy Association, expresses his opinion on CSR. He believes that the future of energy in Australia and for the globe is an array of sustainable energy solutions that lead to sustainable outcomes for the community and the nation.


From challenge to opportunity: The role of business in tomorrow’s society

WBCSD. Market: Global, Year: 2007

Companies able to tackle issues such as poverty, climate change and population shifts are those most likely to succeed in the future. This is a view shared by eight global business leaders in a major new publication from the WBCSD. Challenge to Opportunity sets out a “manifesto for tomorrow’s global business” as defined by the Tomorrow’s Leaders group of the WBCSD. It also discusses why and how four key areas of business and sustainable development need to be profitable in order to be effective.


The State of Corporate Citizenship 2007 – Time to Get Real: Closing the Gap Between Rhetoric and Reality

Boston College Carroll School of Management and The Hitachi Foundation. Market: US, Year: 2007

The survey explores senior executives’ attitudes, aspirations, and actions regarding the role of business in society. It also identifies key trends and differences among U.S. businesses by size, type of ownership, and who they sell to (customers, other businesses, or both). The main goal of ** Resource this not found in tag {resource id_723126909:StateofCorporateCitizenship_Boston_College07.pdf this survey} ** was to sample small, medium, and large companies in the U.S. to determine whether they are walking the talk in addressing social and environmental challenges.


Corporate Responsibility – A Guide for Australian Directors

Baker and McKenzie. Market: Australia, Year: 2007

The purpose of ** Resource this not found in tag {resource id_46275364:bmcsaguideforaustraliandirectors.pdf this Guide} ** is to explore the idea of corporate social responsibility or, as it is now increasingly referred to, corporate responsibility (CR). Although written with company directors in mind it may also be helpful to senior managers who are responsible for implementing Board decisions. The authors feel that CR is not only now a permanent feature of the corporate landscape, it has the potential to be a valuable competitive tool when properly used. It begins with a very useful glossary of terms and acronyms.


Beyond the Cheque – How Venture Philanthropists Add Value

Skoll Centre. Market: Europe, Year: 2007

This paper is the second in a series planned to examine the emergence of venture philanthropy (VP) in Europe, and examine prospects for its future development. The first working paper in this series explored the origins of VP and its development and expansion in Europe. This working paper examines the so-called ‘value add’ of VP – the advisory services provided to SPOs together with financial support.



CEOs on strategy and social issuesMarket: Global, Year: 2007Chief executives have increasingly incorporated environmental, social, and governance issues into core strategies, but may face challenges when they do. CEOs are responding to increasing pressure from employees and consumers, but some also see opportunities to gain a competitive advantage and address global problems. Look out this study to see how CEOs think about incorporating society’s expectation into their core strategies. CEOs_on_social_strategy.pdf


The Business of Business is…? – Unpicking the Corporate Responsibility Debate

CERES. Market: Europe, Year: 2007

Companies must be part of any lasting solution to many of the pressing environmental and social problems facing the world. All companies do good things and bad things, often at the same time. The essence of the debate over Corporate Responsibility (CR) is whether governance of the good and bad things companies do should be left to market forces and state regulation or whether companies should deliberately set out to do good things beyond the minimum required to achieve their financial goals. This paper argues that the ‘leave it to market forces within the rules of the game’ position may be tenable if the rules are both sound and universally enforced.



Business for poverty relief – A business case for business action

Market: Australia, Year: 2007

About 2.6 billion people – 40 per cent of the world’s population – live on less than US$2 per day. This fact is easy to forget from the relative prosperity of Australia. Yet many nations in Australia’s own region continue to experience poverty of the kind that virtually guarantees poor education and health outcomes for their citizens, resulting in poverty traps that leave millions of families unable to escape. To relieve poverty, 7 actions are suggested in this article…



Corporate Social Responsibility…just too much hot air?

IAG. Market: Australia, Year: 2007

This is a speech by Harold Mitchell, from Brookes and Deakin family, talking about CSR in Australia. For instance, he thinks that two of the most socially irresponsible things to happen in Victoria and Australia in the last decade or so have been done by governments – the State’s dependency on gambling and the appallingly tardy response by all Governments to serious and well foundered warnings about the environment and the Murray Darling Basin in particular.



The CSR Navigator – Public Policies in Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe

The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and the Bertelsmann. Market: Global, Year: 2007

The Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung have jointly explored how governments can contribute to shaping a fair and balanced process of globalization by working together with private and civil society actors. This study views CSR from a public policy perspective. It is about how cooperation and a sharing of responsibility take place, and how they can be organized and institutionalized.



Global Business Barometer

The Economist Intelligence Unit . Market: Global, Year: 2007

This is a survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of The Economist. It is an global online survey that has interviewed 1,122 respondents, including 42% based in Europe, 23% in Asia-Pacific and 19% in North America (US and Canada). The survey explores how well businesses do with CSR.



Best practice in risk management – A function comes of age

The Economist Intelligence Unit. Market: Global, Year: 2007

Sponsored by IBM, KPMG and ACE, the Economist Intelligence Unit surveyed 218 executives around the world in February 2007 about their approach to risk management and their perception of the key challenges and opportunities facing the function. Their responses give a powerful insight into current thinking in one of the fastest-growing disciplines of modern business. As the practice of risk management continues to evolve, its focus has shifted in a number of interconnected ways…



Small is Sustainable (and BEAUTIFUL!) Encouraging European Smaller Enterprises to be Sustainable

David Grayson. Market: Europe, Year: 2007

This paper takes stock of the some of the significant progress made and lessons learned in supporting the uptake of corporate social responsibility (CSR) amongst small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It then identifies a number of issues that the researchers think merit further attention as this important work continues.



What Is Long-Term Wealth?

Business for social responsibility. Market: US, Year: 2007

Long-term wealth implies contributions to the preservation and expansion of human, natural and social capital – assets without which business cannot operate, much less prosper. But how should companies think about this issue? The answer, it turns out, is as multifaceted and as complex as the concept of wealth itself. BSR_AWhite_Long-Term-Wealth.pdf


EIRIS State of Responsible Business

EIRIS. Market: UK, Year: 2007

This report provides an overview of the extent to which companies are addressing their environmental, social and governance impacts. The companies examined are constituents of the FTSE All-World Index and the data presented was extracted from databases maintained by EIRIS in March 2007. The issues covered are corporate governance, equal opportunities, human rights, supply chain labour standards, environmental responsibility and community involvement. The report focuses on these issues because they illustrate a cross section of key ESG risks that companies face and key sustainability issues of interest to clients. Other topics examined include climate change, HIV/AIDS and responsible business approaches in emerging markets.2007_EIRISstateofresponsiblebusiness1.pdf


2007 IISD Corporate Social Responsibility

Market: Canada, Year: 2007

This report gives a broad strategic context to help explain the growing appetite among businesses worldwide for authoritative information, company examples and advice about Corporate Social Responsibility. This guide has been developed by the International International Institute for Sustainable Development to help respond to that demand. 2007_IISD_Corporate_Social_Responsibility.pdf


Shamed and Able. How Firms Respond to being Rated.

Chatterji & Toffel (John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard). Market: US, Year: 2007

This report by Chatterji & Toffel (John F Kennedy School of Government, Harvard)examines how firms respond to third-party ratings of their corporate environmental activities. Using insights from institutional theory, the authors hypothesize that ratings are particualary likely to spur response from firms whose legitimacy is threatened – and thus are shamed – by these ratings. 2007_Shamed_and_able_response_to_disclosure1.pdf


Business leadership towards a low carbon economy

Market: UK, Year: 2007

This publication uses ten best practice case studies from leading companies and data from Business in the Community’s Environment Index to demonstrate the business benefits of taking action on climate change. It is essential reading for all businesses, whether they are just beginning to tackle their climate change impact, or whether they are further along in their journey to a low carbon economy.



CEOs on strategy and social issues

Mc Kinsey. Market: Global, Year: 2007

Chief executives have increasingly incorporated environmental, social, and governance issues into core strategies, but may face challenges when they do. CEOs are responding to increasing pressure from employees and consumers, but some also see opportunities to gain a competitive advantage and address global problems. Look out this study to see how CEOs think about incorporating society’s expectation into their core strategies.



We explore what is driving change in the marketplace, and where there are gaps in an endeavour to understand what Australia needs if we are to catch up to other business centres of the world, reduce risk and sustain ourselves into the future.

CSR Summit. Market Australia, Year: 2007

Tim Castree – CEO Leo Burnett, National Director and NSW State Chairman of the Advertising Federation of Australia.

John Meacock – Managing Partner, Deloitte Sydney.

Amanda Little – MD, Edelman Sydney.

Roslyn Doyle – Qualitative Senior Researcher, Opinion Leaders.

Australia’s way forward

Amanda Little

Roslyn Doyle


Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change – Fact Sheet: The Business Case for Early Action

The Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change . Market: Australia, Year: 2006

The Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change was formed in 2004 by six of Australia’s largest businesses from a cross-section of industries. Its aim is to advance understanding of the business risks and opportunities associated with climate change and to work co-operatively on solutions to the issue. This fact sheet not only provides the background of it, but also its recommendation on climate change issues and research findings. Factsheet_Business_case_for_early_action_on_climate_change.pdf

Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change – The Business Case for Early Action

The Australian Business Roundtable on Climate Change . Market: Australia, Year: 2006

This research demonstrates that Australia can deliver significant reductions of greenhouse gas emissions at an affordable cost. Furthermore, the longer we delay acting, the more expensive it becomes for business and for the wider Australian economy. The_Business_Case_for_Early_Action_on_climate_change.pdf


Business Brief: Intangibles and CSR

The Business of a better world. Market: Global, Year: 2006

This brief is an opening exploration of the intangibles-CSR relationship and provides a framework for understanding this relationship. The brief begins with a mini-case, turns to definitions, and moves to illustrative intangibles initiatives and points of intersection between intangibles and CSR. BSR_AW_Intangibles-CSR.pdf


Tailoring Accountability and Sustainability Efforts. PWC. Market: Global, Year: 2006Accountability varies by region so it is important that programs be tailored to meet cultural and national norms. People in different parts of the world understand, accept and implement accountability in different ways. See here how PricewaterhouseCoopers tailor accountability and sustainability efforts; and the report showing how leading companies are beginning to translate accountabilities between the seemingly alien worlds of sustainability and business value. Beyond_rep_final_pressv.pdf

The Sustainable Economy Dialogue: Report and Reflections

Cambridge University. Market: Global, Year: 2006

This Cambridge University Business and the Environment report discusses the economic world growth and debates if it has been smart or dumb growth. It discusses the difference between the growth in income and the growth in quality of life and overall economic realities.



The business case and why CSR is important to Australians.

Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2006

Opening Address by MOSS Founder and CEO Anne-Maree Huxley

Opening Address

Opening Address

The McKinsey Quarterly – When social issues become strategic

McKinsey. Market: US, Year: 2006

Sociopolitical trends will increasingly affect the strategic freedom of companies, which just can’t ignore the rising tide of expectations resulting from these trends and the power and the influence of the stakeholders who mobilize around them. For stakeholders, companies are, in many ways, already agents of social change and must become much more deliberate in understanding the way they affect society. This survey report oulines approaches that businesses should follow in order to be better able to shape the social contract and to identify ways of creating value from the opportunities and risks arising from sociopolitical issues.



The World in Context: Beyond the Business Case for Sustainable Development

WBCSD. Market: UK, Year: 2006

What has been the response of the business community to the unsustainable issues? A number of academic studies have tracked the efforts of individual companies, and of the business community as a whole, over the last fifty years. The result is there is a slow but steady journey towards more environmentally and socially responsible behaviour, driven by a complex mixture of external pressure (associated, for example, with increased regulation or fiscal measures), commercial opportunity (responding to market demand), and internal business leadership…



From Challenge to Opportunity – The role of business in tomorrow’s society

WBCSD. Market: Global, Year: 2006

In this paper a model is set out to provide a constructive way for companies to see their role. Moreover, it puts forward what the authors believe to be the main issues with which companies should engage. Lastly, some critical questions are asked for companies and those they work with to discuss and resolve.



The Social Responsibility of Corporations – Report

The Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee from the Australia Government. Market: Australia, Year: 2006

This Social Responsibility report was prepared by the Corporations and Markets Advisory Committee from the Australia Government. CAMAC_CSR_Report.pdf


Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services Corporate Responsibility: Managing risk and creating value

Parliament of Australia. Market: Australia, Year: 2006

Corporate responsibility is emerging as an issue of critical importance in Australia’s business community. This inquiry has provided the committee with the opportunity to closely examine this increasingly important aspect of the corporate governance of Australian companies. The committee has listed some recommendations that it believes will play an important part in progressing the future of corporate responsibility in Australia.



Cambridge Sustainability Economy Dialogue

Cambridge University. Market: Global, Year: 2006

This report disucsses the economic world growth and debates if it has been smart growth or dumb growth. It discusses the difference between the growth in income and the growth in quality of life and overall economic realities.



Beyond Reporting: Creating business value and accountability

GlobeScan. Market: Global, Year 2005

The crisis of trust in business is impossible to ignore. Across 21,000 people surveyed by GlobeScan at the end of 2003, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were once again the most trusted, and global companies the least. This crisis has spawned a myriad of calls for corporations to be more accountable.



CSR and SME’s.

David Grayson OBE, CBE – Director Business in the Community; Principal BLU; Director /strategic Rail Authority, Co-Founder Project North East (UK).Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2005

Since December 2001 David has been the part-time Principal of the BLU – the world’s first, virtual corporate university for small business development professionals. The BLU has been established by the UK Government’s Small Business Service and the Business Link operators. David shares key learning’s around responsible business practices for all small to medium enterprises and companies that deal with small to medium enterprises. And, if you’d like to purchase books by David Grayson referred to in this video presentation Download the order form here.


Facing the Future – Business, Society and the Sustainable Development Challenge

Market: Global, Year: 2005

The articles in this publication address six key themes critical to facing the challenge of sustainable development, namely 1) Limits to growth, 2) Transformative leadership, 3) Adaptive technology, 4) Age of insecurity, 5) Whose rules?, and 6) Power of civil society. This publication includes a collection of insights from organisations involved in the Business & the Environment Programme and provides a host of encouraging pointers to the future. Their experience reflects the very real business benefits of sustainable development which we emphasise to our delegates.



Driving Success – Marketing and Sustainable Development

Graanbiz. Market: Global, Year: 2005

This briefing decribes how you can make sustainable development good for your career and good for your company. In other words, it explains how it can help your business address its strategic goals and generate long-term value; and what you can do to make this happen.



Wall Street Journal Article CSR – “Will Social Responsibility Harm Business?”

The Wall Street Journel. Market: US, Year: 2005

The Wall Street Journel discusses General Electrics first Citizen Report pushing for more corporate social responsibility after self-imposing restrictions on greenhouse gases to combat global warming. Wall_Street_Journal_CSR_Article1.pdf


Why and how you gain buy in from the board and senior management and why reporting is so critical.

Lynette Thornsten – Head of Community and Environment IAG. Australia’s Inaugural CSR Summit. Year: 2005

As a former CEO of Greenpeace Australia, Director of the Greenpeace International Climate Change Campaign based in Amsterdam and Director of Social Development and Environment for Premiers NSW and now head of Community and Environment for Australia’s Largest Insurance Company, Lynette draws on her depth of experience to share how to build a business case and get support and buy in form the board and other key stakeholders.


Accountable Value

Market: Global, Year: 2004

This project examined changing expectations around accountability and sustainability and explored how companies might find value in the overlap between these twin forces. Both areas present businesses with new stakeholders and new connections. There are implementation challenges but also the opportunity to realize business value.



The Reference Compendium on Business and Sustainability

Market: Global, Year: 2003

The Reference Compendium on Business and Sustainability collates a wealth of evidence on the world’s response to its most pressing social and environmental challenges – a telling insight into the activities and initiatives that will characterise the future of corporate sustainability. It is one of a series of Background Briefings focusing on critical aspects of sustainable development from a business perspective. Rather than providing a simple alphabetical index to the plethora of available tools and concepts associated with corporate sustainability, the Compendium has been divided into a series of distinct topics, with the aim of providing readers with a clear overview of the inter-relationship between these tools and concepts.



Environmental Management Systems: An Implementation Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Organizations

NSF International. Market: Global, Year: 2002

The authors of this report have put together a well-organized guide that should appeal to smaller organizations looking to develop environmental management systems. It discusses the benefits of EMS and offers advice for the designing and building processes. Case studies of Milan Screw Company and Hach Company provide helpful lessons learned. The report is a revision of the 1996 guide of the same title.


The Business Case for Sustainable Development

World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Market: Global, Year: 2002



Corporate Citizenship and Sustainability – Sustainable Capitalism and New Economics

Market: Australia, Year: 2001

This paper introduces sustainable capitalism should be incorporated, not as an add-on to a company’s economic activities. It is because more and more people, individuals and groups, are increasingly calling on business to be more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable; to be accountable and transparent; to be inclusive; to be ethical and more equitable.



Natural Advantage – A Blueprint for a Sustainable Australia

Australian Conservation Foundation. Market: Australia, Year: 2000

Natural Advantage: A Blueprint for a Sustainable Australia focuses mainly on environmental sustainability, but recognizes that sustainability has cultural, social and economic dimensions. Government policies can influence local sustainability, but there is much that can be done at a local level that this work does not explore in any great detail. This blueprint places more emphasis on the actions of government than of the corporate sector.



From Awareness to Action

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and its members believe that the pursuit of sustainable development helps companies prosper and maintain their long-term license to operate, innovate and grow. This is a catalogue listing a full list of publications that help businesses understand the facts and trends concerning their areas of operation and their role, recasting the issues in a business light and helping to move towards action. publications-catalogue.pdf


Case Studies 


Accenture and Footscray Primary School

Accenture. Market: Australia

Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, joined with Footscray Primary School to organize student leadership to grade 5 students, encouraging and enabling students to develop a deeper sense and understanding of themselves as learners and future leaders. 
Download the case study here.


Cadbury Schweppes and Newport Lakes Primary School

Cadbury Schweppes and NewPort Lakes Primary School. Market: Australia

Stuart Donaldson, Finance Director at Cadbury Schweppes and Bev Fegan, Principal at Newport Lakes Primary School formed a partnership through Business Working with Education’s program Partners in Leadership. Download the case study here.