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Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services: Strategic Overview

Corporate sustainability initiatives can engage customers, attract investors, and, according to our study of trailblazers in the field, grow the bottom line at an accelerated pace.

Key Business Issues | 8 pages | July 2015 | Thomas Singer | The Conference Board, Inc.

Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services: Implications for Chief Financial Officers

Corporate sustainability initiatives deserve the attention of CFOs. In 2010-2013, revenues from sustainable products and services grew at six times the rate of overall revenues in companies we studied.

Key Business Issues | 8 pages | July 2015 | Thomas Singer | The Conference Board, Inc.

Driving Revenue Growth through Sustainable Products and Services: Implications for Chief Marketing Officers

The business benefits of sustainability initiatives go well beyond strengthening corporate image. Chief marketing officers can leverage such initiatives to be powerful drivers of revenue, growth, and innovation.

Key Business Issues | 8 pages | July 2015 | The Conference Board, Inc.

Communicating Social Impact

How do corporations authentically and effectively communicate the successes of their social initiatives and investments to stakeholders? Find out how leading organizations have effectively integrated promising communications practices into their work.

Report | 42 pages | June 2015 | Vicki Wray | The Conference Board, Inc.

Sustainable Customer Offerings: Making Products a Force for Social Good—Not Just “Less Bad”

Growing global resource constraints coupled with changing customer, investor and government expectations are driving companies to change the way they do business. They are redesigning existing product portfolios to reduce dependency on dwindling and finite resources and investing in new products and services to increase sustainability. Leading companies are re-imagining and re-tooling their business models and product and service designs to minimize adverse social and environmental impacts and generate positive impacts throughout the life of their products. In so doing, they advance an industrial revolution that turns the making of things into a positive force for people, the economy, and the planet.

Recorded Webinar | June 2015 | Coro Strandberg, Strandberg Consulting | The Conference Board of Canada

The Business Case for Corporate Investment in Sustainable Practices

A growing body of research based on quantifiable bottom-line results shows that investments in environmental, social, and governance initiatives produce a positive impact on financial market performance.

Report | 16 pages | June 2015 | Charles Mitchell, Thomas Singer, Matteo Tonello | The Conference Board, Inc.

Engaging Your Stakeholders in Materiality Assessment: What Works for Sustainable Development

As the global economy grows, there is an increasing recognition of the business value of corporate social responsibility and sustainable development. Leading organizations are acting on their stakeholders need for greater transparency using materiality assessments, a tool that provides businesses with a clearer understanding of their sustainability priorities in a wide variety of areas such as strategy and reporting. But while this can be an excellent approach to decision making, can it work for everyone? Join us for this 60 minute webinar as Alina Racoviceanu discusses Toronto Hydro’s experience with Stakeholder-led Materiality Assessment, and how it has informed their current and future decision making.

Recorded Webinar | May 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Integrating Sustainability into Your Core Businesses—A Road Map

This report identifies work processes, tools, and experiences that can help practitioners build or strengthen sustainability programs in their companies.

Report | 48 pages | May 2015 | Patricia Mahon, Rob Shimp | The Conference Board, Inc.

Sustainable Supply Chain Management Webinar

Sustainable supply chain management, or the consideration of environmental and social impacts of multiple tiers of suppliers and firms that create a product or service, is becoming a key driver in market change. Organizations are increasingly thinking about how to measure the sustainability of their suppliers, developing sustainable purchasing practices, and redesigning products. As a result, some firms are finding new opportunities for competitive advantage, while many others are at risk of falling behind or being blindsided by new customer demands.

Recorded Webinar | April 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

China Wants to Go Green: Sustainability Imperatives for Multinationals

Significant revisions to environmental regulations and a strong focus on sustainability by China's government, as well as sharpening sentiments of the Chinese populace on pollution, will change the operating environment for MNCs in China.

Report | 88 pages | April 2015 | Anke Schrader, Minji Xie, Melinda Zhang | The Conference Board, Inc.

Sustainability Practices 2015 Dashboard

The Conference Board Sustainability Practices Dashboard analyzes the most recent disclosure of environmental and social practices by public companies around the world.

Report | 24 pages | March 2015 | Thomas Singer, Matteo Tonello | The Conference Board, Inc.

Corporate Sustainability and Long-Term Thinking in the Board Room

In today’s business world, attention to Corporate Sustainability is crucial. Increasing expectations from customers, employees, investors and regulators mean organizations without a sustainable strategy are at great risk. So, how can you ensure executive and board-level buy in? Don't miss this chance to hear from the experts on Sustainability and the Boardroom. Get insight from the Global Chairman of Unilever Michael Treschow, the Chair of CSR Committee at PVH Corp. Rita M. Rodriguez, Managing Director and Global COO of BlackRock’s Corporate Governance & Responsible Investment team Chad Spitler, and Facilitator for the Global Compact Board Programme, Helle Bank Jorgensen. Unilever is known globally for its successful Sustainable Living Plan and its many brands and products will on any given day, be used by two billion people to look good, feel good and get more out of life. PVH Corp. is one of the largest global apparel companies with a diversified portfolio, including iconic lifestyle brands led by Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger. BlackRock is the World’s largest asset manager; investing on behalf of millions of clients of all sizes, BlackRock embraces a strong commitment both to transparency in financial markets and to sound corporate governance. The Global Compact Board Programme is a first of its kind program to support Boards of Directors to effectively oversee and help drive their company’s sustainability strategy, with a view to protect and support financial value creation.

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Demonstrating Value to Measure Impact in Non Profit Organizations

Non-profit organizations often struggle with impact measurement. Should the measurements be defined based on the needs of the organization, or what they think (or are told) their funders want? With recent developments in mobile and cloud computing technology, there is huge potential to support and enable the better collection and sharing of data that can help everyone understand, scale and replicate solutions that show the most promise in addressing the key social and environmental challenges of our age. But what are the best solutions, and how can they be applied to specific organizations? Join us to hear about the “Demonstrating Value Initiative”, a management solution that enables non-profit organizations to use information and data more effectively to run their organizations, plan for the future, and show value to the community. It combines performance monitoring with social impact evaluation in a compact and powerful communication tool.

Recorded Webinar | February 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Framing Social Measurement Impact: STRATEGIC OVERVIEW

In an age of strategic philanthropy, sophisticated social impact measurement can help you capitalize on business opportunities.

Report | 8 pages | February 2015 | Alexander Parkinson | The Conference Board, Inc.

Framing Social Impact Measurement: CHRO Implications

For human resources professionals, impact often comes in the form of social outcomes, talent development, and business value. Measuring these effectively could mean more successful employee engagement.

Report | 8 pages | January 2015 | Alexander Parkinson | The Conference Board, Inc.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Summit 2014: Delivering Meaningful Impact

Delegates will hear from an outstanding lineup of Canadian experts who will discuss the future of CSR in Canada and to showcase exceptional CSR practices to realize positive social change and create a better future for our people and communities! The Summit will provide an opportunity for participants to learn, explore and discuss best practice strategies that can be adopted by firms of all sizes to help businesses implement corporate sustainability strategies and programs that successfully impact customers, employees, communities, the environment, and bottom line. It has been designed to provide ample time for making new contacts, meeting with the experts, engaging in meaningful conversations, and connecting the key players to build strategic partnerships.

Conference e-Proceedings | January 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Social License to Operate: Living on the Edge

CSR is quickly gaining traction in the market place, which means that a large number of businesses and organizations are playing catch-up. As a result, there are numerous examples of companies losing their license, as well as some great examples of what it can look like when CSR is done right. Losing a license seems easy, gaining it back may seem overwhelming, but through the analysis of specific examples this webinar highlights some tricks of the trade, and rules to live by. There is no single definition of what a social license to operate really is. It's interesting and a little frustrating because it's so often talked about, yet it seems to be a term that floats around without a real anchor. This recorded webinar attempts to clarify the dilemma, and highlight some of the key stakeholders involved.

Recorded Webinar | January 2015 | The Conference Board of Canada

Navigating the Sustainability Transformation

This report describes a four-stage model for companies to progress from engaging initially with sustainability to accelerating, leading, and, ultimately, transforming their businesses.

Report | 16 pages | January 2015 | Gib Hedstrom | The Conference Board, Inc.

The Water Imperative: New Standards in Corporate Water Leadership

We shouldn't take water for granted. Too much, too little or poor quality—water security is a global issue. Leading corporations anticipate the impacts of climate change and global population growth and take steps to address their water footprint for future social and financial prosperity. They see water as a strategic business issue. Forward thinking companies that recognize their profitability depends on a water supply that meets all stakeholder needs are becoming authentic water stewards. This recorded webinar explores new standards in corporate water leadership.

Recorded Webinar | December 2014 | Coro Strandberg, Strandberg Consulting | The Conference Board of Canada

Framing Social Impact Measurement

Measuring true social impact means moving beyond counting donations and the people reached, to a deeper approach that shows long-term changes. This report helps explain what that means.

Report | 45 pages | November 2014 | The Conference Board, Inc.

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