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The State of Sustainability Reporting & Transparency in Canada       

[Join me at TSSS on Feb 5th as we delve into the disconnect between CSR Reporting and Bay/Wall St. – why does it exist and what can we do about it. Click here for details: Bay/Wall Street and Sustainability: Does your CSR Report Resonate with Investors?]

sustainability_reportSustainability reporting in Canada today presents a dilemma. On the one hand, a 2014 study of Canadian reporters by Stakeholder Research Associates Canada (SRA) suggests that a mere 42% of Canadian companies listed on the TSX Composite disclose meaningfully ESG information. SRA’s research also found that among 100 reporting companies across various sectors and geographic regions in Canada, only 20% communicated a long-term strategy informed by targets and goals and only 38% identified their material issues.

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It’s time for a unifying metric that measures well-being and inclusive prosperity

Why does sustainability reporting have to be so complicated? It often feels like we’re striving for half measures or incremental improvements.  Surely we can do better.

Upward spiral

What if there was a unifying metric that allowed companies to measure their influence on well-being throughout their value chain? And only if and when companies performed to a high well-being standard would the rewards, financial and otherwise, follow.

[Join TSSS and CSRwire on March 20th 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST for a new WEBINAR SERIES, Capitalism 2.0: A Deeper Dive.  We will be joined by the author of “The Economics of Happiness”, Mark Anielsk, who will share his views on the Future of Capitalism and how well-being is emerging as the new bottom line for business.  Listen to a recording of the webinar by Clicking Here]

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Materiality can make or break the usefulness of a sustainability report: Understanding G4

understanding G4

It sounds simple. Define your material issues and off you go, deliver your Sustainability Report in line with the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 guidelines.

The complications show up when you try to understand what material actually means. Much has been written over the years about materiality in a sustainability context. The opening quotation, for example, in a recently published report by AccountAbility titled Redefining Materiality II goes like this:

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Are we entering an era where we will trust banks? Will new metrics help build trust in the financial sector?

It’s no surprise that banks and financial sectors are the institutions least trusted by U.S. society. Trust reached an all-time low of 24 percent in 2011, down from 69 percent in 2008. In an effort to rebuild confidence in financial institutions, Congress enacted two financial reform bills (Sarbanes Oxley in 2002 and Dodd-Frank in 2012). These efforts, however, have not sufficed.

piggyTo rebuild trust, investors and the public need comparable data on how financial institutions are managing environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. Enter SASB.

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How should we determine a company’s value?

Benjamin-Franklin-006US founding father Benjamin Franklin once observed: “I believe that the great part of the miseries of mankind are brought upon them by false estimates they have made of the value of things.”

Franklin’s insight, predated by many years the creation of the joint stock, limited liability enterprise, the dominant form of the modern publicly listed corporation. But how prescient was he in relation to contemporary approaches to measuring corporate value, a field replete with Franklin’s “false estimates”? Asset owners and managers obsess over hourly, daily, and monthly swings in share price. Quarterly earnings reports rivet analysts. Investors track earnings per share to inform portfolio management. Short-term returns to finance capital rules the mind of the market, leaving little room for attention and reward to other capitals essential to prosperous business and societies. The electronic ticker-tape dashing across the bottom of computer monitors has become the icon of rampant short-termism and the fleeting metric of corporate value.

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