Investors are asking about SDGs – are you ready, Seattle?

Move beyond ESG metrics by incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Investors are increasingly calling for robust corporate sustainability reporting (CSR).  Stakeholders are pressing companies to go beyond the standard ESG (environment, social, governance) approach — measures aimed at limiting corporate impact.  In Seattle, this manifests as leading the drive to improve the world.

Incorporating the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) can guide companies toward areas of positive, measurable impacts which stakeholders desire.

CSE has incorporated the SDGs into its research, consulting and certification programs. CSE’s Sustainability Reporting Trends in North America 2018 finds that only 13.9% of companies are integrating SDGs in their reporting to stakeholders. Though low, this is double from 2017.  This provides an enormous imperative for companies.  Top companies are listening!  Read more in Forbes interview with CSE.

The need for practitioners is urgent in urban centers, leading CSE to offer their Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program, Advanced Edition 2019, in Seattle and other cities in North America.  CSE will address a topic critical to Seattle: sustainability in IT.  Did you know that the City of Seattle alone employs over 750 people in IT?

CSE research has identified weaknesses in the IT sector which can have an important impact to SDGs 8, 9 and 11 covering decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure, and sustainable cities and communities.  Silicon Valley corporations lag behind the sustainability achievements of the Fortune Global 500, leaving a major opportunity for Seattle.

Urban centers need an enormous influx of sustainability-trained staff.  Whether it’s infrastructure, finance, shipping, or IT, trained sustainability practitioners are needed in every field and every discipline – public and private.  CSE’s practitioner program offers Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility training which more than 90% of FORTUNE 500 senior managers and VPs have attended.

Key topics to the Seattle region will be the focus of CSE’s trainings in Seattle, April 15-16.  Other spring trainings include Atlanta, Feb. 21-22; Toronto, April 11-12,  and New York, June 6-7, 2019.  For more information on registration, Early Bird and Group Discounts, contact CSRPerformance@cse-net.org.

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