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    Large companies, investors, national and local governments met in Paris on Tuesday, December 12, to celebrate the second anniversary of the signing of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement. One promising sign to have emerged from this year’s One Planet summit came in the form of a pledge by 225 financial institutions to begin holding the world’s worst emitting companies to account. Investors from eight of the worlds’s top asset managers, pension funds, insurers and top sovereign wealth funds, as well as 20 globally systemic banks, backed the initiative. This will see them join the Climate Action 100+ to pressure companies to cut greenhouse gas emissions and improve disclosure and oversight of climate-related threats.

    Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, arranged the One Planet conference to bring together governments, businesses and others to help find ways to meet the Paris goals. Civil society organisations, from nearly 60 countries, called on governments at the meeting to end subsidies and public finance for fossil fuels, and for the World Bank to end fossil fuel finance. The signatories included Greenpeace, the Climate Action Network, WWF, Christian Aid and Oil Change International.

    Making it more difficult for companies to ignore the cost of their carbon footprint creates an exercise in transparency that will have long term consequences.

    Meanwhile, according to a new study published in the scientific journal “Nature” worst-case climate change scenarios are likely to be most accurate. The report estimates that there is a 93% chance that global warming will exceed 4˚C by the end of this century under a business-as-usual scenario. That is double the target set in the Paris Climate Agreement to keep temperature rises below 2˚C above pre-industrial levels, with previous models only putting the likelihood of a 4˚C rise at 62%. The researchers said the different variations in global warming projected by models were largely due to how they simulate changes in clouds reflecting heat from the sun back to space.

    CSE has identified the gap between international objectives and business practices that must be bridged and delivers practical tools to help professionals steer their organisation towards effectively contributing to climate change goals. Since 2005, CSE has provided integrated sustainability, corporate responsibility and carbon reduction strategic consulting from Europe, to the Middle East to North America. More than 5.000 corporate sustainability professionals in over 35 countries have been educated to increase Sustainability Performance in leading corporations and institutions across the financial, pharmaceutical, retail, food & beverage, chemical, education, oil & energy sectors.

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    CSE founder and president Nikos Avlonas was recently interviewed by Forbes. The interview focused on CSE’s 2017 research, Sustainability Reporting Trends in North America 2017. The research provides surprising insights on sustainability reporting and profitability for companies in the United States and Canada. Avlonas addressed the importance of Comprehensive Sustainability Strategies, global standards such as the GRI and the growing importance of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

    CSE’s next presentation of the Global Certified Sustainability (CSR) Practitioner Program will be held in London, on March 1-2, 2018 and will provide all the latest updates and key concepts regarding trends and legislation on corporate sustainability, SDG’s, carbon emissions, GRI reporting guidelines, ways to measure the stakeholder engagement, case studies and best practices.


    Alister Doyle, 2017, Global warming may be more severe than expected by 2100: study, Reuters, December 6

    Fiona Harvey, 2017, Calls for greater fossil fuel divestment at anniversary of Paris climate deal, The Guardian, December 12

    Ed Crooks, 2017, Investors to push highest-emitting companies to do more on climate, The Financial Times, December 12

    Eoghan Macguire, 2017, Paris Agreement two years on: Who is taking the lead on climate change?, CNN, December 12




    Sustainability Reporting Research presented to Sustainability Professionals in Toronto. Latest research findings: Corporate secrecy is old school. Transparency and Sustainability Reporting are new drivers of business profitability.

    Chicago, IL (Oct. 30, 2017) –  The Centre for Sustainability and Excellence (CSE) has found definitive evidence supporting the benefits of transparency in Corporate Sustainability Reporting.  CSE research identifies positive links between Sustainability Strategies and Reporting with financial results.   

    These new findings were presented  in Toronto, this October, during CSE’s Global Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program.  The encouraging findings were welcomed by executives from companies and organizations as diverse as Microsoft, P&G, Tridel and Sanofi.

    CSE closely tracks sustainability reporting trends in Canada and the USA.  CSE’s Sustainability Reporting Trends in North America 2017 research, along with last year’s findings on Silicon Valley, represent an ongoing commitment to provide timely and relevant sustainability content for C-level and upper management to corporations around the world.

    CSE has identified important correlations between enablers, tools and outcomes which contribute to financial success.  Enablers include a culture of transparency and comprehensive strategic goals that respond to stakeholders expectations.  Transparency does not only refer to putting out a sustainability report, but to including material metrics which are verified.  The information distribution tools are sustainability reporting and stakeholder communication.

    As a result, companies gain high sustainability ratings (ESG), and stakeholder perceptions are positively influenced. Positive financial performance was demonstrated in two-thirds of companies linking transparency to strong communications.

    Other Important research emerging trends revealed in Toronto:

    *  companies with the highest sustainability rankings had better financial performance than companies with lower sustainability rankings based on CSRHub ratings.

    * poor adoption of the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs).  Only 6.2% of the companies in the study integrated SDGs in their sustainability reports.

    * sectors with the highest reporting presence in Canada — Mining, Energy and Energy Utilities and Financial Services.

    *  Most companies use the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines.

    Carbon footprint reduction is a priority, with many companies having well-stated and measured targets.

    CSE’s Certified Sustainability Practitioner Program (Advanced Edition 2018) offers corporate trainings on these key topics and many others.  Click here for the program agenda.  The first 2018 programs in North America are in Atlanta, March 8-9; returning to Toronto, April 26-27; and New York City, June 7-8, 2018.  Visit for a full schedule of global trainings.