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The Crisis Of Corporate Sustainability

Date: 30 September 2016

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Executive Summary

The big news of a successful agreement at COP21 in Paris has obscured an unpleasant reality for most corporate sustainability officers: by and large, corporate sustainability is at a standstill. Some firms have hoovered up as many short-term wins as possible and find themselves unable or unwilling to go further. This report helps all parties who have a stake in corporate sustainability understand why we’ve reached this point, and maps out the road ahead for corporate sustainability.


The Crisis Of Corporate Sustainability
Corporate Sustainability Faces Systemic Market Challenges
The Practice Of Corporate Sustainability Is Reduced Down To Reporting And Communications
Is This An Identity Crisis Of A Death Sentence?


3M, AkzoNobel, American Electric Power, Anglo American, Bloomberg, Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, cr360, Disney, DuPont, EcoVadis, Enablon, Enviance, European Union (EU), EY, General Electric, Google, H&M, Holcim, Honda, Ingersoll Rand, Intelex, Interface, Markets & Spencer, Microsoft, Novozymes, Patagonia, Peabody Energy, PUMA, Schneider Electric, Toyota, UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, Unilever, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Verizon