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What Do The Twists And Turns Of The Sustainability Market Mean For Consultants?

This report helps practice leaders, executive directors and marketing officers at management consulting and service firms to understand how corporate sustainability practices are shifting and what this means for their addressable market and business development opportunities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 December 2016

Managing Sustainability In A Post-Sustainability World

This report helps sustainability and EH&S directors ensure they focus on an agenda with a maximum chance of generating traction internally. Verdantix offers five recommendations to help senior executives make sustainability relevant within their organisations. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 16 December 2016

The Crisis Of Corporate Sustainability

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. 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. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 September 2016

Human Rights Transparency: How Are Global Firms Responding?

This report helps Heads of Procurement, Supply Chain, EH&S and Sustainability functions as well as service providers, such as the Big Four audit firms, better understand how multinational firms are responding to increasing societal expectations for corporate labour practices. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 01 July 2016

Sustainability Assurance: Global Market Forecast 2016-2021

This report helps practice leaders, executive directors and marketing officers at certification and verification firms and assurance providers – such as major audit firms and environmental consultants – understand their addressable market opportunity, define business development priorities and forecast revenue streams accordingly. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 June 2016

thinkstep Serves Up Tailored Supplier Engagement With Advisory Services

This report helps executives responsible for procurement, supply chain performance and sustainability programmes to understand how software firm thinkstep provides tailored software, and advisory services to tackle supply chain stewardship. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 06 June 2016

Supply Chain Stewardship: Global Market Forecast 2016-2021

This report helps practice leaders, executive directors and marketing officers at firms providing supply chain stewardship software, consulting and assurance to better understand the addressable market opportunity, define business development and marketing strategies, and forecast revenue growth. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 31 March 2016

Stock Exchange Sustainability Policies Lag Behind Investor Needs And Regulations

This report helps senior executives, responsible for the disclosure of material financial information and sustainability data, to navigate and anticipate changes in the evolving landscape. The report examines recent announcements made by stock exchanges globally on corporate governance and sustainability disclosures and includes a summary of the current policies at the top 20 largest exchanges by market capitalization. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 17 March 2016

Seven Strategies To Get The Most From Your Sustainability Disclosures

This report explores seven key strategies that Heads of Sustainability can adopt to break out of the NGO-oriented communications niche and engage with diverse stakeholders such as business leaders, shareholders, employees and consumers. Verdantix provides an example based on renewable energy generation to show the key role of properly analysing audience information needs to craft good sustainability communications. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 29 December 2015

Rio Tackles Sustainability In Supply Chains For The Olympic Games

This report provides heads of sustainability, EH&S directors, supply chain officers and procurement professionals with an independent analysis of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee’s strategic thinking around social and environmental issues in the Olympic Games’ supply chain and procurement processes. Since 1994, the Olympic Games have sought to increase their environmental efforts and strengthen socio-economic conditions of local communities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 16 December 2015

The Future Of Sustainability Disclosures

The publication of an annual corporate sustainability report has emerged as common practice and is produced by many firms globally. To help executives involved in the sustainability ecosystem better understand current practices and trends, Verdantix conducted an independent analysis of the likely future evolution of sustainability disclosures. View Full Details »

Published: 14 September 2015

Sustainability Assurance: Customer Needs & Market Opportunities (Webinar)

Why do firms invest in sustainability assurance? This webinar explores the maturing approach of corporations to the management systems, controls and audits they apply to what 10 years ago was data released into the public domain with minimal scrutiny of what impact the disclosures may have on corporation reputation. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 18 June 2015

Sustainability Assurance: Global Market Forecast 2015-2020

This report helps practice leaders, executive directors and marketing officers at assurance providers, understand their addressable market opportunity, define business development priorities and forecast revenue streams accordingly. Verdantix forecasts the global sustainability assurance market will grow from $133 million in 2015 to $160 million in 2020, at a CAGR of 4%. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 18 June 2015

Sustainability Consulting In China Requires Long-Term Commitment

This report provides executive directors, practice leaders and business development executives at management consulting firms with an analysis of China’s evolving sustainability consulting landscape. To better understand Chinese sustainability practices and trends, Verdantix analysed China-based responses for energy, EH&S and sustainability management from our three global surveys of 250-plus leaders across 21 industries. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 01 April 2015

IERS Rebrands To VitalMetrics And Launches Scope 3 Carbon Tool

In March 2015, IERS announced that the firm is rebranding to VitalMetrics with plans to launch a series of software-as-a-service tools to help organizations quantify supply chain-wide environmental and socio-economic sustainability impacts. Founded in 2005, VitalMetrics historically provided research and advisory services as well as its Comprehensive Environmental Data Archive (CEDA) database for lifecycle assessment (LCA). View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 31 March 2015

Sustainable Supply Chain: Telecommunications Equipment

Building a sustainable supply chain is a major endeavour because of challenges such as the fragmentation of suppliers under multiple jurisdictions, the costs involved in measuring and enforcing progress, and the global scope of manufacturing activities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 17 February 2015

Holcim Innovates With 'True Value' SE P&L Analysis

This report provides heads of sustainability, EH&S directors and finance officers with an independent analysis of Holcim’s strategic thinking around Social and Environmental Profit and Loss accounting (SE P&L), as a tool to enhance sustainability decision-making. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 23 January 2015

10 Hot Sustainability Trends for 2015 (Webinar)

What are the key sustainability trends that will impact businesses in 2015? Join this webinar to hear Verdantix leverage its sustainability research to highlight forecasts for the year ahead. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 22 January 2015

Hot Trends In Sustainability Management For 2015

This report explores the key sustainability management trends that will impact businesses in 2015 and beyond. It builds on detailed Verdantix research into regulations, innovations, competitive dynamics and corporate strategies from around the globe, including interviews with over 500 sustainability and EH&S leaders in 2013 and 2014. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 16 January 2015

Global Survey 2014: Sustainability Budgets And Priorities Data Tables

This Excel spreadsheet contains the data included in the Verdantix "Global Survey 2014: Sustainability Budgets and Priorities". Verdantix clients should use this data with the "Global Survey 2014: Sustainability Budgets and Priorities" report for context and to understand sustainability strategies, governance approaches, budget allocations, spending trends and priorities in large firms worldwide. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 08 January 2015

Global Sustainability Survey 2014: NGO's And Non-Profits

This report helps officers responsible for strategy, partnerships and marketing at non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and non-profits measure how sustainability leaders perceive their brand and help them benchmark levels of awareness and engagement. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 15 December 2014

Global Sustainability Survey 2014: Software Brands

To date, sustainability software providers have seen varying levels of success in their rapidly evolving market. This report helps strategy leaders, Chief Marketing Officers and business development directors at software firms measure how heads of sustainability perceive their brand and benchmark levels of awareness and engagement. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 15 December 2014

Exxaro Boosts Social Returns On Investment

This report provides heads of sustainability and EH&S directors with an independent analysis of Exxaro Resources’ strategic thinking on investments that maximize sustainability and social impact. Verdantix analysis finds that Exxaro’s sustainability strategy places heavy emphasis on community development and includes a social impact assessment utilizing the Social Return on Investment (SROI) methodology. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 04 December 2014

Global Sustainability Survey 2014: Assurance Brands

This report helps strategy leaders, Chief Marketing Officers and sustainability practice directors at assurance firms, and certification and verification specialists measure how sustainability leaders perceive their brand and help them benchmark levels of awareness and engagement. The Verdantix survey of 260 senior sustainability decision-makers represents firms with annual revenues from $250 million to over $20 billion across 21 industries and 13 regions. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 18 November 2014

What's Next For Sustainability Leaders? (Webinar)

This Verdantix webinar will share insights from the unique global data set from our annual survey of 250 heads of sustainability in 21 industries and 13 countries spanning Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, the Middle East, UK and the US. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 14 November 2014

Global Survey 2014: Sustainability Budgets And Priorities

This report helps Chief Sustainability Officers (CSOs), Heads of Sustainability and EH&S Directors to understand sustainability strategies, governance approaches, budget allocations, spending trends and priorities in large firms worldwide. Verdantix interviewed senior sustainability decision-makers and budget-holders from 260 firms with revenues from $250 million to over $20 billion. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 11 November 2014

Sustainable Apparel Coalition Targets Supply Chain Transparency

This report helps sustainability directors, and their colleagues in product design and procurement, understand the benefits of the partnership between Schneider Electric and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC). The SAC sustainability assessment tools (Higg Index) aim to enhance transparency and reduce impact in the apparel and footwear industry by providing internal educational modules that complement traditional life cycle assessment (LCA) and supply chain analysis. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 28 October 2014

Microsoft's Sustainability Success Opens Up Opportunities

During the last three years Microsoft has enhanced its sustainability performance through a number of initiatives, such as implementing an internal carbon fee, using renewable energy for data centres, and applying a responsible sourcing strategy. This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate sustainability strategies and provides Chief Sustainability Officers and VPs of Sustainability with an independent analysis of Microsoft’s corporate sustainability strategy. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 21 October 2014

Workiva Wdesk Merges Sustainability With Financial Reporting

This report provides senior managers responsible for financial and sustainability reporting with an overview of Workiva’s Wdesk cloud-based software-as-a-service proposition for corporate reporting. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 29 September 2014

IIRC Framework Is Only Relevant For A Select Few Leaders

This report helps sustainability directors, CFOs and marketing professionals in corporate reporting roles understand what the latest International Integrated Reporting Council’s Framework means for their firm’s reporting and communication practices. Published in December 2013, the IIRC’s Framework emphasizes the interdependence of six capitals: financial, manufactured, intellectual, human, social and relationship, and natural capital. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 06 June 2014

EU Directive On Non-Financial Reporting Will Bite In 2017

In April 2014, the European Parliament finalized the new European Union (EU) directive on non-financial reporting. The directive applies to more than 6,000 large firms in the EU, specifies the scope of non-financial reporting required but leaves the door open to the use of existing sustainability, human rights and employee reporting frameworks. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 May 2014

Early Adopters Of SASB Will Reduce Disclosure Risk

This report helps Directors of Investor Relations and their colleagues in management, sustainability and reporting roles understand what SASB standards for investor-oriented non-financial disclosures mean for their industry and how they should alter their reporting strategy. The adoption of SASB will depend on geographic location, current reporting maturity and ambition. Verdantix identifies best practice for firms as keeping abreast of SASB’s industry-specific standards. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 18 March 2014

The Ornithology of Sustainability: How Birds Help Us Decipher Macro Trends (Webinar)

What are the growth prospects for the energy and sustainability market as the UK, Eurozone and US emerge from recession? How can heads of energy and sustainability persuade the CEO and CFO to increase funding for their initiatives? These are the questions that leaders in the energy and sustainability market should focus on as they head into planning and budgeting for the 2014 financial year. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 23 January 2014

Green Quadrant® Sustainability Management Software

This Green Quadrant report provides a detailed benchmark of the sustainability management software capabilities of 15 software suppliers. The analysis helps buyers of software such as Chief Sustainability Officers and Vice Presidents of EH&S to short list preferred software and make purchase decisions. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 02 July 2013

G4 Shifts Materiality To The Heart Of Sustainability Reporting

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the most widely used framework guiding corporate reporting on sustainability performance. This report helps CSOs and their colleagues responsible for reporting understand the key changes in the GRI’s latest release, the G4 framework, and the implications of its greater focus on materiality. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 25 June 2013

How To Select A Sustainability Consultant (Webinar)

This webinar helps buyers of sustainability advice such as heads of sustainability to understand which consultancies have the strongest expertise to deliver their projects on time and to budget. The insights are based on 5 years of Verdantix research on the sustainability services market plus the new Verdantix Green Quadrant® Sustainability Consulting (US) 2013 report, which assesses consultancies against 49 criteria and reflects the views of 15 buyers of sustainability consulting services. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 20 June 2013

Why GRI G4 Will Trigger New Directions In Sustainability Reporting (Webinar)

In May 2013, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) launches the G4 guidance for voluntary sustainability reporting – the first full update in the framework used for seven years by more than 5,000 firms. Based on multiple Verdantix benchmarks covering stock exchanges, responsible supply chain assessments and our global survey of 250 heads of sustainability, this webinar helps heads of sustainability to chart out the best practices for sustainability reporting in a post GRI G4 world. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 30 May 2013

Green Quadrant Sustainability Consulting (US) 2013

This Green Quadrant report provides a detailed comparison of the sustainability consulting capabilities of 16 consultancies in the US market, in order to help buyers of sustainability advice such as heads of sustainability, business unit leaders and function heads understand which consultancies have the strongest expertise in eight service capabilities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 21 May 2013

Sustainability Meets Fast Fashion: H&M's Conscious Journey

Fast fashion is not an industry synonymous with sustainability. H&M, the SEK141 billion ($22 billion) clothing retailer headquartered in Sweden, stands out from its competitors by incorporating sustainability within its operations, products and mainstream communications. This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate sustainability strategies and provides CSOs and VPs of Sustainability with an independent analysis of H&M’s ‘Conscious’ sustainability strategy. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 13 May 2013

SEC Conflict Minerals Rule: Audit & Consulting Bonanza

In response to this humanitarian issue, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) finalized a conflict minerals ruling in August 2012 that requires reporting firms to disclose whether these minerals appear in a firm’s supply chain or final product. This report analyses the opportunities the rule creates for professional services firms and explains how sustainability practice leaders can capitalize on those opportunities for both advisory and audit services. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 11 April 2013

Rethinking Sustainability: Brand Risks And Opportunities

This report helps executives responsible for sustainability communications, and their colleagues across communications, marketing and sustainability teams to understand the different strategic approaches, the risks and opportunities, and the business case for enhancing communications to support the corporate brand. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 10 April 2013

Global Sustainability Leaders Survey 2013: Budget Growth By Country

This report provides a global benchmark of 2013 sustainability budgets in 13 different territories: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, the Middle East, Russia, South Africa, UK and US. Verdantix interviewed 250 heads of sustainability in firms with revenues of at least $250 million asking respondents to quantify expected sustainability spend for their firm’s next financial year. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 11 March 2013

Secrets Of Success For Sustainability Consulting (Webinar)

This webinar identifies the secrets of success for sustainability consulting by drilling down into Verdantix Critical Moments data on the size and shape of the addressable markets. Sharing insights from 5 years of Verdantix analysis of the leading consultancies and by digging into global survey data on where heads of sustainability will be guiding their C-level colleagues to invest in 2013. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 01 February 2013

Global Sustainability Leaders Survey 2013: Brands

As global spending increases on corporate sustainability initiatives, sustainability leaders engage with a myriad of sustainability service providers. These engagements include partnerships with consultants and assurance providers, as well as the purchasing of sustainability management software and collaboration with sustainability-related not-for-profit organizations. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 14 January 2013

Corporate Sustainability Reporting Budgets And Priorities

Sustainability reporting is an important pillar of corporate sustainability programmes and firms seek to communicate progress and meet stakeholders’ demands for sustainability disclosure. This report helps executives in sustainability, marketing and communications roles and firms selling into these functions, to understand where responsibility and budgets lie for corporate sustainability reporting activities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 02 January 2013

Sustainability Consultants Face Complex Market Dynamics

For the past decade, management consultants and firms such as engineering service firms, environmental services firms and boutiques have created sustainability practices in an attempt to address a growing need for sustainability services, which include climate change, carbon management and cleantech. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 20 December 2012

Global Sustainability Leaders Survey 2013: Data Tables

This Excel spreadsheet contains the data included in the Verdantix "Global Sustainability Leaders Survey: Budgets And Priorities". Verdantix clients should use this data with the "Global Sustainability Leaders Survey: Budgets And Priorities" report for context and to understand the scope, underlying the structure and assumptions of the study. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 17 December 2012

Global Sustainability Leaders Survey 2013: Budgets And Priorities

This report provides a global benchmark of sustainability priorities, budgets and governance based on interviews with 250 heads of sustainability in firms with revenues of at least $250 million. The respondents represent 21 industries and are located in 13 countries. The survey finds that sustainability leaders have broad responsibilities for energy, environment and sustainability initiatives, but often lack budgetary control and decision-making authority over those initiatives. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 05 December 2012

Global Sustainability Leaders Survey 2013: Budgets, Governance & Priorities (Webinar)

This Verdantix webinar discusses the findings from our forthcoming annual survey of 250 heads of sustainability located in 13 countries spanning Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, UAE, UK and the US. The survey data covers 2013 sustainability budgets in detail, including planned budget increases by country, sources of funding for 10 key initiatives and 2013 spending priorities. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 16 November 2012

Stock Exchange Benchmark On Non-Financial Reporting Rules

Finance and investor relations teams are under pressure from stakeholders to report on non-financial metrics. Stock exchanges are also becoming increasingly vocal on non-financial disclosures, adding to this pressure. This report helps senior managers and executives responsible for disclosure on environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance as well as investors, to understand the current demands of stock exchanges regarding non-financial disclosure. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 26 October 2012

Sustainability Provides Healthy Results For Novo Nordisk

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate sustainability strategies. This report provides individuals in roles such as CSOs and VP of Environment with an independent analysis of global healthcare firm, Novo Nordisk’s sustainability strategy, which is based on a Triple Bottom Line approach. Novo Nordisk has produced an annual report on its environmental performance since 1994, and became early adopters of integrated reporting in 2004. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 02 July 2012

IKEA's Strategy Builds Brand Sustainability Benefits

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate sustainability strategies. This research helps individuals in roles such as VP Environment or Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO) to benchmark their strategic thinking on sustainability. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the IKEA Group is a global furniture manufacturer and retailer with revenues of €24.7 billion ($32.6 billion) in FY11. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 11 June 2012

Webinar: Moving From CSR To Sustainable Business: How To Reboot Your Sustainability Communications

Chief Marketing Officers, Brand Directors and Chief Sustainability Officers face a new challenge: how to avoid underselling the strategic importance of sustainability initiatives to an audience that is already disillusioned by green marketing campaigns. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 02 May 2012

CSO Toolbox Series – Carbon Disclosure Project

Faced with an expanding set of tools, outlets and rankings to aid sustainability reporting Chief Sustainability Officers can struggle to select which offerings in this immature discipline merit their time and effort. This report provides individuals responsible for non-financial reporting with a review of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), as well as guidance on how to participate effectively. Since its founding in 2000, CDP has become a cornerstone of sustainability reporting. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 March 2012

SAP Seeks To Marry Financial And Sustainability Reporting

This report provides CSOs, VPs of sustainability and CSR directors with independent analysis of SAP’s approach to sustainability reporting. To better understand this topic Verdantix interviewed Peter Graf, CSO and EVP Sustainability Solutions at SAP. Verdantix found that SAP commits to operating a sustainable business, using its sustainability report to showcase the firm's software applications. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 09 December 2011

Consultation Begins For Next Generation GRI Framework

This report provides individuals responsible for non-financial reporting with a review of current Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) sustainability reporting guidelines, which were used by 1,824 organizations in 2010, as well as areas of potential change. Sustainability reporting is a fast growing but immature discipline compared to financial reporting. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 27 June 2011

Green Quadrant Sustainability Assurance 2011 (Global)

The financial materiality of sustainability performance data relating to energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, water usage, supply chain policies and environmental management is growing. As a result, a wider range of senior managers need confidence in these data sets and management systems. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 21 June 2011

Philips Pioneers Integrated Annual Report

This report helps firms considering sustainability reporting options with a case study of the implementation of an integrated report. Since 2008, Philips has published an integrated Annual Report that links its business strategy with environmental and social trends; combining financial performance disclosures with sustainability performance data. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 01 April 2011

BT's Connected Reporting Links Strategy And Sustainability

Accounting for Sustainability created the connected reporting framework to support organizations in linking business strategy, financial performance, and environmental and social trends. This report outlines the framework and key considerations of connected reporting, illustrated by BT Group’s implementation. The framework aims to offer a more balanced view of an organization’s performance than current annual reports usually produced in response to legal disclosure requirements. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 01 April 2011

First Integrated Reporting Framework Released

South Africa leads the world in developing and implementing the practice of integrated reporting. Integrated reporting creates a single report to all stakeholders synthesizing the most relevant financial and sustainability information. From March 1, 2010, all 457 firms listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange must produce an integrated report for financial years starting from this date. This report highlights key considerations for firms preparing to adopt integrated reporting. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 22 February 2011

How To Select A PR/Marketing Agency For Sustainability (Webinar)

Based on our new Green Quadrant study of the sustainability communications offerings of 18 PR firms, advertising agencies, brand identity consultants, and sustainability boutiques, this webinar provides insights for customers to evaluate which firms to hire to create credible, effective communications around their sustainability initiatives. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Webinar Published: 10 September 2010

Carrefour Needs Sustainability Objectives

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses the business benefits of corporate climate change plans. Carrefour is the second largest retailer worldwide with 495,000 employees and €85bn revenues in 2009. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 02 September 2010

Integrated Reporting Think Tank Launched

On 2 August, 2010 The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project (A4S) officially launched the International Integrated Reporting Committee (IIRC). This new think tank aims to bring together international stakeholders to develop a global reporting standard that incorporates environmental, social, governance and financial information within a single report, under the concept of ‘integrated reporting’. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 31 August 2010

Hilton Worldwide Begins To Tackle Strategic Risks

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyses corporate climate change and sustainability strategies. Hilton Worldwide is a privately owned global hotel franchise with revenues of $7.7 billion, 130,000 employees and 3,600 hotels in 81 countries. In 2008, Hilton Worldwide announced targets of a 20% reduction in CO2 emissions, waste production and energy use, and a 10% reduction in water consumption by 2014 compared to 2008 levels. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 26 July 2010

Is Google A Sustainability Leader In Hiding?

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports that analyse corporate climate change and sustainability strategies. Google is an internet search engine provider, generating revenue of $21.8 billion in 2008 with 10,000 employees worldwide. Google’s sustainability goals include water management and a commitment to carbon neutrality. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 14 April 2010

Wal-Mart Sustainability Plan Requires An Upgrade

This case study is one in a series of Verdantix reports on corporate climate change plans. In January 2005 Wal-Mart launched its “Sustainability 360” plan. This plan contains commitments to source 100% of energy from renewable power, to achieve zero waste and to sell products that sustain Wal-Mart’s resources and the environment. The climate change elements of Wal-Mart’s plan focus on brand enhancement. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 30 March 2010

Green Quadrant CSR Assurance Providers 2008 (UK)

Firms are under pressure from stakeholders, investors, competitors to enhance CSR reporting and invest in CSR assurance. But CSR directors and the executive team face a bewildering choice of assurance providers, international standards and project scopes. This report provides a detailed assessment of Acona, Bureau Veritas, Corporate Citizenship, Deloitte, DNV, Enviros, Ernst & Young, KPMG, LRQA, SGS, The Reassurance Network, The Virtuous Circle, URS Corporation and WSP Group. View Full Details »

Subscribers only Published: 31 March 2008