MANAGING FOR TOMORROW SOLUTIONS FOR SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
TO MOVE HUMAN SOCIETY TO LIVE IN WAYS THAT PROTECT EARTHâ€™S ENVIRONMENT AND ITS CAPACITY TO PROVIDE FOR THE NEEDS AND ASPIRATIONS OF CURRENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS
At WRI, we recognize that harm to the planet is systemic and must be tackled jointly by society, government and the private sector. Many issues are intertwined. Water affects energy, climate impacts food. We cannot address environmental impact at the expense of addressing poverty, nor can we build the economy and provide jobs at the expense of the equitable well-being of all. WRI brings together global expertise in food, forests, water, climate, energy, cities, business, governance, economics and finance. We work in partnership with governments, major companies and other NGOs on dozens of initiatives. We are known for our analytical heft and the integrity of our research. Working with companies is a critical part of our mission because we know that companies can innovate and scale solutions to our toughest problems. Businesses have important influence on governments, and their farreaching value chains offer an important global vision that complements the perspective of governments bound by national borders. We learn valuable lessons through this work and are a better institute for it. We look forward to working with you. Sincerely,
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MANAGING FOR TOMORROW
Leading companies realize they must embrace new ways of doing business to thrive in the decades ahead. Smart strategies based on science can drive sustainable growth while delivering key solutions to customers and communities.
HOW WE DEFINE EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
Corporate strategy is informed by scientific analysis of natural systems, ensuring a lasting supply of the resources we share. Innovative business models, such as those in the circular and sharing economies that do not rely on unchecked resource consumption, are sought and embraced. Stakeholders, peers, customers and political representatives are engaged to drive economy-wide change.
HOW WE CAN WORK TOGETHER SE WRI’S RESOURCES. Our research papers, data U analysis tools and other resources are available at no cost at wri.org/business. M AKE A BOLD COMMITMENT. We can help you plan and prepare for your next ambitious sustainability milestone, such as setting a science-based emissions target, pledging zero deforestation in your supply chain or committing to 100 percent renewable energy. J OIN THE CORPORATE CONSULTATIVE GROUP (CCG). This group’s nearly 40 corporate members benefit from ongoing support on sustainable business development. CONTRIBUTE TO OUR RESEARCH OR JOIN A WORKING GROUP. Companies provide valuable project support as reviewers, pilot testers, interviewees or participants. LET US HELP YOU RESOLVE A CRITICAL SUSTAINABILITY
CHALLENGE. We lend our expertise to select projects that will advance sustainable business practice and help our corporate partners overcome key barriers. S UPPORT US. Our free resources and ongoing, cutting-edge research are made possible in part by financial and in-kind support of corporate donors.
PARAGUAYAN BANKS UNDERSTAND RISKS WITH GLOBAL FOREST WATCH
When you take into account the size of Paraguay, you need technology in order to assess environmental risks. Global Forest Watch gives us the tools that we need to monitor and evaluate the environmental risks of our clients.â€? SEBASTIEN LAHAIE Member of the Board of Directors, Banco Sudameris, Paraguay
By investing in environmentally harmful projects, financial institutions increase their legal, financial and reputational risks. To better manage these risks, some banks are now turning to big data and geospatial technology to evaluate the impacts of their investments.
investment portfolios. Utilizing satellite remote data provided through WRIâ€™s Global Forest Watch platform, Paraguayan banks can monitor their clientsâ€™ farms, mills and silos, as well as track deforestation patterns in areas of potential investment.
In Paraguay, where agriculture has taken a toll on forests, WRI worked with the FMO (Dutch Development Bank), the InterAmerican Investment Corporation and four local financial institutions to monitor deforestation and fire risks within their
Partnerships like these provide simple ways for financial institutions to incorporate forest monitoring into their evaluations and planning. This approach can be replicated by financial institutions and companies globally.
CLIMATE & ENERGY
Companies that rely on rigor and ambition to manage their impacts on the environment reduce their risks, discover new growth opportunities and enhance their reputation as leaders on climate action. WE HELP COMPANIES:
easure and report emissions, including M those originating in the value chain (Scope 3)
H ave productive conversations with local utilities that lead to increased renewable energy supply
Track and influence climate policy
We need to peak emissions by 2020 to meet international climate change goals. How major corporations purchase and use energy has a lasting impact on our power grid and infrastructure, and their support for low-carbon development can drive
developments through collective action
innovation and political cooperation.
S et emissions targets that are sciencebased and aligned with stakeholder expectations
Navigate the utility landscape and increase the portion of their business that runs on clean, renewable energy
SCIENCE BASED TARGETS
This joint initiative with World Wildlife Fund International, CDP and UN Global Compact helps companies set emissions targets in-line with the global effort to limit warming to less than 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F) and establish themselves as leaders on corporate climate action. sciencebasedtargets.org | @sciencetargets
NEW CLIMATE ECONOMY
Led by a Global Commission, this project provides groundbreaking evidence of how climate action and economic growth go hand-in-hand and inspires more ambitious action by countries, companies and investors. newclimateeconomy.net | @newclimateecon
GREENHOUSE GAS PROTOCOL
The Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol, developed by WRI and World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), sets the global standard for how to measure, manage and report greenhouse gas emissions. ghgprotocol.org | @ghgprotocol
WRI’s ELECTRICITY INITIATIVE
WRI’s electricity initiative convenes companies and utilities to expand clean energy in China, India, the United States, Southeast Asia and Latin America. It is part of the Renewable Energy Buyer’s Alliance (REBA), a collaboration of BSR, Rocky Mountain Institute and World Wildlife Fund USA. wri.org/our-work/project/charge | @WRIenergy
GENERAL ELECTRIC PARTNERS WITH WRI TO ADVANCE THOUGHT LEADERSHIP ON THE WATER-ENERGY NEXUS 10 WRI.ORG/BUSINESS
The water-energy nexus is one area where we are focused on developing new innovations and exploring new business opportunities. This report explains why and offers ideas for how. We chose WRI as our strategic partner on this project because we knew that their analytical capabilities and passion for big ideas would make it a success.â€? DEBORA FRODL Global Executive Director, GE Ecomagination
It takes a huge amount of energy to treat and distribute water and a huge amount of water to produce energy. At some point in their value chains, most companies are heavily dependent on these two linked resources.
The report offers strategies for overcoming commercial and social barriers, coordinating investment in critical infrastructure projects and forging public-private partnerships for improved water and energy management.
General Electric partnered with WRI to produce a landmark report on the relationship between water and energy and ideas for how industries can act, especially in places where water and energy supplies are strained.
The report was featured in the Harvard Business Review and shared with highlevel decision makers around the world. It is an example of how WRI and corporate partners can work together to advance mutual sustainability priorities and identify opportunities for business innovation.
Companies can make significant progress towards sustainability goalsâ€”and enjoy impressive cost savingsâ€”by improving the way they produce, handle and sell food. Our initiatives help them capture this opportunity. WE HELP COMPANIES:
easure and report the quantity of M food that is wasted throughout their value chain Identify opportunities to reduce food waste and cut costs U nderstand the environmental impacts of food production E xplore marketing strategies for sustainable food products
The world must increase food production by 70 percent to feed 9.5 billion people in 2050. This is more than our planet can provide under current practices, but companies are helping to change our food system so that everyone can eat.
This initiative convenes executives from governments, businesses, international organizations, research institutions, farming groups and civil society to accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goal 12.3, which calls for cutting per capita global food waste in half by 2030. Champions123.org FOOD LOSS AND WASTE (FLW) PROTOCOL
Companies can follow this standard to properly quantify and report on food waste, the first step in reducing the amount of food wasted throughout their supply chain. flwprotocol.org
BETTER BUYING LAB
This initiative brings together the brightest and best minds from consumer research, behavioral economics and marketing strategyâ€”along with companies in the food industryâ€”to develop, test and scale new strategies and plans that help consumers select sustainable foods. wri.org/our-work/project/better-buying-lab
MARS, INCORPORATED AND WRI EXPLORE COMPREHENSIVE, SCIENCE-BASED SUSTAINABILITY TARGETS 14 WRI.ORG/BUSINESS
M&MS FACTORY IN TOPEKA, KS
We take our responsibility for our products and the supply chain behind them seriously. For us that means understanding the science not only behind those impacts, but behind the limits we must all learn to operate within. This project helped us take a leap forward in our understanding.â€? KEVIN RABINOVITCH Global Sustainability Director, Mars, Incorporated
Leaders at Mars, Incorporated, the company behind M&Mâ€™s, Pedigree pet food, Uncle Benâ€™s rice and dozens of other household brands, wanted to be sure they had strong internal sustainability targets. WRI worked with the company to analyze its footprint and develop targets that consider the latest science on the global carbon budget, water stress and other ecological limits. Lessons from this project were documented in a working paper,
From Doing Better to Doing Enough: Anchoring Corporate Sustainability Targets in Science. Companies that commit to working within ecological limits are better prepared to lead in a future characterized by a rapidlygrowing, global middle class and acute resource constraints. This partnership gave Mars a meaningful framework for sustainability targets that respects ecological limits.
Innovative supply chain management technologies paired with insightful analysis helps companies preserve and restore forests, reduce supply chain risks and meet stakeholder commitments. WE HELP COMPANIES:
Identify and track deforestation in their supply chain in near real-time Engage suppliers to drive forest-friendly practices, including through sourcing timber-based products E xplore business models that help restore degraded forests Map opportunities to invest in restoration Comply with global marketsâ€™ laws demanding legal forest products
Only 15 percent of the worldâ€™s forests remain intact. But with greater knowledge and action, companies can ensure healthy forests for future generations, which are critical to a stable climate and productive communities.
GLOBAL FOREST WATCH
This openly accessible, online platform provides the latest and most powerful data available to measure connections between deforestation and climate change, fires, water security and commodity supply chains. Global Forest Watch is set to launch a corporate supply chain management system, GFW Pro. This online platform uses the latest and most powerful data available to help companies and financial institutions analyze how key commodities such as palm oil, beef and soy in their supply chains and portfolios are impacting the worldâ€™s forests. globalforestwatch.org | pro.globalforestwatch.org | @globalforests NEW RESTORATION ECONOMY
This initiative analyzes scalable and profitable business models for restoring degraded land, leading to economic growth, captured carbon emissions and biodiversity. wri.org/our-work/project/new-restoration-economy
FOREST LEGALITY INITIATIVE
This initiative helps corporate supply chain managers and compliance officers make informed decisions, exercise due care and manage the risk of illegally sourced products in their supply chains. forestlegality.org | @forestlegality
UNILEVER PILOTS WRIâ€™S PALM RISK TOOL
We are committed to working with others to eliminate deforestation from the worldâ€™s commodity supply chains. To do this we need to ensure our own purchases are fully traceable and certified sustainable, and encourage whole industries to set and meet high standards. The PALM Risk Tool will facilitate increased transparency, help us identify high risk mills and support us as we work to drive the transformational change needed in the palm oil industry.â€? DHAVAL BUCH Chief Procurement Officer, Unilever
Many companies have committed to eliminating deforestation in their supply chains, and to do this they need a clear view of where that deforestation is happening. The production of palm oil, frequently found in health, beauty and food products, is a major driver of deforestation. In 2016, WRI developed the PALM Risk Tool, which analyzes satellite imagery within 50 km (31 miles) of each palm mill and ranks the mill as either a low, medium or high threat
to the surrounding forests. The tool can be found on the Global Forest Watch platform. Unilever was one of the first companies to pilot this tool. They initially found 29 high-risk mills and are now able to encourage more sustainable practices among their suppliers. Unilever gained actionable intelligence from its participation in the pilot stage, while helping to develop a practical tool that makes the impacts of a widely-used commodity transparent to its purchasers.
Water scarcity poses a major risk to business, but smart companies are using data and analysis to proactively monitor and plan around water supply. WE HELP COMPANIES:
Map regions where water stress poses a threat to operations Set water use targets that are tailored to the limits of watersheds and the needs of local communities Understand and protect natural systems that purify and disseminate water
About one-fifth of the worldâ€™s population lives in water-scarce areas. We help companies manage their water use in ways that ensure that this vital resource remains available for future operations and others who use the same watershed.
This openly accessible, online water risk mapping tool helps companies, investors, governments and other users understand where and how water risks are emerging worldwide. wri.org/our-work/project/aqueduct | @WRIAqueduct
CONTEXT-BASED TARGETS FOR WATER
This joint research project with WWF, The Nature Conservancy, CDP and The CEO Water Mandate examines how companies can set water use targets based on the limitations of watersheds and the needs of local communities. CEOwatermandate.org
NATURAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR WATER
This initiative examines innovative approaches taken by companies and utilities to protect â€œnatural infrastructure,â€? such as forest protection, watershed restoration and sustainable management of landscapes. wri.org/natural-infrastructure-water
CARGILL REDUCES WATER AND DEFORESTATION RISK WITH WRIâ€™S TOOLS AND ANALYSIS 22 WRI.ORG/BUSINESS
Our partnership with WRI includes work on internal greenhouse gas reductions, water risk analyses, deforestation and food loss and waste initiatives. This broad collaboration is helping Cargill solve key sustainability and business issues at a high level.” MARK MURPHY Global Head for Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Cargill
In March 2016, Cargill and WRI announced a two-year partnership to better manage deforestation and water risk across the company’s value chains. Cargill, a major player in the food and agricultural industry, sources large quantities of soy from South America and palm oil from Indonesia. WRI’s researchers used the satellite imagery and supplier data found on the Global Forest Watch platform to assess how Cargill’s supply
chain contributed to deforestation across these regions. This has enabled Cargill’s management to make more informed procurement decisions and to make progress against its commitment to have a 100 percent sustainable palm oil supply in place by 2020. WRI has also worked with Cargill to develop a methodology for evaluating water quality impacts on freshwater systems, so that water quality can be preserved in the communities in which Cargill operates.
RESEARCH TO GUIDE CORPORATE STRATEGY FOR COMPANIES
Tomorrow’s markets will be shaped by a much larger human population with fewer people living in poverty, leading to unprecedented demand for goods and services. While this presents exciting business opportunities, we are on track to triple our consumption of natural resources by 2050—which is impossible, therefore posing a threat to business growth. The Elephant in the Boardroom: Why Unchecked Consumption is Not an Option in Tomorrow’s Markets urges business leaders to look beyond incremental sustainability improvements to create innovative new business models in the circular and sharing economies, overcoming current dependence on unchecked natural resource consumption. PRE-PUBLICATION VERSION: EMBARGOED UNTIL MAR 23
PRE-PUBLICATION VERSION: EMBARGOED UNTIL MAR 23
THE ELEPHANT IN THE BOARDROOM: WHY UNCHECKED CONSUMPTION IS NOT AN OPTION IN TOMORROW’S MARKETS
SAMANTHA PUTT DEL PINO, ELIOT METZGER, DEBORAH DREW, AND KEVIN MOSS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY There has been a sea change in business leadership on environmental and sustainable development issues over the past 20 years. Many CEOs speak “sustainability,” and many multinational companies have invested resources to build internal capacity on sustainability. It has become common for these companies to establish greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets and renewable energy goals and to address water risk and deforestation. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine how the historic Paris Agreement on climate change or the United Nations’ wide-ranging Sustainable Development Goals could have been cemented without the support of business. However, underneath this welcome progress lies an uncomfortable truth: Most businesses’ growth is still predicated on more people buying more goods. The world will have more than 9 billion people by 2050, and the middle class will have swelled by 3 billion by 2030. On top of this, consumer expectations for yet more are being stoked by trends such as fast fashion. The rapid expansion of consumption-driven markets in the coming decades is the anticipated engine for continued business growth. The problem is that the planet’s natural systems and finite resources cannot keep up. Studies cited in this paper show that we are already at or close to the limits of the planet’s ability to provide. A continuation of business as usual would mean not just a slight additional strain, but three times as much consumption of the planet’s already overused resources.
Executive Summary ......................................1 Introduction ...............................................4 How Consumption Is Changing in the 21st Century ...6 A Closer Look at Implications for Three Products .....10 Consumer Durables—Cars ...............................11 Consumables—Beef ......................................15 Fast-Moving Consumer Goods—Clothes ...............23 Recommendations .......................................28 References ................................................31 Endnotes...................................................35 Acknowledgments ........................................36 Working Papers contain preliminary research, analysis, findings, and recommendations. They are circulated to stimulate timely discussion and critical feedback, and to influence ongoing debate on emerging issues. Working papers may eventually be published in another form and their content may be revised. Suggested Citation: Putt del Pino, S., E. Metzger, D. Drew, and K. Moss. “The Elephant in the Boardroom: Why Unchecked Consumption Is Not an Option in Tomorrow’s Markets.” Washington, DC: World Resources Institute, March 2017. Available online at http://www.wri.org/publication/elephant-inthe-boardroom.
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FOR INSTITUTIONAL INVESTORS
Economic drivers are making sustainability an issue that long-term investors simply cannot ignore. A survey of over 100 investment professionals shows that institutional investors— including pensions, foundations, universities and NGOs—are increasingly considering the material importance of social, environmental and governance factors in constructing their portfolios. Despite the enthusiasm and increased capital flows, WRI found key gaps in the market that prevent even the most motivated asset owners from deploying capital sustainability. For those starting on their journeys to sustainable investing, Navigating the Sustainable Investment Landscape provides answers to common questions and initial steps investors and their partners can take to overcome barriers and advance in the market. WORKING PAPER
NAVIGATING THE SUSTAINABLE INVESTMENT LANDSCAPE ELIZABETH LEWIS, ARIEL PINCHOT, AND GIULIA CHRISTIANSON
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Global natural resource scarcity, climate change, population growth, demographic shifts, and extreme poverty are impacting the way investors view the future. Many already recognize the materiality of such risks to long-term portfolio performance and are starting to incorporate relevant environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into decision making in building a portfolio. With thoughtful implementation, these sustainable investing strategies have a positive, or at least non-negative, association with financial performance over the long term (Friede et al. 2015; Trunow and Linder 2015; Mercer 2009; Morgan Stanley 2015a), while also generating co-benefits. But the landscape for sustainable investing is changing rapidly and is difficult to navigate. For most asset owners, it isn’t easy to translate consideration of long-term sustainability into portfolio investments. This paper informs asset owners about the current state of sustainable investing for US institutional investors. Drawing on the experiences of over 100 asset owners and investment professionals—as well as evidence from WRI’s own endowment—the paper constructs a detailed outline of sustainable investing. It highlights the underlying motives and drivers, governance structures, relevant data and standards, investment vehicles, and key barriers that shape opportunities for implementation. It describes how some US-based asset owners are pursuing sustainable investing, and distills lessons for investment practitioners as they contemplate their own strategies. The paper concludes with initial recommendations for asset owners in overcoming preliminary market barriers and strategic
CONTENTS Executive Summary....................................................... 1 Introduction................................................................... 5 Section I. Sustainable Investment Trends and Concepts .. 6 Section II. Contours of a Changing Landscape ........... 10 Section III. Systemic Barriers ...................................... 32 Conclusion.................................................................. 37 Appendix A. Sustainable Investor Networks and Associations ......................................................... 40 Appendix B. Select Sustainable Investment Frameworks and Guidance .......................................... 42 Appendix C. Interview Protocol and Guide .................. 44 References................................................................... 47 Endnotes ..................................................................... 51 Working Papers contain preliminary research, analysis, findings, and recommendations. They are circulated to stimulate timely discussion and critical feedback and to influence ongoing debate on emerging issues. Most working papers are eventually published in another form and their content may be revised. Suggested Citation: Lewis, E., A. Pinchot, and G. Christianson. 2016. "Navigating the Sustainable Investment Landscape." Working Paper. Washington, DC: World Resources Institute. Available online at http://www.wri.org/ publication/sustainable-investment-landscape.
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WRI provides tailored support to help companies overcome their toughest sustainability challenges. Lessons learned during service delivery enhance WRI’s body of knowledge and often lead to new research products.
HOW CAN WE HELP YOUR COMPANY? On a scale of 1â€“5, rate your companyâ€™s success on these typical sustainability projects. This self-assessment can serve as a useful starting point for conversations with our corporate relations team.
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Published on Sep 14, 2017
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