Sustainability Reporting

December 12, 2013
A new report shows that fewer than 10 percent of Hong Kong listed companies are measuring or reporting on their carbon footprints
December 10, 2013
China is catching up with Asian counterparts in terms of corporate social responsibility (CSR) reporting rates, however the quality of reports still lag behind global standards, according to a survey by KPMG.
August 09, 2013
New Zealand has eventually upped its environmental game by joining other members of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) by agreeing to produce an annual environmental report.
GRI reporting future
July 24, 2013
At its May conference in Amsterdam, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) released the fourth generation of its sustainability reporting guidelines, the G4, to an audience of more than 1,600 corporate sustainability practitioners, NGOs, and the media. The update was eagerly awaited, given that the G3 guidelines were first introduced seven years ago (an eternity in the fast-moving world of sustainability) and given that several other reporting frameworks, principles, standards, and mandates have emerged since 2006 that have changed the reporting landscape.
May 09, 2013
Analyst firm RepuTex has launched a new online data source which will provide investors, companies and the public with access to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance scores on over 1,000 of its Asia rated companies.
SolAbility Korea Review 2012 out-perform
February 12, 2013
Sustainability consultancy SolAbility has released the results of its 6th annual Korean ESG review showing that while sustainably managed companies continue to outperform, problem areas remain.
January 18, 2013
A global survey of 250 heads of sustainability conducted by independent analyst firm Verdantix found that, in 2012, the highest brand preference for sustainability consulting was achieved by Ernst & Young, for sustainability assurance by KPMG, for sustainability software by Microsoft and in the not-for-profit category by the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).
Carbon Disclosure Project Asia ex-Japan leaders 2012
November 15, 2012
The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) has enjoyed a reasonable bump in responses to its annual Asia ex-Japan survey with 129 of 400 companies in its target sample reporting, representing a 32 percent response rate compared to 27 percent in 2011. As in 2011, PwC Hong Kong undertook an analysis of these submissions – and those made by Asia ex-Japan companies to the CDP Global 500 – to identify the region’s leaders. According to the report,  co-authored and analysed by natural capital research company Trucost Plc, South Korean companies are now the region’s clear leaders with a dozen included among the 20 ranked, along with five from Hong Kong and one each from China, India and Singapore.
Walmart China supply chain
October 29, 2012
US-based global retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc has given its suppliers five years to comply with its environmental rules or risk being pushed off its shelves. The new requirements, announced in China where Wal-Mart has more than 20,000 suppliers, will compel them to improve on energy efficiency, waste reduction and other markers on the retailer’s checklist. Wal-Mart said the checklist, introduced in 2009, was voluntary. But if suppliers fall short, they could be cut off from the discount stores wholesale warehouses that the company operates in the United States.
October 22, 2012
RepuTex-ESG, a Hong Kong-based research firm, has launched RepuTex ESG-Connect, Asia’s first platform to provide companies, asset managers and investors with free environment, social and governance (ESG) research, data and content on Asian companies.
Natural capital
October 05, 2012
Despite readily observable changes in climate extremes, skeptics continue to doubt the true impact of global warming.  Regardless of one’s position or politics on this view, it is the intellectually courageous that would deny that natural resources are vital for sustainable development. Lesser known but equally undeniable is the fact that finance, particularly from the private sector, has a critical role to play in supporting the efficient allocation of natural resources and therefore the very real challenges of climate change and sustainability.
India's Taj Mahal reflect sustainability
September 26, 2012
The circular from the Securities & Exchange Board of India (SEBI) on 13 August 2012 finally addressed some of the issues that have been raised about recent regulation on extra financial disclosures in Indian capital markets. It comes as a follow-up to the SEBI Board’s landmark decision in November 2011 that mandated ESG disclosures from the Top 100 listed companies. The comply-or-explain stance on revelation of policy and the nine principles laid out in the National Voluntary Guidelines on Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibilities of Business, published by Ministry of Corporate Affairs in July 2011, provides a good starting point
Tress provide a natural filtering service
July 03, 2012
Despite the collective groan over Rio+20’s lack of political leadership and a global process that is failing to urgently address our planetary challenges; the contrast between Rio’s Earth Summit 20 years ago and now, could hardly be greater. Back then, the spirit of sustainability was idealistic, not entirely understood and it then took some time for people to put it into practice and get fuddled by its complexity. Compare this to the current polarized ‘sustainability everything’ and surely we should be applauding Brazil’s canny negotiators for getting to any agreement at all - even if it is a hortatory, non-binding statement called “The Future We Want”.
Accounting for nantural capital
June 22, 2012
Over fifty countries and 86 private companies have joined forces behind the move to factor the value of natural assets like clean air, clean water, forests and other ecosystems into business decision-making and countries systems of national accounting. Fifty-seven countries and the European Commission are supporting a communiqué that calls on governments, the UN system, international financial institutions and other international organizations to strengthen the implementation of natural capital accounting around the world.
China going green
December 09, 2011
New research shows that Chinese companies are becoming more interested in sustainability issues. Pressure from government and a recognition of how brands gain value from sustainability policies are two factors contributing to the growing interest. The Conference Board, a US-based research and business membership group, surveyed 476 firms for its Business and Sustainability in China: Company Responses to a National Priority report, which discovered that government directives, at both local and central levels, are often a decisive factor in defining corporate sustainability strategies.
KPMG Corporate Responsibility Survey 2011
November 18, 2011
A survey on corporate responsibility (CR) has found that China has leapt up the league tables in its use, while Singapore gets chastised. Asia-Pacific companies in general were found to be falling behind in issues of responsibility and sustainability compared to other regions, including Africa. The KPMG International Survey of Corporate Responsibility Reporting 2011 is a  comprehensive tri-annual analysis of data from 3,400 companies worldwide, including the top global 250 firms and the largest 100 companies across 34 countries and 15 industry sectors.
October 12, 2011
CLP Holdings been given received top ranking in the 2011 Asian Sustainability Rating (ASR) for its sustainable practices and proactive disclosure of environment, social and governance (ESG) issues.
Sustainable Development
September 12, 2011
Today you’ll hear sustainable development mentioned everywhere from promoting the latest app, at a shoe launch or painted in bold across bill boards (add to this list every time you hear the word “sustainable”).
Apple as Dorian Grey
September 05, 2011
Oscar Widle's novel, The Picture of Dorian Grey, tells of a beautiful and idealistic young man who sells his soul to ensure that his portrait will age rather than himself. He subsequently leads a life of debauchery, but the portrait serves as a disturbing reminder of the effect each act has upon his soul, with the sins displayed as a disfigurement of his form.
September 02, 2011
Many of the world's largest hotel chains have announced they will take part in a major initiative designed to deliver carbon footprinting and reporting standards for the global hospitality industry.