Six Growing Trends in Corporate Sustainability
Exploring developments in corporate sustainability programs, the report shows that:
- 76 percent of survey respondents anticipate natural resource shortages will affect their core business objectives over the next 3-5 years.
- 65 percent of respondents stated their CFO has become involved in sustainability.
Despite the decreasing likelihood of regulation to address climate change — at least in the United States — greenhouse gas reporting and reduction efforts remain strong, and interest in water usage, efficiency and stewardship is on the rise.
Also rising is stakeholder interest in the sustainable sourcing and availability of raw materials intrinsic to a company’s ability to operate. And sustainability-focused surveys and questionnaires from customers, NGOs, investor groups, analysts, media organizations and others continue to grow in importance.
These trends suggest that sustainability efforts are now well-integrated into the corporate fabric of a growing number of large and midsized companies.
- Trend 1: Sustainability reporting is growing, but the tools are still developing
- Trend 2: The CFO’s role in sustainability is on the rise
- Trend 3: Employees emerge as a key stakeholder group for sustainability programs and reporting
- Trend 4: Despite regulatory uncertainty, greenhouse gas reporting remains strong, with growing interest in water
- Trend 5: Awareness is on the rise regarding the scarcity of business resources
- Trend 6: Rankings and ratings matter to company executives