Start Here Guide

  • Author Lindsay McIvor, Stephanie Bertels
  • Publisher Network for Business Sustainability
  • Publication date April 2014
  • Type Reports
  • Industry Oil, Gas & Mining
  • Category Managing Corporate Responsibility
  • Discipline Operations Management
  • Language English
  • Free/Pay for content Free

Sustainability frameworks are useful tools. They provide clarity on risks and responsibilities, and often kick-start a company’s sustainability strategy. But, it can be a challenge to navigate the existing Canadian and international frameworks. In mining, the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada’s e3 Plus, the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining, ICMM’s Sustainable Development Framework, the UN Global Compact and the IFC’s Performance Standards make up the go-to sustainability frameworks.

How can a company know which framework to use and when to use it? What are the specific benefits of aligning your company with one of these frameworks? How can a manager know where to start? The answer? Start here guide.

This Start Here Guide is written for exploration, development and small producing companies (EDSPs). It introduces managers and mining professionals to the sustainability standards, guidelines, frameworks and toolkits that are most relevant to them. Specifically the guide

  • Clarifies external expectations for the environmental and social performance of mining projects
  • Supports efforts to build reputation, benchmark performance and gain access to financing
  • Outlines a step-by-step approach to understanding the most relevant sustainability frameworks
  • It distills the most widely used resources into a easy-to-understand format so managers can achieve sustainability requirements.

A set of topic-specific Quick Sheets, specifically targeted to EDSPs, accompany this guide. Download the Quick Sheets from

Integrating ESG in Private Equity

Integrating ESG in Private Equity

  • Publisher UN Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Publication date April 2014
  • Type Reports
  • Industry Finance
  • Category SRI/Sustainable Finance
  • Discipline Finance
  • Language English
  • Free/Pay for content Free

This document provides practical guidance on how GPs can develop a framework for the integration of ESG factors within their organisation and investment cycle and points to industry resources and case studies. GPs are encouraged to use the practices and examples presented here as a starting point and adapt them to their organisations and investment styles. PRI GP signatories can use this resource to help implement the types of practices that are consistent with the PRI Reporting Framework.

LPs can also use this guide to understand the different ESG integration practice being implemented in the market, which will in turn facilitate a more informed discussion with their GPs during both fund selection and monitoring.

A supplement of case studies has also been made available, which present more details on the practices described.

The selected case studies cover a range of geographies, investment strategies and GP sizes, and also highlight practices from GPs which are at different stages of ESG integration.

Appendices include (A) an overview of the various industry tools publicly available to help GPs with integration of ESG factors, and (B) resources for further reading.

Over 50 GPs and LPs across the globe were interviewed during the development of this guide and the guidance points presented are reflective of current practice. All quotes measure ESG practices that are highlighted throughout the document have been lifted from these interviews. Please see Appendix D for the list of participating GPs and LPs as well as an explanatory note on the interview selection process.

The Future of Tea– A Hero Crop for 2030

  • Author Ann-Marie Brouder, Simon Billing and Sally Uren
  • Publisher Forum for the Future
  • Publication date February 2014
  • Type Reports
  • Industry Food & Beverage
  • Category Sustainability and the Business Case
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Responsible Supply Chain Management
  • Responsible Business in Emerging Markets
  • Language English

The numerous sustainability challenges faced by many industries, including the tea industry, are too big for any one company to address alone; rather they need the co-operation of all parts of the value chain working together. For the first time in history, some of the key players in the tea sector have come together to explore the future for tea in a collaborative project called Tea 2030. They are working jointly to identify the key challenges, forecasting the issues that need to be addressed and combining their knowledge and expertise to deliver new solutions that will overcome the issues facing the sector – creating a shared vision for what the global tea industry can do together to ensure it has a prosperous and sustainable future. They are fully committed to implement this initiative in compliance with all applicable laws.

Led and facilitated by Forum for the Future, the leading global sustainability non-profit, this report presents the challenges and opportunities the tea sector will face in the future, including 4 possible future scenarios for the tea industry. The report marks the end of phase II of Tea 2030 which set out to explore the future for tea and the beginning of the implementation phase of Tea 2030.

Tea 2030 is a global project bringing together some of the key organisations in the global tea industry, including the Ethical Tea Partnership, Fairtrade International, Finlays, IDH – The Sustainable Trade Initiative, Rainforest Alliance, S&D Coffee & Tea, Tata Global Beverages, Twinings, Unilever and Yorkshire Tea. We also thank the International Tea Committee for their support. future-tea-report

Towards Greater Corporate Responsibility – Conclusions of EU-Funded Research

This publication examines the results of socio-economic research projects on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funded under the European Union’s Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. In this review, the research carried out is put in the context of developing the concept of Corporate Social Responsibility as well as the evolving European Union policy in this area. As the document analyses different aspects of the issue, from strategies through instruments to outcomes in a comprehensive way, identifying also knowledge gaps and possible future trends, it should provide informative reading to all parties interested in the topic.

This body of research can now be complemented by more focussed management research related to business processes on the following themes:

  • mainstreaming CSR in firms’ strategic processes, including SMEs,
  • the linkage between CSR and innovation,
  • performance and impact indicators, and
  • global supply chain management.

Research on the internal strategic processes and mainstreaming CSR in business processes, as well as research on the wider societal outcomes of CSR programmes, both require more research effort in the coming years. In addition, in the face of continuing globalisation, a more profound analysis of the implications of global supply chains on CSR, and the factors limiting uptake of CSR in developing countries and new EU Member States deserve more attention in European research.