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Turning a Profit While Doing Good: Aligning Sustainability with Corporate Performance

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This paper seeks to shed light on an important question in 21st century capitalism. Can corporations do well while doing good? In other words, does a company that improves its social or environmental performance increase, decrease, or leave unchanged its financial performance? Adopting a long-term horizon, understanding materiality, as well as emerging regulations, societal expectations, firm innovations, and corporate governance models seem to be the answers to the conundrum.

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Dunkin’ Donuts launches green building program for new stores

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Dunkin’ Donuts doesn’t usually come to mind when it comes to green companies.

After getting two stores LEED-certified since 2008, however, the Massachusetts-based retailer has parlayed the experience to create its own certification program for franchisees.

The company will roll out the program for new construction projects, with a goal of building 100 certified restaurants by the end of 2016. If all goes well, they also want to extend the program to retrofits at some point.

What’s your company’s chemical risk?

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Have you ever had a customer ask about chemicals in products or request that you don’t use specific ones? Have you ever paid fines or worker’s compensation for mishandling chemicals or products? How much time does your company spend reviewing chemical regulations to maintain compliance?

Big Data and CSR: Ready or not, more transparency is coming

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How does Amazon stack up to Google when it comes to corporate climate change policies? What about the way Apple compares to Microsoft on supply chain human rights issues?

It might seem like a pipe dream to get reliable data on granular, politically-sensitive corporate social responsibility (CSR) metrics — but it actually just got easier.

On Thursday, CSRHub will announce a new Excel-based dashboard tool granting near-realtime access to the third party aggregator’s 60 million data points on 10,000-plus companies culled from some 365 sources.

So, you’ve finished your materiality exercise — now what?

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Over the past year, companies across sectors and geographies have embraced the materiality approach to identify which sustainability issues are most important to their business success and key stakeholders. The guidance provided by frameworks such as SASB, GRI and the IIRC has played an important role in this flurry of activity. We’ve seen companies taking ever more detailed approaches to their materiality processes, thinking through additional dimensions such as their ability to influence each material issue and how the importance of an issue is likely to change over time.

For many companies, the question now is, “What’s next?” How should a company use the results from a materiality exercise to define strategy and a clear path forward across its operations?