CFO: A misnomer?

By Ken Weldin and Carol Adams From recent discussions with the members of our network serving as CFOs, a common theme has emerged. Having reached the pinnacle of their career claiming the cherished CFO title, most feel professionally fulfilled and mentally stimulated, but the role is far wider reaching than when they assumed it. It […]

What is sustainability? And what has it got to do with the CFO?

written by Carol A Adams and Ken Weldin Your answer to the question of what “sustainability” has to do with the CFO will, of course, depend on what “sustainability” means to you.  If it means continuing to earn profits for the next strategic review cycle, and maybe even beyond, our guess is you are in […]

New research finds benefits to companies doing integrated reporting

It is no surprise that research just released by the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and Black Sun finds that the majority (92%) of IIRC pilot programme participants responding to a survey found that moving towards integrated reporting increased their understanding of how they create value.  They understand better how relationships, intellectual capital, the natural […]

Sustainability and the company of the future

By Carol A Adams  © BBVA OpenMind Introducing the company of the future The company of the future will do business differently understanding the value of its relationships and the resources and services provided by the natural environment.  It will be very different from the company of today. Above all, it will face a high […]

Changing the way business is done – South African integrated reports

written by Carol Adams Changing the way business leaders and their investors think is a prerequisite for real change towards social, environmental and economic sustainability.  A focus on the longer term and thinking about value in non-monetary terms, means thinking about people, relationships, know-how and the natural environment and how they create value, rather than […]

Sustainability reporting: A tool for improving returns to shareholders?

written by Carol Adams Can reporting on Environment, Social & Governance (ESG) issues increase returns to shareholders? Surveys conducted by consulting firms have found that the majority of CEOs link social responsibility initiatives with profitability.   Academic research has consistently found a positive link between social performance and financial performance. But making that link at an individual […]

RBS Sustainability Review 2013: building trust & developing integrated thinking

written by Carol Adams The Royal Bank of Scotland Group’s RBS Sustainability Review 2013 begins with the words, in a Foreword jointly signed by the Chairman and Chief Executive, “In 2013, we were the least trusted company in the least trusted sector of the economy. That must change”. This report is a significant step change from […]

Towards integrated thinking at Unilever

Paul Polman, Unilever’s CEO, has made a clear connection between long term business success and tackling social and environmental issues: “… the biggest challenge is the continuing threat to ‘planetary boundaries’; resulting in extreme weather patterns and growing resource constraints. These have increasing impact on our business… We remain convinced that businesses that both address […]

Getting on Board: materiality and stakeholder engagement processes for integrated reporting

written by Carol Adams This article was first published on CSRWire on 30th December 2013 Many years ago a group of accountants, sustainability leaders, advisors and activists and big accounting firms got together to develop a principles-based process framework to support organizational learning and “social and ethical, environmental and economic” performance. They drew on tried […]

Ten steps to integrated reporting

written by Carol Adams The launch of the integrated reporting framework is set to herald a new era in the relationship between business, society and the environment and elevate sustainability thinking to the board room catching the eye of the CFO and C-suite.  Oversight from the top is a critical factor in integrating sustainability – […]