View From the Top: How Corporate Boards Engage on Sustainability Performance

3rd November 2015

A unique dynamic exists between investors and board members. Directors are responsible for ensuring value for us, the shareholders. Yet, even the most patient investors must become involved these days in helping directors focus on the longterm. Because in an increasingly volatile, global, tech-driven, and competitive economic environment, short-termism often overwhelms planning for sustainable growth and returns.

Sustainability, though, is precisely where business needs to focus. Sustainability issues create risks, as well as meaningful investment and market opportunities. As investors, we have a responsibility to prepare corporate boards for this sustainability imperative.

The Ceres report “View from the top: How corporate boards can engage on sustainability performance” is both helpful and timely in this regard. With a combination of practical recommendations, and case studies, it will be a good guide for boards who want to better incorporate sustainability into their processes and action.

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