Sustainability – from words to action
Measurement = proxy for progress
Using Pucker’s HBR article “Overselling sustainability reporting” as a starting point we discuss:
- What is the state of play in sustainability reporting?
- Is sustainability reporting a proxy for progress?
- What might be needed for real ‘progress’ to happen
- What’s the investors view of sustainability reporting?
- Does public policy need to go further and is there any evidence that there is any appetite for that at the European level?
Kenneth P. Pucker is a senior lecturer at the Fletcher School at Tufts University and a lecturer at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business. He is an advisory director at Berkshire Partners and was formerly the chief operating officer of Timberland.
Joanne Kellermann is the chair of Pension Fund Zorg & Welzijn, the pension fund for the care and welfare sectors of The Netherlands. She currently also chairs the board of supervisory directors of NWB Bank NV, the board of the University of Utrecht and Aflatoun International, an NGO that empowers 10 million children annually worldwide through social and financial education.
Willem Vriesendorp is the founder of Brussels-based #SustainablePublicAffairs, the first Public Affairs firm to only take on cases that have a positive impact on the environment. Qualified as a lawyer he moved into public affairs, specialising in competition and environmental issues. Previously, Willem was a partner with FIPRA International as co-head of the competition practice and head of the environment practice.
Fritz Lietsch is the founder of the sustainability portal www.forum-csr.net. As editor-in-chief of the decisionmaking magazine “Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften” he is a co-designer of the transformation of economy and society. Fritz Lietsch is author of numerous books and magazine contributions, moderator and speaker in matters, CSR, shaping the future and sustainability. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious B.A.U.M. Environmental Prize.