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27 March 2017

What comes after the final GASP?

By Malcolm Preston GASDGP - right now it sounds like gibberish. But by the end of this blog, not only it will make perfect sense, but you’ll also be inspired. This story runs over 400 years from the time when a monk pioneered the bedrock of every accounting system on...

20 March 2017

Doing ‘good’ – is it really worth it?

By Stuart Jefford Most of us do things for the right reasons and with the best intentions. But, how do you know it’s really making a difference? And how do you demonstrate this to others? Is a smile or an anecdote enough to confirm you’re doing the right thing? We...

08 March 2017

Valuing your impact on society – more than just this season’s must have

By Tom Beagent I’m probably further away from being a fashionista than I would like to admit. And working with Kering (the global Group behind luxury brands such as Gucci, Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney) on its Environmental Profit & Loss account (EP&L) for the last five years has not...

08 December 2016

Top business risks are sustainability risks

By Malcolm Preston Some see sustainability as a risk; some as irrelevant; and others still as both! Many seem to pigeonhole it as irrelevant though, not seeing the risk (nor the opportunity for that matter) that inattention brings. But being single minded and ignoring sustainability risks leaves a business’ risk...

01 December 2016

Picking up speed on the SDGs - I counted at least 30 government announcements in the last month

By Malcolm Preston CEOs recognise the significance of a government agenda. According to our survey, 69% of CEOs say that governments and regulators have a high or very high impact on business strategy. So when it comes to the SDGs, it’s natural to assume that business will be keeping a...

29 November 2016

Driving the SDGs – whose hand is on the steering wheel?

By Louise Scott The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are 17 major world issues that 193 countries have come together to tackle. While the UK has committed to the SDGs, it appears Brexit is taking the limelight. It’s hard to see evidence of a robust plan of action to achieve them....

24 November 2016

PwC COP22 briefing: bi-polar COP?

By Jonathan Grant To everyone’s surprise the Paris Agreement entered into force so quickly that COP22 was also the first meeting of Parties to the Agreement (known as the CMA [1]). Countries agreed the ‘what’ in Paris and started developing rules for the ‘how’ in Marrakech. How to measure progress...

18 November 2016

Why new skills and partnerships are needed for implementaton of the New Urban Agenda

By Denise Chan Over 30,000 participants descended upon Quito, Ecuador last month to take part in the Habitat III conference that celebrated the 'New Urban Agenda', the UN’s global manifesto on sustainable urbanisation for the next 20 years. The document, agreed by governments and adopted in Quito, sets out wide-ranging...

15 November 2016

PE and the SDGs: action overtakes expectation

By Malcolm Preston Tarred with the brush of capitalism by many, PE houses are probably the last industry group one would expect to be engaging with the SDGs. But a surprising number in our PE responsible investment survey not only recognise the benefits and are planning to assess their impact,...

Are we nearly there yet? PE's responsible investment journey

By Phil Case Private equity is changing fast. Still only a relatively youthful industry (it’s barely turned 30), it’s reinventing itself from ruthless to responsible, and from opaque to transparent. That’s what I’m seeing from this year’s survey of 111 General Partners from 22 countries around the world (Are we...