By Sam Benjamin
To kick off the 2014 blog, lets take a look back at the 10 must-read business reports on sustainability we published last year.
The importance of Sustainability in Business has gained serious attention in the last few years as the triple bottom line for profit-based organisations – economics, society and environment – continue to become ever more intertwined.
There is no where that this triple bottom line applies more than in the Chemicals Industry.
Using safer, renewably-sourced chemicals that have minimal sociological and environmental impacts, whilst also maintaining a healthy profit, are key parameters to a chemical company achieving Sustainability.
Below we have coordinated the Top 10 Must-Read business reports to help you improve your understanding of Sustainable Business within – but not limited to – the Chemicals Industry, and how this can be best accomplished.
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1. A New Era of Sustainability: CEO Study (2010)
UN Global Compact & Accenture
A comprehensive survey of nearly 800 CEO’s from over 100 countries around the world, uncovering their views on Sustainability within Business. Also includes extensive interviews with the world’s top 50 leading CEO’s.
2. The Knowledge Based Bio-Economy in Europe: Achievement & Challenges (2010)
An in-depth analysis of the achievements made through the Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE), which was set up by the European Commission to improve growth and sustainability within the bio-based industries of Europe. Future challenges are also presented in this report.
3. Global Cleantech 100 (2012)
Cleantech Group LLC
A list of the top 100 private companies in clean technology. These companies represent the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech, whittled down from over 6,000 entries by an expert panel.
4. End Market Alchemy: Expanding perspectives to drive growth in the global chemical industry (2011)
A global economics assessment of how the chemical industry end markets might fair in the midst of another economic downturn, and what they could do to avoid the risk of slowed or negative growth.
5. The Sustainability Yearbook (2013)
An overview of the last 10 years of Corporate Sustainability reporting by RobecoSAM, and how they believe the market trend will change and develop in the future.
6. Expect the Unexpected: Building business value in a changing world (2012)
In this report, KPMG’s network of firms analyses a system of ten Sustainability ‘megaforces’ that it believes will impact all businesses over the next 20 years.
7. McKinsey on Chemicals (2012)
An annual report that contains various articles on the subject of Sustainability and value-creation within the chemicals industry.
8. Bio-based Chemicals: Value Added Products from Bio-Refineries (2012)
This report focuses on the main bio-based chemicals that can be co-produced with biofuels in integrated biorefinery facilities, and how this may add value to the production process. Predictions for market growth and the economic benefits of this co-production for a bio-based economy are investigated.
9. Green Chemistry (2011)
Representative companies from the following three segments are profiled in this report: waste minimisation in the conventional synthetic chemical processes; green replacements for conventional chemical products; chemical and material production using renewable feedstocks. The report looks at how the employment of Sustainability and Green Chemistry in the industry will grow in the coming decades.
10. Best Global Green Brands (2013)
Each year Interbrand rank the top Global Green Brands Based using their positive or negative ‘gap’ approach. The brands are rated on several elements based on their performance and perception within the scope of Sustainability.
So there we have it – a solid list of insightful and knowledgeable reports on Sustainability within Business, which have helped us at Ecochem to put together the Conference Programme of our 2013 Sustainable Chemistry & Engineering Event.
While this is not a definitive list, we really think it gives organisations a very good idea on what the future holds for the chemical industry in identifying a clear business case for green chemistry, how and where to drive shareholder value, and how this would help to increase profits.
If you encounter additional research that you think should be on this list please send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will consider the inclusion.