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HBR’s Top 100 CEO’s List Used CSRHub ESG Metrics

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 27, 2017 10:24:10 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

Harvard Business Logo.pngHarvard Business Review just released their much anticipated The Best-Performing CEOs in the World 2017 list. CSRHub is honored to have our ESG (environmental, social, and governance) metrics included again this year as part of the methodology for ranking the world’s top 100 CEOs. 

HBR wrote in its November 2017 article covering the ranking, “This year’s top performer—his first time in that spot—is Pablo Isla of Inditex… Measured on financial returns alone, Isla comes in 18th in our ranking; his company’s performance on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, which count for 20% of a leader’s score, propelled him to the top spot.” 

“If we judged CEOs solely on the basis of financial performance—as we did prior to 2015—the top-ranked leader would be Amazon’s founder, Jeff Bezos, who topped the list in 2014 and has been the best financial performer in every subsequent year. Since 2015, when ESG ratings became a factor in our ranking, Bezos has climbed from #87 to #76 to #71.”

HBR describes its methodology to measure ESG. Using Sustainalytics and CSRHub to calculate the final CEO ranking, “we combined the overall financial ranking (weighted at 80%) and the two ESG rankings (weighted at 10% each), omitting CEOs who left office before June 30, 2017.” 

The HBR report shared, “Earlier this year Amir Amel-Zadeh of Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and George Serafeim of Harvard Business School published the results of a survey of 413 investment executives, whose firms collectively manage $31 trillion in assets. Half reported using ESG information because they believe it is material to investment performance, and nearly half said they believe that a company with a high ESG score is a less risky investment.” 

At CSRHub we are encouraged by the increase in ESG metrics moving more into the mainstream. We hope that our broad, deep, and transparent CSR/ESG metrics and information will make progressive corporate social responsibility a norm that sustains businesses, society and our planet. As a B Corporation, our mission is to offer a public, affordable, and standardized measure of company ESG (environment, social and governance) performance that empowers our users to improve corporate sustainability.

To learn more about CSRHub, our ESG/CSR metrics or how you can improve your ESG scores, contact us here.


CSRHub provides access to the world’s largest corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information.  It covers over 17,500 companies from 135 industries in 133 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 549 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices, and seek ways to improve corporate sustainability performance. 

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CSRHub CEO Cynthia Figge Speaking at FiRe 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 12, 2017 10:02:30 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

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CSRHub Co-Founder and CEO, Cynthia Figge, will be moderating a conversation at the Future in Review® (FiRe) Conference in Park City, Utah held October 10-13, 2017. Cynthia will be hosting a discussion titled “Supporting the Carbon Trifecta: Building Elon’s World”, on Thursday October 12th. 

This is the fifteenth year of FiRe - one of the leading technology conferences in the world.  FiRe XV is exploring Century-Scale Breakthroughs in AI, Brain-Inspired Chips, Xi Jinping's China Dream for Global Domination, The Amazing Dual Roles of Flow and Interaction, Discoveries in Systems Biology and Medicine with Leroy Hood, New Computing Paradigms, Elon Musk's World, Renewable Energy, The Next Grid, Ukraine Under Russian Info-Attack, China's Crash, Information Warfare and Computational Propaganda, plus the FiReFilm Chasing Coral, and much more. See https://www.futureinreview.com/ for more information.

Thursday, October 12th

Supporting the Carbon Trifecta: Building Elon’s World

  • Cynthia Figge, CEO and Co-Founder, CSRHub (Host)
  • Will Perego: Founder and CEO, 24-Hour Solar Roof
  • Mark Godsy: CEO, Exro Technologies
  • Ray Gibbs: CEO, Haydale Plc

 


 cynthia_figge-at-Sustainable-Brands-13.jpgCynthia Figge is a forerunner and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement who co-founded EKOS International in 1996, one of the first consultancies integrating sustainability and corporate strategy. Cynthia is CEO and Cofounder of CSRHub. Cynthia has worked with major organizations including BNSF, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, and REI to help craft sustainability strategy integrated with business. She was an Officer of LIN Broadcasting/McCaw Cellular leading new services development, and started a new “Greenfield” mill with Weyerhaeuser. She serves as Advisor to media and technology companies, and served as President of the Board of Sustainable Seattle. Cynthia has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Cynthia is based in the Seattle area.

CSRHub provides access to the world’s largest corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information.  It covers over 17,400 companies from 135 industries in 134 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 535 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices, and seek ways to improve corporate sustainability performance.

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Cynthia Figge to Speak at SB New Metrics '17

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 3, 2017 10:56:05 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

New Metrics 2017 logo.jpgCSRHub Co-Founder and CEO, Cynthia Figge, will be speaking at Sustainable Brands New Metrics ’17 Conference, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, held on November 13-15, 2017. Cynthia will speak at the plenary on Nov. 14th on “From Disclosure to Performance: Building the Virtuous Loop”.  Cynthia will present new insights between ESG disclosure and perceived CSR performance, and highlight CSRHub’s findings on 7,000+ equities that have both disclosure and performance metrics, representing more than 90% of world market capitalization.

This 3-day Sustainable Brands event will showcase the macro, corporate and investor landscapes to help businesses succeed. The conference will also feature deep dive discussions and case studies led by remarkable thought leaders and analysts working to create smarter, more accurate and more inclusive business metrics that create value for all stakeholders.

Tuesday, November 14th

From Disclosure to Performance: Building the Virtuous Loop

  • Cynthia Figge, Co-Founder and CEO; CSRHub

Friends of CSRHub will receive a 20% discount on registration!

Please register here with code "nw-nm17-SPEAK"

More Conference Info:

Leading brands and businesses are continuing to learn from remarkable thought leaders working to create a path toward smarter, more accurate and more inclusive business metrics that create value for all stakeholders. New Metrics ’17 will dive deeper through looking at 5 key tracks:

  • Strategy and Operations
  • Finance and Investor Relations
  • Marketing and Communications
  • HR and Employee Engagement
  • Supply Chain Innovation

 

Sustainable Brands:

Sustainable Brands is home for the global community of business innovators who are shaping the future of commerce worldwide. Since 2006, their goal has been to inspire, engage and equip today's business and brand leaders to prosper for the near and long term by leading the way to a sustainably abundant future.


 cynthia_figge-at-Sustainable-Brands-13.jpgCynthia Figge is a forerunner and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement who co-founded EKOS International in 1996, one of the first consultancies integrating sustainability and corporate strategy. Cynthia is CEO and Cofounder of CSRHub. Cynthia has worked with major organizations including BNSF, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, and REI to help craft sustainability strategy integrated with business. She was an Officer of LIN Broadcasting/McCaw Cellular leading new services development, and started a new “Greenfield” mill with Weyerhaeuser. She serves as Advisor to media and technology companies, and served as President of the Board of Sustainable Seattle. Cynthia has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Cynthia is based in the Seattle area.

CSRHub provides access to the world’s largest corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information.  It covers over 17,400 companies from 135 industries in 133 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 535 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices, and seek ways to improve corporate sustainability performance.

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Webinar: Using ESG Ratings and Disclosure to your Advantage

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 29, 2017 12:07:55 PM / by Cynthia Figge

Join us for a new webinar, 
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Using ESG Ratings and Disclosure to your Advantage, co-hosted by Janice Warren, President of OneReport, Inc. and Cynthia Figge, CEO of CSRHub.

 

Wed, Oct 4, 2017 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT

Register for the webinar here.

During this lively and informative session, we will discuss Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors that are recognized as relevant for assessing corporate performance, risk, and value, in addition to the societal and environmental impacts themselves. Yet, investor relations and corporate responsibility practitioners often have a love/hate relationship with the corporate responsibility (CR) and ESG or sustainable and responsible investments (SRI) raters and frameworks that have helped identify and shape these metrics. This webinar helps untangle the what, the why, and the “how-tos” of tackling ratings and disclosure.

In this webinar, we will focus on 2017 challenges and opportunities including:

  • ESG landscape shift and the new business case
  • Materiality – Identifying and tracking the metrics that matter most
  • Internal stakeholders and process: challenges and opportunities
  • Navigating the road ahead: ESG ratings and reporting pitfalls, perception, and performance

Who should attend:

  • Those involved in developing or managing a corporate or ESG strategy
  • Corporate Responsibility (CR) and sustainability practitioners
  • Investor relations
  • Corporate communications, corporate affairs, and public affairs
  • Leads for ESG disclosure, reporting, and framework/ratings response management

Register for the webinar here.

If you have any questions on how this topic can be of value to your company, please contact us here.

 

 cynthia_figge-at-Sustainable-Brands-13.jpgCynthia Figge is a forerunner and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement who co-founded EKOS International in 1996, one of the first consultancies integrating sustainability and corporate strategy. Cynthia is CEO and Cofounder of CSRHub. Cynthia has worked with major organizations including BNSF, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, and REI to help craft sustainability strategy integrated with business. She was an Officer of LIN Broadcasting/McCaw Cellular leading new services development, and started a new “Greenfield” mill with Weyerhaeuser. She serves as Advisor to media and technology companies, and served as President of the Board of Sustainable Seattle. Cynthia has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Cynthia is based in the Seattle area.

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Janice Warren is President of OneReport, an innovative provider of corporate responsibility (CR) software for information management, reporting, and publishing. She and her firm help companies navigate leading investment research organizations and environmental, social and governance (ESG) frameworks and address evolving ESG metrics for raters, investors, and stakeholders. Previously, Janice managed investor relations and corporate communications for a specialty materials manufacturer, where she handled responses to ESG questionnaires, external reporting and communications.  Janice is a long-standing National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) member and has served on the board of the NIRI Boston Chapter.  Her involvement with responsible investment and corporate responsibility began as an undergraduate student at Bowdoin College.  Janice holds an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School. View more information on OneReport.

 

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Peeking Behind the Corporate Curtain With CSRHub’s Cynthia Figge

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2017 12:00:00 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

Republished with permission.

On this edition of The Bottom Line podcast, Rick Wartzman talks to CSRHub’s Cynthia Figge.

In the just released interview with Rick Wartzman, Cynthia Figge, CEO of CSRHub, speaks about Why It Makes Sense For Companies To Be Socially Responsible. The Bottom Line podcast puts a spotlight on companies that are advancing social progress, and draws out insights into some of the most pressing issues of our time. You can listen to this dynamic and in-depth conversation on Capital and Mainhere or below.

You can also read about it on Fast Company here.

 

 

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"Hosted by the Drucker Institute’s Rick Wartzman, the author of four books, The Bottom Line puts a spotlight on companies that are advancing social progress—and those that aren’t.

B
y engaging in lively conversation with top executives and other experts, Rick draws out insights into some of the most pressing issues of our time—all through the lens of what is arguably the most powerful institution in our country: business.

The Bottom Line also features regular commentaries, as well as reported segments by veteran radio journalists. The Bottom Line is a production of Capital & Main."

 

 cynthia_figge-at-Sustainable-Brands-13.jpgCynthia Figge is a forerunner and thought leader in the corporate sustainability movement who co-founded EKOS International in 1996, one of the first consultancies integrating sustainability and corporate strategy. Cynthia is CEO and Cofounder of CSRHub. Cynthia has worked with major organizations including BNSF, Boeing, Coca-Cola, Dow Jones, and REI to help craft sustainability strategy integrated with business. She was an Officer of LIN Broadcasting/McCaw Cellular leading new services development, and started a new “Greenfield” mill with Weyerhaeuser. She serves as Advisor to media and technology companies, and served as President of the Board of Sustainable Seattle. Cynthia has an MBA from Harvard Business School. Cynthia is based in the Seattle area.

CSRHub provides access to the world’s largest corporate social responsibility and sustainability ratings and information.  It covers over 17,400 companies from 135 industries in 133 countries. By aggregating and normalizing the information from 535 data sources, CSRHub has created a broad, consistent rating system and a searchable database that links millions of rating elements back to their source. Managers, researchers and activists use CSRHub to benchmark company performance, learn how stakeholders evaluate company CSR practices, and seek ways to improve corporate sustainability performance.

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