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CSRHub’s Bahar Gidwani speaking at Intro to ESG Training at Baruch College/CUNY

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

CSRHub CEO and Co-Founder, Bahar Gidwani, will be speaking at a One-Day Training Program presented by Governance & Accountability Institute and Global Change Associates, titled Into to ESG, Sustainable & Impact Investment Training. This training is hosted by Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College/CUNY on June 15, 2017.

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Bahar will be speaking at the session focused on Bridging the Gap: Sustainability vs. Profitability.

June 15th:

1:55pm- Bridging the Gap: Sustainability vs. Profitability

Bahar Gidwani, Founder & CEO, CSRHub

 

Register here, with CSRHUB20 for 20% off!

See the full interview with Bahar Gidwani and Hank Boerner on this upcoming event here


Bahar_Gidwani-10.jpgBahar Gidwani is CEO and Co-founder of CSRHub.  He has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA, worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to a number of major companies and currently serves on the board of several software and Web companies. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.

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 530 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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The Trump Effect

[fa icon="calendar'] May 31, 2017 9:44:10 AM / by Bahar Gidwani

Much has been written about America’s President, Donald Trump, and the effects his tenure will have on the world.  We at CSRHub recently had an interesting opportunity to examine the relationship between President Trump’s businesses and corporate social responsibility (CSR).

A US group called “Grab Your Wallet” has launched a web site that looks for companies that are controlled by the Trump family or benefit from being associated with it.  Their premise is that shoppers, investors, communities, employees and other stakeholders could signal their displeasure with Mr. Trump and his policies by boycotting companies associated with him.  Of course, those who support Mr. Trump could use the same list as a guide to companies they should support.  This dual perspective caused us to bring Grab Your Wallet in as a special issue that indicates whether or not a company is “Trump Involved.”

A different group of companies  distinguished themselves recently by filing an amicus curiae motion in support of blocking Mr. Trump’s proposed ban on travel from certain predominantly Muslim countries.  While participation in and support of legal efforts to block the Trump ban does not indicate that a company directly opposes all aspects of Mr. Trump’s policies, it does suggest a desire for distance from them.

Using CSRHub’s data, it is easy to compare and contrast the perceived sustainability performance of these two groups of companies.  At a top overall ratings level (using our average user ratings weight profile), the CSRHub-rated companies within the amicus curiae group had an average rank among the 17,000+ companies we track of 56%.  In contrast, the CSRHub-rated companies tagged by Grab Your Wallet as involved with Mr. Trump had an average rank 16% lower.

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(Note that both lists contained many smaller companies that are not yet rated by CSRHub.)

The two groups seemed to be fairly similar in their treatment of environmental issues and reasonably close on governance matters.  But, the Trump Involved companies were perceived to be dramatically lower on social issues—6% worse on community matters and 8% worse on employee-related topics.

 

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CSRHub includes six subfactors within the social area.  As you can see, the Trump Involved companies have especially weak scores relating to Community Development & Philanthropy, Compensation & Benefits, and Training Health & Safety.

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Most of the Trump Involved businesses have a broad portfolio of products and services.  Their financial exposure from a Grab Your Wallet boycott could be minimal.  However, these business may want to examine more closely how they interact with their communities and their employees.  They may not be hearing signals of dissatisfaction from these stakeholders that may be material to their overall business activities.


Bahar_Gidwani.jpgBahar Gidwani is CEO and Co-founder of CSRHub.  He has built and run large technology-based businesses for many years. Bahar holds a CFA, worked on Wall Street with Kidder, Peabody, and with McKinsey & Co. Bahar has consulted to a number of major companies and currently serves on the board of several software and Web companies. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree in physics and astronomy. He plays bridge, races sailboats, and is based in New York City.

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 530 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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How to Improve Your CSR Score – Download e-Books

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2017 9:37:12 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

CSRHub has released two e-books focused around the topic of ‘How to Improve Your CSR Score’, sponsored by Triple Pundit. In this e-Book series, How to Improve Your CSR Score, we’ll share our experience to help you better manage your rating stakeholders, improve your performance, tell your CSR story, and improve your CSR score.

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  • The CSR Ratings Chaos
  • ESG/SRI Analysts
  • Organizations and Groups
    • Nongovernmental organizations
    • Publications and News Organizations
    • Government Agencies
    • Private Research Groups
  • Know Your Raters

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  • Where Has the Puck Been? (The History of disclosed sustainability-related information)
  • Why the Puck Hasn’t Gone into the Goal (Self-Reporting and Surveys-dependency created gaps and inconsistencies)
  • Where the Puck Will Head Next (The Future Direction of CSR Ratings and Frameworks)
  • If You Want to Score, You Will Need to Change the Way You Play (The need for Compliance with New Standards)

 

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Bookmark this page and check back often, as we will list all the e-books in the series on this page.


TriplePundit, a Certified B-Corporation, is a global media platform covering the intersection of people, planet and profit. We believe business can be a force for good. With over 10 million unique annual page views, we cover topics ranging from global water and energy challenges to social justice and economic equality, sustainable food to corporate social responsibility, and much more!

TriplePundit’s mission is to further the conversation on the Triple Bottom Line in business.  

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 530 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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Sustainable Brands ’17 Detroit- New Metrics

[fa icon="calendar'] May 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM / by Cynthia Figge

I will be attending the Sustainable Brands conference held in Detroit, MI from May 22nd until May 25th. Since speaking at SB’s inaugural conference in New Orleans in 2007, I have found that what unites the SB community is the gift of seeing ahead and bringing that vision back to our work, clients, and colleagues. While societal actions are shifting to integrate sustainability with business value creation, the pace of change in the next 10 years will be far more rapid than in the previous decade.  

This conference strives to unite brand leaders in Detroit for a collective conversation about how businesses can drive positive impact through sustainability-led innovation, with the backdrop of changing societal needs. As Sustainable Brands provides new insights, research data, tools and stories, CSRHub will continue to improve our metrics and tools for measuring our CSR/ESG progress.  

Following my time at the SB conference, I will be posting my findings on the New Metrics Tracking sessions I attended.

If you are planning on attending the SB conference in Detroit, please reach out as I would love to meet with you!

Best wishes,

Cynthia

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WHERE:

Detroit, MI

Cobo Convention Center

May 22-25, 2017

Learn more.

 


Cynthia Figge photo.jpg Cynthia 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 COO 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 530 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 Releases Second e-Book in How to Improve Your CSR Score Series

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2017 9:56:40 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

CSRHub is pleased to release the second e-Book in the new series, How to Improve Your CSR Score, sponsored by Triple Pundit. “Ratings and Frameworks…Where is the Puck Going?” is now available for download.

Here is a taste of Book 2 of the series:

Ratings and Frameworks: Where is the Puck Going?

Wayne Gretsky, the well-known hockey player said, “I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” As the CSR/ESG/Sustainability disclosure landscape changes, where is the puck going? Learn more and how it impacts ratings and rankings in the new e-Book.

Download e-Book

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  • Where Has the Puck Been?
  • Why the Puck Hasn’t Gone Into the Goal
  • Where the Puck Will Head Next
  • If You Want to Score, You Will Need to Change the Way You Play

As the world’s largest sustainability business intelligence database, CSRHub is in a unique position to understand corporate social responsibility (CSR) ratings. We have studied each of our 525 data sources’ metrics, and our system automatically identifies which sustainability reporting investments add the most value, pinpoints areas of lagging or leading performance, and produces benchmarks against other companies. In How to Improve Your CSR Score, CSRHub will try to share some of the “secret sauce” its co-founders, Cynthia Figge and Bahar Gidwani, have developed through their combined 30+ years of experience with sustainability metrics.

Download the second e-Book of the series, Ratings and Frameworks: Where is the Puck Going?

Bookmark this page and check back often, as we will list all of the e-Books in the series on this page.

TriplePundit, a Certified B-Corporation, is a global media platform covering the intersection of people, planet and profit. We believe business can be a force for good. With over 10 million unique annual page views, we cover topics ranging from global water and energy challenges to social justice and economic equality, sustainable food to corporate social responsibility, and much more!

TriplePundit’s mission is to further the conversation on the Triple Bottom Line in business.  

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 530 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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