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Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at 10.00am EST/4.00pm CET
Guidance on Doing Well While Doing Good: Mapping SASB’s Material Issues to the SDGs
Robert Eccles, Visiting Professor of Management Practice, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford
Co-author: Costanza Consolandi, University of Siena
Investors are increasingly seeing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as creating investment opportunities that also contribute to viable global financial, environmental, and social systems. Companies, perhaps less so, are also seeing business opportunities in the SDGs. However, given that there are 17 SDGs and 169 targets, companies need to make choices about which SDGs they can support. In doing so, they also need to create value for their shareholders. Similarly, investors want to know if and how a company is doing both. To address this question, we have created a framework based on a mapping of the material issues as identified by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) for each of the 79 industries in their 10 sectors to the targets for each of the SDGs (except for SDG#17 on partnerships). Based on this, we are also to show, for example, which industries are most important for each SDG, which material issues are important for each SDG, and the relative importance of each material issue to the SDGs. We plan to put this mapping into the public domain as a guide to companies and investors.
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CIOs, Portfolio Managers, Risk Management, ESG Groups