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Environmental Stewardship Strategy

Environmental Stewardship Strategy – Overview and Resource for Corporate Leaders


Presents integrative approach to managing a variety of key environmental issues, designed to help companies develop a comprehensive environmental strategy, following an 8-step model. (UNGC/Duke University, 2010)

>> Environmental Stewardship Strategy (pdf)


Caring for Climate

The Guide for Responsible Corporate Engagement in Climate Policy

Sets baseline expectations for companies to provide proactive and constructive input to Governments advocate for the creation of effective climate policies. The guide connects the dots between sustainability commitments, such as emissions reductions across their value chains and efficiency improvements, with corporate policy positions. Core elements of responsible corporate engagement in public policy are laid out in three practical action items 1) Engage for Legitimacy and Opportunity 2) Align for Consistency and Accountability 3) Report for Transparency (UNGC, UNEP, UNFCCC, WRI, CDP, WWF, Ceres and The Climate Group, 2013)

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Caring for Climate Progress Report 2013

Examines trends in participation in the Caring for Climate initiative, including emissions performance of companies in 2011, as well as progress companies have made against the five commitments endorsed by all signatories in the Caring for Climate Leadership Statement. By providing this analysis for a second year in a row, Caring for Climate seeks to remind signatories of their progress towards a building a low-carbon society and to encourage greater participation in the initiative. (UNGC/Deloitte, 2013).


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Caring for Climate Progress Report 2012

Examines trends in participation in Caring for Climate, including emissions performance of companies since 2009 and progress made against the five commitments of the Statement endorsed by all signatories. By providing this analysis, Caring for Climate seeks to motivate signatories to take more significant action on climate change and to encourage greater participation in the initiative. (UNGC/Deloitte, 2012)


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Business and Climate Change Adaptation: Toward Resilient Companies and Communities

Presents ten case examples on climate change adaptation that underscore private sector strengths in identifying new business opportunities, creating new markets, and recognizing and managing risks that are critical in building resilient businesses and communities. A supplement to the Caring for Climate report on Adapting for a Green Economy, this case compendium demonstrates progress on the contribution of business toward the adaptation agenda and provides useful guidance for business leaders and policymakers alike. (UNGC/UNEP, 2012)


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Adapting for a Green Economy: Companies, Communities and Climate Change

Presents the business case for private sector adaptation to climate change in ways that build the resilience of vulnerable communities in developing countries – and provides useful guidance to business leaders and policymakers alike.
(UNGC/UNEP/Oxfam/WRI, 2011)


>> Adapting for a Green Economy (pdf)

A Greener Tomorrow – How Caring for Climate Signatories are Leading the Way to a Low-Carbon Economy

Analyses progress made by signatories in addressing climate change and assesses public disclosures of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report outlines corporate leadership in climate mitigation and adaptation. (UNGC/Dalberg, 2010)

>> A Greener Tomorrow (pdf)

Caring for Climate: A Call to Business Leaders

Climate change will affect business and society in fundamental ways. It will change the context in which the private sector operates and its ability to prosper. However, climate change can also offer opportunities for business. " Caring for Climate: A Business Leadership Platform" helps companies to advance practical solutions and articulate climate strategies, share experiences and learn from industry peers, inform public policy as well as shape public attitudes. (UNGC/UNEP, revised 2010)

>> A Call to Business Leaders (pdf) | English | 中文

Low-Carbon Leaders – Transformative Solutions for a Low-Carbon Future

Presents transformative solutions that businesses around the world are implementing to save energy, reduce emissions and ensure a low-carbon future. (UNGC/WWF, 2010)

>> Low Carbon Leaders (pdf)

Connecting the Dots: How Climate Change Transforms Market Risks and Opportunities

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This report charts the intimate interaction of climate change with other key issues on the global agenda, and identifies the requirement this places on governments and international agencies to develop a new level of policy coherence. It warns business that both the success or failure of climate policy will transform the landscape of risk and opportunity for investment. The report further urges the faster and more imaginative development of partnerships between governments, international agencies, businesses and civil society organizations. (UNGC, 2009)

>> Connecting the Dots (pdf)

Champions of the Low-Carbon Economy

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Forty chairmen and CEOs of corporations from around the globe were interviewed for this report. These chief executives indicate that climate inaction is too costly to their businesses and the world. They support a strong global climate agreement and are ready to lead the resulting world economy. (UNGC/Dalberg, 2009)

>> Champions of the Low-Carbon Economy (pdf)

Chief Executives Taking a Stand for Climate Action

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In support of Seal the Deal!, the UN’s global advocacy campaign for a fair, balanced and effective post-Kyoto climate agreement at COP 15, the Global Compact Office is reaching out to participants to galvanize the global business voice for climate action. Chief executives were asked to share brief testimonials, expressing why they support an effective climate agreement. This publication presents a selection of these testimonials. (UNGC, 2009)

>> Chief Executives (pdf)

Transformation is Possible

A clear message emerges from the Caring for Climate Series: transformation is necessary and possible. The C4C Series is a collection of new research studies and reports by leading investment, academic and civil society organizations. This brochure present the key findings of the reports below. (UNGC/UNEP, 2009)

>> Transformation is Possible (pdf)

Best Practices and Policy Frameworks: 2009 Survey of Caring for Climate Signatories

Based on in-depth interviews and an extensive survey of Caring for Climate signatories, this report highlights climate leaders and current best practices, as well as expectations for public policies that can amplify and facilitate such practice. (GlobeScan, 2009)

>> 2009 Survey of Signatories (pdf)

Emissions Reductions and Lower Carbon Intensity: Are We Making Progress?

This study evaluates actual time series of energy efficiency and carbon emissions taken from public reports of Caring for Climate signatories (COPs and CDP reports) in order to get a picture of progress and measuring methodologies used. (Centre for Business and the Environment at Yale, 2009)

>> Are We Making Progress? (pdf)

Change is Coming: A Framework for Climate Change – a Defining Issue of the 21st Century

This study assesses the importance of climate change to financial investors, it impact on competitive advantage in established industries and the opportunities created as new industries develop. By assessing their performance on measures reflecting the range of challenges and opportunities climate change represent, it compares companies' relative positions and the effectiveness of their responses in established industries. (Goldman Sachs, 2009)

>> Change is Coming (pdf)

Investor Leadership on Climate Change: An Analysis of the Investment Community's Role and Snapshot of Recent Activity

Climate change is rapidly becoming a relevant factor in investment decisions for many institutional investors. Looking at the drivers underpinning this change current investors' practices, this report focuses on the economic rationale for collective action by investors on carbon disclosure, investment choices and policy engagement. It also maps policy options that reduce investor's risks. (PRI, 2009)

>> Investor Leadership (pdf)

Building a Green Recovery

Governments are facing a triple crisis of economic downturn, energy insecurity and climate change. This report analyzes the degree to which government efforts to stimulate the economy are also consistent with the shift to a low carbon economy, examining stimulus packages and budgets in over 30 countries across the world. (HSBC, 2009)

>> Building a Green Recovery (pdf)

Carbon markets: the simple facts

This report provides down-to-earth guidance to the benefits, pitfalls and best practices in setting up carbon trading schemes that work for the environment, facilitate access to technology and foster economic development. (Mission Climat of Caisse des Dépots, 2009)

>> Carbon Markets (pdf)

Caring for Climate – First Meeting of Signatories

The first meeting of Caring for Climate signatories was convened on 20–21 October 2008 at UN Headquarters in Geneva and brought together 150 business executives, government representatives, UN officials and climate experts. This report summarizes the main discussions and outcomes of the meeting. (UNGC/UNEP/WBCSD, 2008)

>> Meeting Report (pdf)

Caring for Climate – Tomorrow's Leadership Today

This publication contains a collection of innovative examples of how Global Compact participants are taking action to address climate change. (UNGC/UNEP/WBCSD, 2007)

>>  Tomorrow's Leadership Today (pdf)


The CEO Water Mandate

Water as a Casualty of Conflict: Threats to Business and Society in High Risk Areas

Examines the unique nature of water challenges in conflict-affected or high-risk areas and how the management of water resources can in turn affect business operations and society – particularly through its potential to exacerbate conflict. (Pacific Institute/UNGC/PRI, 2012)


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Guide to Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy

Outlines five principles for responsible business engagement in water policy: (1) responsible engagement should be driven by a genuine interest in efficient, equitable, and sustainable water management; (2) there should be a clear division of public and private sector roles; (3) responsible engagement promotes inclusiveness and meaningful partnership; (4) business should recognize the connections between water and other policy arenas; and (5) companies must be transparent and accountable for their actions. (UNGC/Pacific Institute, 2010)

>> Water Policy Guide (pdf)

The Human Right to Water: Emerging Corporate Practice and Stakeholder Expectations

In July 2010, the UN General Assembly recognized access to safe drinking water and sanitation as a human right. Two months later, the UN Human Rights Council affirmed this right by a consensus resolution. This white paper is designed to provide information that will inform both how individual companies can respect the human right to water, as well as how the Mandate itself can meaningfully contribute to business’ ability to effectively address this issue. (UNGC/Pacific Institute, 2010)

>> Water Human Rights (pdf)

Framework for Responsible Business Engagement with Water Policy

Assists companies in responsible water policy engagement, providing core principles, strategies, and operational practices. (UNGC/Pacific Institute/WWF/Government of Germany, 2010)

>> Water Policy Framework (pdf)

Corporate Water Accounting – An Analysis of Methods and Tools for Measuring Water Use and its Impacts

A stocktaking and assessment of existing and emerging water accounting methods and tools being used in the private sector. (UNGC/UNEP/Pacific Institute, 2010)

>> Corporate Water Accounting (pdf)

CEO Water Mandate – Independent Review of 2008 Programme of Activities

An independent review of 2008 CEO Water Mandate activities by Arthur D. Little. The key achievements include: providing network forums through conferences, developing a transparency framework to discuss performance, progressing the water agenda through awareness programmes and ultimately through demonstrating commitment to the call to action. (UNGC/Arthur D. Little, 2009)

>> Independent Review 2008 (pdf)

The CEO Water Mandate – An initiative by business leaders in partnership with the international community

A group of leading global businesses will present the CEO Water Mandate, a strategic framework for action that covers several focus areas, ranging from supply chain and watershed management to community engagement and transparency. The framework's action recommendations include production strategies, water-utilization audits and incentive systems for water recycling, the development of a water-sustainability agenda, and inclusion of the GRI guidelines in corporate reporting. (UNGC, revised 2010)

>> The CEO Water Mandate (pdf)

Other Resources

Sustainable Energy for All: The Business Opportunity

Provides an overview of the relevance of the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative for business. Looking across 19 industry sectors, the analysis addresses the opportunities companies have to generate business value; the priority actions that are common across industries; and the key enablers of success. (UNGC/Accenture, 2012)


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A Framework for Corporate Action on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Provides a framework for developing, implementing, and disclosing policies and practices on biodiversity and ecosystem services that are integrated into corporate sustainability strategies. (UNGC, International Union for Conservation of Nature, 2012)


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A Global Compact for Sustainable Energy: A Framework for Business Action

The Framework aims to motivate and guide business engagement and action in support of the Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All initiative. In keeping with the initiative’s 2030 targets, the Framework seeks to identify where different industries can have the most significant impact – through their core business operations as well as product and service development; through social investments and philanthropy; and through advocacy and public policy engagement. (UNGC, 2011)


>> A Global Compact for Sustainable Energy


Policy Measures to Support Inclusive and Green Business Models

Analyzes the complementary role of policymakers and donors in supporting private sector innovations – in technologies, products and services – for inclusive and green business models to address challenges in low-income markets in developing and emerging countries. (DCED/UNGC/WRI/ New Ventures India, 2012)


>> Policy Measures to Support Inclusive and Green Business Models

Advantage Energy: Emerging Economies, Developing Countries and the Private-Public Sector Interface

Access to energy does not only include electricity, does not only include cook stoves, but must include access to all types of energy that form the overall energy system. This paper chooses to examine this energy system using a typology that breaks it into 3 primary energy subsystems: heat energy, electricity and transportation. Describing the global energy system using these three subsystems provides a way to articulate the differences and similarities for each system’s required investments needs by the private and public sectors. (UNGC/IEA, 2011)


>> Advantage Energy

Meeting Report – United Nations Leadership Forum on Climate Change

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The UN Leadership Forum on Climate Change was convened on 22 September 2009, held in conjunction with the UN Secretary-General’s Summit on Climate Change. At the Forum, chief executives and civil society leaders met with Heads of State and Government to convey a clear message on the need for a global climate agreement. This report summarizes the proceedings of the event. (UNGC, 2009)

>> United Nations Leadership Forum on Climate Change

Unchaining Value – Innovative Approaches to Sustainable Supply

unchaining.jpg This report explores how supply chains function in order to identify new approaches to building sustainability capacity at the local supplier level, as well as identifying initiatives that will encourage and enable consumer demand for more sustainable solutions. The analysis also considers the challenges facing supply chains when it comes to making responsible choices in the face of competition for limited natural resources. (SustainAbility/UNEP/UNGC, 2007)

>> Unchaining Value (pdf)

Measuring Business Success from Sustainability Certification

This project, a joint effort by the Global Compact, the Rainforest Alliance and a group of leading companies, aims to develop and test a methodology that companies can use internally to analyze their investments in sustainability. Ultimately, the study aims to provide businesses with a refined tool that will enable them to integrate an analysis of the financial value of certification schemes into their strategy development and planning process. (UNGC/Rainforest Alliance, 2007)
>> Measuring Business Success from Sustainability Certification (pdf)

Talk the Walk – Advancing Sustainable Lifestyles Through Marketing & Communications

An overview of research and statistics on consumers’ attitudes and behaviors in the context of the success of “green” products and sustainable lifestyles marketing strategies. Based on an in-depth analysis of marketing strategies and campaigns from both small alternative companies and mainstream groups in industries such as clothing, cosmetics, detergents, food retail, automotive or water management, the study identifies key factors of success and provides a toolbox to practitioners. (UNGC/UNEP/Utopies, 2005)
>> Talk the Walk (pdf)

The Global Compact Environmental Principles Training Package

Training Package Launched at the 2005 China Summit, the Global Compact Environmental Principles Training Package provides a practical kit for trainers, managers and employees to improve their understanding of how to implement the three environmental principles. It provides an up-to-date introduction to corporate environmental responsibility and makes the link with quality management. The package contains a set of training modules, case studies, sources for further information and PowerPoint slides related to each of the module sessions. (UNGC/UNEP, 2005)
>> Environmental Principles Training Package

Are you a Green Leader?

This brochure sets out how companies can be part of the solution, and can take steps that benefit their business while contributing to our future survival on the planet. (UNEP DTIE/UNEP-WCMC, 2010)

>> Are you a Green Leader?

Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008

The report offers an analysis of trends and issues in the financing of renewable energy and energy efficiency. (UNEP/New Energy Finance Ltd., 2008)

>> Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008 (pdf)

Buildings and Climate Change: Status, Challenges and Opportunities

A report from the United Nations Environment Programme Sustainable Construction and Building Initiative (SBCI) on opportunities for governments, industry and consumers to take appropriate actions during the life span of buildings that will help mitigate the impacts of global warming. (UNEP, 2007)

>>   Buildings and Climate Change (pdf)

Sustainability Communications: A Toolkit for Marketing and Advertising Courses

This toolkit proposes resources for the educators training tomorrow's marketing and communication professionals as well as for marketing and advertising trainers in the corporate field. It provides a synthesis of theoretical and methodological knowledge illustrated by numerous specific case studies. (UNEP, 2007)

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(Last updated 20 June 2011)