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Corporate Sustainability: A Progress Report

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Corporate Sustainability Definition & Survey Methodology

Corporate Sustainability: A Progress Report is a 'KPMG’s Climate Change & Sustainability Services practice' research paper, conducted in cooperation with the Economist Intelligence Unit. It reviews the importance of sustainability within business today and executive’s attitudes toward this issue. For the purpose of the report, corporate sustainability is defined as “adopting business strategies that meet the needs of the enterprise and its stakeholders today while sustaining the resources, both human and natural, that will be needed in the future.”

© 2011 KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Member firms of the KPMG network of independent firms are affiliated with KPMG International. KPMG International provides no client services. No member firm has any authority to obligate or bind KPMG International or any other member firm vis-à-vis third parties, nor does KPMG International have any such authority to obligate or bind any member firm. All rights reserved.

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Corporate Sustainability Definition & Survey Methodology

The report was based on input from the following:
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Global survey of 378 senior executives Senior executives encompassing range of industries Geographical split among North America (US and Canada), Asia Pacific and Europe, with a smaller representation from the Middle East, Africa and Latin America 40% of respondents worked for firms with revenues of at least US $1 billion, 47% firms with revenues of US $500 million or less

Survey has global perspective
(% of respondents located in each region)

11% 29% 28%

North America Europe Asia-Pacific Rest of World 32%

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit survey, October 2010
© 2011 KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Member firms of the KPMG network of independent firms are affiliated with KPMG International. KPMG International provides no client services. No member firm has any authority to obligate or bind KPMG International or any other member firm vis-à-vis third parties, nor does KPMG International have any such authority to obligate or bind any member firm. All rights reserved.

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Highlights of the survey

This report examines the impact of sustainability on business practices, the role that government is playing, how firms are reporting on this issue and the challenges ahead. Some of its key findings include:









Sustainability has moved up the corporate agenda over the past three years  62% of companies surveyed have a strategy for corporate sustainability Sustainability’s main drivers are changing  Regulatory requirements, brand enhancement and risk management remain key drivers of sustainability, cost reduction is also a key rationale Sustainability is being viewed as a source of innovation – and new growth  44% of executives agree that sustainability is a source of innovation, and 39% see it as a source of new business opportunities Firms are increasingly measuring- and reporting – their sustainability performance  Just over 36% of companies polled have issued at least one public report on sustainability

© 2011 KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. Member firms of the KPMG network of independent firms are affiliated with KPMG International. KPMG International provides no client services. No member firm has any authority to obligate or bind KPMG International or any other member firm vis-à-vis third parties, nor does KPMG International have any such authority to obligate or bind any member firm. All rights reserved.

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Sustainability as a source of innovation and growth

“All issues of sustainability will be solved...
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