State of Green Business

Powerful Essays
Topics: Sustainability
2013 by Joel Makower and the editors of GreenBiz.com

in partnership with

Contents
Sustainable Business Trends of 2013 The Index
Introduction

2013

06 14 21

01: Natural Capital

09 16 24

02: Risk & Resilience

11 19 28

Where Impacts Happen

38

Natural Capital

41

Company Performance

44

03: Corporate Reporting

04: The Sharing Economy

05: Commerce

Disclosure & Transparency

51

Corporate Leadership

57

More
06: M2M 07: Sustainable Apps 08: Materiality

Technology Convergence Shaping the Profession

27

35

Methodology

63 69
02

09: Company Goals

31

10: Peak Sustainability

33

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Introduction
In this, our sixth annual State of Green Business report, we’ve made some significant changes — not just in the look and feel of the document you’re reading, but in its content. First and foremost, we’ve partnered with Trucost, a leading research firm focusing on natural capital and sustainability metrics, to revamp the indicators by which we assess progress by the private sector in addressing global environmental challenges. In the spirit of continuous improvement, we scrapped the set of metrics we’d used for the previous five reports in favor of a more comprehensive and robust set that is global in scope. They cover companies’ natural capital costs, their supply-chain impacts, various measurements of transparency and disclosure, and other things. Unchanged is our Top Trends section, which looks at where the world of sustainable business is headed — the leading indicators of future progress. Our efforts mirror those of the business world we reflect: a work in progress. I hope you find insight and inspiration from this year’s report, and look forward to your feedback.

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