Climate Change and Sustainability Services
In today’s rapidly changing economic environment and the confidence crunch, companies are giving increasing attention to business reputation – and larger companies are looking to be good and green. Most companies understand that focusing exclusively on the financial aspects of business is not enough for success. Building up social capital and a proactive approach to corporate social responsibility (CSR) not only promote a company’s image, but also strengthen the trust of shareholders, investors, government agencies and other stakeholders. An effective management system for environmental, social and ethical performance can help make balanced decisions, focus on the areas essential for strategy implementation and ensure the maximal yield of realized projects. Ernst & Young provides the following corporate social responsibility and sustainability services:
- Strategic advisory, including CSR strategy and program development, as well as support in the development of management systems and relevant KPIs
- Support in the development and further improvement of non-financial reporting systems and processes, as well as in the preparation of non-financial reports
- Independent assurance of non-financial reports in accordance with international standards
- Advisory on climate change, including strategy development and the introduction of relevant tools and controls, as well as the verification of greenhouse gas emissions
- Assessment of the company’s environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks and liabilities.
The future of global carbon markets
How will current carbon markets evolve without a global climate agreement? How will the Durban Platform affect markets in the future? We help you prepare.
Why don’t you ‘like’ me?
Social media is transforming environmental campaigns targeting unsustainable corporate behavior. Learn about managing risk in the age of sustainability and social media
Preparing for water scarcity
Are companies and investors thinking strategically enough about the profound business risks of water scarcity? Learn more about water issues today for sustainable development.
Can the market economy function without environmental transparency?
Authored by the Economist Intelligence Unit, our latest article concludes that free market economies rely on transparency and information and that there is a need to incorporate environmental impacts into the price system.
Six growing trends in corporate sustainability
Sustainability efforts are well integrated at many companies. We explore key trends and next steps organizations can take to move them forward even further.
Into the unknown: climate change post Durban
We examine the outcomes from the UN Climate Change Conference and address specific questions business should consider.
Durban: Is the future of climate change policy turning?
The battle against climate change is at a crucial turning point, with the world’s climate negotiators soon convening in Durban, South Africa, to determine the future of international climate change policy. We assess the prospects for success, analyze issues that need to be addressed and outline implication for business.
How sustainability has expanded the CFO's role
Investors, business customers and other stakeholders have shown a growing desire to connect a company's financial performance to its social and environmental impact (the organization's "triple bottom line"). CFOs are getting involved in the management, measurement and reporting of the companies' sustainability activities. This involvement has expanded the CFO's role - learn more from our recent survey.
Seven questions for CEOs and boards considering sustainability reporting
Although sustainability reporting is voluntary, the broad trend is towards greater disclosure. Here are seven things that CEOs and boards should ask in order to prepare for the possibility of reporting on sustainability for the first time, or to improve their existing reports by enhancing data collection processes.
Top five highly charged risk areas
Climate change and sustainability efforts open avenues for making and saving money, but also make organizations vulnerable to a wide variety of risks. For the Internal Audit function, identifying and understanding these risks and how they affect the organization is critical.
Ready or not, here comes sustainability
Customer demand is driving sustainability. Recent responses from governments, corporations and investors demonstrate that the demand for sustainability is being heard loud and clear. But corporations face a daunting challenge. Can they evolve their business processes rapidly enough to keep pace with changing customer attitudes about sustainability of the products and services they purchase and the partners they choose to work with?
How Ernst & Young is reducing its own environmental impact
Ernst & Young has implemented five environmentally friendly initiatives, including measuring our own carbon footprint. See all five.