Must-Read Business Reports on Sustainability
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Top 10 Must-Read business reports to help you improve your understanding of Sustainable Business and how this can be best accomplished.

The importance of Sustainability in Business has gained serious attention in the last few years as the triple bottom line for profit-based organisations – economics, society and environment – continue to become ever more intertwined.

1. A New Era of Sustainability: CEO Study (2010)

UN Global Compact & Accenture

A comprehensive survey of nearly 800 CEO’s from over 100 countries around the world, uncovering their views on Sustainability within Business. Also includes extensive interviews with the world’s top 50 leading CEO’s.

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2. The Knowledge Based Bio-Economy in Europe: Achievement & Challenges (2010)

Clever Consult

An in-depth analysis of the achievements made through the Knowledge Based Bio-Economy (KBBE), which was set up by the European Commission to improve growth and sustainability within the bio-based industries of Europe. Future challenges are also presented in this report.

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3. Global Cleantech 100 (2012)

Cleantech Group LLC

A list of the top 100 private companies in clean technology. These companies represent the most innovative and promising ideas in cleantech, whittled down from over 6,000 entries by an expert panel.

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4. End Market Alchemy: Expanding perspectives to drive growth in the global chemical industry (2011)


A global economics assessment of how the chemical industry end markets might fair in the midst of another economic downturn, and what they could do to avoid the risk of slowed or negative growth.

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5. The Sustainability Yearbook (2013)


An overview of the last 10 years of Corporate Sustainability reporting by RobecoSAM, and how they believe the market trend will change and develop in the future.

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6. Expect the Unexpected: Building business value in a changing world (2012)


In this report, KPMG’s network of firms analyses a system of ten Sustainability ‘megaforces’ that it believes will impact all businesses over the next 20 years.

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7. McKinsey on Chemicals (2012)


An annual report that contains various articles on the subject of Sustainability and value-creation within the chemicals industry.

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8. Bio-based Chemicals: Value Added Products from Bio-Refineries (2012)

IEA Bioenergy

This report focuses on the main bio-based chemicals that can be co-produced with biofuels in integrated biorefinery facilities, and how this may add value to the production process. Predictions for market growth and the economic benefits of this co-production for a bio-based economy are investigated.

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9. Green Chemistry (2011)

Pike Research

Representative companies from the following three segments are profiled in this report: waste minimisation in the conventional synthetic chemical processes; green replacements for conventional chemical products; chemical and material production using renewable feedstocks. The report looks at how the employment of Sustainability and Green Chemistry in the industry will grow in the coming decades.

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10. Best Global Green Brands (2013)


Each year Interbrand rank the top Global Green Brands Based using their positive or negative ‘gap’ approach. The brands are rated on several elements based on their performance and perception within the scope of Sustainability.

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