GLRPPR Sector Resource: Six Growing Trends in Corporate Sustainability 
Six Growing Trends in Corporate Sustainability 
Our 2013 survey looked at how companies are responding to a wide range of internal and external forces related to environmental sustainability risks and how well companies are prepared to address them.
Six trends emerged:
-- The "tone from the top" is key to heightened awareness and preparedness for sustainability risks.
-- Governments and multilateral institutions aren't playing a key role in corporate sustainability agendas.
-- Sustainability concerns now include increased risk and proximity of natural resource shortages.
-- Corporate risk response is not well paired to the scale of sustainability challenges.
-- Integrated reporting is slow to take hold.
-- Inquiries from investors and shareholders are on the rise.
The survey tells us that companies' response and approach to sustainability issues are influenced significantly by the "tone from the top" - that is, how and how much senior management are engaged in the conversation.
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