Markets working to support sustainable development

Sustainability metrics and reporting

Green Watch

The Green Watch program entails the collection of information regarding the environmental performance of companies which are then graded using a colour coding system. This information is then publicly distributed to remove information asymmetries between polluters and groups such as consumers and citizens, hopefully resulting in polluters changing their behaviour.

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Industrial EcoWatch

The Industrial EcoWatch has two primary objectives:To promote mandatory self-monitoring and compliance with environmental standards and to encourage voluntary self-regulation among establishments for improved environmental performance by:• encouraging pollution-reduction beyond compliance through public recognition and praise, and• creating incentives for dischargers and/or producers.To build or enhance the capability of establishments and/or their associations for self- regulation by:• developing internal environmental management systems, and• promoting the use of international environment

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Global Reporting Initiative (G4)

The Global Reporting Initiative's (GRI) declared mission is to promote sustainability reporting so that it is of an equivalent standing to financial reporting in rigour, comparability, auditability and general acceptance.

CDP Forests Program (formerly Forest Footprint Disclosure Project)

CDP is a non-profit organisation that works to transform the way the world does business so as to prevent climate change and portect natural resources. As part of this mission, CDP's forests program helps companies and their investors to understand and address the risk of deforestation by requiring companies to provide data so that investors can judge how they are managing their exposure to deforestation.

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TruCost

TruCost is a sustainability reporting MGM that helps organisations to measure and manage the environmental impacts associated with their operations, supply chains and investment portfolios. As part of this, they collect data on carbon, water, waste, metals and chemicals. But they don't only focus on reporting on the physical environmental impact in quantitative terms; they also place a monetary value on any impacts found.

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Carbon and ESG Indexes in Australia, Hong Kong & Mainland China

There are two distinct parts of the business; carbon analytics and data for Australian companies interested in emissions data and carbon emissions trading, and Environment, Social, and Governance performance indicator data for mainland China and Asia. 

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FTSE 4 Good Index Series

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Social, Environmental and Governance Performance Indicators

The FTSE 4 Good Index Series are a number of multi-criteria performance metrics developed by FTSE 4 Good. The project began with the FTSE 4 Good UK and European indicies, which track companies' performance towards social, environmental, and governance indicators responsibility standards. Now the FTSE 4 Good has expanded its range of indices to  include other regions (e.g. Australia; added in 2008) industries that were previously excluded outright (e.g. infant formulas, 2010; and uranium extraction, 2006). 

 

Dow Jones Sustainability Indices

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices comprise a number of indices all focused around the same methodology covering leading companies in markets across the globe in terms of sustainability performance.

Standard & Poor’s Carbon & ESG Indices

Standard & Poor are major providers of worldwide  financial information provision and today operate in 23 countries. They currently provide information and ratings ranging from equity markets to the risk of national bonds.  Standard & Poor offer four indices related to Carbon and Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG):

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