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Dec 2016

How to drive value from sustainability performance management and the CFO's role

Sustainability should be a strategic issue for any organisation as the benefits can be immense. Corporate sustainability contributes to business value whether through revenue generation, cost control, risk management, or building trust. CFOs, with their teams, must drive the performance of sustainability strategies in their organisations.

Drivers and meaningful outcomes relating to sustainability and its value can be measured by applying a sustainability performance management (SPM) framework. This demands well thought- out and consistent metrics, systematic process and appropriate use of technology.

The CFO is ideally placed to measure and help maximise business value from sustainability. The finance function has visibility into every part of the organisation and the CFO usually fulfils key compliance and risk management roles. CFOs who nurture the cross-functional skills of both sustainability and finance professionals and find ways for them to work seamlessly together will see more opportunities to grow value for stakeholders.

This tool is intended to help organisations uncover, measure and maximise the value from corporate sustainability. To achieve this Chartered Global Management Accountants must monitor activities using a sustainability performance management approach, and the five key steps to making this happen are outlined in this tool.

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Sustainability performance management (SPM) creates a system that ensures an organisation is sustainably managed and reaps the maximum business benefits from its sustainability efforts.

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