Corporate environmental reporting
Greenwashing by businesses in Australia
This report outlines the findings of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC’s) 2022 internet sweep of environmental claims. It details the key issues identified in the sweep, and provides an overview of the ACCC’s planned work relating to environmental claims and sustainability.
Consumers care about sustainability—and back it up with their wallets
Jordan Bar Am, Vinit Doshi, Anandi Malik, Steve Noble
A joint study from McKinsey and NielsenIQ examines sales growth for products that claim to be environmentally and socially responsible.
The consumer experience of green claims in Australia
Marketers and businesses are trying to tap into a growing desire of many Australians to actively look after people and planet when choosing consumer goods. This report looks at how consumers are currently experiencing 'green' claims and what, beyond strong enforcement actions by regulators against...
In December 2021, the Queensland Government’s Statewide Land and Tree Study (SLATS) released the most recent detections of forest and woodland destruction for 2018-19 using a new and more accurate methodology. This report analyses the 2018-19 SLATS data to quantify destruction of forested habitats for...
Responsible investment benchmark report Australia 2022
This report details the size, growth, depth and performance of the Australian responsible investment market from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021, and compares these results with the broader Australian financial market as well as concerns around the quality of sustainability claims and the...
Corporate climate transition plans: a guide to investor expectations
This paper was developed to detail what investors should expect of companies developing climate transition plans that are seeking alignment with net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner. It aims to provide guidance for companies creating these plans and an overarching framework for investors to...
Corporate climate responsibility monitor 2022
This report assesses the climate strategies of 25 major global companies, critically analysing the extent to which they demonstrate corporate climate leadership.
Climate disclosures: lessons from global trends for Aotearoa New Zealand
The purpose of this report is to consider emerging global best practice for standards on climate risk disclosure regimes and how they might be adopted into the incoming mandatory regime in New Zealand.
Climate governance study: risk and opportunity insights from Australian directors
This study reveals that Australian boards see climate change as a key strategic and risk issue, but face capacity and resource constraints in responding to the challenge.
A changing climate: what investors expect from company directors on climate risk
The objective of this report is to clearly articulate Australian investors’ expectations by detailing the experience, action and responsibilities required to constitute a climate competent board.
Building a net-zero future: Australian businesses taking science-based climate action
Throughout this report, the authors provide examples of how Australian businesses have developed a business case for adopting and implementing the science-based targets for net zero emissions.
Corporate action for 1.5 degrees: best practice for Australian company net zero commitments
Net zero commitments from companies demonstrate that climate action is on their agenda and that action is underway at that organisation. But, perhaps more importantly, they also normalise the corporate sector contributing to Australia reaching net zero emissions. This report was informed by an updated...
SDG measurement and disclosure 3.0: a study of ASX150 companies
This report will be of interest to investors, regulators, and other stakeholders to better understand how top public-listed Australian companies are relating to and managing the different Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The report provides an analysis of the SDG disclosure practices in 2020 by the...
Net zero momentum tracker: energy sector - May 2021
This report argues that Australia’s energy sector must accelerate its pace of decarbonisation if Australia is to reach net-zero emissions, in line with the global climate goals.
Coal-faced: exposing AGL as Australia’s biggest climate polluter
This report outlines the pivotal role that AGL plays in fuelling climate change in Australia, as the owner of the country’s most polluting coal burning power stations, and the environmental and economic benefits of AGL shifting to renewable energy.
REenergising Australian business
Last year, some of Australia’s biggest brands made the switch to 100% renewable electricity. Twenty-eight of Australia’s largest electricity-using companies and institutions have committed to source 100% of their electricity from renewable energy. This snapshot report outlines some of the highlights of 2020.
Net zero momentum tracker: resources sector - December 2020
This report analyses 22 of Australia’s biggest emitters within the resources sector. It evaluates each company’s alignment with the global goal of net zero emissions by 2050, based on its stated commitments and actions.
Promises, pathways and performance
To assess climate risk, investors require sufficiently granular climate-related disclosure to adequately understand their investment exposure and consider the impacts of transition and physical risks. This research provides an overview of the current state of climate-related disclosures in ASX200 companies.
Sustainability in the mining sector: current status and future trends
This report examines the context and state of sustainability reporting in the large-scale mining sector, with a specific focus on what governments have done to enhance the transparency of the sector.
Full disclosure: improving corporate disclosure on climate risk
This report captures the views of investors who are reading and using company reporting to inform investment decisions, manage portfolio level risk and set strategies for transitioning to net zero emissions. It sets out what investors expect from the next generation of climate reports, how...
SDG measurement and disclosure 2.0: a study of ASX150 companies
This report highlights the evolving quality of SDG reporting between 2018 and 2019 and identifies the Top 20 performing companies for SDG integration and disclosure for the 2019 reporting period.
Green Star in focus: the case for sustainable industrial buildings
Industrial buildings, such as warehouses and cold-store facilities, play a key logistical role in the smooth running of national and regional economies. It’s vital that these assets are future-proofed for the impacts of a changing climate and a low carbon economy.
REenergising Australian business
This report analyses the sector-by-sector potential job and renewable energy benefits if eighty of Australia’s top companies moved to 100% renewable energy.
Net zero momentum tracker: banking sector - October 2019
As investors and capital providers, banks are significant to Australia’s transition to a net zero emissions economy. This report finds that 85 per cent of the banks assessed are taking steps to reduce their investment and lending portfolio emissions, but that these commitments are not...
SDG measurement and disclosure by ASX150
This research report, which is a collaboration between RMIT and the Global Compact Network Australia, provides an analysis on how the SDGs are measured and disclosed in their annual and/or sustainability reports by the top 150 Australian public-listed companies (ASX150).