Publications

Press Release – Launch of Consultation Phase

Index Initiative, Aviva, the United Nations Foundation, and the Business and Sustainable Development Commission will today launch the consultation phase of the World Benchmarking Alliance (WBA) at the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in New York. This global multi-stakeholder initiative will develop and publish free to access, publicly available benchmarks ranking companies on their sustainability performance and contributions towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Access to Internet Index – Feasibility Study

Index Initiative studied the feasibility of developing an “Access to Internet Index”. What is the role of mobile operators in bridging the digital divide? The study concludes there is a strong case for developing this index as mobile Internet is now the dominant access mode in developing countries.

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Seafood Stewardship Index – Feasibility Study

This “Seafood Stewardship Index” feasibility study focuses on the role of leading seafood companies in promoting stewardship of natural resources and production chains. Seafood companies have an important role in enabling the transition to a more sustainable seafood production system, so there is a strong case for developing this index.

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Oil and Gas Decarbonization Index – Feasibility Study

For the feasibility study of an “Oil and Gas Decarbonization Index”, Index Initiative focused on the role of oil and gas companies in decarbonizing the energy system. There is a strong case for developing this index as the burning of fossil fuels is a major contributor to climate change. Oil and gas accounts for over half of the CO2 emissions related to the combustion of fossil fuels. As major energy providers and due to the fact that oil and gas will remain needed as an energy source in the foreseeable future, oil and gas companies have an important role in the low-carbon transition.

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Sustainable Agricultural Commodity Index – Feasibility Study

Index Initiative has done a study to assess the feasibility of developing a “Sustainable Agricultural Commodity Index”. This feasibility study focused on the role of agricultural commodity traders in promoting more sustainable and inclusive agriculture. There is a strong case for developing this index, since agricultural commodity traders present a highly concentrated segment of the agriculture and food value chain, connecting millions of farmers, including smallholders, to international markets.

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Report: EU Green Week stakeholder event

Index Initiative organized a seminar in Brussel on the 31st of May, 2017 to gather stakeholders’ perspectives on the role of oil and gas companies in greening the energy system to consult stakeholders on actions that oil and gas companies can take to advance Sustainable Development Goal 13 (climate action). Representatives from the European Parliament, investors, civil society, the research community and energy companies participated in this seminar. The seminar was hosted by the Brussels office of Burson- Marsteller and facilitated by Karel Beckman, owner and editor of the news provider Energy Post.

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Event: Big Oil Going Green?

Can major oil and gas companies become green energy companies and fuel the green economy? If so, what should they do to enable this transition? What is the role of stakeholders such as investors, customers and policymakers? Can an index (benchmark) support this process by providing insights on corporate performance and progress to key stakeholders? We are keen to discuss these questions with you during our event on May 31 in Brussels.

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Report: First Stakeholder Roundtable Seafood Stewardship Index

On December 13 and 14 Index Initiative organized the first Seafood Stewardship Index roundtable in Jakarta to consult stakeholders on input for the methodology of the Index. Representatives of international seafood companies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments, academic institutions and independent experts participated
in this roundtable. The event was co-hosted by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Indonesia in Jakarta.

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Report: Unraveling the Role of The Private Sector

Index Initiative published its landscape study ‘Unraveling the Role of The Private Sector’ in 2015. This study identifies for 15 industries where they are best positioned to contribute to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Based on these finding Index Initiative selected five industries for a future feasibility study.

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