11 Jun '12, 1pm

The new language of sustainability: materiality and risk

The new language of sustainability: materiality and risk

"Materiality” is becoming part of the fabric of sustainable business. For the uninitiated, materiality is an accounting or auditing term that refers to the estimated effect that a given piece of information may have on a company’s value—its current or future stock price, for example. If a CEO has been diagnosed with a terminal disease; if a company is being investigated for bribery by a government agency; if its profit or loss needs to be restated by a significant amount—all are examples of something that is “material,” from an investor or stakeholder point of view. So, when does sustainability become a materiality issue? This is a question that is rising up through investor communities, from so-called socially responsible investors, to mainstream pension funds and university endowments, to Wall Street stock analysts, and the regulatory agencies that oversee publicly trade...

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