Issue No. 9
Summer 2012
Analysts' Insights

Building Sustainable Development in Myanmar

Farnam Bidgoli - Sustainalytics

Kris Douma - MN

Anna Pot - APG Asset Management



Farnam Bidgoli

Analyst, Advisory Services


On May 1, Sustainalytics analyst Farnam Bidgoli visited Yangon, Myanmar for the launch of the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC) in that country. Given the recent developments there was much excitement about the potential business and investment opportunities in Myanmar. Although there are a number of challenges, many in the international community remain "cautiously optimistic" about Myanmar's future.

Institutional investors Kris Douma of MN and Anna Pot of AGP Asset Management also attended the event and, along with Farnam, have shared their perspective in a recent article which was featured on Responsible Investor. Follow the link to read the full article - Building Sustainable Investment in Myanmar: Institutional Investors Report Back.



 Are Apple's supply chain commitments enough to sway the industry?

Matthew Barg, Associate Analyst, Sustainalytics
Matthew Barg
Associate Analyst

Matthew Barg


Technology leader Apple has recently announced that third-party audits of its supply chain will be conducted by the Fair Labour Association. The company has also recently released a list of its suppliers. Though a step in the right direction, civil society and some investors are skeptical about Apple's motives and whether it will follow through on its commitments. Sustainalytics' associate analyst Matthew Barg shares his insight on Apple's supply chain commitments. Follow the link to read the full article.





Sustainalytics' Perspective


Maclean's and Sustainalytics Name Canada's Top 50 Socially Responsible Corporations

Maclean's magazine   

For the fourth consecutive year Maclean's magazine, Canada's most popular current affairs publication and Sustainalytics have collaborated to determine the top 50 socially responsible corporations in Canada. The companies selected are among the leaders in their sectors and show strong performance in areas such as environmental initiatives, impact on local communities, treatment of employees and supply chain management. This year's list hits newsstands on June 14 and will also be available online at



Green Rankings Methodology Webinar - June 11

Newsweek Green Rankings   

Newsweek, Sustainalytics and Trucost will be holding an online workshop for the companies being researched for the 2012 Green Rankings. The hour-long webinar will cover the methodology and research process as well as answer any questions companies might have. Anyone affiliated with or representing a company that will be researched for the Green Rankings is invited to attend.


Click to register for the workshop.
Click here to find out which companies will be researched this year.


Learn more about this year's green rankings by visiting our webpage:



Ceres/Sustainalytics report finds improvement is needed in U.S. corporate sustainability

Ceres CoverCeres and Sustainalytics recently published The Road to 2020: Corporate Progress on the Ceres Roadmap for Sustainability. The report assesses 600 of the largest publicly traded U.S. companies on their governance, stakeholder engagement, disclosure and performance on leading social and environmental issues.

For more information about the report and to watch Michael Jantzi's interview at the Ceres Conference, or to read Ceres President Mind Lubber's articles on the road to sustainability, please visit our webpage:


Analyst Briefings - Unconventional Oil and Gas Webinar:
Deepwater and Arctic Drilling

 Deeper and Colder: Deepwater and Arctic Hydrocarbon Development 

If you haven't done so already, register for Sustainalytics' upcoming webinar on deepwater and arctic drilling. On June 13, associate analyst Alberto Serna Martin will outline some of the potential risks to investors in this sector and possible avenues for engagement. The webinar will be moderated by Hugh Wheelan of Responsible Investor and will include insights from responsible investors.


To register for the webinar click hereSpace is limited. Reserve you spot today!


Follow the link to the full report Deeper and Colder: The Impacts and Risks of Deepwater and Arctic Hydrocarbon Development.

Inside Sustainalytics


SIO Conference 

Canadian Responsible Investment Conference - June 18-20, Montreal  


The focus of this year's conference is SRI +20; a look at the future opportunities and challenges of responsible investing. Among the list of distinguished guest speakers are former Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin and Chair of the Principles for Responisible Investment Wolfgang Engshuber, live via video link from the Rio +20 conference. The Canadian Responsible Investment Conference promises to be a great opportunity to learn about the latest SRI developments and examine the future of responsible investment.


Don't forget to vote for the Canadian SRI Distinguished Service Award. The winner will be announced at the conference gala dinner on June 19. Previous winners include Sustainalytics CEO Michael Jantzi and Jane Ambachtsheer of Mercer


Sustainalytics and Responsible Investment Group Inc. will also be co-hosting the conference party following the awards dinner. Stay tuned for more details. 

In this issue
Analysts' Insights
Sustainalytics' Perspective
Inside Sustainalytics
Sustainalytics in the Media
Meet Sustainalytics in your Region

Canadian Responsible Investment Conference

18-20 June, 2012

Montreal, Canada


Sustainalytics Pool-side Cocktail Party

27 June, 2012

Rio De Janeiro


PRI in Person

28-29 June, 2012
Rio De Janeiro


8th Responsible Investment Conference

30-31 August, 2012

Melbourne, Australia


ATRI Conference

28 September - 1 October, 2012

Toronto, Canada


To view more events, click here

TSSS Events  

"The Sustainability Advantage" Book Launch with Bob Willard

20 June, 2012


To view more events in the Toronto Sustainability Speaker Series, click here.


Sustainalytics in the Media 


Watch Michael's interview at Ceres 2012

Michael Jantzi at Ceres Conference 2012
Michael Jantzi at Ceres Conference 2012


Check out a host of other videos featuring Sustainalytics team members on our new Youtube channel: Sustainalytics Live


Road to 2020 Coverage


The Ceres and Sustainalytics joint report received wide coverage when it was released at the Ceres conference in April. Articles written by Ceres President Mindy Lubber were featured on You can read her thoughts on U.S. corporate sustainability here and here.

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