News and notes this week from the world of sustainability and CSR.

Gaining Value from External Assurance of Sustainability Reporting

WBCSD (World Business Council for Sustainable Devlopment) has released it’s latest publication analyzing findings from the external assurance practices of its members. The report finds value to businesses which transparently report on their activities, particularly when externally assured, are delivering significant business value. http://wbcsdpublications.org/project/generating-value-from-external-assurance-of-sustainability-reporting/

Elwha: Roaring Back to Life

Cool report from the Seattle Times on developments in the Elwha watershed after the removal of a dam. The area is busting with new life and natural development. The first run of local salmon is eagerly anticipated, as spring approaches. At CSRWeek, we love to see these sorts of reports which show the impact of sustainable change. http://projects.seattletimes.com/2016/elwha/

Feb 20 is World Day of Social Justice

The UN General Assembly proclaimed 20 February as World Day of Social Justice back in 2007, inviting Member States to devote the day to promoting national activities in accordance with the objectives and goals of the World Summit for Social Development and the twenty-fourth session of the General Assembly. Observance of World Day of Social Justice should support efforts of the international community in poverty eradication, the promotion of full employment and decent work, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice for all. http://www.un.org/en/events/socialjusticeday/index.shtml

Fiji becomes the 1st country to ratify the Paris COP21 Agreement

According to a report at Eco Business, Fiji has become the first country in the world to formally approve the UN climate deal agreed by 195 nations in Paris in December. It’s fantastic of course for Fiji, but at the same time a bit sad that other countries are acting more quickly. http://www.eco-business.com/news/fiji-becomes-the-first-country-to-ratify-paris-agreement/

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