Unformatted text preview: ift toward a greater corporate focus on sustainability—particularly toward sustainabilityrelated actions that have an immediate impact on the bottom line. At the same time, several respondents
in the broader survey group lamented having to meet higher-than-normal criteria for sustainability
investments. They told us that it was increasingly difﬁcult to maintain investments in the current ﬁnancial
environment because of limited access to capital. The issue we have this year is how do you continue to make progress
w ithout the capital that you’ve had in the past?
vice president of sustainability and environment, health, and safety, Alcoa Opinions Diverge on Some Aspects of Sustainability
Although the points above reﬂect a strong convergence of views on the overarching question of
sustainability’s impact on business, signiﬁcant divergence in opinion arose regarding particular aspects of
sustainability. We highlight some of the most noteworthy differences below.
Self-identiﬁed sustainability experts viewed the topic differently than those who considered themselves
novices in the area. We asked corporate respondents in t...
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