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Social responsibility aside, there are good reasons for companies to build sustainability into their corporate strategy. Here’s elaborating on some of them as we kick off our ‘Sustainability Month’...

Allianz SE
München, Mar 06, 2017

In April, Allianz will launch its ‘Sustainability Report’, which gives an overview of where we’ve been and where we’re going. In addition to highlighting our sustainable solutions, emerging customers and renewable energy investments, the report identifies areas where there is room for growth.

In the run-up to the report, we’re launching our ‘Sustainability Month’, during which we will elaborate on our focus areas under the topic.

But isn’t sustainability only for environmentalists and charity organizations? The answer is a loud ‘No!’ Every company and every individual needs to care about sustainability and understand what it takes to meet the needs of the present without compromising those of the future.

Here are the top reasons why sustainability should be at the core of every corporate strategy...

It opens up new markets


Think Africa and India. The first thing that comes to mind is population.

Assisting in the growth of emerging markets and undeveloped segments of society can provide companies with untapped markets with great potential. Addressing social inclusion, for example, also means helping the growth of new customers and reaching wider audiences, as more people earn better livelihoods and expand their horizons.

Partnerships do more than just grant access to potential customers. They lead to more stable societies, which in turn creates more resilient markets.

When companies help shape an untapped market, they are usually first movers when it comes to launching new products. So, identifying new markets goes hand in hand with developing new product solutions.

It offers new revenue streams


Sustainability helps drive innovation. For example, the challenge of climate change is also an opportunity for creative thinking.

Think Allianz’s multi-peril crop insurance: it combines satellite data with real-time data on crop development and potential weather impact to protect customers against crop failure risk.

Insurers, like Allianz, who underwrite these risks also benefit from these sustainable solutions.

Alternative investments, such as those in renewable energy and emerging markets infrastructure, not only contribute to a low-carbon economy, but also provide new avenues for revenue generation.

It helps mitigate risks


From social to environmental to political, companies face a number of risks while doing business.

If companies build sustainability into their corporate plans, they can better weather the proverbial storms. For example: Responsible investments, such as those in renewable energy, provide sound and stable long-term returns that are generally not linked to the ups and downs of financial markets, while investments in coal-based business models face strong market and regulatory risks.

Allianz’s environmental, social and governance (ESG) scoring approach was developed in collaboration with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and an ESG rating agency to  better account for sustainability risks and opportunities in investment decisions.

In December last year, we unveiled the ‘Allianz ESG Scoring Approach’, which measures the sustainability performance of over 8,000 companies and governments on 37 key parameters, such as greenhouse gas emissions, rated energy efficiency, occupational safety and data protection issues, among others.

It resonates with customers


Today, business is not just about selling a product or a service. It’s also about creating an emotional connection with the customer. With more customers turning socially-conscious, companies have to create a positive image to win them over. 

Studies show that millennials (18- to 35-year-olds) – a very large demographic globally – identify more with brands that they perceive as socially responsible. Partnerships can also help shape customer preferences. Companies that partner with global organizations and NGOs such as SOS Children's Villages can instill strong brand connections in the minds of customers.   

Other stakeholders such as employees, suppliers and shareholders also stand to benefit from such steps. The right programs and initiatives attract and retain the right employees and partners, which is essential for the long-term success of any business.

It's a long-term solution


Sustainable companies are, by definition, able to endure – be it climate change, political instability or volatile markets.

With sustainable business practices comes value for all stakeholders as well as a stable financial performance.

By liaising with governments, NGOs and other financial institutions, companies such as Allianz can positively shape the macroeconomic environment they operate in.

The main message: when companies are agile and think ahead, they are able to address the challenges of today and embrace the future of tomorrow.

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