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Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Quants: Point-in-Time Data for Backtesting

Friday, December 28, 2018
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Thursday, December 27, 2018
A Reminder on Non-GAAP Reporting Rules

Monday, December 17, 2018
Researching PG&E’s Wildfire Risk

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Tracking Brexit Disclosures

Thursday, December 6, 2018
Campbell Soup: Looking Behind the Label

Sunday, December 2, 2018
SEC Comment Letters: The Amazon Example

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Measuring Big Pharma’s Chemical Dependency

Monday, November 26, 2018
Analysts, Can You Relate? A True Story

Monday, November 19, 2018
Digging Up Historical Trend Data: Quest Example

Sunday, November 11, 2018
Cost of Revenue, SG&A: Q3 Update

Monday, November 5, 2018
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Saturday, November 3, 2018
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PTC and Two Tales of Revenue

Tuesday, October 30, 2018
10-K/Q Section Text Change Detection

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Finding Purchase Price Allocation

Sunday, October 21, 2018
Charting Netflix Growth in Three Ways

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Interesting Data on Interest Income

Thursday, October 11, 2018
The Decline of Sears in Three Charts

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Calcbench recently received yet another inquiry about sustainability; a hot topic as of late. A client wanted to know, “Are companies disclosing information on sustainability and UN Sustainable Development Goals?”

The answer: Yes.

For some context, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a collection of 17 global goals determined by the United Nations, covering a wide range of social and economic issues, to help guide member states as they frame their agendas and political policies.

Just as we did in a Quick Look at ‘Corporate Sustainability’ and More on Researching Sustainability, we used Calcbench’s Interactive Disclosure Tool to run a text search on the following keywords:

• “Corporate sustainability”

• “Sustainable Development Goals”

• “Global Compact”

• “Corporate Social Responsibility”

Mentions of sustainability were found within annual reports in proxy statements, business description and risk factors. Below are two examples:

Tetra Tech (TTEK)

Pfizer (PFE)

“Corporate Sustainability” and “Corporate Social Responsibility” were the top mentioned terms in our search, however, there were <20 mentions of SDGs from 2016-2017.

Companies that did mention SDG within their corporate filings:

Overall, it appears that sustainability mentions were significantly reduced in 2017.*

*Information based on Q1 – Q3 2017 v FY 2016

So although companies are in fact reporting sustainability in corporate filings, mentions (so far) are down in 2017. And while companies are disclosing a range of sustainability initiatives, few focused on SDG’s, specifically.

Whatever sustainability inquires you might have, we’ve got the data. Make it your own.

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