The Shifting Landscape of Raters & Rankers: What’s Next?
Criticism of ESG ratings & ranker agencies is not new. As ESG has grown in popularity, gained support and attention, it has dually encountered reasonable doubt and criticism. And, what's to come as regulation shifts for the forefront?
5 Takeaways from New York Climate Week 2023
It is evident that no single business or organization can tackle climate change on its own. Collaboration and co-creation are key to making a significant impact. This year’s Climate Week theme, “We Can. We Will.” spoke directly to that—leaving no room for misunderstanding that our window to act is closing slowly.
4 Reasons Why Annual Reports Still Matter
We've been hearing about the imminent demise of the annual report for over 25 years. But, it’s not dying — just evolving. It's a chance to stand out.
5 Rules for Message Clarity
Simple, powerful ideas differentiate you, build trust, and reinforce your brand. So how do you achieve clarity?
7 Strategies for Effective Sustainability Communications
Whether you’re looking to engage employees, create a sustainability report or level-up ESG communication efforts — these strategies will help to avoid common pitfalls.
9 SEO Tips: Help Your Website be Discovered
9 tips to getting better visibility on search engines via SEO.
Navigating “Anti-ESG” When Communicating Sustainability/ESG
To say ESG has hit a rough patch would be an understatement.
How to Tell a Story with Data
For your communications to have real impact, they need context and narrative, as well as visuals, to help them translate the data into insight, and insight into action.
Put AI to Work for your Sustainability Communications
We’ve been closely following how AI may impact sustainability/ESG and communications and have even tested a few of the AI tools within our own workflows.
The 5 Essentials of Visual Branding
The essential aspects of visual brand identity are a brand mark, color, typeface, graphics and imagery. Here’s what you need to know.
What’s Trending in 2023 Sustainability/ESG Reports
Given the current headwinds in ESG, we were curious if the recent cultural shifts have affected the last cycle of Sustainability/ESG reports.
5 Ideas for Engaging Employees in Sustainability
Communicating your sustainability efforts to employees — and getting them engaged in success — can be challenging. Here are 5 ideas to use.
4 Strategies for Differentiated Imagery in Your Sustainability/ESG Communications
While sustainability/ESG storytelling relies on words, the images you choose ultimately help or hinder your communications. Proprietary imagery will build your brand, add depth to your content, and differentiate you from your peers.
Maximize your Sustainability/ESG Report Content: 6 Ideas to Use Today
Your Sustainability/ESG Report has been released into the world. Now what? Amplify your messages, make more of your investment, and reach and engage a larger audience.
Who are the 7 Key Audiences for your Sustainability/ESG Report?
More stakeholders are asking for more information on more topics. But who is looking for this information, and why?
A Roadmap for Your First Sustainability/ESG Report
With the new SEC rules to be published at any moment, you might be thinking about creating that first report, or improving the "starter" report you have.
5 Tips for Creating Your First Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report
Companies publishing a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) report are multiplying. Here are the basics, and how to get started.
Is One Report the Right Solution for ESG?
There is ever growing pressure to disclose—and explain—more. When is all of it, all in one place, just too much?
Who’s on a Successful Reporting Team?
Publishing a Sustainability, ESG, or Integrated Report is definitely a team effort.
Why NOW Is the Best Time to Start Your NEXT Sustainability/ESG Report
Reporting is cyclical. And when done right it helps the business leaders make better decisions. So, whatever phase you are in, it’s a good time to start thinking ahead.
2022 Trends in Corporate Reports Whitepaper
We look deeply into reports: at the emergence of additional audience- or topic-based reports, what frameworks are being used, how progress is reported, and who's talking about Net Zero as well as engagement in financial annual reports.
The SEC and Your ESG/Sustainability Report
For companies engaged in improving on ESG factors oversight, accountability, and some standardization will be ok in the end. Here are a few guidelines.
Options for Your ESG/Sustainability Digital Hub
All companies need to address Sustainability, ESG and Corporate Responsibility on the web. What's the best approach for you?
The Difference Between ESG and Sustainability, and Why It Matters
ESG and Sustainability are similar, but distinct. Ensuring common understanding within your organization will help align people and resources to common goals, and make communications easier.
Rebranding Insights: An Interview With Stephen Guerra, Executive Director of the Bronx Conservatory of Music
Professional branding is a foundation for growth, an asset for any organization that wants to further its mission, raise its profile and expand its audience.
5 Design Ideas to Improve Your ESG or Sustainability Report
These visual design ideas can improve your report's usefulness and ease access to information you want audiences to find.
So Many Reporting Frameworks, So Little Time! 2019 GRI, IIRC, SASB
Reporting season is kicking into high gear. Confused about frameworks? How best to approach your report? Here's an overview, with infographic for quick reference.
Telling a Credible ESG Story
When you do what you said you'd do, and communicate it well, you have your credible ESG story.
Stop AAPI Hate
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month. As we celebrate, the AAPI communities are also grappling with unspeakable hate crimes that continue to escalate daily. In NYC alone, AAPI hate crimes are up 45%. 150% across the country. Our most vulnerable have been subject to brutal attacks that come out of nowhere because of fear, misinformation and racist rhetoric. […]
Get More ROI From Your Corporate Website
Your corporate website should build your reputation, your business and value for your company. Are you making the most of the opportunity?
Why it’s Time for a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Report
You may be surprised to find you have rich Diversity, Equity & Inclusion content already, it just needs crafting into a cohesive story.
How to Break Through: Reaching Key Sustainability Audiences
What's their interest level? How do they consume information? It’s possible to design your communications for maximum effect.
IOP at Twenty
What a 20 years it has been! It hasn’t been a predictable ride, but it has never been boring.
Web Accessibility Matters to Everyone
Prioritizing digital accessibility—equal access—has never been more important, and it benefits everyone.
Our Purpose is Stronger Than Ever
We believe everyone deserves to be treated fairly and equally, with respect and with dignity.
Explain “Why” on your Website
The job of your website is changing. Companies must explain their "Why": their purpose and commitments.
How We Approach Web Development
IOP is driven by strategy, information architecture, visual design and user experience. We consult with clients on the best approach to the web development.
Why WordPress when we are focused on custom sites? 8 reasons why the answer is often WordPress, vs. Drupal or other CMS platforms.
Demystifying the Branding Process
Demystify the branding process for companies considering – and perhaps feeling daunted by the idea of – a rebrand.
The Soul of Your Report: Performance or Purpose?
What's best practice? Performance is the data, numbers and results. Purpose is the why, the narrative and long-term view. Here’s why your Sustainability, ESG, CSR, or Financial report needs to present both effectively.
Ideas On Purpose is a certified diverse business.
We are proud to announce that we are officially certified as an LGBT Business Enterprise (LGBTBE®) through the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) Supplier Diversity Initiative.
3 Building Blocks to Optimize Your Website
What are the characteristics of a good website? Beautiful and easy to use… should be everyone’s goal.
19 Years of Ideas, on Purpose
Nineteen years ago purpose held many meanings for us, but intention was foremost.
Whitepaper: 2019 Trends in Corporate Reporting
With a brighter spotlight on corporate purpose and creating value for employees, communities and investors — the demand for accountability is growing. A CSR/Sustainability Report is now the norm. But, what’s in one? And, does anyone do an Annual Report?
The Importance of Branding for Nonprofits, NGOs, and Foundations
Branding is as important for a nonprofit as it is for a for-profit. Learn how branding saves resources and get insights on brand-building.
Who Really Cares About Your Sustainability Report? And Why?
Today it is a best practice for companies of all sizes to be proactive, and transparent. Learn why. (Updated July 2019)
What your corporate website needs.
Corporate site visitors are not coming frequently, so when they do they need to easily find what they need. Use your website to explain who you are, what you do and why you do it. What's missing from yours?
Brand vs. Branding?
What is a brand? How is it different from the process of branding? We’ve worked with a lot of brands here at Ideas On Purpose — here’s a good overview of the difference.
Taking Sustainability Reporting to a New Level
Wherever you are in your sustainability journey, there is room for improvement. See what you can do now to improve your report.
Make Your Website Move Without Overwhelming Time and Budget
Our eyes are naturally drawn to anything that moves. Animations in just the right places, we can make web pages feel more fluid, dynamic, and modern.
2018 Trends in Corporate Reporting White Paper
Is a Responsibility or Sustainability Report a must have? Do companies still do Annual Reports? Should you consider a digital version? What about video?
Rebranding Insights: An Interview With Shari Shapiro of Kids In Crisis
A client’s perspective on the rebranding process and its real-world impact.
How to Ensure Brand Success — From the Inside Out
Once the exclusive domain of the C-suite, internal branding — a state in which employees fully grasp and live by a business’s values — is now a critical component at every level of a company.
3 Strategies to Up Your CSR Game
People not only hope that companies will “do what’s right,” they expect it. Communicating a clear, accessible Corporate Social Responsibility strategy can revitalize your company and your brand from the inside out.
7 Qualities of a Great Website
When it comes to your website, “good” isn’t good enough. To break through, engage users, make them customers & brand ambassadors you need a great website.
5 Practical Reasons to Create a Digital Annual or Responsibility Report
These stakeholder communications serve defined audiences, but resonate far beyond those audiences if well strategized and promoted.
Why invest in your brand?
Outdated branding, inconsistently applied, is confusing people. Invest in your brand, it pays dividends with all your key audiences. Here's how.
The Impact of Brand Building: An Interview with EcoSpaces’ Frank Mentesana
Branding is a fundamental need for every organization. It's the foundation for your distinctiveness and a platform to better communicate your mission and reach more people.
Is your corporate website effective? An assessment framework.
How do you know when it's time to redo your corporate website? The corporate site is not usually part of your day to day thinking—it is there, supporting your communications, branding, PR and social media efforts, but is it working hard enough?
Video in Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
Opportunities, examples and practical tips for success. Initially presented at the Citi Depositary Receipt Services IR Academy in New York City.
Getting Your CSR Report Off the Ground
The conversation around sustainability and CSR reporting has evolved. At the Ceres conference the dialogue was more nuanced and less definitional. Corporations and investors are weighing future possibilities, risks and rewards.
When is it time to refresh your brand?
How can you make sure people think of your orgnization first? Do you have a simple, engaging story that is reinforced by the current brand expression? Are your materials stale or inconsistent—or have you seen their virtual twin from competitors? Here are a few questions to help determine if the time is right to refresh your brand.
Whitepaper: 2016 Trends in Corporate Reports
Our sixth annual trend report looks at what the Fortune 200 produced this year. It shows how companies of influence are shaping the evolution of corporate reporting.
Whitepaper: Trends in Corporate Reporting 2015
Our fifth annual trend report is full of useful information as you evaluate options for annual financial and responsibility reports. The 2015 report is infographic rich and a quick read.
Whitepaper: Trends in Corporate Reporting 2014
See the latest reporting trends among Fortune 200 and leading companies. In our fourth installment, many trends are at play, some of them seemingly contradictory. New media, new rules, diverse solutions, but still the familiar challenge of how best to communicate the vision and value of your organization.
2014 Responsibility Reporting Snapshot
Where does your company fit in? [Infographic]
Responsibility reporting is considered vitally important to a majority of today’s leading companies. 108 of the Fortune 200 created reports, five more produced integrated reports.
Whitepaper: Trends in Corporate Reporting 2013
See the latest reporting trends among Fortune 200 and other leading companies. Read this important paper to get the answers you need — and uncover market opportunities to be exploited.
2013 Responsibility Reporting Snapshot
Where does your company fit in? [Infographic]
Responsibility reporting is considered vitally important to a majority of today’s leading companies. 52 of the Fortune 100 created reports, three produced integrated reports.
The State of Sustainability Reporting
The 2012 Ceres conference highlighted the evolving practice of sustainability reporting and its relationship to financial reporting. With major resources dedicated to financial controls and reporting, sustainability reporting is still a lesser focus. But, signs point to changing expectations and a coming shift. Here are some clear takeaways.
Whitepaper: Trends in Corporate Reporting 2012
Download our 2012 trends white paper for insights as you begin your annual report, responsibility report or integrated report. See the latest reporting trends among Fortune 200 and other leading companies.
AR & CSR: On A Collision Course?
Many companies have come to realize it is no longer optional to address sustainability and corporate social responsibility. There is a lot of buzz about integrated reporting, but without a consensus on reporting standards you may be asking, should I produce one document, or two?
Whitepaper: Trends in Corporate Reporting 2011
A review of Fortune 200 and other leading companies reveals distinct trends in corporate reporting. The move online is accelerating. Print remains vital, albeit in smaller runs. More companies are issuing responsibility reports. And, integrated reporting has taken a step forward with a number of industry leaders.
Educational Webinar: Trends in Corporate Reporting
This event featured a look at trends in corporate reporting for 2010 with a special focus on integrated reporting, featuring senior executives from Pfizer sharing their experience.