CCRcorp Sites  

The CCRcorp Network unlocks access to a world of insights, research, guides and information in a range of specialty areas.

Our Sites


A basis for research and practical guidance focusing on federal securities laws, compliance & corporate governance.


An educational service that provides practical guidance on legal issues involving public and private mergers & acquisitions, joint ventures, private equity – and much more.


The “one stop” resource for information about responsible executive compensation practices & disclosure.

Widely recognized as the premier online research platform providing practical guidance on issues involving Section 16 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and all of its related rules.


Keeping you in-the-know on environmental, social and governance developments

Is sustainability history repeating itself? To some, it appears that sustainability is heading back to the 1990s when it faded away due to lack of a clear business case and associated failure to capture executive attention (what I call “the sustainability train wreck of the 90s”). Today, we are seeing general business pessimism as indicated by PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Pulse Survey:

“More than a third (34%) of CEOs say that the average competitor in their industry will be out of business within three years if it doesn’t change its business model.”

Part of the business model change appears to be walking back sustainability goals, targets and priorities.  Financial Times recently reported on this trend:

“Large corporations, including Unilever, Bank of America and Shell, have in the past year dropped or missed goals to cut emissions or to shrink ties with the most polluting sectors. Others have simply skipped over their promise to improve. Most have justified the failure to keep up the effort with a common complaint: political and regulatory factors outside companies’ control are slowing progress. These include a failure of standard-setting and clear regulation, insufficient government support, and delays in the rollout of new technologies…

Many companies set their goals without realising how much work it would be to meet them, says Rachel Whittaker, head of sustainable investing research at Dutch asset manager Robeco, likening it to the feel-good effect of buying a puppy at Christmas.  ‘Everyone got swept up in a wave of enthusiasm,’ she says. ‘The reality is not so easy.’”

Hmmm – businesses restructuring/restrategizing at the same time they pull back from environmental commitments … that doesn’t build confidence. Perhaps more tangible is the troubling trend of CSOs leaving their positions due to burnout and lack of corporate commitments, as covered in this article from Eco-Business last month. I’m personally hearing similar things from my contacts and friends in the field. The “ESG honeymoon” may be coming to end for CSOs and sustainability staff, but that doesn’t mean it is the end of the world. In coming blogs, I’ll share ideas about how to use current trends of business model restructuring to your benefit.

Our members can learn more about the role of the CSO and ESG staffing matters here.

If you aren’t already subscribed to our complimentary ESG blog, sign up here for daily updates delivered right to you.

Back to all blogs

The Editor

Lawrence Heim has been practicing in the field of ESG management for almost 40 years. He began his career as a legal assistant in the Environmental Practice of Vinson & Elkins working for a partner who is nationally recognized and an adjunct professor of environmental law at the University of Texas Law School. He moved into technical environmental consulting with ENSR Consulting & Engineering at the height of environmental regulatory development, working across a range of disciplines. He was one… View Profile