At the UN Global Compact summit, Goldman Sachs released a thorough analysis of sustainable practices in various industries and their relationship to stock prices. The research arm of GS found that the companies that have put in place solid environmental, social and good governance policies perform better than the traditional stock market. The report (179 pages) can be accessed here. It contains excellent graphs and information on the latest research on the role of businesses in solving today's global issues.
Goldman Sachs has embraced sustainability in various ways. Their new headquarters in New York City will be a state-of-the-art green building. They are integrating the protection of the environment and the reduction of emissions in their main business (investment banking) and they have also started a think tank (Center for Enviromental Markets) to develop a better understanding of the relationship between business and social impact.