ESG FAQs

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Still have some questions regarding ESG? Below are a series of our most commonly asked questions, to provide you with a one-stop-shop of useful answers.

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ESG stands for environmental, social, and governance. It is the parameter that socially conscious companies use to base their operation, culture, and ethos on. It ensures that businesses maintain focus on ‘what really matters’ in business — namely the environment, communities, and people. ESG is also becoming increasingly relevant when investors select which businesses to commit their money to.

Shifting public focusses in the last few years have meant that now more than ever, consumers, clients, employees, and investors pay significantly more attention to how a company impacts the environment, and the people in its community on a day-to-day basis than ever before, particularly when deciding whether or not to associate itself with said company.

An ESG strategy can have significant positive effects for your company in both the short and long-term. It can help you to streamline your operation, improve performance, bring your workforce together towards a shared goal, reduce costs, help you to attract a whole new audience, and much more.

ESG is important to people of all ages and backgrounds. However, recent years have seen a significant rise in younger investors showing a keen interest in ESG. Studies show that millennials and younger investors are at the forefront of the movement — often exclusively investing in companies and causes they feel will also have a positive impact.

ESG covers key issues surrounding the environment (climate change, reducing carbon emissions and pollution, waste management etc.), social matters (customer satisfaction, community relations, human rights, diversity and equality), and governance (corruption, lobbying, politics, etc.).

Writing an ESG report can be difficult. It requires you to analyse and report on every aspect of your company. The key steps of writing your own ESG report are: 

  • Choosing the best framework for your company 
  • Assigning the report to the right team (whether internally or an outside source)
  • Compile a list of key information 
  • Assess methods and analyse efficiency

The issues to include in your ESG policy should be focused on what you and your business feel passionately about. Common factors companies will include are: 

Environmental:

  • Renewable power/energy 
  • Carbon reports
  • Sustainable investment 

Social: 

  • Diversity 
  • Fair pay
  • Community engagement 

Governance: 

  • Transparency around politics
  • Anti-corruption efforts
  • Diversity within the board/directors

An ESG ratings agency is an agency set up specifically to examine a business and its environmental, social, and governance efforts and policies. ESG ratings agencies are commonly used by investors to assess how sustainable and socially conscious a business is, allowing them to determine if they wish to invest.

While both ESG and CSR may focus on the social responsibilities of a business, CSR is a measure of holding a company accountable for its social commitments, while ESG is used as a measuring stick to help best quantify these efforts within the industry.

How to get started with ESG

You can get started with ESG today. All you need to do is make the first step. Either begin the internal process of strategising/consultation, or consider contacting a licensed ESG specialist from the get-go to ensure the process goes as efficiently and stress free as possible.

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No matter what you do, what industry you are in, or where you are based, combatting common environmental, social, and governance issues should be universal. Make your first steps towards a brighter future. Start your ESG journey today and reap the benefits our sustainability consultancy services can bring.

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