Resources for your ESG learning
ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) has become a widespread phenomenon, spanning every industry and garnering attention and calls to action from the international community. Investment in ESG has progressively increased throughout the 21st century, with 3,657 signatories representing $90 trillion in assets under management signing the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) at the beginning of 2020.
But what exactly is ESG? Why has it become such an important issue for investors and stakeholders?
If you’d like a better understanding of ESG, keep reading. The ESG resources below will help explain the benefits, provide context for how you can implement an ESG strategy at your organization, and highlight value creation opportunities that you can capitalize on.
What is ESG?
ESG refers to the three central factors in measuring the sustainability and societal impact of an investment in a company or business. These criteria help to better determine the future financial performance of companies.
Environmental factors include things like climate impact and environmental challenges and opportunities, such as energy use, waste production & management, climate change, pollution, etc.
Social factors relate to how a company treats employees and the community, and includes things like employee engagement programs, human rights policies, health and wellbeing initiatives, and employee and consumer protection.
Governance factors relate to how a company is run, which includes things like management structure, compensation, internal controls and accountability policies, shareholder rights, and more.
ESG: What is it and how is it used?Read post
Understanding ESG disclosureView webinar
The ESG Reporting Matrix: Understanding the alphabet soup of ESGLearn more
The impact of ESG mandatesRead post
Five pervasive myths surrounding ESGRead post
2022 will be another historic year for ESG; here’s whyRead post
What's the difference between ESG & impact investing?Read post
GRESB 2021 & beyond: Balancing performance, risks, & requirementsView webinar
Principles & trends driving urban sustainability & ESG in 2022Read post
Identifying ESG metrics that matterRead post
A breakdown of the SASB framework & benefitsRead post
A brief introduction to the GRI reporting frameworkRead post
CDP reporting: What it is, how it creates value, and how to startRead post
PRI - What is it and why does it matter?Read post
Frequently asked questions about the Fitwel certificationRead post
Introduction to Fitwel & reporting best practicesView webinar
Why should ESG matter to me?
With stakeholders and investors inquiring with increasing frequency about what your organization is doing in regard to responsible investment, how you treat employees and vendors, your dedication to sustainability initiatives, and other activities that fall under the ESG umbrella, it’s more important than ever to have answers.
ESG and its goals affect everyone. Reducing environmental impact, championing human rights, and managing your organization in a sustainable fashion can have widespread positive impacts on your employees’ health and wellbeing, stakeholder satisfaction, investor confidence, your organization’s public standing, and many more.
The case for ESG investing: Five value-adds of ESGRead post
Why green building certifications are more important than everView webinar
ESG Marketing: The importance of telling your ESG storyDownload guide
What the last few years taught us about ESG & market volatilityRead post
Understanding the SEC's proposed climate disclosure rulesView webinar
Health & wellness on the forefront: The rising demand for FitwelView webinar
Stakeholder capitalism is a driving force behind ESG, says Larry FinkRead post
ESG & executive pay: A look inside the trendRead post
The imperative for incorporating ESG into the due diligence processView webinar
The emergence of cybersecurity in ESGDownload guide
Why middle-market private equity firms should embrace a proactive approach to ESGRead post
Understanding the imperative for ESG reporting & disclosureView webinar
Mitigating enterprise risk through ESG framework adoptionRead post
Five reasons every organization should embrace GRI StandardsRead post
Why now is the time for private equity to invest in ESGRead post
Targeted Reductions: Minimizing emissions with Science-Based TargetsView webinar
Who benefits from ESG?
An easier question to answer is “who doesn’t benefit from ESG?”, because the answer is “almost no one”. ESG provides benefits for a vast range of people. Stakeholders will likely see an increase in asset value, investors will be able to rest easier knowing that your organization is better equipped to weather future risks or unforeseen difficulties, employees will experience workplace improvements and benefit from fair and thoughtful policies, local (and even global) communities will benefit from environmental impact reductions, to name a few.
The benefits of getting your ESG due diligence rightDownload guide
Ten ESG value creation opportunities & how to capitalize on themLearn more
Improving business performance through energy efficiencyView webinar
How does ESG support long-term success in venture capital?Read post
The environmental & economic advantages of sustainability solutionsRead post
How ESG helps enterprises attract and retain capitalRead post
How ESG celebrates & supports the LGBTQ+ communityRead post
Maximizing the strategic value of ESG materiality assessmentsView webinar
The big leap - Taking CSR to the next level with ESGRead post
The benefits of strategic energy & sustainability managementView webinar
Making the business case for ESGView webinar
Where do I start with ESG?
One of the most effective ways to get started is to perform an ESG materiality assessment. A materiality assessment is a tool for identifying and prioritizing ESG issues that are most critical to your organization. The assessment is designed to find the relative importance of specific ESG or sustainability topics and rank them by their potential impact to your organization and their importance to your stakeholders.
After completing your materiality assessment, you should also audit your organization’s current status. Take stock of your current procedures and policies that you think may already have an impact on your ESG resources and efforts, whether those impacts are positive or negative. For instance, have you previously implemented policies that enforce fair workplace practices and promote human rights? Do you have a process for responsibly disposing of recyclable materials in a safe, eco-friendly way? Identifying these provides low-hanging fruit to build off of as you begin your journey toward ESG.
Identifying & evaluating carbon reduction opportunities during due diligenceView webinar
The strategic value of ESG materiality assessmentsLearn more
How the UN SDGs can help define & shape ESG outcomesRead post
How can better data help fight global warming?Read post
Benchmark with the best of them: Simplified compliance, reporting, and transparencyDownload guide
Understanding the SASB Materiality MapRead post
Getting started with sustainability benchmarkingRead post
Defining social & governance metrics for commercial real estateRead post
Key considerations when performing an ESG materiality assessmentView webinar
Five key environmental sustainability metrics worth trackingRead post
Three good reasons to hire a sustainability expertRead post
Setting challenging ESG goals that create valueRead post
How do I implement an ESG strategy?
The results of your ESG materiality assessment will provide you with a solid base from which to start implementing your ESG strategy. You’ve now identified ESG issues that will have the greatest impact on your organization as well as stakeholder groups and the issues that are most important to them. Your next steps should be to identify ESG resources, implement strategies and policies across your organization, and engage your stakeholder groups to help successfully implement and seamlessly adopt these new business operations.
SASB Standards 101: Integrating SASB into your ESG strategyView webinar
SASB Advanced: Taking the SASB Standards to the next levelView webinar
Trash Talk: Waste management success stories & best practicesView webinar
The role of WELL Certifications in your ESG storyRead post
A complete guide to ESG program managementLearn more
A quick guide to implementing Corporate Social Responsibility policiesRead post
Pathways to net zero: A multi-dimensional approach to carbon neutralityView webinar
Building a diverse & inclusive corporate cultureRead post
Incorporating ESG into investment strategyView webinar
How to measure & improve your governance performance for ESGRead post
Where do I go from here?
You’ve implemented ESG practices across your organization. Congratulations! However, that doesn’t mean you’re finished with it. ESG is constantly expanding and new practices are introduced frequently, so you’ll want to stay ahead of shifting industry trends and stakeholder priorities and adapt your organization’s ESG resources and approach accordingly.
Now that you’ve implemented ESG, it’s time to tell the world about it. No one is going to know about the changes until you tell them. One of the best ways to promote your ESG success is to submit to industry benchmarks or reporting frameworks such as GRESB or GRI. You should also consider compiling and publishing a corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, which is an excellent way to share your successes with stakeholders.
Beyond Environmental: Value creation in CRE through Social & GovernanceView webinar
ENERGY STAR expands certifications to medical office buildingsRead post
Five best practices for supercharging your ESG performanceView webinar
Ready, Set, GRESB: A strategic guide for turning ESG insights into actionable resultsDownload guide
A practical guide to ENERGY STAR excellenceDownload guide
Utility bill management best practice guideDownload guide
Increasing ENERGY STAR ratings through reduced consumption & improved data validationView webinar
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