Shareholders, investors, and fund managers’ global investment priorities are changing. We are witnessing a significant wealth shift to youth, ecological degradation, rising costs and risks, and increased operational efficiency through sustainability.
Compassionate investors use ESG data (Environmental, Social, and Governance) parameters to screen transactions and determine a company’s effect on the planet.
Businesses may also use ESG to describe:
ESG monitoring entails disclosing information about environmental, social, and governance (ESG) parameters, such as the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) released in a given year.
ESG data is a measure of how well a company performs in environmental, social, and governance issues.
Environmental, social, and governance standards are divided into three major groups, or “pillars.”
The environmental aspect looks at how an organization behaves as a caretaker of the environment.
This contains the following:
- Climate change action
- Emissions and reductions of greenhouse gases
- The use of water
The Social Aspect
It looks at how it deals with staff, vendors, clients, and the cultures in which it works. The following are some of the themes:
- Workplace regulations
- Performance in terms of health and safety
- Ways in which a business handles its customers and clients
The Governance Aspect
The leadership of a corporation, executive compensation, accounting, corporate governance, and shareholding are all covered by governance standards. This contains the following:
- Measures to combat corruption
- Transparency in the tax system
Benefits of ESG Data
- Investors Would Find it More Appealing
Businesses with greater ESG scores are more likely to be funded by green investment funds and socially conscious investors.
- Improved Results
According to a leading asset manager Amundi, funds with high ESG scores outpaced competitive portfolios between 2014 and 2017.
- ESG Data Provides Adaptability as a Virtue
Changing market models reduce the effect of technological or regulatory disruption.
- ESG Prepares Businesses for Regulations
ESG standards promote the use of renewable resources and technology, and investment in it, to minimize carbon emissions and costs associated with environmental taxes or compensation for carbon offsets.
- A New Perspective
ESG data promotes technological advances in encouraging a shared economy that drives creativity and productivity.
- A Positive Brand Image
Organizations with strong ESG values may have higher employee retention and greater brand awareness among their consumers and employees.
Showing a consistent ESG score by reflecting on how you perform your business activities, not just how much money you make, is vital to please this segment of socially conscious investors.