Recent posts on ESG

The European Union recently adopted a directive that will mandate sustainability reporting starting in 2017. Under the new law, a company must report on environmental impacts, social matters, human rights, anti-corruption, and diversity if it meets certain size or classification requirements.

To help explain how this new regulation might affect your business, we developed the infographic below (also available as a .pdf).

This European policy joins global initiatives toward incorporating environmental, social, and governance issues into corporate disclosures. For more information, please read our article published in the Compliance and Ethics Blog and Corporate Compliance Insights.

Framework CEO Kate Rebernak writes about the attitudes and connotations that adhere to words like “ESG”, “citizenship”, and “sustainability”. This article also appears in the Journal of Sustainable Banking & Finance’s May edition.

While in a meeting recently with members of the top management team of an iconic U.S. company (which we’ll call IconCorp), I mentioned, as I often do, that investors increasingly consider companies’ performance on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in making investment decisions. The comment was based, in part, on the growth in the number of signatories to the UN Principles of Responsible Investment in recent years, the increasing amounts of money being managed by investment professionals who (say they’re) considering ESG factors in their investment process, and the growth in the number of shareholder resolutions over the past several years on issues such as board diversity, reporting on greenhouse gas emissions, and… More >

By now, you probably know that we at Framework are passionate advocates for materiality analysis. That’s because we’re increasingly convinced that any serious effort to become a more sustainable organization must include a formal assessment of the issues with the greatest impacts on performance and most importance to your internal and external stakeholders.

But of course, the story doesn’t end there. Constructing the matrix of issues is just the beginning of the real work of implementing strategies and actions that can drive actual performance–and value.

In studying how best to help you build on your materiality findings, we recognized a set of needs that often go unnoticed among businesses trying to move from identifying issues to acting on them. We’ve addressed these pitfalls by developing a new suite of tools that places the issues in the context of business planning and prepares you to develop strategies and engage decision makers in… More >