ESG | The Report is a group of like minded professionals that focus on ESG principles and socially responsible investment for a more sustainable future. Our team has considerable knowledge of environmental, social and governance issues worldwide. We are focussed on providing information and direction for companies and individuals looking for guidance on what ESG is and how they can make their businesses and lives more sustainable. We also provide information and insight into sustainable investment practises. We believe that the only way to make our world sustainable for future generations is through encouraging these two elements to work together. The only way out is through and we have the means.
What does The Report do?
1. ESG | The Report is a company that focuses on sharing ESG principles and SRI because we believe that it is the only sustainable framework which will lead us out of our unsustainable systems.
2. We disseminate information about ESG principles with the aim to encourage businesses to engage with these issues in order to create change – in good practices, worker safety, governance and more.
3. Because the shift to sustainability is happening at an exponential rate, we are also focussed on reviewing products and services while providing direction for companies looking for guidance.
4. Lastly, while the shift to reduce our collective carbon footprint through the business community will take time, many of our readers want to know what they can do NOW! We also provide information on the small changes we can make in our own lives. If everyone of the 7 Billion people on the planet made one little change, imagine the impact that would have globally.
What was your inspiration?
ESG | The Report was created at the beginning of the pandemic by a group of small business people, corporate board members, accessibility specialists, organizational coaches, media & communications personnel and sustainability experts. It was created when it became apparent that things were changing fast and we had past the point of returning to what came before. But we believed that there was a unique opportunity to leverage what we learned and catapult us forward to a sustainable future.
Like everyone else across the world, we felt helpless. Suddenly business and governments were unable to affect the change that we all needed. In fact it became obvious that in their current state, our leaders were helpless to effectively do what we needed them to do. It seemed that our systems let us down. But when we saw the effects of lockdowns around the world, we were inspired to build on that hope.
What do you hope to achieve?
Our mission is to help individuals, companies and organizations to optimize their ESG performance so as to create a more sustainable future. Through educating others about what sustainability is and how we can achieve it together, we hope to see that more sustainable companies emerge and ultimately turn the tide on the damage that humans have accumulated.
Through providing information on practical applications of ESG principles, such as those related to Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), the Company hopes to advance environmental protection as well as encouraging others to adopt these practices.
How will you achieve this?
Sustainability will be achieved through many actions, but we do not underestimate the power of investment and reward. Humans need to be rewarded for being sustainable, so as to encourage more innovation beyond creating a sustainable future.
Our aim is to help companies understand how they can reduce the negative impacts of their activities on the environment, while also working towards improved social conditions and governance. We believe that through understanding these principles investors will seek out more sustainable options in their portfolios. By providing information about the practical applications of ESG principles in companies we hope to advance environmental protection, diversity, equity and inclusion.
Through education and consultation on how to incorporate sustainable practices into businesses, we also want the public to understand how they can effect change and aid companies in their implementation of these practices. We believe that businesses and governments want to be socially and environmentally responsible. Ok, maybe not all. But the process of ESG will weed out the problem.
How can I contribute?
You can contribute by:
1. Sharing information you find on this site with others. We hope that by distributing this knowledge as widely as possible, more sustainable options will be considered in businesses and portfolios around the world.
2. Engaging with us through our social media platforms on Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn by sharing your points of view on sustainability issues.
3. Contacting ESG | The Report if you are looking for advice on how to make your business more sustainable or with any questions or comments relating to our content.
4. We need volunteers to help us educate businesses and the general public about sustainable practices, as well as helping us distribute information about ESG principles online and through various social media channels.
What are the benefits of helping?
The benefits of spreading awareness about ESG principles and sustainable practices include:
- By acting as a guide and source of information ESG | The Report can help businesses and individuals take an active role in creating a more sustainable future.
- Helping to progress the agenda for environmental and social responsibility in business increases awareness about how we can create change.
- We understand that not everyone has the time and knowledge to engage with business on these issues, but we hope that this site can be a resource for people who want to learn more about ESG principles and how they effect us.
- If you’re interested in sustainable development and want to help us, we’ll provide relevant training and support.
What makes us different?
We are multi-disciplinary, which means that we have the cross-functional expertise to consider all of the aspects of an organization’s sustainability. No one area of expertise is enough anymore. It is only with the consideration of every aspect that an organization can be truly sustainable.
How will you measure your success?
We will measure our success by seeing changes in organizations’ attitudes towards sustainability and how they are implementing practices to reduce their negative impacts on the environment, as well as improving social conditions and governance. We also hope to see more sustainable investment choices, both corporate and personal.
ESG The Report FAQs
What does ESG mean?
ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance which is a framework for defining and measuring sustainability practices. ESG integrates traditionally disparate aspects of sustainability and directs attention to these issues in order to understand the materiality of non-financial risks. Companies adopt these guidelines so as to be transparent to investors and the public about their impact on the environment and society.
Unlike traditional corporate financial reporting, ESG focuses on these 3 specific areas:
- Environment: This focuses on how the company’s business activities impact on sustainable environmental practices.
- Social: This focuses on how a companies’ operations and their products or services affect society and specifically, those that work for them and live near to where they operate.
- Governance: This focuses more on internal corporate practises such as ethical sourcing, workplace relations and employee benefits.
What is ESG Reporting?
ESG Reporting is based on the theory that responsibly sourced and verified information about how a company conducts its business will encourage investor confidence and better long-term performance. This increased performance can be achieved by steering away from unsustainable or unethical practices such as corruption, child labor, poor worker treatment, pollution etc.
Our team of dedicated professionals serves as an intermediary between companies looking for advice and guidance in making their business more sustainable and investors looking for companies who meet ESG standards. We offer a wide range of services, from an annual sustainability report to independent third-party audits to verify that your company is upholding ethical business practises.
How can companies benefit from ESG Reporting?
ESG reporting provides companies with the opportunity to rebrand themselves as more sustainable, socially responsible and ethical. This can be used to attract new customers or increase brand loyalty with existing ones. Additionally, companies that are transparent about their business practises are often viewed favourably by some investors.
Why is ESG reporting to investors?
For investors, ESG reporting provides a simple and streamlined way to gauge how sustainable and ethical a company is. By requiring companies to produce an annual report, it ensures that the information is up-to-date and accurate. This allows investors to make more informed decisions about where they should invest their money.
What are ESG frameworks?
ESG frameworks provide a blueprint for companies to develop the processes and practises required to implement a sustainable business strategy. These outlines vary depending on the focus of the company, but they almost always include items such as: clear objectives on sustainability goals, key performance indicators for progress, stakeholder engagement and managing ESG risks.
What are some examples of ESG reporting frameworks?
There are several ESG reporting frameworks that companies can use to structure their sustainability program. Two of the most popular include the The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).
What is responsible investment?
Socially Responsible Investment, or SRI is an investment approach that considers environmental, social and governance factors when deciding where to place your money. Responsible investment is beneficial in that it encourages companies to adopt more sustainable practises.
Why should I invest responsibly?
Billions of dollars are poured into the stock market every day, which gives investors a great deal of power over corporations. Your choice on how you invest your money can lead to corporations changing their practises for the better. Additionally, it is generally more profitable in the long-term to invest responsibly, as good business practises are correlated with higher stock prices.
Is ESG reporting mandatory?
No, ESG reporting is not mandatory. But many companies choose to implement it in order to rebrand themselves as a more sustainable and responsible company, which can attract new customers or increase brand loyalty with existing ones. Additionally, some investors look favourably upon the practice of ESG reporting.
Who needs ESG reporting?
ESG reporting is beneficial for many stakeholders in a company including investors, customers, employees and suppliers. They use the data to make informed decisions about the company’s practices. Journalists also use this data to report on these issues, further exemplifying ESG reporting’s significance in today’s world.
Who is the Report for?
The Report is for companies that are looking to become more sustainable or are interested in how they can incorporate sustainable practises into their business. We ensure that the information we provide is accurate and up-to-date, which makes it a reliable resource for interested parties to use when learning about important issues in sustainability.
Who produces ESG reporting?
ESG reporting can be produced by several different groups, such as: consultants or journalists who specialise in the area, NGOs or government agencies. No matter who produces the report, they are generally regulated by various laws.
What is the difference between sustainability and ESG?
The main difference between sustainability and ESG is that while sustainability refers to the balance of the environment, natural resources, people and economies, “ESG” refers to environmental, social or governance issues.
How do I write an ESG report?
An ESG report is a written work that summarizes the company’s sustainability performance. It also provides details on how it has implemented sustainable practices to address issues such as environmental, social or governance.
ESG reporting is done at regular intervals. However, it can be done annually for short-term projects or at any point during the project cycle for long-term projects where sustainability has been taken into consideration. The most common type of ESG report is an annual report, which includes data on the company’s performance over the past year and details of what actions it has implemented to make its business more sustainable.
In conclusion on ESG factors, ESG data & ESG reporting
In conclusion we hope that by informing the public about ESG principles and sustainable practices, more sustainable options will be considered in businesses and portfolios around the world. We also want to educate others on how they can aid business in their implementation of these practices. This site is meant to serve as a resource for those who are interested in learning more about ESG principles and how they are relevant to us. We are looking for volunteers who will help engage the public in dialogue about these practices, as well as people who have expertise to consider all areas of an organization’s sustainability. If you’re interested in this type of work and want to be part of our team please contact us!
Caveats, disclaimers & climate related financial disclosures
We have covered many topics in this article and want to be clear that any reference to, or mention of corporate governance, disclosure, performance, reporting data, sustainability accounting standards board, quantitative and qualitative, task force, important, reporting, goals, financial, political contributions, metrics, operations, investment, strategy, leadership, esg topics, advantage, standardized, human rights, actionable insights, customer satisfaction or internal resources in the context of this article is purely for informational purposes and not to be misconstrued with investment advice or personal opinion. Thank you for reading, we hope that you found this article useful in your quest to understand ESG.