What is ESG? 

ESG stands for Environmental, Social, and (corporate) Governance. Analysis and evaluation against these three categories help organisations to consider different areas within their overall sustainability. Many businesses will use ESG to align objectives against and report their performance on as part of an overarching strategy.


In the past there has been a heavier focus on the governance aspect, ensuring profitable organisations are compliant with legislation. However, investors are now viewing the Environmental and Social aspects of ESG with just as much importance, encouraging organisations to embrace more sustainable and collaborative activities in the day to day management of the business in addition to long term strategic objectives.

Environmental

The Environmental section looks at issues surrounding climate change and actions to address an organisation’s environmental responsibility. You would typically see businesses explore criteria such as energy consumption, waste management and pollution. In addition to considering how organisations can address, reduce and mitigate their overall environmental impact.

Standards that can assist include:

ISO 14001 – Environmental

ISO 50001 – Energy

ISO 20121 – Sustainable Events

ISO 14064 – Carbon Verification

ISO 14068-1 – Net Zero


Social 

The Social aspect is based around the relationships an organisation has with its stakeholders. This is often associated with employees of a business and looks at a broad range of topics including employee wellbeing, fair and competitive pay, benefits and human resource related policies. Considerations can also include wider business relationships such as supplier relations, local community and government work.

Standards that can assist include:

ISO 45001 – Health & Safety

ISO 45003 – Mental Health

ISO 44001 – Collaborative Working

ISO 37001 – Anti-bribery

ISO 26000 – Social Responsibility


Governance

Governance criteria focuses on creating a business environment that is fair, transparent, and accountable. Considerations in this area include board composition, fairness in pay structures and executive compensation, business ethics and risk management.

Standards that can assist include:

ISO 9001 – Quality

ISO 22301 – Business Continuity

ISO 27001 – Information Security

ISO 27701 – Privacy Information (GDPR)

ISO 27017 – Security for Cloud Services

ISO 55001 – Asset Management

ISO 44001 – Collaborative Working

ISO 41001 – Facilities Management


Why is ESG so Important?


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  • What is ESG?
  • How do ISO Standards support ESG
  • How does ISO 14001 support ESG
  • How does ISO 20400 support ESG
  • How does ISO 26000 support ESG

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