ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Governance. An ESG Report is a document released by a corporation or organisation that shows stakeholders your sustainability goals and achievements. ESG Reports are used by investors as a guide while making decisions around sustainable investing.
ESG Reporting lets you monitor your sustainability performance at all levels of your organisation and creates actionable insights.
ESG Reporting lets you transparently showcase your achievements with a broad audience and improves brand awareness.
While it’s still voluntarily for most countries, there are increasing global regulations regarding corporate ESG data reporting. Most of today’s proactive and high-performing companies recognise how crucial it is to integrate ESG considerations into their mission and business strategy for the future. They willingly provide ESG statistics in their yearly reporting because they know it increases their performance.
While ESG has emerged as the popular word for investors and capital markets, sustainability is an umbrella term for various green principles and corporate responsibility. ESG emphasises all three pillars to assess and report a company’s performance. It is increasingly seen as an external investment framework or a metric that aids investors’ assessment and helps organisations express their objectives.
Using our advanced carbon calculator and carbon management tool, CO2.Expert, is the first step in creating an accurate ESG Report. With CO2.Expert, users can demonstrate compliance with both internal and external ESG purposes, including corporate reporting, green finance, investor presentations and citation documents.
Allowing users to gain actionable insights and compare themselves to other players in the industry.
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An ESG report is a company's publication on environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts. It's a communication tool to convey a company's actions within these domains and is used as a tool to prove that its actions are sincere.
ESG reporting covers the disclosure of all qualitative and quantitative environmental, social and corporate governance data. Its purpose is to inform stakeholders about a company's ESG activities while improving investor transparency and inspiring other organisations to do the same. Reporting is also an effective way to demonstrate that you're meeting goals and that your ESG projects are genuine — not just greenwashing, empty promises, or lip service.
In short, everything a company does as a steward of the environment. It's a container concept that covers, amongst others: how a company is combating climate change, what a company is doing to reduce carbon emissions, what a company does to preserve biodiversity, or improve air and water quality, how it's combating deforestation, how it's responsibly managing its resources, waste and supply chain.
Generally speaking, this covers everything that a company does to improve lives. The social umbrella covers how a company nurtures its people and workplace, its community involvement and human rights and labour standards. It also covers a company's inclusivity, employee engagement, and often overlooked social topics such as data protection and privacy.
Commonly everything an organisation does to stay ahead of corruption or ensure its investments remain sustainable. A company's internal controls are also considered part of governance, as are its policies and principles and procedures governing leadership, board composition, executive compensation, lobbying, shareholder rights, political contributions or whistleblower programs.
ESG scoring is a method to grade organisations on their ESG efforts. Similar to a credit or bond rating, an ESG score denotes a company's ability to meet its ESG commitments, performance, and risk exposure. As more and more consumers and investors have started prioritising ESG ratings, company's have started to take up the mantle to make improvements in theirs as a way to show their commitment.
Currently, companies have much leeway when it comes to ESG disclosure. Generally speaking, they are free to present ESG information in the most helpful way. However, quite a few recognised (and recommended) frameworks use different sets of criteria to score companies.
Withing DGB, we're willing to work with all of them, but we prefer GRI. For your understanding, we'll list a couple of different frameworks below.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
This framework helps companies disclose their business's positive and negative impacts on the environment, economy, and society. GRI's focus is on helping companies communicate their ESG impacts and how they manage these impacts. GRI is the most referenced ESG framework among all industries, receiving 83% of total references to ESG frameworks.
The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
SASB are a set of standards that help companies collect and share ESG data that affect the firm's business decisions and explain the financial impact of sustainability. It's worth noting that the GRI and SASB joined forces in 2020 and have since published a guide to how organisations can use the two standards together. GRI is known for its high-level scope, while SASB gives companies industry-specific guidelines using a financial lens.
The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD
TCFD is a framework that provides principles-based recommendations for managing and reporting focused primarily on climate risks. It focuses mainly on financial risk disclosures associated with climate to aid banks, shareholders and investors in scrutinising an organisation's ESG efforts.
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)
CPD is an international non-profit focused on creating standards companies can use to disclose GHG emissions, water use, and forestry information. This set of standards has helped companies and city, state, and regional government organisations inform decarbonisation and environmental protection efforts.
Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR)
SECR is a framework created by the UK Government that guides organisations on how to report on their carbon emissions and energy usage annually. The framework aims to streamline existing carbon reporting frameworks for greater transparency and comparability while making it easier for companies to monitor and reduce carbon emissions.
The Workforce Disclosure Initiative (WDI)
WDI is an investor collective formed to help companies communicate labour practices to stakeholders. It aims to improve transparency and accountability on workforce issues by providing companies with a framework for disclosing comprehensive and comparable workforce data.