Environmental, Social and Governance Issues: A Guide for Directors. – Corporate governance

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Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are critical today for all board leaders who are focused on creating long-term value. Effective management of ESG risks and opportunities is no longer just about “doing good”; it is a key business imperative.

Over the past five years, we have seen a significant expansion of voluntary and mandatory ESG regulation and enforcement activity at international and national levels, particularly with respect to ESG reporting and disclosure. Stakeholder expectations regarding how organizations respond to ESG-related risks and their contribution to ESG impacts have also increased.

Boards that do not embrace this new reality risk exposing their company, and in some cases themselves, to significant reputational and financial risk and adverse regulatory action. Conversely, boards that proactively seek to integrate effective ESG management into their decision-making will better position their companies to compete for capital and realize the associated benefits of an enhanced corporate reputation. brand, increased shareholder satisfaction and the attraction and retention of top talent.

ESG: a guide for administrators helps boards and directors identify and capitalize on ESG opportunities and develop a leading ESG risk and compliance culture in their organization.

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