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Understanding Materiality: Lessons From Industries With High ESG Risk

Discover the five industries facing the highest ESG risk, the issues impacting the risk profiles of companies in those industries, and how all companies can best manage these issues.

Download our infographic, Start Your ESG Program: 4 Strategic Steps on the Journey to ESG Performance

Infographic | Start Your ESG Program: 4 Strategic Steps on the Journey to ESG Performance

In this infographic, we outline essential action-oriented steps to get you started on your ESG journey, including obtaining high-level executive buy-in, resourcing your efforts, strategic planning, and reporting the results of your program.

Water-Related Risks and Challenges

Water-Related Risks and Challenges

This report sheds light on the growing effects of water scarcity on companies and countries. To address these challenges, investors can use water reporting metrics to identify companies and countries with severe water risk. We further relate water metrics to firm and country characteristics and highlight substantial cross-sectional differences.

View our ESG Beginner's Checklist: Action Items on Overcoming Common Obstacles

ESG Beginner's Checklist: Action Items on Overcoming Common Obstacles

Discover some of the obstacles ESG leaders face in the early stages of their journey toward sustainability — and what you can about them—in this checklist. Is your company dealing with limited human resources, overwhelming ESG information, inconsistent communication with stakeholders, understanding the competitive landscape, or funding your ESG program?

Frequently Asked Questions on What ESG Means for Companies

Frequently Asked Questions on What ESG Means for Companies

In this FAQ, we’ve answered several key questions to help companies like yours understand what ESG means for you in practice.

What is ESG and Why Is it Important for Risk Management?

What is ESG and Why It's Important for Risk Management

This blog post explains what is ESG, including basic ESG concepts, ESG scores and ratings, and why companies of all sizes need ESG risk management.

Download The Sustainable Supply Chain Checklist: 5 Essential ESG Action Areas for 2022

The Sustainable Supply Chain Checklist: Essential ESG Action Items for 2022

Businesses are looking closer look at their supply chains than ever. View our checklist to learn essential ESG action steps to put your company’s supply chain on the path to sustainability.

eBook | Getting Started With ESG | Sustainalytics

Getting Started With ESG: What Every Company Needs to Know

This ebook outlines the key steps for every company starting out with ESG, including getting buy-in, understanding your situation, developing a strategy, and more.

Download our infographic: Six Major Supply Chain Risk Factors and Their Impact on You

Infographic | Six Major Supply Chain Risk Factors for 2022 and Their Impact on You

This infographic shows the impacts of strong or weak supply chain practices and breaks down six crucial factors for identifying strong and weak sustainability traits in any organization.

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Infographic | Why Protecting Biodiversity is at the Root of Good Business

In this infographic discover why companies are focusing on how biodiversity loss impacts their businesses and four ways they can address those risks.

What You Don’t Know, Can Hurt You: Getting to the Bottom of Supply Chain Risk

What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Getting to the Bottom of Supply Chain Risk

To address supply chain risk, business leaders must consider an increasingly broad range of factors in procurement, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts. Investors, customers, and regulators are applying substantial pressure on companies to reduce risks like labor disruptions, workforce health and safety incidents, human rights issues, and shortages of natural resources.

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A Closer Look at Product Governance ESG Risk Management

In 68% of our engagements, product governance is a significant material ESG issue, but it is our experience that most companies underestimate the materiality of this risk to investors. For some industries, product governance represents on average more than 20% of ESG risk exposure, as identified within our ESG Risk Rating framework.

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Sustainable Finance and Banks: Reduced Risk, Increased Opportunity

Banks will play a key role in the green transition and those that commit to sustainable banking may gain an advantage over competitors, among other benefits. Indeed, banks are uniquely positioned to participate in and benefit from the transition to a green economy.

Nature’s Assets - Why Biodiversity is Good for Business

This ebook investigates the material impacts of biodiversity loss, explores which sectors are highly affected and offers five steps on how companies can measure and manage biodiversity-related issues.

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COP 26: A Spotlight on Emerging Climate Action Themes for Investors

Reactions to the COP26 Conference and the resulting Glasgow Climate Pact have predictably run the gamut from claims of greenwashing to the celebration of progress in the fight against climate change. Ultimately, any judgement on COP26 may be premature, as the success of the conference will best be measured in time by the extent to which commitments made are put into motion. While we wait to see the concrete actions that materialize, the past two weeks have underscored the importance of several themes that will garner increasing attention and should be considered by sustainable investors.

Read our infographic - 5 Breakout Innovations in Sustainable Banking

Infographic | 5 Breakout Innovations in Sustainable Finance for Banks

This infographic describes five key innovations in sustainable finance, including green deposits, sustainable deposits, green trade loans, green guarantees and letters of credit, sustainable supply chain financing, and offerings for borrowers in industries not traditionally considered green.

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SFDR and EU Taxonomy Product Disclosure Rules Finally Released

The publication of these rules marks the end of a prolonged period of uncertainty in the market around final rules and timelines - assuming the RTS will be adopted as-is in a Delegated Act, which turns these rules into regulation. There are several noteworthy aspects to these rules, which we address from our perspective in this article.

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Bringing Investors and Companies Together to Accelerate Human Rights Progress

Human rights issues have been rising on the responsible investment agenda in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have provoked even more pointed discourse on the topic. The European Union’s current efforts to introduce rules to hold companies accountable for social and environmental risks in their supply chains further accelerate that ascent. This wave of legal requirements and normative expectations is impacting financial markets worldwide, with responsible business regulations already in place or quickly becoming valid.

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Know Where You Stand With Corporate ESG Benchmarking

In this post we discuss why companies should generate a corporate ESG benchmark against their peers, explain how they can go about this exercise, and highlight how they can use that information to advance and enhance their own corporate ESG initiatives.

Blog | Five Steps for Effectively Reporting on Social Impacts | Sustainalytics

Getting to the S in ESG: Five Steps for Effectively Reporting on Social Impacts

This article covers five essential steps for your organization to consider when reporting on your firm’s social impacts.