ESG

 
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Engaging Stakeholders to Accelerate ESG Performance

Engaging stakeholders is essential for companies to build a strong strategy, meet ESG (environmental, social, and governance) commitments and scale their impact. However, successfully collaborating with stakeholders to achieve these outcomes brings other challenges. In this article, we outline the case for, and provide three tips on stakeholder engagement to accelerate ESG performance. More specifically, we consider how materiality assessments can facilitate and enhance the process of stakeholder engagement. For more practical insights, the download provides three tips on how companies can engage their stakeholders while conducting their materiality assessment.
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Materiality Activation in the European Fashion Industry

As the need for increased focus on human rights issues and responsible supply chain management grows across industries, the upcoming EU Directive on corporate sustainable due diligence, published in 2022, will require organizations to provide consumers with more transparency when purchasing goods. This article elaborates on the implications for European companies, considers the environmental and social concerns that the fashion industry is facing, highlights inspiring progress by sustainable pioneers in the sector and then makes the case for human rights and supply chain management as foundational materiality topics and crucial elements for ESG acceleration. The downloadable checklist for materiality activation gives three tips to help your organization determine material issues.
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Tips & Tricks for a Strategic Approach to the CSA in 2023

On 27 October 2022, Finch & Beak hosted a webinar on effectively approaching S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). During the session, we provided insights on structuring your organization’s ESG governance and turning your ESG ratings into a sustainability program accelerator. This article summarizes the event takeaways delivered by our speakers Nikkie Vinke, Team Lead ESG Benchmarking at Finch & Beak, and Catalina Hemmink, Sustainability Reporting Specialist at ABN AMRO. The download provides you with three tips to tackle the CSA in 2023.
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Design and accelerate your company's sustainability transformation

Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program: 7 Nov - 11 Dec 2022

The IMD Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program is a “how-to” guide that offers a very pragmatic take on how to integrate sustainability in your corporate strategy – while ensuring it has a strong business case. The program is aimed at business executives, strategy practitioners and sustainability professionals, who are looking to harness sustainability innovation and its strategic implications. Facilitated by the authors Jan van der Kaaij, Managing Partner of Finch & Beak, and IMD professor Benoit Leleux, this edition starts on 7 November 2022 and registration closes 31 October 2022.
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ESG Benchmarks Under Regulatory Scrutiny in Europe

ESG benchmarks and ratings are valuable tools to assist organizations in understanding their own ESG performance and its position relative to peers, and enabling to share insights with interested (financial) stakeholders. One of the key findings of Finch & Beak's most recent ESG Market Survey highlights a need for streamlining, with the average company responding to four benchmarks. Regulators are now also starting to take note of the firm growth of the ESG benchmarking market. As the number of ESG ratings keeps growing, it can be challenging to determine which benchmarks and ratings your organization should respond to. This article sheds some light on these developments, and suggests three tips for maximizing your organization’s efficiency towards ESG ratings. The downloadable 2022 ESG Rankings Cheat Sheet provides practical advice on what to look for and how to determine relevance.
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Successfully Implementing TCFD: Risk & Opportunity Analysis

This article is the first article in our series titled 'Successfully Implementing TCFD', explaining the different phases of Finch & Beak's Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) Roadmap in more detail. This article focuses on the suggested phase of conducting a climate-related risk and opportunity assessment by sharing valuable insights on how to assess and understand climate-related risks and opportunities. The accompanying download provides practical tips to assist your organization in overcoming three barriers that can prevent the successful implementation of TCFD.
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Ensuring a strategic approach towards DJSI inclusion

ESG Acceleration Webinar: CSA Training for ESG Teams

Approaching S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) in the smartest way possible is crucial to strengthen your organization's performance and chances for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI). In this webinar, we will discuss how to set up your ESG team to prepare well for your CSA 2023 participation. By sharing insights on how to drive your sustainability program, we will equip ESG teams and more specifically topic owners, and project managers with practical tips to strengthen your organisation's approach to the CSA.
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Everything You Need to Know about the CSA

Do you want to gain a deep understanding of S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), its structure, relevance, and how to unlock the full potential of your company’s participation in the assessment? This article provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the CSA that Finch & Beak has observed in its work as an independent consultancy over the past 15 years while supporting companies with the CSA and other ESG ratings.
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Leveraging Your CSA Participation

On 27 September Finch & Beak organized an ESG Acceleration Webinar designed for companies interested in participating in the upcoming Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) as part of the group with the deadline in January 2023. During the session, ESG Expert, Nikkie Vinke explained the key aspects of the CSA, elaborated on the relevance of the assessment in the ESG investment landscape, and provided practical advice for leveraging your company’s participation. This article summarizes the webinar highlights and includes a downloadable checklist with expert tips and tricks to help your organization ensure successful CSA participation.
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How to Unpack and Interpret Your CSA 2022 Results

After months of preparing their responses to S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), companies are now finding out how they have performed. This year, S&P Global has developed a new approach to releasing companies’ ESG Scores and, where applicable, inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and S&P ESG Indices. This approach also entails changes in the CSA’s Benchmarking Database and has implications for how companies can read and communicate their results. This article provides a summary of the takeaways from communication from S&P Global around the CSA 2022 results release as part of a webcast and in additional publications.
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