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Leveraging Your Organization's 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 several months of preparing to demonstrate their ESG performance as part of S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), companies are about to find out how they have performed with the first results being announced on Friday 23 September. 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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November 29, 2022

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Activating Your ESG Analysis

Following the publication of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index results for 2022, this webinar will focus on how your organization can leverage the learnings from its ESG ratings, and build business value by using it as a tool for engagement and continuous improvement.
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Activating Climate Change Management in the ICT Industry

With the expected growth of the Communication Services industry, concerns related to energy use, product sustainability, and CO2 emissions are expected to increase, too. For this reason, these issues naturally form part of the top priorities of materiality matrixes of organizations in the industry. Developing a climate strategy provides a great opportunity to activate materiality on these topics and ultimately, reduce companies’ impact on the environment. This article explains how organizations can improve their longevity and resilience by identifying and assessing climate risks and opportunities associated with their business and provides practical steps for developing a corporate climate strategy.
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How the Postal Industry is making progress on aligning with TCFD

As postal companies face increasing pressure from regulators, society, and investors to act on climate and reduce GHG emissions, intensified net-zero actions and focused climate plans are crucial for the industry. This article elaborates on the ESG maturity of the top five postal companies, selected from a recent Finch & Beak benchmark study, highlights exemplary best-practice TCFD-alignment lessons to be learned, and suggests how companies can make and achieve climate goals by applying the TCFD recommendations.
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Understanding and making the most of your CSA participation

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Leveraging Your CSA Participation

This year S&P Global invites all companies that have been assessed or participated in the Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) in previous years, regardless of their eligibility for ESG indices, and companies whose sustainability performance is of interest to the broader investment community to participate in the CSA. This ESG Acceleration webinar is designed for companies that form part of this group and will cover an introduction to the CSA, elaborate on the relevance of the assessment in the ESG investment landscape, and provide practical tips & tricks for leveraging your company’s participation.
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2022 CSA Learnings to Accelerate Your Sustainability Program

Participating in ESG ratings such as the S&P Global Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) and CDP can be a great tool to sharpen your sustainability approach. This article elaborates on some of the main ESG challenges that we at Finch & Beak observed in the 2022 CSA cycle, explains why a strong governance structure, double materiality, and implemented TCFD recommendations are great assets in your sustainability toolbox, and suggests steps to take your organization’s sustainability program to the next level.
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Protecting Human Rights & the Environment in Global Value Chains

In February 2022, the European Commission published a new EU Directive on Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence. This directive aims to set rules and requirements for companies in the European Union to foster respect for human rights and the environment in global value chains. The draft law aims to provide consumers with greater transparency when purchasing products whose supply and production chains have been difficult to trace until now. This article outlines some of the most notable implications for companies in the European Union and provides recommendations on how to prepare for the upcoming legislation.
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New ESRS Framework: Impact on Sustainability Reporting in Europe

Earlier this year, The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) published the exposure drafts for the new European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). The development of this framework was requested by the European Commission in response to the need to have a single European-wide framework aligned with the requirements of the new CSRD directive. The draft version of the framework that is still under public consultation by various stakeholders highlights which new non-financial reporting features the European Commission wants to advocate for. Most notably, that of double materiality to determine which sustainability priorities are set to become mandatory, and the reporting sustainability indicators that will have to include the entire value chain and be considered from a short-, medium-, and long-term perspective.
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What Each Sector Needs To Do To Achieve Net Zero

The AR6 Climate Change 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change report elaborates on what is required across human society to decarbonize. This final article in the series about the highlights of the latest IPCC reports suggests what each sector can do to at least halve emissions by 2030 and concludes that if ever there was a crucial decade for climate action, it is now.
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