ESG Ratings

The demand for public non-financial information on environmental, social, and governance issues is both maturing and booming. Companies often elect to participate in ESG ratings to showcase their sustainability efforts to their investors and other stakeholders and to improve their performance. Due to the proliferation of benchmarks and ratings and severe incompatibility between the different instruments, companies can become overwhelmed spending disproportionate amounts of their time on reporting at the expense of generating actual change. Streamlining the different ESG benchmarks is essential to increase ESG performance, monitor progress, and guide management decision-making.

 
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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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September 27, 2022

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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The TCFD Journey: A Roadmap

The most significant risks that organizations face today are related to climate change. The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations help organizations to understand and prepare for climate-related risks and capitalize on climate-related opportunities relevant to them. This article elaborates on the most important TCFD requirements, explains how organizations can integrate the recommendations and the downloadable roadmap outlines the 6 phases of the TCFD journey and suggests key activities, outcomes, and tools for each phase.
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TCFD Beyond Risks & Reporting: Practical Tips & Take-Aways

The recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) have the potential to be more than a risk and reporting framework. On Tuesday 24 May 2022, Finch & Beak hosted a webinar focused on TCFD, where guest speakers Steven Hather, Chief Risk Officer at Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company, and Sam Gill, Principal Climate Change Consultant at SLR Consulting shared more on how to activate an organization's TCFD approach. This article shares highlights of the session, valuable insights into TCFD integration, engagement, and disclosure, and includes a downloadable checklist with three TCFD activation tips.
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Winning Sustainability Strategies Online Program: May-July 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 30 May 2022.
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Activating Your 2022 CSA Approach

Clearly identified material issues, a strong sustainability strategy, and a solid ESG program are important building blocks for successful participation in S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). This article summarizes the key takeaways of a webinar hosted by Finch & Beak with keynote speaker Edoardo Gai, Managing Director, Head ESG Benchmarking at S&P Global Sustainable1. The webinar focused on activating your CSA approach which included insights about current ESG trends, how ESG is evolving, the 2022 methodology changes, and practical suggestions for setting up a successful campaign.
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Preparing for an Effective ESG Ratings Season: 5 Tips to Get Ready

As the corporate reporting season is in full swing, ESG ratings such as those that determine the constituents of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and CDP A-list are opening their assessments soon. If your company has decided to participate in S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), this article proposes five steps to use the remaining months wisely and get ready for the CSA to open in early April.
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ESG Acceleration Webinar: Activating Your CSA 2022 Approach

During this webinar, we deep-dived into setting up for successful participation in S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment in 2022. Keynote speaker Edoardo Gai, Managing Director, Head ESG Benchmarking at S&P Global Sustainable1, gave insights into the key trends driving the ESG agenda, and the methodology changes for this year's CSA.
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