ESG Consulting

As investors demonstrate a soaring interest in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG)-related risks and opportunities, it is becoming essential for companies to identify and respond to their sustainability challenges. With over 20 years of experience, Finch & Beak helps corporate clients avoid this reporting trap by building effective sustainability strategies that focus on vital issues, by efficient use of ratings to drive sustainability performance, and by selecting the right ESG benchmarks to leverage their insights and significance.
 
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Impacts of Climate Change on Human Society

This article, the second in a four-part series unpacking the key pieces of information from the IPCC AR6 reports, provides insights into climate change impacts so far, how they will impact the world in the future, and suggests how humans can adapt.
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The Latest Climate Science from the IPCC

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) produces a set of major reports every seven years summarizing the latest climate science and its implications for human society. This article is the first in a series of four blog posts unpacking the key pieces of information from the reports and explores the key highlights from the AR6 Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis report that considers the emissions pathway we are tracking, the topic of abrupt climate tipping points, and the logic of a 1.5°C versus 2°C target.
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Job Alert: Business Consultant Sustainability

Finch & Beak is a leading European consulting firm in the field of ESG, sustainability strategy and societal impact. Over the past 25 years, we have worked with more than 150 corporate clients across Europe, trained over 5000 managers, and worked with top-level business schools from around the world. As of March 2022, Finch & Beak has joined market leader SLR Consulting to become part of a global, fast-growing network with more than 2300 professionals working from over 90 offices across the globe. To help our European clients accelerate their sustainability performance, we are looking for a Business Consultant with a passion for climate change challenges.
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Double Materiality Built around the New Solvency II Directive

As European companies are facing and understanding the strong connection between sustainability risks and financial and operational risks, sustainability risks are increasingly becoming more important within the Enterprise Risk Management of these companies. The insurance sector, with the concept of risk ingrained into its nature, is going through a period of transition towards integrating sustainability risks into investment strategies and underwriting activities. This article elaborates on the recently updated Solvency II Directive and discusses practical implications for European insurance companies.
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Accelerating Decarbonization in the Chemical Supply Chain

With the growing demand for chemical products, the Chemical industry is facing increasing pressure to reduce its emissions. To reach net-zero and decarbonize the entire supply chain (therefore strongly focusing on Scope 3), the collaboration between chemical companies and partners is crucial to developing sustainable solutions. This article elaborates on carbon challenges that the sector is facing, as highlighted by a recent Finch & Beak benchmarking study on the maturity of the industry featuring 38 European chemical distribution companies.
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A Greener Manufacturing Approach using LCA

Understanding the environmental impact of products and services is a daunting and complex task but using a Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is a great starting point and a helpful tool to assist your organization in asking accurate questions. In this article, Simon Gandy, Technical Director at SLR with more than 20 years of experience advising clients on matters of LCA explains how a high-level, streamlined LCA can be used to determine the impacts of your organization's product, processes, and services and provides a practical downloadable application in the form of a four-step plan for greener manufacturing.
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Chemical Distribution sector ESG Top Performers

The Chemical Distribution sector is characterized by high growth, high value, and high impact but, compared to other sectors it is immature on ESG reporting and the development of sustainability programs. This article provides a brief overview of the reason and approach for a recent Finch & Beak benchmark study conducted, based on publicly available data of the Chemical Distribution sector and includes a downloadable ranking of the performance of 38 researched companies.
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The impact of EFRAG's reporting standard updates on (double) materiality assessments

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Materiality in Motion

To maximize the value of your organisation's materiality assessment, it is crucial to stay informed about reporting updates and incorporate it in your approach and implementation. In this ESG Acceleration webinar, we will discuss the impact of recent reporting developments including EFRAG's first draft of the European sustainability reporting standards. Special guest presenter Virginie Delcroix, VP Sustainable Development at Arkema, will share insights on how the company's recent double-materiality assessment engaged its key stakeholders, helped to sharpen the sustainability program and to connect to the business strategy.
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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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Leveraging TCFD to Strengthen Your Climate Strategy

Climate change requires urgent action. It’s the next high-impact, high-probability risk facing organizations, and needs to be on the radar of forward-thinking business leaders. Future-proofing an organization requires a strong climate strategy and using the TCFD recommendations to understand and manage climate-related risks and opportunities is a great starting point. This article suggests five questions, aligned with TCFD, to ask when developing a climate strategy.
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