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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June 23, 2021

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Towards a Lean DJSI 2022 Process

As the deadline for S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment draws closer and the reporting season comes to an end, a 5-month long wait for the results is due. How can you put this time to good use?
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What You Need to Know about the EU’s Sustainable Finance Regulations

Having over 9 billion people living well within planetary boundaries by 2050 is an ambitious, yet crucial goal. As an enabler for the urgent transformation required to meet this objective, redirecting finance towards sustainable investments plays an essential role. Europe has already taken important measures to shape the future of its financial sector towards a more sustainable future. These have far-reaching implications for all financial market participants operating in Europe and may inspire other parts of the world to accelerate on the topic of sustainable finance. This article gives a brief overview of sustainable finance in Europe and its global implications for companies.
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Update: S&P Global's Extended its Invitation List for the CSA

S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), the basis for selecting companies into the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, is now accessible for a larger group of companies. Last month, S&P Global announced to even further extend the group of companies to over 10,000,  inviting companies that are of interest to the broader investment community. Finch & Beak is launching a special offer for companies to help them make the most of their (first) active participation in the assessment.
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Introduction to the Corporate Sustainability Assessment for companies invited for the S&P ESG Indices

ESG Acceleration Webinar: CSA For Rookies

During this practical and interactive webinar, Finch & Beak will break down the basics of S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment. The session is specifically designed as a training for companies that are invited for the S&P ESG Indices, for whom the online questionnaire process will start on the 1st of June.
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Telenet's Stakeholder-Driven Solution for Internet in Covid Times

As the world faced the global pandemic, our working and learning models were transformed, turning ourselves toward the telecommunication industry to ask for new digital solutions and reliable internet connections. At the same time, the digital gap became more apparent, leaving those who can’t afford internet access in a vulnerable position. Building on its adaptability and resilience during the early months of the Covid crisis, Telenet further strengthened its commitment to society and offered a new service to bridge the digital divide.
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European Real Estate’s Underleveraged ESG Opportunities

As sustainability-labelled financing is expected to surge in 2021, companies are gearing up to get their fair share of it. Real estate, an industry that is typically capital-intensive, has a particularly great opportunity to tap into this source of financing. European real estate companies, however, appear to be lagging behind on ESG performance compared to their global peers, and may risk losing out.
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New Perspectives on Materiality: Double Materiality & Emerging ESG Risks

Today’s world is obviously dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, but if we look at the landscape of materiality, new perspectives are arising as well. The EU Commission talks about the concept of “Double Materiality” in its Non-Financial Reporting Directive and companies are concerned with capturing emerging risks successfully in their ESG approach. One of the main questions that therefore arises is: how do you ensure your materiality assessment covers these new perspectives on materiality?
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Using materiality to navigate to a sustainable future

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Forward-Looking Materiality

During this webinar, we'll explore how to apply the materiality assessment as a tool to capture (emerging) ESG risks and opportunities, as a driver for future strategy and risk mitigation, and how to align materiality with enterprise risk management. Special guest speaker is Suzanne Westlake, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Corporate Affairs at Ocado Group. Participation is free and capacity is limited, so sign up today to confirm your registration - if you haven't already.
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The Future of Post: Transforming beyond GHG

The postal industry is experiencing a transformational shift, caused by rapid globalization, the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and the immense growth of e-commerce. Postal companies provide an indispensable service to society each day. However, with home parcel delivery growing by 16.5% in 2020, their impact on society and the environment also increased significantly. Moreover, the UN estimated that more than 70% of the world’s population will live in densely populated areas by 2050. Increasing demand for freight transport will require effectively managing these impacts, to turn them from risks into opportunities.
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Introduction to the Corporate Sustainability Assessment for newcomers

ESG Acceleration Webinar: CSA For Rookies

During this practical and interactive webinar, Finch & Beak will break down the basics of S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The session is designed as a training for companies that are participating for the first time in the assessment, or employees that have no prior personal experience with working on the CSA.
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