Double Materiality

Double materiality expects companies not only to look at the impact on their organization, in other words the contribution to the bottom line, but also expects organizations to look at their impact on issues that are deemed material. Once combined, these outside-in and inside-out views guarantee that companies describe and act on material issues that matter most from both a financial, as well as a societal point of view.
 
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New ESRS Framework: The 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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Double Materiality: 3 Tips for a Practical Approach

Regulators and investors are increasingly expecting organizations to conduct their materiality assessments following the principle of double materiality. However, understanding exactly what double materiality entails, and conducting this assessment in a successful manner comes with its challenges. This article outlines the concept of double materiality in brief and provides three tips for a successful double materiality assessment with practical guidance as part of a downloadable checklist.
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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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ESG Acceleration Webinar: Materiality in Motion

With the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and European Sustainability Reporting Standards set to take effect in 2023, the sustainability reporting landscape is undergoing major development. On the 21st of June 2022, Finch & Beak organized an ESG Acceleration Webinar on the topic of materiality and the recent developments in the reporting landscape. Guest speaker Virginie Delcroix, Vice-President Sustainable Development at Arkema shed light on the materiality process followed by the company. On behalf of Finch & Beak, Director Consulting Bas Nuijten shared the highlighted changes in ESG reporting in combination with practical implications for companies. This article summarizes the highlights of the session and includes a downloadable checklist with 3 materiality activation tips.
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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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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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Tackling ESG Integration Challenges in the Insurance Industry

An investigation of the 25 largest European insurance companies (in terms of assets) that were eligible for inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices in 2021 yielded insights into how the insurance industry is integrating ESG issues into strategy. As the largest institutional investor in Europe, with 10 trillion euros invested in bonds, equity, and other investments, this industry, whose main experience, and business specialty centers on assessing risk, provides a strong case study for how corporates strive to advance on ESG topics. This article highlights the key learnings from the recent benchmark study conducted by Finch & Beak.
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Tackling the Challenges in Visualizing Double Materiality

As of 2023, the EU Commission requires companies to apply the concept of “Double Materiality” as part of its new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD). Companies that have not already done this, need to develop a sharp view on both short-term impacts as well as risks further on the horizon in order to guide their business and build resilience for climate change and other factors. In addition, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) announced updates to its Standards in which the process of a materiality assessment was also actively addressed. This article answers one of the main questions that therefore arises: how do you visualize your materiality matrix in line with the double materiality principle?
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How to Connect ESG Metrics to Your Executives' Remuneration

Be it under the pressure of stakeholders or to showcase commitment to sustainable business practices, an increasing number of companies have linked Economic, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics to their executive remuneration. While this is a valuable strategy to accelerate sustainability performance, doing so may present several challenges in the process from decision making to implementation. This article outlines the considerations to account for in the process and provides three tips for a successful integration of ESG targets in executive remuneration.
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