12 Steps to Best Practice ESG Reporting

We spotted this in F&C’s Corporate Governance Guidelines document published earlier in the year, and took the liberty to share. Particularly interesting for IR teams responsible for communicating ESG matters to investors.

Basic: 

  • Identify significant ESG risks and opportunities for the business
  • Establish and explain board accountability for ESG issues
  • Set out policies for significant ESG issues and explain how they are implemented and monitored
  • Establish and disclose targets and Key Performance Indicators for significant ESG issues covering global operations
  • Describe systems for training board members and staff on ESG issues
  • Report on performance against policies

Best Practice:

  • Explain how ESG policies link to key operational and financial drivers
  • Describe procedures for consulting key stakeholders and provide feedback on the range of views
  • Discuss challenges and set-backs as well as success stories
  • Describe procedures for verifying data including external verification
  • Take account of widely-accepted reporting standards such as the Global Reporting Initiative
  • Describe how ESG objectives are embedded into the corporate culture, including how they are reflected in remuneration policies and other performance management tools

Source: F&C, Global Corporate Governance Guidelines, January 2014

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