ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) can feel like an overwhelming and confusing topic, from understanding which data should be tracked to figuring out which framework to use. Are ESG frameworks mandatory, or even necessary, for ESG? Which framework is right for your industry and type of organisation? What’s the benefit of aligning to a framework? ESG reporting and ratings drive a huge and growing amount of investment, and ESG is fast becoming the standard for businesses to manage and report on their risks.

Deciding to start ESG scoring can seem like a daunting task. But in actual fact, compliance dovetails into ESG reporting in a very meaningful way. Using a particular ESG framework can help to guide your reporting processes, showing you where to look, what to measure, and how to communicate it.

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Global businesses are now bringing environmental, social and governance issues together under the banner of ESG to demonstrate the positive impact the business is having on the world. Deciding to start ESG (environmental, social, and governance) scoring can seem like a daunting task. But figuring out which ESG framework could work best for your business can help you get started with ESG and guide your reporting process, showing you where to look, what to measure, and how to communicate it.

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US battling Greenwashing with enhanced disclosure requirements

The US securities regulator is taking aim at exaggerated ESG credentials in investment products. The new rules seek to bring some clarity to the sustainable investment industry which has topped $3tn in value. The SEC wants to fight ‘greenwashing’ through enhanced evidence requirements for sustainable asset funds, making sure impact investments actually deliver on what they are supposed to do.

The proposed amendments will broadly categorise certain types of ESG strategies and require more specific disclosures in fund prospectuses, annual reports, and advisor brochures. This means funds focused on environmental factors for example will generally be required to disclose the greenhouse gas emissions associated with their portfolio investments.

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Rules will also require 33% women in senior roles by 2026

In the latest ESG legislative initiative to come from the EU, the trialogue discussion between the Commission, Parliament and Council have agreed to adopt landmark mandatory quotas to ensure ‘the underrepresented sex’ will have at least 40% of seats on corporate boards.

The requirements will come into force 30 June 2026 and require large companies with over 250 employees operating in the EU to also ensure 33% representation of women in all senior roles, including non-executive directors and C-suite.

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Far from a buzzword, ESG is fast becoming the standard for businesses to manage and report on their risks. ESG: environmental, social and governance, are essentially the broadest set of factors that can measure a company’s impact on the world. ESG reporting and ratings drive a huge and growing amount of investment.

Deciding to start ESG scoring can seem like a daunting task. But in actual fact, compliance dovetails into ESG reporting in a very meaningful way. Using a particular ESG framework can help to guide your reporting processes, showing you where to look, what to measure, and how to communicate it.

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How ESG is catching up with Elon Musk

Tesla is certainly a company that stands out from the crowd. It seems as if every other day Tesla is hit by a new bit of bad news. If it’s not viral videos of flaming cars locking their drivers inside then it’s critical software updates for apparently also flammable entertainment systems. All this and more has led to Tesla being dramatically kicked out of the S&P 500 ESG Index.

Is this because Tesla’s prima donna CEO, Elon Musk, wants to stand out from the crowd of billionaire CEOs? Musk certainly likes to make a statement, even if his tweets have previously been accused of violating labour laws and resulted in defamation cases

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What is carbon literacy training?

Climate change represents one of the greatest threats humanity has ever faced, and we need everyone on board to fight it. 

VinciWorks’ new course on climate change will provide a working knowledge and understanding of the mechanics of climate change. The short course gives users an understanding of how human actions are causing climate change and what you and your organisation can do about it. Users will learn how carbon emissions and other factors affect the environment, what will happen if we don’t take collective action, and what we can do to slow the process on an individual, community and organisational basis.

Topics covered

  • What is climate change?
  • The science behind climate change
  • What will life be like if we don’t take action?
  • Causes of climate change
  • Things you can do to help

Course features

  • Smooth, user-friendly scroll design
  • Customisable training on a wide variety of topics with the option to include or remove topics for different audiences
  • Interactive learning built-in throughout the course, with the ability for the administrators to track responses in order to gain insights into users’ grasp of the topics
  • Eye-catching design and an easy to use experience

To learn more about the course, contact us via the short form below.

Drafting an environmental policy is a valuable way for a company to clarify its commitment to managing its environmental impact. It can also serve as a valuable component of your ESG toolbox.   

An environmental policy can help provide a vision for employees to understand their roles and responsibilities. It can also help improve company decisions, reduce costs, and improve efficiency across the organisation. 

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ESG can feel like a complex and confusing topic, from finding the right data to track to aligning to frameworks. Are ESG frameworks mandatory, or even necessary for ESG? Which framework is right for which industry and size of business, and what’s the benefit, or not, of aligning to a framework for ESG?

In this webinar, our Director of Product Alona Stern and Director of Learning and Content Nick Henderson explored what frameworks mean, how to align with them, and which one, if any, may be right for your business. We also heard from Amanda Latham, Associate and Policy & Strategy Lead at professional services consultancy Barnett Waddingham. Amanda shared insight on her journey to becoming involved in ESG, including chairing the stewardship workstream of the Investment Consultants Sustainability Working Group (ICSWG).

This webinar covered:

  • The most popular ESG frameworks
  • What the difference is between the different ESG frameworks
  • Why you might align to a framework, and why not
  • How to align to a framework and get started
  • How VinciWorks can help with ESG

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Free guide: ESG — What businesses need to know

Global businesses are no longer working on environmental, social and governance issues in a silo. They are bringing them together under the banner of ESG to demonstrate the positive impact the business is having on the world. We have created a guide to environmental, social and governance factors with case studies and examples to help businesses that want to get started on ESG initiatives.

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