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Environmental, social and governance (ESG)

Aligning value with values

It’s not an exaggeration to say ESG is driving a complete reframe of how we conceptualize value. When we step away from the premise that success is based largely on financial measures, everything is upended.

ESG is a new way to think. Financial value and ethical values are now coming together in unprecedented ways—success is no longer simply about financials, disclosures, climate change or diversity. It’s about aligning and embedding all of these principles, and more, into your strategy, capital allocation and operations to know you’re prepared for the world of tomorrow.

ESG will drive the next wave of transformation

We’re in the throes of major global shifts, including technological disruption, climate change, fractured geopolitics, social tension and the continuing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we’ve already seen some of the polarized effects of these shifts, ESG will only amplify the differences between organizations ready to move into the future and those holding on to the past.

There’s never been a more important time to build trust to connect your organization, your people, your customers, your stakeholders and the world. But to sustain outcomes and continue making a difference, organizations will need to make sure they’re aligning value with values.

Define your ESG ambition

Our vision is to empower leaders and organizations to define their ESG story and stay true to it. We bring together a passionate community of solvers from strategy, tax, deals, legal, people, assurance, reporting, data and tech to help you incorporate ESG principles into everything you do.

Whatever the starting point is for your ESG journey, it will result in changes to all the dimensions of your business, including overall strategy, transformation and reporting for transparency.

How do you get there from here? Is now the right time to invest? You need a coherent approach, and that’s where we come in.

To create impact through ESG, you’ll need to build a clear, practical plan that will appeal to both your stakeholders and your shareholders. People and technology will need to work together so you can see more and act faster to make ESG-driven changes to your operations, value chain and entire organization. Those organizations that are able to perform in terms of ESG are already outpacing underperformers when it comes to customer retention, cost of capital and overall market reputation.

The world is ready for you to make a difference. Future success will be determined by how well your business prepares for and adapts to the realities of a highly dynamic world. Transformation will be key: operational, cultural and financial changes will be crucial to deliver long-term value. Make the right changes at the right time to empower your organization to continuously innovate internally and lead change externally.

Get the trusted information you need to make sound decisions. Use proven tactics and smarter technologies to identify, measure and hold your business accountable to ESG requirements. Take a proactive approach to proving your commitment, to employees, customers, shareholders, suppliers and other stakeholders, using the right data, metrics and disclosures. Future reporting won’t just be about financials—it will also be about measures like people insights, intellectual capital, and social and environmental impacts.

Setting you up to excel means making sure you can access the right data through ESG tools and technology that make it easier and more efficient for everyone to focus on targets that will drive value and results—in your ESG journey and in your operations. It means turning your data and external information into valuable insights across your entire value chain. Empower your organization to make better decisions and deliver superior financial returns to investors, as well as build value for customers, employees, suppliers and society.

“This is really about building value—if you’re thinking about your strategy in any shape or form around people, process or technology and you haven’t baked in ESG business issues and risks, you’ve potentially missed one of the biggest issues.”

—Mike Harris, ESG and Net Zero Leader, PwC Canada

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Mike Harris

Mike Harris

Partner, Risk Assurance Services, PwC Canada Board Chair, ESG Practice and Net Zero Leader, PwC Canada

Tel: +1 604 806 7711

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