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ESG reporting

Why it’s vital to your company narrative

What is ESG reporting and why it's a key investment in your company's future

ESG metrics and reporting are fast becoming business imperatives. Increased scrutiny from investors, shifts in consumer and customer expectations and likely policy changes under the Biden Administration mean companies are facing new pressure to measure, disclose and improve on ESG-related issues across three clear categories:

  • Environmental: carbon emissions, water and waste management, raw material sourcing, climate change vulnerability
  • Social: diversity, equity and inclusion, labor management, data privacy and security, community relations
  • Governance: board governance, business ethics, intellectual property protection

Stakeholders across the business spectrum see ESG factors as a window into a company’s future. ESG reporting and metrics are also an important indicator of a company’s overall health, and ESG reports can lay the foundation for a compelling story about the impact your company is making on the world. Tying all three elements into consolidated reporting (using a reputable ESG framework/reporting standard), and to your broader strategy, signals that your company is taking the necessary steps to be viable and profitable in the long run.

And that’s music to the ears of investors looking out for the long-term impact of their investments.

How are leading companies using reporting to inform their ESG strategy?

Forward-thinking organizations are integrating values, goals and metrics into business strategies to mitigate ESG risks. They’re also seizing related opportunities to innovate and reduce costs. Both start with reporting that follows commonly accepted standards which stakeholders know and trust. It’s the baseline leading companies use to identify and improve on their strengths and weaknesses, and to tell an effective story.

Assess your data on ESG Pulse, a PwC product

This first-of-its kind product provides you rapid insights on areas for improvement within the reporting process. We can help you tell your ESG story with confidence by assessing maturity, understanding potential risks, recalibrating efforts using deeper insights and benchmarks against peers.

See what ESG Pulse can do for you

 

Ready to take the next step on your ESG reporting journey? PwC can help

Compelling ESG reporting doesn’t come together in a flash. It requires collaboration and insight from across the organization to work towards common goals as a team. Many organizations start by assessing the maturity of their data. Others want to focus on climate change, diversity, equity and inclusion or other significant areas of reporting. Some are further along in their thinking and ready to make optimizations. And in boardrooms across the country, corporate directors are looking to best understand their ESG oversight roles.

Why work with PwC to help you take the next step forward? Because wherever you are on your journey, we’re ready to meet you there. We bring purpose, vision and practicality to your unique set of challenges—and we understand where you’re coming from. We’ve been on our own ESG journey, and we’re ready to share our insights and successes to help you.

Our passionate, multi-disciplinary teams provide insights across industries and are here to help your company:

  • Quickly get started on your ESG strategy, including areas such as climate risk and diversity, equity and inclusion, that can enhance your growth and reputation
  • Understand and leverage the various ESG standards and frameworks such as SASB and TCFD to develop a compelling story for your investors, board and other stakeholders that inspires them to come along for the ride
  • Develop investment-grade ESG metrics that your shareholders can trust
  • Tech-enable your ESG reporting journey to make the data useful to your business throughout the year
  • Educate your stakeholders on key ESG topics, including the board of directors—who will expect management to be ahead of the curve

Have a few minutes to get smart about ESG? Our podcast series & webcasts can help you step forward.

ESG encompasses a wide range of risks and opportunities, and each industry has its own specific considerations. Tune in to learn more.

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