In this episode, Brigham McNaughton joins Kevin O'Connell to discuss how investors are accelerating their focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors and the challenges that creates for corporate reporting.
We discuss the following questions:
0:36 - What is ESG and what trends are driving the momentum?
2:36 - What are the investors looking for with regard to ESG and what are they most concerned about?
4:54 - What are companies doing to shift operations to focus more on ESG issues?
6:37 - How should a company start the process and who should be included in the discussions?
8:29 - What are some important topics needed in these discussions?
9:23 - How is PwC helping clients build trust in this space?
11:18 - What are some key takeaways to consider around ESG?
Kevin O'Connell serves as PwC’s Trust and Transparency Solutions and ESG Solutions leader. A leading specialist in SOC 1, 2 and 3, and other third party assurance and internal controls reporting, he has over 25 years of experience providing services to our largest financial services clients designed to identify, assess, and manage complex risk and control issues across the enterprise – whether they are strategic, financial, systems, or operational in nature. As PwC's ESG Solutions leader, Kevin leads a team of professionals focused on helping organizations implement strategies to improve their ESG reporting and communicate progress to investors and other stakeholders.
Brigham McNaughton is PwC's Sustainability Services Operations Leader focusing on sustainability strategy, impact assessments, and reporting. Brigham has served clients in a range of industries, advising on core sustainability strategy development based on quantitative analysis and stakeholder engagement using accepted frameworks such as the Global Reporting Initiative. He also coordinates PwC’s engagement with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).