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ESG and Sustainability – Governance

The “G” in ESG is perhaps the most important, because without good governance, efforts to support environmental and social priorities likely will fall short.

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Governance is the most important element of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principals, because without good governance, efforts to support environmental and social priorities likely will fall short.

As companies adopt an expanded view of the constituents they serve, environmental and social issues have gained more prominence in management and board agendas. Stakeholder capitalism has become one of the key concepts guiding how companies and boards view their purpose and responsibilities. Investors, employees, customers and regulators are pressuring companies about their commitments to issues like

  • Climate change
  • Pollution and carbon emissions
  • Energy efficiency
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI)
  • Employee wellbeing

All of this puts pressure on board members to act or risk losing customers, clients and talent. Good governance, then, is of paramount importance. Boards, working with management, have to sort through all of the noise — opinions, ideas and information — and make rational, informed decisions about how to set priorities, allocate resources and make investments.

We have identified four key issues that are part of a good governance program:

Board governance and effectiveness

We believe companies with well-functioning and effective boards with diverse experiences, skills and stewardship styles can protect and create value.

Sustainable investments

We help companies deploy capital for the benefit of all stakeholders, including vendor selection and inclusion or exclusion for pension investments.

Risk transfer mitigation

We can help identify, assess, quantify and manage enterprise-wide risks and liabilities for organizations, and help them purchase the appropriate insurance and other mitigation strategies.

Disclosures and targets

We believe in the importance of transparency and clear disclosure and can help identify and quantify sustainability priorities, ESG targets and trade-offs, and alignment with performance and compensation.


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