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ESG and Sustainability – Social

The social factor of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles is a key element of the interconnectivity between people, risk and capital.

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We believe the social factor of environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles operates in concert with environmental and governance factors in areas relating to social determinants of health and wealth, diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and wellbeing.

It is important for employers to take action to inspire, motivate, engage and upskill their employees in line with ESG goals. Combined with the greater emphasis on ESG strategy, these efforts also bring about a shift in employer brand and culture, Total Rewards, employee engagement, and skills and work initiatives.

Companies that embrace their climate and governance strategies and meaningfully embed them into their culture, programs and employee experience achieve greater levels of employee engagement and performance.

To better understand the connection of social to the other two principal elements of ESG, consider the potential impacts of climate change on employee wellbeing. While wellbeing is considered a social factor of ESG, it both impacts and is impacted by environmental and governance factors.

There are four pillars of wellbeing: physical, emotional, financial and social. All four of these pillars maybe impacted by environmental and governance strategies. For example, climate change will certainly have an impact on people’s health, but will also impact their financial wellbeing as well through severe weather events, extreme heat, air pollution, changing ecologies, and increasing water and food insecurity.

This, in turn, reinforces the need for strong governance as employees with poor emotional or financial wellbeing may be more inclined to take risks and ignore governance protocols.

We have identified six key issues that contribute to the social element of ESG:

Diversity, equity and inclusion

We help organization create healthy company cultures, where DEI is steeped in the talent experience and employees bring their best selves to work, collaborating to increase overall employee engagement and wellbeing.

Wellbeing

We help organizations develop physically and emotionally healthy, financially secure and socially connected employees to deliver on their ESG commitments.

Employee safety and security

We help companies ensure the safety and wellbeing of employees, their families and the communities they operate in and serve.

Justice, fairness and equality

We help companies ensure fairness and equality in their people practices by committing to DEI and equitable Total Rewards.

Employability and social mobility

We work with companies to help equip employees with skills needed for continued employability and upward social mobility keeping them prepared for the future of work.

Workforce resilience and stability

We help determine optimal staffing that is aligned with organizational purpose and make sure they have a continually viable talent pipeline.

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