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How Private Equity Can Profitably Tap into the Full Potential of ESG

In the wake of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, record-breaking pools of investment capital poured into ESG funds to profitably combat the planet’s intractable social and environmental problems. Now double the ESG investment is expected to mobilize in the years to come. Due to mounting pressure from limited partners to minimize risk and to align their […]

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The New Role of the ESG-Focused Chief Financial Officer

The role of the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has evolved significantly in past years to include Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). Gone are the days of the CFO who focuses only on accounting. Enter the ESG-focused Chief Financial Officer who is required to be fluent in environmental metrics, sustainable supply chain dynamics, and carbon accounting […]

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The Future of ESG Is Performance (Not Ratings) 

Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ratings are front and center in the news cycle these days with critique from notables like, Elon Musk labeling ESG a ‘scam’ to the Financial Times’ recently asking if ESG dead on arrival, ‘RIP ESG?’ As these ratings come under increased scrutiny from every direction, businesses get tangled in cultural […]

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Why ESG performance is top of every CFOs Inbox – and what to do about it

The role of the CFO in ESG performance is changing ESG performance is rapidly becoming a critical business issue for companies of all sizes. Boards and audit committees are increasingly interested in ESG reporting, and Chief Financial Officers (CFO) are increasingly being asked to deliver ESG data to investors. As ownership of ESG reporting shifts […]

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SEC proposes groundbreaking mandatory ESG and climate-related disclosures for public companies

What is the SEC climate-disclosure mandate Today the SEC proposed a groundbreaking rule for climate-related disclosures for public companies in the U.S.  The agency’s commissioners voted 3-1 in favor of the proposal to report on various ESG criteria and will now open it for a period of public comment. The SEC ESG proposal mandates publicly traded […]

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5 steps to making data driven ESG goals part of your business strategy

Setting ESG goals is an essential part of defining your ESG strategy. Intentionally choosing the path you want to take on ESG strategy is more likely to lead to improved performance. Even if you know where you are today, charting a course toward a desired state requires careful setting of data driven ESG goals. The […]

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Why Conducting an ESG Baseline Assessment is Essential for Every Company

Conducting an ESG baseline assessment is essential for every company today. “What gets measured gets managed.” This age-old business adage also applies to ESG performance.  Understanding Your Impact Matters  ESG performance metrics are an increasingly important way of holding companies accountable when it comes to sustainability efforts. Companies need to do everything they can to […]

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Launching your ESG Journey: A Guide to Corporate Sustainability Transformation

Is your company ready to start on its ESG journey? Andries Verschelden, Good.Lab’s CEO, shares insight, tips, and tools for facilitating the corporate sustainability transformation. Why Companies Are Accelerating Their ESG Journey Now Staying ahead in the ever-evolving sustainability landscape has quickly become the next durable competitive advantage and trend of our era. In his groundbreaking letter to CEOs earlier […]

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10 ESG Predictions for 2022

It’s December, so you know what that means: ESG Predictions for what’s to come in 2022.  Business executives around the globe are eagerly looking forward to what they believe will be a strong year for business in contrast with the past two. To help companies prepare now for ESG success in 2022, we asked our network of sustainability […]

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How Apparel Companies Win by Shifting their Focus from Success on the Catwalk to ESG Leadership

From factory floor to retail storefront, clothing goes through a resource-intensive, globally distributed journey before it’s ever worn. As environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainability continue to rise to the fore, companies in the apparel industry face a pressing need to improve ESG performance in their supply chains, their own operations, and even after their […]

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How To Embed Purpose into ESG Data and Company Culture

Purpose is a defining metric for how many people choose their careers, lead their lives, or contribute to the greater good of society. A purpose-driven culture relies on purpose-driven leadership. At some point or another, we all have been empowered and inspired by good proactive leadership that cares about the common good, especially in times […]

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How CEOs Can Better Understand ESG Materiality and Long-Term Value Creation

Social and environmental ESG data can be difficult to measure. ESG surveys can feel repetitive and the rating audits, challenging and time consuming. It’s tempting for CEOs both new and those experienced in the ESG marketplace to take a passive approach to ESG reporting. When addressing ESG data, evaluating what is material to your financial […]

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