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You Are Not Alone: ESG Data Challenges Test the Chief Sustainability Office on Performance

Climate action is taking center stage as momentum builds in the run up to the COP26 climate conference in November. Reaching a net-zero future will require firm commitments and action from a variety of stakeholders. At Good.Lab we believe the private sector possesses enormous potential to drive climate action and be a force for good. That’s why […]

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 […]

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 […]

Navigating ESG Frameworks with High Quality Data

Navigating Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) reporting can at times become a frustrating labyrinth of acronyms, surveys, standards, disclosures mixed in with hundreds of constantly changing ESG criteria. It’s especially challenging to know where to start with reporting frameworks and competing ESG disclosure standards. Although ESG reporting is still voluntary in its infancy, the […]

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 […]

A Shift to Action – Going Beyond Basic ESG Reporting

ESG impact measurement, reporting and ratings today are the wild west. That is without a doubt. As to their usefulness, it depends entirely on how the ESG data is being applied. In a recent Harvard Business Review article focusing on Sustainability, Inc., Kenneth P. Pucker makes some solid arguments. He highlights what he sees as the […]

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 […]

Navigating A New Climate Agenda: What Companies Can Expect Next in ESG Reporting

Climate resilience is in the spotlight across the globe, and companies are being called to action. On Earth Day, President Biden announced a sweeping climate agenda to halve U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and become net-zero by 2050, accompanied by a $2 trillion infrastructure plan to meet these goals. Corporate leaders and boards across […]

Four Ways To Align Suppliers with your Sustainability Commitment

A growing number of companies are recognizing the importance of reducing their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with their suppliers. The momentum for companies to address their environmental footprint is part of a growing trend to supercharge environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) performance. Performance which is increasingly tied to improved customer and suppliers relationships, higher […]

10 Benefits of a Fractional Chief Sustainability Officer

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) expectations are increasing rapidly. Disclosure and reporting are more pressing than ever – 90% of S&P500 index companies now publish sustainability reports – and will likely intensify under new SEC leadership. Technology industry leaders like Google, Salesforce, Microsoft, Amazon have publicly committed to ambitious targets across a range of ESG […]

Ten ESG Trends to Watch Right Now

The past year and COVID-19 pandemic had a profound effect on our already vulnerable and changing world. In a time characterized by increasing uncertainty and unprecedented risk, 2020 served as a wake-up call to policymakers, business leaders and investors. This has further fueled the already growing ESG trends toward incorporating environmental, social and governance issues […]

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