ESG Strategy

Supporting clients to develop strategies that accelerate pathways to sustainable performance
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In an era where companies are increasingly judged not only by their financial performance but also by their commitment to sustainability, Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) strategies have become paramount. An effective ESG strategy is more than a compliance checkbox; it is a roadmap for creating lasting value, mitigating risks, and positively impacting the world. At Anthesis, we specialise in guiding organisations towards the development and implementation of robust ESG strategies using a proven approach for prioritising issues, identifying risks and highlighting opportunities

We work across sectors and can help businesses, investors and financial institutions to formulate and execute ESG strategies that align with your business objectives and societal expectations. Our strategic approach, backed by extensive industry knowledge, ensures that your ESG initiatives not only comply with standards but also contribute to long-term resilience and positive change.

Anthesis can help you to develop a bespoke strategy the reflects your sustainability vision, and to:

  • Develop an ESG Strategy tailored to your operations
  • Assess your current ESG Strategy to identify areas for improvement
  • Establish an ESG Strategy implementation plan
  • Embed sustainability within your operations
  • Create long-term objectives
  • Identifying current and future risks
  • Assistance with mandatory reporting requirements

In doing our work, Anthesis leverages our understanding of the sector and looks at the entity through the lens of external events and trends. We consider:

  • Current and future customer demands, the competitive environment, and the implications for reputation and brand. FIs are experiencing significant demand to demonstrate how they are acting responsibly and developing products that meet the increasing customer demand for ethical investments.
  • Regulatory requirements and policy initiatives, ranging from product-focused requirements designed to channel capital to more sustainable activities, such as the EU Taxonomy, to risk-focused central bank requirements.
  • Frameworks and initiatives, such as SASB, the GRI and UN Principles of Responsible Investment reporting schemes, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), commercial ESG “rankers and raters”, such as MSCI and S&P, Science Based Targets Initiative and Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).

Collaborate with our experts to craft tailored ESG strategies aligned with your business goals. We consider industry nuances, stakeholder expectations, and global best practices to create comprehensive and effective sustainability roadmaps.

Our approach typically includes:

  • Engaging stakeholders to create a mutual understanding of the business’ key ESG drivers.
  • Analysing the practical and brand approaches to ESG at competitor and peer firms.
  • Reviewing existing ESG policies, systems and staffing for robustness and best practice.

We can then work with management to define an ESG ambition and agree the material ESG topics to focus on. From there we can present strategy options, including KPIs and targets, and implementation approaches, laying out a roadmap for implementation and transformation.

  • Materiality Assessments: Identify and prioritise ESG issues that matter most to your business and stakeholders through our materiality assessments. This strategic analysis forms the foundation for targeted ESG initiatives, ensuring your efforts are impactful and resonate with your audience.
  • Integration with Business Objectives: Ensure your ESG strategy seamlessly integrates with your broader business objectives. Our consultants work closely with your leadership team to align sustainability goals with corporate strategy, fostering a holistic approach to sustainable business practices.
  • Continuous Improvement Frameworks: Embrace a culture of continuous improvement with our frameworks designed to evolve your ESG strategy over time. We provide ongoing support, tracking progress, and adapting strategies to meet changing ESG landscapes and emerging challenges.

We are the world’s leading science-based advisory, purpose-driven agency and digitally-empowered activator. And always welcome inquiries and partnerships to drive positive change together.