A central aim of ESG management is to minimise the potential business risks from climate change and other sustainability challenges.
A central aim of environmental, social and governance (ESG) management is to minimise the potential business risks from climate change and other sustainability challenges, be they declining availability of raw materials or contracting markets for less sustainable products or services.
Anthesis can help you understand the risks, and potential opportunities, using our three-step approach.
- Identify priority business issues – establish focus by identifying which aspects of the business are most vulnerable to sustainability challenges, or present opportunities. Apply our proprietary business questionnaire, the financial analysis literature and workshops to prioritise key business issues and risk pathways for analysis in step two.
- Evaluate the impact – evaluate the likelihood and financial magnitude of the most important business risks and opportunities.
- Optimise the response plan – model the net cost savings from adaptation measures. Model strategic responses to the opportunities and risks and conduct workshops to explore practical implementation, including disclosure.
Anthesis is skilled at undertaking cost-efficient, high-level portfolio assessments that seek to map sustainability risks, evaluating the key assets and issues of concern upon which to focus future mitigation and resilience strategies. This can involve reviewing data and building assessments based on sector and geographic reviews, often using our proprietary RiskHorizon software.
Our advice always seeks to balance the ESG performance benefits with the related implementation costs and our experience extends to helping to identify and facilitate alternative financing arrangements if required.
We also routinely put in place implementation teams to facilitate delivery, potentially embedding our staff within the client organisation or a particular site.
I have worked with Anthesis for many years. They have a depth of ESG understanding and expertise, allowing real analysis and advice on the emerging issues that are becoming increasingly material to our clients. What sets them apart is their willingness and ability to apply this, together with technology solutions, to enhance the quality and speed of their reporting.
We wanted the ESG screen as we were keen to understand the definition of ESG and to see the criteria you would be using. We were also interested to see how others would view us through this lens. The Anthesis screen provided us a with a “mirror”. The value to Neste was that it confirmed we are on a right track to addressing ESG issues. It also helped us to identify some potential improvement opportunities, several of which we are working on, and others that warrant further evaluation.
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