“Collecting data, for example on energy use, staff diversity, turnover or numbers of cyber incidents, is now an essential part of the ESG management process“
A well crafted environmental, social and governance (ESG) policy is no longer sufficient; investors wish to see concrete evidence, and increasingly data, that demonstrates improved performance. In addition, other stakeholders, not least an organisations own staff, wish to see action.
However, many funds and financial institutions are hampered in their response by a lack of expertise and/or bandwidth amongst their current team. Anthesis can support fund clients in rolling out their ESG policies and strategies, through direct advisory and training support, completion of defined tasks, outsourcing and secondments, and the design and implementation of IT solutions.
Our approach to ESG policy and strategy implementation
Across the full range of ESG issues, Anthesis is expert at benchmarking current performance, providing valuable analytics such as calculating organisations’ carbon footprints. We can then help management teams and their owners monitoring their performance, guiding, and coaching throughout the improvement process and at specified periodic review points to help achieve the desired outcomes.
ESG begins at home, with funds needing to show that they are “walking the talk”. Anthesis’s support here ranges from internal ESG awareness training, to helping funds to calculate their carbon footprints and identify carbon reduction measures, to guidance on rolling out best practice measures across the social and governance areas, lending staff to provide capacity where required.
With portfolio companies and other investments, Anthesis supports fund clients by providing training that both covers their ESG policy requirements, and the on the ground sustainability challenges that they are facing, from climate change, to plastics, diversity, and how to manage risk within supply chains.
Collecting data, for example on energy use, staff diversity, turnover or numbers of cyber incidents, from portfolio companies and other assets, is now an essential part of the ESG management process. Anthesis can support this with hands-on assistance on the ground to help clients access and validate the required data and put in place web-based data collection systems such as the Footprinter solution to accelerate data collection and analysis.
Transparency and compelling communication is key
Transparency is central to ESG and communicating performance is a key requirement. Support from Anthesis in this regard includes collating and communicating key data sets and narrative on performance to stakeholders. Clients are also supported with their reporting requirements, for instance through the UN Principles of Responsible Investment or as participants in the CDP, GRI or GRESB.
In addition, Anthesis has extensive experience of supporting clients to develop compelling communications collateral for standalone ESG reports.Find out more about our ESG policy and strategy solutions
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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