More and more fund managers have accepted that ESG issues can be material to the performance and therefore value of their assets and are seeking to benchmark and monitor performance.
There are many variations on the old adage that: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” Its central theme, however, is now a key part of thinking around best practice in environment, social and governance (ESG) management.
Having advanced from the acceptance of good news case studies as the typical way of illustrating ESG performance, stakeholders are seeking to confirm that appropriate ESG management plans have been put in place, built around delivering against material key performance indicators and related targets.
Moreover, more and more fund managers, irrespective of what their stakeholders are requesting, have accepted that ESG issues can be material to the performance and therefore value of their assets, and are seeking to benchmark and monitor performance.
For both, data is now a central requirement.
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.
Collecting data, for example on energy use, staff diversity and turnover or numbers of cyber incidents, 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 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.
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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