How to Strengthen your Company's ESG Efforts this 2024

Posted by Alyanna Tagamolila
Jun 18, 2024
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As the global shift towards adapting sustainable practices in private and public institutions continues, the collective efforts to fight climate change and other pressing issues have led to the development of ESG.   


ESG stands for environmental, social and governance – pillars used to assess how institutions make sustainable decisions as well as good social and governance policies — these pillars are used by certain countries and companies to assess the effectivity of their sustainable efforts. 


Read: The Role of Accountants in Sustainability Reporting 


Understand Environment, Social and Governance Efforts 

In an effort to promote sustainability, the United Nations pinpointed environmental, social and governance as the three areas of operations where an institution can make the most positive impact not just on their own employees and culture but on their community, industry and country as well. Here’s a brief rundown of what ESG entails:   



Assessing the environmental aspect of an institution’s operations means looking into the institution’s impact on the environment, including its carbon footprint, resource use, waste management, and other proactive efforts towards green initiatives and sustainability. 


Social efforts are also assessed as it is believed to help the community which the institution is part of. The social factors of an institution that can be assessed as under ESG initiatives is the state of the company's relationships with its employees, how they handle client relationships, their community-service initiatives and civic engagement as well as their overall societal impact such as participation in community-wide diversity activities, labor practice initiatives and the like. 


True to the root of the word, governance efforts focus on how the leadership team governs their company. It focuses on the systems and processes that the management sets in place that determine how the institution operates. The institutions' leadership structure, ethical practices, transparency, and adherence to the governing rules and regulations applicable to it are also part of an institution’s governance efforts.   


Now that we know what ESG means, why is it important to strengthen your company’s ESG efforts? 

Why Strengthen your Company’s ESG Efforts? 

Enhancing your company's ESG efforts is not just about compliance or reputation management, it's about driving your company’s operational and administrative processes to shift toward long-term sustainability that benefits you and your community. 



Risk Mitigation 

The furtherance of ESG efforts is first and foremost a response to the economic and environmental problems we are facing today. With this, adopting ESG practices positions your company at an advantage when it comes to various risks that it may face in the future whether it be regulatory, economic, operations and/or environmental.  
Your ESG efforts help you navigate turbulence should the situation come.  


Healthy Work Culture 

Your ESG initiatives are geared towards employee satisfaction, helping you boost the overall morale of your company as it is a way of letting your people know you prioritize them.  

By implementing ESG programs that are employee-centric, you are adopting the belief that your people are your greatest assets and as a result, you are prepared to take measures to take care of these assets.  


Long-Term Sustainability 

Ultimately, prioritizing ESG is about ensuring the long–term sustainability and resilience of your company – making sure that it can handle the changes brought about by climate change, economic turbulence and other risks that may occur.  


How to Strengthen your Company’s ESG Efforts 

With the many benefits of incorporating ESG practices into your own institution’s processes, the perfect time to start is now! Here’s how you can easily gear your company towards making sustainable changes.  


Set Clear Goals and Metrics 

Define specific, measurable goals for your ESG initiatives – it can be something as simple as reducing carbon emissions by going paperless or something long-term as increasing diversity in leadership roles and enhancing governance practices between departments. To help assess its effectiveness, use metrics to track the progress of these initiatives.  


Integrate ESG into your Company’s Business Strategy 

Integrate ESG considerations into your overall business strategy rather than treating them as a separate venture outside of your company's goals. By aligning your ESG goals with your core business goals, you will be able to easily achieve both without exerting too much of the company’s efforts and resources.  


Engage your Company’s Stakeholders 

Involve stakeholders such as investors, employees, clients and partners in your ESG journey. Constantly ask for their insights and feedback and communicate transparently about your ESG efforts – this will foster a culture of accountability to further your ESG initiatives, making it more effective.  


Invest in Sustainability 

Allocate resources towards sustainability initiatives, such as green practices, sustainable supply chain practices, waste reduction, and circular economy principles in your own company’s processes. 


Integrate Technology into your ESG efforts 

Leverage technology solutions, such as data analytics, AI, and blockchain, to enhance your ESG initiatives reporting, monitoring, and decision-making processes. 


Advocate for Continuous Improvements

Make sure you continuously review and improve your ESG strategies, policies, and practices based on feedback, insights, and the overall changing landscape of the global economy and environment. 



By strengthening your ESG efforts, you’ll be able to promote inclusion, diversity and sustainability for your company, making it a beneficial venture for you as you increase the trust between you and your clients, strengthen the relationship with your employees and optimize your processes to maximize profitability.  

These efforts are not only good for the environment and your community but can also drive meaningful progress in securing your company’s future. Remember, your ESG efforts are not just a marketing stunt; they are a commitment to creating positive impact and value for your company and the community for the generations to come.  


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