Exploring Environmental Social Governance

While not a new concept or strategy, Environmental Social Governance programs are on the rise. Over the last couple of years, as natural disasters continued to pick up in intensity and COVID-19 brought rising income and healthcare inequalities to center stage, Corporations have increasingly been pouring more focus on their own ESG measurements and practices in conjunction with their Corporate Social Responsibility efforts. ESG isn’t just for companies that produce products that contribute to environmental concerns like plastics companies or oil and gas, and it’s not just for industries that tend to be more under the public eye as a consumer-driven and b2b organization. ESG can be for everyone, no matter how small or large your workforce or what industry your company falls into.

The following guide is meant to be a starting place for learning a brief history of ESG and how the concept has evolved, components of ESG, different measurement & management practices and external resources (both free and paid) that you can access to learn more.

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Additional Content: 

Blog: Taking a Deeper Look at the Social Justice Piece of ESG - Many companies recognize the opportunity to develop long-term sustainability goals t oaddress health, social and economic challenges as part of the "social element" of ESG. This article provides a short interview with Michael Moore, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Blackbaud, a round up of on-demand webinar content that provides insight from industry leaders on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and a blog resource to help you get started on your ESG Reporting Journey, followed by articles that inspire social justice.

Blog: Starting Your ESG Reporting Journey - If you are beginning to think about incorporating elements of ESG into your CSR program then check out this blog post by Rachel Hutchisson, VP of Global Social Responsibility at Blackbaud. She discusses things she has learned over the past 15 years in her career as a social responsibility leader.


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