by Alex Minett, Head of Product, CHAS
November 10, 2022
As a partner of CHAS, the UK’s leading provider of risk prevention, compliance and supply chain management services to clients and contractors, the British Drilling Association (BDA), would like to raise awareness of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) and why it is Important and invited Alex Minett of CHAS to discuss.
ESG stands for environmental, social and governance. When used in a place of work, ESG criteria means all the factors that a business should consider that impact one of these three things.
A report conducted by NAVEX® found that 49% of the respondents (in the UK and USA) said that a business’ brand reputation is impacted by performance against ESG metrics. And more than two-fifths (44%) also agreed that a publicly traded company’s ESG ratings would influence their personal investment decision about that company’s stock.
This shows the growing need for a business to have ESG practices and ESG reporting.
What Is ESG?
For any business, ESG factors are an excellent way to build meaningful business goals and may include re-evaluating the business to manage the company’s impact on ESG factors. These factors may include the materials a company regularly uses to how they treat their employees. Still, they all fall under one of the umbrella categories of social, environmental or governance.
This focuses on the environmental impact on the business and may primarily be concerned with environmental or other practices within the business that have the potential to contribute to climate change. These may be:
Social criteria are concerned with how a company treats its workforce and the people the business comes into contact with. This may include communities impacted by a material that a business frequently uses, like factory workers or miners. Other social criteria include:
Governance ESG initiatives are the practices, controls and procedures that are organisational. These ESG policies help to run the business ethically and ensure a business remains compliant with stakeholder needs.
Why Is ESG Important?
While ESG performance should be a factor for all businesses, there will be different ESG risks depending on your business’s sector. Companies with supply chains will probably be more concerned with environmental factors, whilst for those in social care, both social and governance ESG criteria may be the primary focus.
Has your business taken the necessary steps to reduce the environmental impact of projects and meet environmental management standards? You can find out more about the benefits of environmental accreditation from CHAS https://www.chas.co.uk/common-assessment-standard/
BDA members are also reminded to take advantage of the discounts available from CHAS, through its partnership with the BDA. To discover more and to receive your discount codes visit: https://www.britishdrillingassociation.co.uk/news/chas-partnership-claim-your-bda-member-discount-now/
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