ESG – responsible approaches to vulnerable children

Companies that provide services to children risk losing the trust of children, parents and institutional clients unless they can properly identify and manage vulnerability. Vulnerability is an increasing concern for the investors and companies that GK Strategy advises on ESG (environmental, social and governance) issues. It’s a growing issue for providers of educational, childcare, fostering and healthcare services, as well as residential care and  children’s holidays. Vulnerability...

Procurement and Social Value : ESG in 2019

2019 will present new challenges for companies in terms of ensuring they have the right ESG (environmental, social and governance) credentials to win tenders. Procurement is an ESG issue that is strongly affected by political and institutional agendas. It’s  important then that companies and investors ensure that the ESG criteria they use reflect this rapidly changing environment. GK’s ESG due diligence and advisory services reflect such changes. One of the biggest developments in 2018...

ESG in 2019 – the environment

The environment is one aspect of ESG (environmental, social and governance) that continues to be strongly driven by political and regulatory agendas. 2019 will be no exception - especially in relation to climate change, packaging and recycling developments. An ESG approach that is politically-informed - mapping and anticipating such developments at supranational, national and sub-national levels, is therefore, critical to enabling  investors develop their own strategies and manage...

ESG in 2019 – developments for consumers

Political, regulatory and economic developments in 2019 will impact on how companies committed to responsible business will engage with their consumers. The consumer should feature more significantly in ESG (environmental, social and governance) due diligence, assessments and strategy. Investors need to go beyond established ESG criteria to do this. Invest Europe’s ESG Due Diligence Questionnaire - the standard assessment for ESG investor risks -  mentions “consumers” just twice...

Bribery and Corruption : How Do They Relate to ESG?

The governance component of ESG (environmental, social and governance) is too often largely identified with the architecture of board oversight – from board composition and remit, to specific sustainability responsibilities. But UN Anti-Corruption Day reminds us that bribery and corruption is of one the biggest issues that lies within the scope of governance. The UN states that this is “one of the biggest impediments to achieving the  

Four Scenarios for Sustainability – How to Respond

One of the world’s leading sustainability organisations, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), recently outlined how business could respond under four possible futures by 2030 – with each scenario illustrating very different levels of centralisation or decentralisation, coordination or fragmentation in politics, economics and society. Each of the scenarios is plausible, and the...

Diversity in 2018 – Some Do’s and Don’ts to be credible and effective on diversity

The diversity landscape has been transformed as much as the UK political landscape in the last 12 months. The Google ‘echo chamber’ controversy; the Weinstein, Spacey, too-many-to-mention allegations in Hollywood and Westminster; the BBC unequal pay scandal; and #MeToo have brought issues of unacceptable workplace practices and behaviour to the fore, and one knock-on effect has been an increased focus on diversity. Many of your colleagues, customers, investors and other stakeholders...

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Martin Summers 22nd Jan, 2018 Strategy
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