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ESG perspectives: The latest trends in addressing environmental, social and governance risks

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ESG perspectives: The latest trends in addressing environmental, social and governance risks

by Michael Byrne and Katie Orr Sharp

In many ways, addressing climate risks, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks more broadly, has become a mainstream concern for investors. ESG investment is accelerating, pushing investor demand for enhanced ESG-related disclosure and data. In particular, limitations posed by a lack of common definitions, measurements, standards and data have led to a spate of regulations.

Pressure from investors — not to mention employees, other stakeholders and the general public — has driven companies to commit to and act upon an ESG strategy, focusing primarily on environmental factors such as fossil fuels and climate change. With the advent of COVID-19, stakeholders are turning attention to “S” factors — including workplace safety; employee health and well-being; job security; data privacy; customer engagement; supply-chain management; community investment; corporate leadership; innovation; socioeconomic dynamics; and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI). The br

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