ESG is top of mind for many executives
Financial executives and investor relations teams are now put on the spot to answer ESG questions from investors, including BlackRock and Vanguard, among others. Investors expect financial executives and investor relations to have command of sustainability topics such as climate risks and supply chain compliance.
In 2020, Osgood Consulting advised Avnet, a B2B tech company in the Fortune 300, to improve its ESG scores. This included reviewing past performance, establishing a new sustainability strategy, and amplifying its DEI accomplishments while establishing short term stretch goals. We prepared the company’s first GRI-compliant sustainability report with SASB data.
The application of ESG to investments covers a wide range of topics, and many analysts are concerned about data quality. As investors seek to analyze material issues such as climate change risk, board quality, and cybersecurity, ESG management becomes a high priority for corporate executives.
We recommend the sustainability teams actively partner with investor relations. Together the teams can analyze and prioritize ESG information requests and define ESG score improvement goals for future years.
A company may score well on one ESG framework, yet rank low on another.
We’re here to help you navigate your investors’ ESG concerns and put strategies to improve ESG scores into action. We help you:
Improve ESG scores
- Benchmark scores, reporting and performance.
- Determine priorities for improvement, developing and implementing action plans.
- Streamline reporting efforts and data gathering.
- Develop external and internal communication plans.
Set ESG and sustainability goals, strategies and plans
- Assess current performance.
- Undertake a materiality analysis to identify priority areas for action.
- Engage employees with goals and co-developing strategies.
- Operationalize and embed strategies into all parts of the business.
Integrate ESG into private equity and venture capital investment decisions
- Create investment decision-making tools to integrate ESG performance.
- Establish reporting and monitoring systems for PE investors to track ESG performance across a wide range of investments.
We are proud of the work our clients accomplish
Our clients integrate ESG criteria into investment decisions to innovate bold new products and services.
Private equity and venture capital investors are increasingly integrating ESG into their investment decisions. To do this, they require tools such as investment screens and go/no-go decision frameworks.
At Avnet we developed the first comprehensive sustainablity strategy and roadmap, building off a robust materiality analysis. We also prepared a is a hybrid GRI-compliant SASB-matrixed 2020 Sustainablity Report which provides stakeholders a well rounded view of Avnet’s focal areas and leadership’s views and commitments.
As part of Richard Branson’s Virgin Management Limited, we collaborated with his investment team to embed purpose and ESG into investment decisions. The goal was to create new Virgin branded companies to drive sustainable growth while creating shareholder value.
At DuPont, we co-designed an investment decision making framework to integrate environmental and social concerns. The results included investment to develop a new consumer product which broke sales records in its pilot phase.