Webinar: Common ESG Metrics

The Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute will host a webinar to review the findings of a new study, Finding Common Ground on the Metrics that Matter, on Friday, March 16, 2012 at 11:00 AM ET. The report authors will review the findings and respond to questions.  Register. Download the report here.

The report provides the first comprehensive analysis of which corporate environmental, social, and governance (ESG) information is tracked by companies and how it is or is not consistent with analogous information sought by investors, research companies and others.  Key findings are as follows:

  • There is agreement on key corporate sustainability issues, but not on the metrics used to measure the management of them, nor on the purposes served by examining corporate ESG information.
  • Though ESG metrics routinely are reported on request by substantial percentages of companies, few companies report all the ESG information they collect internally.
  • ESG researchers, investors, and corporate representatives approach ESG issues from a risk mitigation perspective, not a value creation perspective.

Commissioned and funded by the IRRC Institute, the report was conducted by Mark Bateman, president of Segue Point, and Peter Soyka, president of Soyka & Company.

The IRRC Institute is a not-for-profit organization that provides thought leadership at the intersection of corporate responsibility and the informational needs of investors. Soyka & Company, LLC is an environmental and sustainability management consulting firm focused on illuminating and resolving the issues limiting sustainable business success. Segue Point LLC is a consultancy focused on transitioning thinking around issues of sustainability, investing, and corporate responsibility, and was founded by Mark Bateman.

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