The ESG Value Opportunity: A Decision Point for Utilities
- Nov 22, 2021 9:55 pm GMT
As communities around the globe experience more frequent and severe effects of climate change, governments, individuals, and the scientific community are demanding action to decarbonize economies to slow the pace of climate change and take actions to mitigate its effects. The idea of human’s impact on the climate and surrounding environment began with the introduction of the first Earth Day in 1970, followed by the passing of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and many others. As extreme weather events continue to affect communities globally in unpredictable ways, there is an ever-increasing emphasis on governments and companies’ businesses to take deliberate action to respond to the effects impacts of climate change in order to build resilient communities. The development of the Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) criteria is one of the solutions in response to climate change. ESG requires organizations and businesses to consider their environmental impacts, how an organization it treats and values their employees, and the principles and policies an entity uses to make its decisions. ESG has become a focal point with investors and financial institutions as many investors are looking to these influential organizations to address the growing pains with climate change and how companies should be performing on a moral basis. There is a growing need for an overarching ESG framework to be established at every company; however, utilities have the market and ample opportunity to lead efforts in this space
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