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Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) Consultancy

Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) standards are designed to measure the ethical, social, and environmental commitments and performance of organisations – and acts as a marker for their overall impact on society and the environment. The ESG framework ultimately helps businesses and investors to not only assess challenges and manage risk, but also identify and maximise sustainability-related opportunities.

 

ESG considerations are becoming increasingly important for investors as they seek to integrate sustainability factors into their decision-making processes – and also meet emerging international regulations, with new EU requirements (Corporate Responsibility Directive) alone set to cover over 50,000 companies.

There is a growing recognition that companies who operate sustainably are more likely to have a positive impact on society and the environment, and in turn will be better positioned for long-term success in investors’ eyes – with end users themselves driving the agenda by favouring brands who tangibly demonstrate ‘above-and-beyond’ practices when it comes to people and the planet.

What are the three pillars of ESG?

Environmental factors include:

  1. Climate change mitigation/adaptation
  2. Emissions reduction
  3. Land use/management
  4. Supply chain sustainability
  5. Recycling/reduction (circular economy)

Social factors include:

  1. Human rights
  2. Health & Safety
  3. Labour practices/conditions
  4. Community relations
  5. Diversity & Inclusion

Governance factors include:

  1. Ethical standards
  2. Board diversity/governance
  3. Executive compensation
  4. Modern slavery
  5. Shareholder rights

In addition to meaningfully joining the UN’s mission for a ‘Decade of Action’ and Agenda 2030, companies that integrate meaningful, reportable ESG considerations into their operations may benefit from improved risk management, future-proofed efficiencies, enhanced brand reputation, and increased access to capital.

Implementing ESG practices requires significant effort and investment, and companies must balance their sustainability goals with their financial objectives – for example, changing mindsets from purely financial capital to also considering complementary natural and social capital amongst other, integrated value-creation criteria in future initiatives.

Emerging rules at European and global level are making it more important than ever to put in place a robust, reportable plan for Environmental, Social and Governance activity – and apply it to all building and infrastructure projects.

 

From regulator to company, company to project and project to reporting, Sweco can help unpick the entire ESG process – advising on best practice for high-level strategy, and providing technical excellence when it comes to on-the-ground engineering to turn vision into reality.

Gordon McGregor Chief Sustainability Officer, Sweco UK & Ireland

With multi-disciplinary skill set across the sustainability spectrum – and proven track record of delivering technical excellence in leading and supporting over 120,000 projects across all sectors globally – Sweco’s engineers, designers, digital innovators and environmental consultants are perfectly placed to be your trusted ESG partner through the key expertise listed below:

  • Carbon accounting/assessment (to PAS 2080 standard)
  • Biodiversity accounting, assessment and design (inc. net gain baselining and credit advisory)
  • Environmental strategy and due diligence
  • Social value and capital assessment
  • Specialist disclosures (CSRD, EU Taxonomy, SFDR)

From strategy and action plans to change implementation, reporting and disclosures, we are committed to helping you reach your Environmental, Social and Governance objectives to the expectation and benefit of internal and external stakeholders.

Sustainable development through collaboration

At Sweco, the 17 UN Sustainability Goals lie at the heart of our ‘transforming society together’ mission – linked to the specific challenges that exist in each client project and in the transformation of our own operations.

We have however identified five goals as the most business-critical to our own operations, and where we have the greatest opportunity to influence the creation of a more sustainable future together with our clients.

  • Goal 6: Clean water and sanitation
  • Goal 7: Sustainable energy for all
  • Goal 9: Sustainable industry, innovation, and infrastructure for all
  • Goal 11: Promote development of sustainable cities and societies
  • Goal 13: Climate action

Find out how Sweco is unlocking all 17 UNSDGs >>