1. The valuation upside of ESG integration
How a company responds to these ESG-focused issues could also be considered as the leading indicator of its financial performance and stability in the future. The International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) recognizes ESG as a ‘pre-financial’ information rather than a ‘non-financial’ information.
ESG factors reflect on the long-term prospects of a company, which takes into consideration its financial performance, resilience, and the ability to sustain during adverse situations.
2. Gaining investor interest
As ESG consciousness is increasing amongst the investor community where integrating ESG factors into investment decisions is prevailing along with financial performance and market benchmarks. To this end, investment funds have upgraded their requirements to conduct due diligence and incorporate ESG aspects in line with the international ESG frameworks and standards such as Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB), amongst others when considering investments.
3. Strengthening competitive edge
Not only investors, but consumers also place great emphasis on company values. With the growing need for sustainable development, consumers expect companies to contribute towards the betterment of environment and society. They prefer brands that resonate with their belief of focusing on short term solutions. The idea is to invest in cost-effective and sustainable innovations that are poised to generate consistent returns over the long-term.
4. Improved Market Reputation
Periodic ESG reporting and communication that is accurate and transparent acts as an effective brand management tool for companies. Companies that are committed to generating holistic value for all stakeholders are not only reliable, but also nurtures positive market reputation of their approach towards sustainability. ESG integration can be instrumental for emerging public organizations in building long-term trust with its consumers while leading to a positive press image.
5. Recruiting and retaining employees
Employees care about the organizations they work with. Today, millennials and Gen Z are amongst the largest generations in the workforce that seek purposeful employment opportunities. As a result, individuals are increasingly choosing job opportunities with companies that are committed towards bringing lasting change in the environment and society while building reliable corporate governance. As per a LinkedIn research, professionals are proudest working at companies that promote work-life balance and flexibility (51%), foster a culture where they can be themselves (47%) and have a positive impact on society (46%).