Author: Carmen Adamson

The global pandemic, ongoing natural disaster and recent social justice movements have shone a bright light on the importance of ESG and CSR. And the world is watching. Consumers, employees, and investors are paying attention to how companies address the issues that impact the world we live in.

“If we damage the natural world, we damage ourselves.”

– Sir David Attenborough during an interview with Prince William at the World Economic Forum at Davos 

Previously on the blog, we highlighted three reasons why ESG and CSR are here to stay and described the global pressures that companies are facing to embed sustainability into their business strategy. We’ve also scoured the web to find the latest statistics on CSR and ESG to help build the business case for making the investment. Sustainability is a journey, and we want to arm you with the knowledge and tools to help you take that first step towards driving social impact. This article reviews 3 simple steps you can take to jumpstart incorporating ESG.  

 ICYMI: Here are the blogs we mentioned to help you build the business case for investing in CSR and ESG.  

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Why ESG and CSR are Here to Stay

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Latest Statistics on ESG and CSR You Should Know

3 Steps to Address ESG and Embrace Sustainability

1. Audit Internal Systems

The author of Simple Tips, Smart Ideas says: “Companies can apply similar steps to address sustainability as they would normally take to protect profits. The first step has to be an audit, looking at internal systems. Heating, power generation, water supply are all key areas.” Sustainability is not just for large companies.

  • ~66% of British mid-sized companies have audited their energy use – Nat West
  • ~62% of midsized British companies have invested in new technology for energy efficiency – Nat West

This simple step can help companies look for sustainability investments that will bring major cost savings. Prioritizing energy efficiency as a starting place can help small and mid-sized companies see the ROI and keep going towards a better future for their company and society.

2. Audit Supply Chain

Companies interested in reducing their carbon footprint need to evaluate emissions from their supply chain.

  • 60% of the carbon footprint of a manufacturing company is supply chain
  • 80% of carbon footprint for retailers is the supply chain

Business Tips for the Future of Sustainability, The Telegraph UK

The good news, you can promote your company’s sustainability mission and attract more of the consumers that choose brands with sustainable business practices.

  • 42% of UK consumers say that brands supporting the environment and social causes is important to them

In Moment UK Consumer Trends

We include even more stats on CSR and ESG in the UK in this infographic.

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Building the Business Case for Sustainability and Social Responsibility in the UK

3. Adopt a Triple Bottom Line Accounting System – Profit, People, Planet

This is all about taking the step to measure and account for how your business makes an impact. You’ve audited your business and now you should start to realize things you can measure that affect not only your profit but the environment and people.

“Taking into account not only financial results but environmental and social results often spurs companies to engage with sustainability in more meaningful ways. The moment you start measuring something you can naturally start to improve it.”- Business Tips for the Future of Sustainability, The Telegraph UK.

Remember that everyone has to start somewhere and there is lots of advice and ideas out there about what other companies are measuring. We have a section on Management and Measurement in our Exploring Social Governance Toolkit that gives companies great tools for identifying and selecting ESG criteria to measure.

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Exploring Environmental Social Governance

Additionally, Rachel Hutchisson provides insight from her 15+ year journey in CSR and starting ESG reporting at Blackbaud. Check out this blog on