What is ESG?

Environmental, Social, and Governance concepts have grown in popularity as a framework for assessing an organization’s societal impact and values.

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E, environmental criteria, includes the energy your organization takes in and the waste it discharges, the resources it needs, and the consequences for living beings as a result. Not least, E encompasses carbon emissions and climate change. Every company uses energy and resources; every company affects and is affected by, the environment.

S, social criteria, addresses the relationships your company has and the reputation it fosters with people and institutions in the communities where you do business. S includes labor relations and diversity and inclusion. Every company operates within a broader, diverse society.

G, governance, is the internal system of practices, controls, and procedures your company adopts in order to govern itself, make effective decisions, comply with the law, and meet the needs of external stakeholders. Every company, which is itself a legal creation, requires governance.


Additional ESG Resources:

WFU Office of Sustainability – Initiatives 


McKinsey – Role and Purpose of ESG

McKinsey – Five Ways ESG Creates Value



Five Keys to Driving ESG Strategies

https://justcapital.com/rankings/ & https://justcapital.com/


Emphasizing the ‘S’ in ESG

The role of ESG and purpose