Ensuring adherence to ESG reporting standards helps investors de-risk investments
With the growing importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics of enterprises to shareholder value, investors are increasing their focus on sustainable businesses over short-term profits to de-risk their investments. However, the current processes are disjointed and fragmented, causing subpar collaboration among ecosystem stakeholders. Further, the collection of data follows an analyst inference-driven approach instead of a data-inference method, requiring the companies to ensure its authenticity. The absence of an ESG platform to capture data and report disclosure increases the reliance on manual processes. ESG-related disclosures are also not mandated or regulated, leading to involuntary disclosures, arising from competition pressure or investor demands. This paper looks at key industry trends, the current challenges faced by organizations and the possible solutions to address such issues.