Every organization is at a different step in their sustainability journey, and each journey is unique. Whether you are developing an ESG policy, identifying material sustainability issues, or looking to be recognized for your success to date – the G&A Institute team has the knowledge and experience to help with a multitude of client needs.
The foundation of a successful sustainability program is the development of comprehensive and focused policies addressing your organization’s identified material topics and critical issues. The G&A Team is comprised of analysts and writers who are prepared to craft policies to meet your organization’s specific needs. Our team is experienced in drafting general sustainability policies as well as policies focused on specific ESG issues, such as supply chain management, human rights, green travel, or human capital management.
To create policies, our analysts will first determine relevant topics, assess relevant ESG raters and rankings methodologies, conduct peer benchmarking, identify existing policy language, and discuss topics with your team. Our writers will work in collaboration with your internal team to develop policies that are aligned with your organization’s specific needs and relevant to your sector and industry.
The universe of third-party organizations creating and assigning ratings, rankings, scores, certifications, and other opinions around environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics has been dramatically expanding in recent years.
Companies appreciate being recognized by third parties for their sustainability efforts and there are now hundreds of third-party ESG-focused awards and recognitions. G&A’s service offerings are designed to help!
The G&A team is experienced with advising clients on opportunities for ESG awards and recognitions geared toward their specific operations. To assist, our team provides these services:
The contours of corporate sustainability and ESG are constantly expanding, with capital markets players and other stakeholders expanding the specifics that make it challenging for company leaders to keep up and focus on what matters to stakeholders, both external and internal.
The G&A team can quickly bring all levels of leadership up-to-speed on the state of corporate sustainability and ESG. We offer coaching, small group training and workshops for clients. These sessions are customized to fit your organization’s needs, and in general focus on:
Out of a broad range of sustainability / ESG topics, it is vital for companies to understand which of many possible topics and issues are "material" to their stakeholders. The process of narrowing these topics will vary by stakeholder, therefore G&A uses a multi-stakeholder approach, with a focus on investors, to uncover your most material ESG topics. It is critical for companies to focus efforts and resources on the most material topics and issues to have a successful and well-structured sustainability program that maximizes ROI.
The Materiality Assessment is important to help management:
Disclosure frameworks and standards -- such as GRI, SASB, TCFD (and many others)-- ask for extensive information (data and narrative). It can be difficult to identify and understand existing gaps in your disclosure and reporting that are the most important to fill. There are various ways to accomplish this.
G&A’s unique gap analysis process helps issuers to improve disclosure using these frameworks and standards to lead the way toward more comprehensive and structured ESG reporting. Our comprehensive process includes the below steps:
In this evolving landscape of ESG and corporate sustainability, it is vital to stay updated on what your industry peers are doing in this area and how your company compares.
G&A offers a range of proprietary services that analyze a number of peer sustainability reports and other data sources for their disclosure levels on important GRI, SASB, TCFD, and other various indicators, or on specific issues.
The results of the comprehensive analysis show your position relative to your peers. Our analysis also provides intelligence and examples on the most commonly reported indicators for the peer group.
The results of this benchmarking exercise include flagged gaps in your competitive positioning across the various sustainability reporting disclosures, examples of industry leading peer disclosure, as well as areas of where you currently demonstrate leadership.