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Environment, Social & Governance (ESG)

A bridge to action

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ESG- A bridge to action

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How to embark on the ESG journey

Businesses need to integrate the ESG agenda with their digital transformation strategy. The time to act is now. PwC’s Arnab Basu and Sambitosh Mohapatra discuss the roadmap for #ESG adoption in this episode of #RethinkReconfigureReinvent. #FitForFuture #ResponsibleBusiness.

PwC’s ESG Barometer

Societal need and business opportunity are coming together to transform the way companies craft strategy, drive performance, and report results.

There is an increasing acceptance that embedding ESG in strategy, operations and culture is a commercial imperative. Today, ESG has moved into the mainstream narrative: it’s an increasingly hot topic for business, customers, investors and regulators. It’s coalesced with more thinking about how businesses impact society, the climate crisis and a global debate on inclusion and equality. Further, Boards are increasingly exploring using ESG for strategic advantage to help balance increased regulatory action, protect the brand, ensure stable supply chains and unlock new opportunities for sustainable value creation.

To respond to stakeholder expectations and also create value from ESG, you will need to establish a strong foundation that integrates insights about their people, intellectual capital,  relationships, equity and social impacts, as well as about natural capital considerations such as climate impacts and risks. .

We invite you to take the ESG Barometer survey and get a rapid diagnosis delivered to you. At no cost, we will provide you with an assessment of maturity within your organisation and identify areas for improvement across Environment, Social, Governance and Value Chain considerations. 

Click here to assess your organisation's ESG quotient

Improve your ESG reporting

ESG Pulse provides the rapid insight to improve the reporting process and tell your environmental, social and governance story to the capital markets with confidence. This tech-enabled service helps you assess maturity, reduce potential risks, recalibrate your efforts using deeper insights, and benchmark against your peers. Click here to know more

How PwC India can help

The pandemic has impacted everyone, amplifying and accelerating some of the biggest challenges in our society, and demonstrating the urgent need for systemic change in areas like social inclusion, the need for reskilling, the broader Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda and the pressing challenge of climate change. These are all symptoms of a deeper problem: our economies are not delivering sustainable, inclusive outcomes for society. It is clear that businesses - including PwC - need to change and that is why we are focused on developing the capabilities needed to help build trust and help solve these very important problems.

PwC's sustainability experts know your industry and the challenges it faces, and can help you find the right solutions on the path towards sustainability. Find out which ESG reporting framework works for you.

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Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation
Environmental and Social Assessment
Environmental and Social Assessment
Responsible Investments
Responsible Investments
Sustainability Strategy and Reporting
Sustainability Strategy and Reporting
Responsible Supply Chain and Traceability
Responsible Supply Chain and Traceability

From assessing the various strategic implications of climate change to assessing social impact through to implementing the reporting requirements: The ESG experts at PwC and Strategy& will advise you on every facet of sustainable corporate governance. We will work with you to shape your company's strategy to transformation journey - for the success of your long-term sustainable business.

We also support you in the implementation of new regulatory requirements, in the shaping of responsible and sustainable digitisation and assist you with the requirements of the capital market for companies.

We assist organisations to understand the impact and urgency of ESG and assist in making it an integral part of their corporate and business strategies. It unleashes the potential to not only keep their license to operate, but identify opportunities for growth, enhance reputation, ease access to finance and be competitive in talent acquisition.

We also assist in effective execution on the ambitions and targets set, reimaging the operating model - reflecting ESG in stakeholder engagement, business and people processes.

Organisations, investors and governments no longer rely solely on traditional financial information for decision making. Progressive organisations are integrating insights about their people, intellectual capital, important relationships and social impacts, as well as about natural capital considerations such as climate. 

Our services include

  • Reporting strategies and transformation
  • ESG reporting and Tax transparency
  • Impact measurement and management
  • ESG assurance readiness
  • Net zero transformation - We assist clients in their Net zero transformation. Transitioning to a state where the business or economic activity adds no incremental greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
  • Climate resilience, adaptation & mitigation planning - We work with our clients to identify and mitigate stresses imposed by climate variability and climate change. Assisting them in identifying new and evolving climate threats, develop tailored strategies for climate adaptation and mitigation and integrate those into decision making. We help businesses to focus on climate resilient livelihood generation for communities to gain social license to operate.
  • Climate risk and vulnerability analysis - Climate related risks are created by a range of climate change induced hazards in terms of increased intensity and frequency of flood, drought, cyclone, erratic rainfall, lack of monsoon precipitation, etc; leading to damages to assets, lost man-days etc.; for a  business, declining productivity across sectors and loss of livelihood for agriculture and forest dependent communities. We support clients in conducting in-depth analysis of the risks and opportunities posed by climate change under different GHG emissions trajectory and policy regime in future for policy makers and businesses to take informed decisions around climate adaptation and mitigation strategies. 

Companies are looking at the impact their operations are having on the environment as well as the positive or negative impact on the communities in which they operate. Understanding these impacts can drive improvements to corporate strategy, day to day operations and ultimately on financial performance.

We support our clients in integrating environmentally and financially viable practices into the complete supply chain lifecycle and on adopting an circular economic system aimed at eliminating waste and the continual use of resources - from product design and development, to material selection, (including raw material extraction or agricultural production), manufacturing, packaging, transportation, warehousing, distribution, consumption, return and disposal.

  • Assess the risks associated with your supply chain and the steps necessary to protect your brand.
  • Consider best practice from across a range of industry sectors.
  • Define the characteristics you require from your suppliers in order to make sure they're sustainable.
  • Monitor and manage environmental, social and governance risks associated with your supply chain.
  • Measure the financial cost or potential impact of your carbon, water and other usage on the environment, and local communities.
  • Redesign global supply chains to be cost-efficient, minimising their impact on the environment and delivering products and services on time.
  • Impact Investing 

Provide and evaluate investments made into companies, organisations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return.

  • Value Creation in deals 
    • Corporates/PE - Embed ESG factors as a value driver in a Deal construct to enhance value and transaction price, increasing an investment's resilience after acquisition and in impacting its exit value
    • Corporate Intelligence Due diligence - In-depth analysis of publicly available information regarding legal entities, their owners/beneficiaries, and management in order to identify any signs of untrustworthiness.
    • Forensic Investigations - Investigations into corruption, corporate governance and the financial aspects of major commercial disputes of the corporates. It includes the review of data privacy and cyber security policies of the businesses
  • Green and Social Bonds - Support clients in financing new and existing projects or activities with positive environmental impacts. Examples of project categories eligible for green bond issuance includes renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean transportation, green buildings, wastewater management and climate change adaption.
  • Sustainable Banking funds and stock exchanges - Integrating ESG criteria into traditional banking and setting ESG benefits as a key objective. Sustainable stock exchanges can enhance performance on ESG issues and encourage sustainable investment, including the financing of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
  • International Development - International financial institutions have a key role to play in minimizing risks to developing economies while ensuring more efficient allocation of public & private capital. Supporting governments and sectors in utilizing cross-border capital flows to fund investments in sustainable development.

PwC's own ESG journey

We are stepping forward. We have committed to an inclusive and diverse environment for our people and we are taking strides towards Net Zero.

Learn from our ESG journey

Over 90% of executives surveyed in 2020 consider sustainability and ESG either important or very important to driving enterprise value


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