This is part of BRINK’s leadership series, in which we invited a few CEOs and leaders to reflect on the year that just passed and what lies ahead.
2020年，大流行，黑人的命也是命and the real impacts of climate change all disrupted society significantly. These seemingly慢风险加速 - 所有同时。
ESG风险的性质意味着当“他们慢”时，他们不会得到照顾 - 但是当“他们快速”时，他们不可能赶上。那么公司现在真的会开始严重接受风险和机会吗？
On the other side are companies that embrace accountability and take responsibility. These companiesintegrate these new risks and opportunitiesfrom the top-down; you’ll hear them say they’re on an imperfect journey, but they’re getting better with time. These are the same companies that used to get burned by disclosing “more than absolutely necessary.”
这silver lining of the year 2020 is that the second camp is winning. The shift in public consciousness happened and large main street stakeholders are louder than before. We’ve seen the following voices getting stronger in 2020:
- Mandatory ESG reporting is here. The European Commission — with the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) and the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) — is in the lead. They are likely to build upon the work of the voluntary ESG standard setters “alphabet soup,” enabling them to move fast.
- 投资者想要证据。Blackrock CEO拉里·福克的信帮助了巨大的主流。ESG是董事会监督的一部分- ESG报告属于CFO授权，风险寄存器包括材料ESG主题。这投资者要求的证据需要展示真正的集成。ESG单独静音不会再削减它。
- Journalists expose.彭博绿色和FT的道德金钱已成为突出的灯具。媒体在过去的一年中展示了董事会的ESG问题中的真正胃口。他们谨慎了解谁是绿色洗手，谁不是。
How Can You Demonstrate Authenticity?
While diversity information has been reported to some degree,ourdata revealed多少information was actually disclosed by U.S. companies — and how little of this topic appeared in financial reports.
Quality of disclosure is important for corporate authenticity and purpose — processes underlying the disclosures need to be data-driven and systematic.Disclosures in annual reports that are generic (or “fluffy”) — without being transparent on the specific actions to manage risks and opportunities tied to climate change — risk exposing companies to the accusation of greenwashing, or at the very least, to be vulnerable to ESG blind spots.
Before 2020, companies could get away with greenwashing, but COVID-19 tested the resilience of any company in just a matter of weeks. Business continuity planning and crisis management became core themes, and “the idea” of a pandemic materialized into “the reality of a pandemic.” Journalists writing about COVID-19 on a daily basis wanted to get an understanding on “who was playing on the right side” and “who was not helping.” Companies had to get their act together quickly. 2020 may turn out to have some silver linings — as long as we decide to “not waste the crisis.”