As ESG criteria become increasingly important denominators among the investment community, specific metrics for measuring ESG performance are coming to the fore. But with such a broad range of issues falling under the ESG remit, investors should be considering a wider set of metrics, many of which are much harder to quantify.
With so much value being placed on sustainable investing, investors need accurate ways to measure ESG performance, and identify ESG risks to inform the investment process. By doing so, they hope to identify companies likely to see good financial performance in the long-term due to their ESG-focused business models. Because impact investing gets results. Which is why investors need to identify the best ESG performers when constructing their investment strategy.
One route is through the voluntary GRI Sustainability Reporting Standards, established in 2016 by the Global Reporting Initiative to support best practice in impact disclosure. Covering topics from tax to emissions, anticorruption, biodiversity and occupational health and safety, they aim to offer a flexible framework for creating integrated ESG reports.