Brendan Walsh is Founder & Managing Partner of ESG Risk Guard (www.esgriskguard.com), established in 2020. A seasoned executive, Walsh has spent the majority of his career working in global financial services where he developed an interest in sustainable development. This interest was bolstered by a board position with the UK regulator for the gas and electricity markets which led to Walsh completing a Master’s in Sustainability at Harvard and membership in the Global Association of Risk Professionals. ESG Risk Guard was founded out of a desire to assist companies in navigating ESG risks while preserving financial health and wellness and benefiting the planet in a way that is specific to their organization.
What will it take to convince the world that we are on the brink? How many more scenes of devastation and destruction will it take to persuade us of the impending reality of a possibly unlivable planet, caused by extreme weather events? Whether it be the record temperatures and recent wildfires in the northwest of…
As planet earth retreated into phase one lockdown last year, the global consulting firm Bain, very presciently pronounced “Covid-19 was a dress rehearsal for climate change”. While this remains true and will be an enduring headline, 2020 will also be remembered as the year that the Environmental, Social and Governance (or ESG) agenda took center stage in boardrooms and businesses around the world.
The latest move to require suppliers to develop Science Based Targets (SBTi) could have a profound impact on reducing corporate Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions.
Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors are being used increasingly by the investor and finance communities to assess the sustainability and risk profile of companies.
There is increasing pressure on organizations to demonstrate and display their social credentials, underscored in 2020 when the pandemic highlighted both known and unknown social inequalities.
Strong company governance structures drive value-creation
Governance covers a range of matters including tax strategy, corporate risk management, executive compensation, donations and political lobbying, corruption and disclosure.