CSR post Covid-19 series – #2 What is the value of CSR means to a corporate?

What is the value of CSR means to a corporate?
How ESG helps corporate to make investment decisions?

Making Investment Decisions through ESG information
Forbes article pointed out some insights from Tim Mohin, Chief Executive of the Global Reporting Index on why the world continues to shift toward environmental, social, and governance (ESG) reporting: 「In the past decade there has been a tremendous upswing in interest coming from the financial sector. With over 90% of the largest companies now filing sustainability reports (85% of the S&P 500), the data is plentiful. But that is not new. What is new is the interest in using the information for investment decisions. A recent study from Oxford University found that more than 80% of mainstream investors now consider 『ESG』 — environmental, social, and governance — information when making investment decisions. And the numbers are compelling — globally, there are now $22.89 trillion of assets being professionally managed under responsible investment strategies, an increase of 25% since 2014. This number is so large it needs context — it exceeds the gross domestic product of the entire U.S. economy.」

A higher return with lower risk is possible?
Genuinely speaking, investors are looking for higher returns with lower risk, whereas nowadays, ESG reporting opens a door for risk assessment and management. ESG risks can be estimated by the weighting and impact of environmental risk, product risk, social risk, governance risk, to arrive at an overall ESG risk index.

Capture opportunity and Create value through ESG investment
From the case of KKR breaking through the problem of a large fund that could not have right capital for impact projects, by creating this Global Impact Fund to seizes opportunities in companies that size is $100 million and valuable from an impact perspective, institutions and family offices should rethink the traditional concept of CSR and start looking into opportunities.

Cost of ESG non-conformity
ESG upraises CSR to the company’s management and board-level since it is stakeholders and risk-related. Investors could review company activities with a cost-analysis and comparison of ESG conformity and non-conformity elements so as to have a picture.



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CSR post Covid-19 series – #1 Why do we need to care about CSR?

Living in the time of global covid-19 crisis, one cannot continue to deny that our failure to act responsibly to nature which is in crisis, is indeed failing humanity. Do you know that around 60% of all infectious diseases in humans are zoonotic, from animals to human, as are 75% of all emerging infectious diseases? According to an article from UNEP, Zoonoses reemerged recently are Ebola, bird flu, Middle East respiratory syndrome, Rift Valley fever, SARS, Zika virus disease and now, the coronavirus is all linked to human activity. Nature is threatened by biodiversity and habitat loss, global heating and toxic pollution. Human induced environmental changes modify wildlife population structure and reduce biodiversity, resulting in new environmental conditions that favor particular pathogens.

The relations of Socio-environmental Risks and Financial Value at Risk Due to the increasing risks from socio-environment, different countries signed The Paris Agreement before in 2016 which is a commitment within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, dealing with greenhouse-gas-emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance, that is one of the milestones that further leading regulations to be set up and also leading worldwide institutional investors to increasingly request corporates to put Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance (ESG) agenda on the board of directors and management level to minimize financial value at risk, which allows CSR policies to be fully implemented in the heart of the organization, presenting an opportunity for internal audit to address major risk zones under the board’s radar and to scrutinize the underlying data in ESG reports. Financial value at risk is the possible financial loss that could incur, given the probability of risk on the ESG impact, such as:

  • Loss of market share as customers move to low-emission suppliers;
  • The increased cost resulting from fines and sanctions;
  • Compensation cost to affected employees, communities or business partners;
  • Failure cost from defective products;
  • Increased cost due to staff turnover.

Game change with ESG factoring in societal expectations, governments, regulators, stock exchanges and investors are driving increasingly requirements and actions on environment, social and actions on ESG performance. These drivers challenge organizations to incorporate ESG factors into corporate strategy, management approach, performance analysis, disclosure and reporting. Most countries with policies of ESG reporting requirements adopt a combination of laws, listing rules “comply or explain” and/or voluntary guidelines to regulate the disclosure of ESG information. An important trend is that these policies are increasingly subject to higher levels of obligation.



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