Why ESG is the biggest challenge facing boards right now

Written by Emma Molloy Wednesday 24 August 2022
Boards know that ESG is important. Now they need to set clear definitions and metrics, stay alert to regulatory change and upskill leaders
A diverse group of board members sitting around a meeting table in an office

“In the future, ESG will be a metric by which we can judge whether boards are doing well,” Nayantara Bali – a business owner and leader with decades of experience at Procter & Gamble, as well as on a number of boards across the Asia-Pacific region – told the Financial Times in 2021. 

A year on, her words still ring true; ESG (the considerations around environmental, social and corporate governance) is top of the agenda of the public, governments – and boards. With both internal and external stakeholders demanding action on sustainable business practices, it’s impossible for any leader to ignore the ESG debate. 

With this in mind, CMI hosted a special CMI Companions peer learning session to air the debate further. What became clear is that ESG poses a number of significant challenges for boards. Here are some of the highlights from the discussion.

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