Why every manager is on the front line of ESG planning

Written by Mark Rowland Tuesday 07 June 2022
Most companies are setting out Environmental, social and governance strategies and plans. It’s managers who will then have to do the hard yards – even if you’re not part of the C-suite
A man planning with post-its

The focus for many C-suite executives and boards when it comes to environmental, social and governance (ESG) planning is often on the “E” and little else. While the environmental aspects of ESG should be a high priority, it should be equally weighted with “social” and “governance”. It’s unsurprising; for many businesses, ESG feels incredibly broad, massively complex and potentially costly.

Alexandra Smith is co-founder of the Sustainability Group and an adviser to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) fund. She advises businesses on how to create ESG plans, and has created a SaaS platform, FuturePlus, to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) manage their ESG journeys. 

Managers are often the people most affected by an ESG plan

An ESG strategy refers to the plan you have to meet ESG objectives, from reducing your energy consumption to sourcing resources more ethically. Alex gave us her top tips for everyone – from leadership to middle managers – to consider.

Keep reading for Alex’s ESG planning checklist


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