Published: 15 March 2022
Amid rising stakeholder demands, effective ESG reporting is a corporate imperative. General counsel are often tasked with leading or reviewing ESG reporting. They can use this research to orient and benchmark their own organization’s ESG efforts.
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Among all organizations within the S&P 500, 99% issued at least oneESG report, 71% issued at least five such reports and 27% issued 10 or more.
Across all industries, the most frequently referenced ESG metrics are related to diversity, equity and inclusion; carbon emissions; business ethics; and human rights.
Governance metrics are not referenced as frequently as environmental and social metrics are, composing only 8% of measured ESG metric references across all industries, but they remain important to institutional investors.
The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is the most referenced ESG framework among all industries, with 62% of organizations referencing it
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