10 ESG Factors Your Company Should Be Compliant To

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) are the three pillars in measuring the sustainability and ethical impact of an investment in a company.

To break it down, the environmental criteria considers how a company performs as a steward of nature. The social criteria examines how a company manages relationships with their employees, suppliers, customers and the communities where they operate. Lastly, governance deals with a company’s leadership, executive pay, audits, internal controls, and shareholder rights.

Although certain risks can affect different sectors and companies, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 factors, according to MSCI, that are the key issues underlying the ESG landscape.


1. Climate Change

  • Carbon Emissions
  • Product Carbon Footprint
  • Financing Environmental Impact
  • Climate Change Vulnerability

3. Pollution & Waste

  • Toxic Emissions
  • Toxic Waste
  • Packaging Material & Waste
  • Electronic Waste

2. Natural Resources

  • Water Stress
  • Biodiversity
  • Land Use & Animal Welfare
  • Raw Material Sourcing

4. Environmental Opportunities

  • Clean Tech
  • Green Building
  • Renewable Energy


5. Human Capital

  • Labor Management
  • Health & Safety
  • Human Capital Development
  • Supply Chain Labour Standards
  • Diversity

7. Social Opportunities

  • Access to Communications
  • Access to Finance
  • Access to Health care
  • Opportunities in Nutrition & Health

6. Product Liability

  • Product Safety & Quality
  • Chemical Safety
  • Privacy & Data Security
  • Investment Health
  • Demographic Risk

8. Stakeholder Opposition

  • Controversial Sourcing


9. Corporate Governance

  • Board
  • Pay
  • Ownership
  • Accounting

10. Corporate Behaviour

  • Business Ethics
  • Anti-Competitive Practices
  • Tax Transparency
    Corruption & Instability
  • Financial System Instability

ESG Compliance Attracts New Investors

You’re probably wondering, “Why should my company bother with ESG compliancy?”

The short answer is: investors care! Being ESG complaint is an increasingly important way for investors to evaluate companies for investment consideration. It allows investors to avoid companies that might pose a greater financial risk.

In fact, according to IR Magazine, investors believe ESG will become the norm in just five years. As well, in a survey by Natixis Investment Managers 46% of institutions who implement ESG say they believe this analysis is as important to their investment process as traditional fundamental analysis.

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