Sustainability and business - Environmental protection introduction: Putting the E in ESG

This is part of a series of briefs exploring the topic of sustainability, business and the finance professional’s key role. These briefs will help organisations consider the sustainability issues, how to integrate them into their long-term decision-making, and how to incorporate these issues into internal and external reporting.

This is the first of three introductory guides on the ESG factors finance professionals must be focused upon to make a difference. It helps them to consider the environmental issues.  The guide answers the four questions,

  • Why? Sustainability is a mainstream issue and the ESG organisational maturity journey
  • What? The environmental protection focus
  • How? The four lenses of governance, strategy, risk management, and metrics and targets
  • Who? The call to action for finance professionals, finance functions, and organisations

Finance professionals play a crucial role in helping organisations address and improve their impact on the planet. They do this by providing valuable accounting and management information, including financial and non-financial measures, and actionable business insights. Organisations can then confidently take strategic decisions and implement solutions based on relevant data and information.


Look out for the two upcoming introductory guides on ESG factors.  These will explore the themes of social inclusion, and governance.

To find out how you can lead and develop your institution’s sustainability journey and how the Association can support your ESG development email