Managing and Reducing ESG Risks with Data

In today’s competitive market, navigating the expansive realm of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data is essential for businesses striving to gain an edge. With the introduction of regulatory directives like the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) and the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), harnessing ESG data not only aligns companies with their ESG needs but also ensures compliance with tightening regulations.
The 2023 KPMG Global Tech report underscores the pivotal role of technology in corporate sustainability, indicating that businesses are proactively addressing ESG issues by leveraging technological advancements. Nearly half of surveyed respondents plan to prioritize ESG concerns as a primary innovation goal within the next two years.
ESG risks encompass a broad spectrum, including environmental, social, and governance dimensions, each presenting distinct challenges. From climate change to labor practices, these risks necessitate specific data types for effective management and quantification. Furthermore, regulations such as the CSRD and CSDDD drive companies toward transparency and accountability, compelling thorough integration and management of ESG data to meet regulatory standards.
Integrating ESG data into risk management involves establishing clear governance structures, identifying relevant risks through materiality assessments, and developing tailored mitigation strategies.
By integrating ESG data into risk management, organizations can enhance their ability to identify, assess, and mitigate risks associated with ESG factors. This ongoing process facilitates informed decision-making, strategic alignment with global sustainability goals, and ultimately, long-term sustainability and success in the global marketplace.

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