Hardly a day goes by without the business pages covering a story about ESG. It is top of the organisational agenda both for business leaders and investors alike. Indeed, terms such as ‘socially responsible investing,’ ‘impact investing,’ and ‘sustainable investing’ have all entered the financial mainstream over the last 18 months. And the catalyst for this has been the pandemic.
A significant body of research over the last 18 months has shown time and again that customers and consumers want the brands and businesses they engage with to be, well, better. They recognise the interdependence between social, environmental, and economic issues which in turn puts those companies in tune with ESG issues ahead of the pack.
With such an obvious competitive advantage to be gained by having a firm commitment to ESG, you won’t be surprised to hear that there has been a surge in businesses adopting such policies. But is this widespread across the UK, or limited to certain regions?
This is the question we asked when we spoke to 811 business leaders about their ESG intentions over the next 12 months. London aside, which areas where more likely to implement an ESG policy?
The research provided a fascinating insight into the the state of ESG in UK Plc right now. Take a look here.