written by Alexis McCarthy ESG stands for environmental, social and corporate governance. These three criteria create a framework for companies to establish, track and improve their engagement with the natural world, their suppliers and employees all while considering the impact of their leadership, executive pay, equity, internal controls and shareholder rights. With these criteria in place companies constantly improve their sustainability and lower risk levels across various factors. Impact investments are investments made with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return. Impact investments can be made in both emerging and developed markets, and target a range of returns from below market to market rate, depending on investors' strategic goals (The GIIN). Sustainability can be generally defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs. Three guiding principles are accountability to people and the planet alongside profit.
These terms are usually used in the business and investing world. They can also be applied to us as individuals as broad, guiding principles for how to operate in the world today. Understanding definitions is important but not the hardest work involved in becoming a more conscious citizen, business professional or investor. It takes time to research, listen, learn and then act. The resources are out there. Determining the trusted and reliable resources at this time can be challenging. Everyone and every institution is rolling out something GREEN to ride the current marketing wave of sustainability. My advice is to look to those who have been doing this well before it became in vogue. For these folks it is in their DNA. They have been telling us and acting for decades accordingly. For us to continue to survive and thrive there is no alternative but to consider our impact on people and the planet alongside profit. (If you would like recommendations for providers in the field, please be in touch)
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February is the month of love. This is the month to love yourself, family, neighbors. community and the natural world. Poet and Nobel laureate Czeslow Milosz, invites you to consider the link between love and sustainability. Love means to learn to look at yourself The way one looks at distant things For you are only one thing among many. And whoever sees that way heals his heart, Without knowing it, from various ills— A bird and a tree say to him: Friend. Then he wants to use himself and things So that they stand in the glow of ripeness. It doesn’t matter whether he knows what he serves: Who serves best doesn’t always understand.
If you want to learn more about ESG and Sustainability personally or professionally, get in touch. I would love to connect. Best, Alexis