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How multinationals can navigate the Catch-22 Of ESG

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By illuminem briefings

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🗞️ Driving the news: Multinational corporations face a new challenge with the advent of sustainability requirements, demanding a reassessment of their supply chain and operational compliance to meet environmental, social, and governance (ESG) standards
• These requirements are not only for the corporations themselves but extend to their supplier networks, amplifying the risk of non-compliance

🔭 The context: The introduction of regulations like the International Sustainability Standards Board's reporting standards and the EU's Corporate Sustainability Reporting and Due Diligence Directives underscores the complexity of ESG compliance
• Corporations must now navigate the delicate balance between adhering to these standards and managing public perception and investor concerns over their sustainability commitments

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Proper ESG compliance can significantly impact environmental and social governance, promoting sustainable and ethical business practices globally
• However, the challenge lies in managing these responsibilities without compromising fiduciary duties or facing backlash from various stakeholders

⏭️ What's next: Companies are advised to adopt a strategy of transparency, leveraging lessons learned from corporate tax compliance to navigate the ESG reporting landscape
• By making ESG-related disclosures more data-driven and less marketing-focused, companies can mitigate reputational risks and align with the new regulatory expectations

💬 One quote: "Companies that show they have nothing to hide and share the facts to support it are the only ones that can successfully navigate these types of Catch-22 situations." - Laura Clayton McDonnell

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