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The hypnotism of sustainability: When companies betray the true meaning of environmental responsibility

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By Fabrizio Dodaro

· 3 min read

The acronym ESG, which encompasses the areas of Environmental, Social, and Governance, represents a fundamental pillar in the arena of responsible corporate practices. Each component reflects a company's commitment to environmental protection, social well-being, and transparent and effective governance.

But how can we imagine sustainability?

Let's envision sustainability as a tree: the roots represent good governance, the trunk represents environmental aspects, and the branches and leaves represent society itself. A harmonious balance among these elements is essential for the health and prosperity of the entire corporate ecosystem.

The tree grows stronger...

ESG criteria, usually assessed through a social credit score, indicate the risk associated with a company for investors based on data and metrics related to its intangible activities. This approach considers not only financial performance but also values such as respect for the environment and responsible governance.

Governance, in particular, embodies the identity and willingness of the company to adopt policies and practices aligned with ESG principles. Its ability to translate these principles into concrete actions is crucial for the success and credibility of the company itself.

However, effectively implementing ESG Governance can be complex, especially for SMEs. However, ESG criteria represent a key to development, corporate affirmation, and credibility, opening the doors to a sustainable and profitable future.

Best practices for implementing ESG Governance include developing customized strategies and adopting cutting-edge technologies to monitor and improve corporate performance. Global collaboration to adopt harmonized ESG reporting standards is essential to ensure greater transparency and consistency in corporate information.

The benefits of a robust ESG Governance are manifold: better reputation, greater attractiveness to responsible investors, and reduced financial risk related to environmental, social, and governance issues. Furthermore, a well-structured ESG strategy increases resilience and enhances overall company performance.

To survive and grow, the tree will need water and light.

Let's imagine for just a moment that stakeholders are the source of life necessary for the tree's survival.

How can stakeholders contribute to making the tree more resilient to impacts?

Active involvement: Stakeholders can actively define policies and business practices aimed at environmental, social, and governance sustainability (ESG). This involvement can occur through consultations, public meetings, and discussion forums.

Financial support: Stakeholders can invest in companies that adopt sustainable practices and commit to reducing their activities' environmental and social impact. This type of investment provides companies with the financial means to implement sustainable solutions and address sustainability challenges.

Monitoring and evaluation: Stakeholders can monitor and evaluate companies' ESG sustainability performance, encouraging them to improve their practices continuously. This can be done by collecting and analysing relevant data and information and publicly disclosing this information.

Advocacy and regulatory support: Stakeholders can actively encourage the adoption of government policies and regulations that promote ESG sustainability and constrain unsustainable practices through advocacy activities, lobbying, and participation in public decision-making processes.

Stakeholders can make the tree more resilient to impacts by supporting and promoting sustainable practices within companies and influencing the regulatory and political context in which they operate.

In conclusion, integrating ESG principles into decision-making and governance processes is a crucial step in ensuring the long-term sustainability of companies. This active commitment to sustainability is essential for addressing current challenges and building a better future.

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Fabrizio Dodaro is a Consultant at Deloitte and an experienced professional in the ESG field, advising businesses on the integration of sustainable practices into their decision-making and operations. His passion revolves around aiding organizations in identifying and pursuing ESG goals to generate a positive impact on communities, the environment, and their financial performance.

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