Strategic Focus: Unpacking The S In ESG Regulations

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Executive Summary

ESG is increasingly embedded into everything an organization does – yet there remains confusion about the role that the ‘S’ plays, both within organizations and in regulatory frameworks. Against this backdrop, this report provides an overview of regulations relevant for social disclosures, to enable firms to navigate the regulatory landscape efficiently and make meaningful disclosures. The C-Suite and sustainability executives should use this report to underpin and develop effective social strategy, as they work within the evolving regulatory environment.

Table of contents

The ‘S’ in ESG requires the immediate attention of firms
S is overshadowed by E and G, for multiple reasons
Recurring themes for social disclosures are board diversity, modern slavery and pay parity
Analysis of the social disclosure landscape delivers profound learnings
Changes in social disclosures are on the horizon

Table of figures

Figure 1. Components of human capital
Figure 2. Components of social capital
Figure 3. Social regulatory landscape for firms
Figure 4. Regulations for social disclosures in the UK
Figure 5. Regulations for social disclosures in the EU
Figure 6. Regulations for social disclosures in the US
Figure 7. Five trends corporates need to prepare for
Figure 8. Canada's Modern Slavery Bill
Figure 9. Voluntary frameworks and guidelines for social disclosures

About the authors

Kim Knickle

Research Director, ESG & Sustainability
Kimberly Knickle is Research Director of the ESG & Sustainability practice at Verdantix. Her research areas encompass ESG regulations and reporting, ESG risk, supply chain sustainability, circular economy, social impact, and sustainable finance. Kim has worked for more than 20 years in the IT industry, providing research and analysis to help companies invest wisely in new technologies. Before joining the analyst industry, she held various roles in IT services, engineering and product safety testing, beginning her career at Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. Kim holds an MBA from Boston University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Cornell.

Priyanka Bawa

Senior Analyst
Priyanka is a Senior Analyst in the Verdantix ESG & Sustainability practice. Her current research focuses on ESG and sustainability consulting services and social aspects of ESG regulations, reporting and disclosures. Prior to joining Verdantix, Priyanka led diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) research in the legal and environment sectors. She holds a DPhil in Social Policy from the University of Oxford.

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