The ESG Report - Hughes Hubbard & Reed’s New ESG Resource Guide - Part 1

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I welcome Alexandra Poe, Andrew Fowler, and Bryan Sillaman of Hughes Hubbard & Reed (HHR) to the ESG Report! Hughes Hubbard & Reed released their newest ESG guide with practical guidance about the most common issues in establishing an ESG program. It also gives companies resources to help them comply with the evolving ESG expectations of regulators and investors.

The ESG Resource Guide

I ask Alexandra to explain the genesis of the ESG Resource Guide. She responds that See more +

I welcome Alexandra Poe, Andrew Fowler, and Bryan Sillaman of Hughes Hubbard & Reed (HHR) to the ESG Report! Hughes Hubbard & Reed released their newest ESG guide with practical guidance about the most common issues in establishing an ESG program. It also gives companies resources to help them comply with the evolving ESG expectations of regulators and investors.

The ESG Resource Guide

I ask Alexandra to explain the genesis of the ESG Resource Guide. She responds that Andrew’s previous work with renewable energy projects paved the way. It firstly led to the launching of the ESG practice at HHR. Eventually, they recognized the need for a guide that helps companies “unpack and understand quickly the aim of bringing ESG into their company and creating a program.” The ESG Resource Guide is the result.

The guide begins by defining ESG terminology and available resources to ensure that companies understand the importance of having an ESG program. The next chapter helps companies “orient themselves to the breadth of this endeavor, about all the different types of folks who likely would … contribute to the genesis of your ESG program,” Alexandra says. ESG regulations from various jurisdictions and other hot topics like diversity, equity, climate change, and inclusion are also explored.

ESG Means Different Things to Different People

Bryan explains that ESG is a broad topic that means different things to different companies within different industries. You must determine what is most relevant for your particular company based on “your sector, industry, and geographic footprint.” This is why the team at HHR gathered data from multiple stakeholders. This process helped them to determine which ESG topics were most relevant to the various companies and organizations.

ESG and Funding

I ask Andrew to describe some critical issues they have identified for private equity lenders and financial institutions seeking capital investments. Andrew replies that they should ensure they aren’t falling behind in their field while acknowledging the new regulatory environment regulations. As a company, you have to ensure that your investors feel like they’re not investing in a lost cause – that there is evidence and data to show why they should invest in your ESG program. See less -

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