Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) reporting is quickly moving from a voluntary corporate public relations tool to a regulated B2B communications prerequisite. To fully understand the drivers behind ESG planning and reporting the Fuels Institute is publishing a new white paper that provides a history and outlook which can help guide businesses.
Because ESG reporting is intended to provide business risk information (including climate change abatement approaches) to investors and boards, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) recently proposed rules to govern ESG and provide some needed guidance. Even before this proposal, however, financial industry stakeholders, from investors to bankers and loan providers, were increasing their reliance on ESG principles when making investment and loan underwriting decisions.
Under the proposed rules, phased-in requirements will put new reporting requirements directly on publicly traded companies. In a surprise move, the SEC not only requires these companies to provide their direct CO2e emissions (Scope 1), but also includes the reporting of all indirect emissions (Scope 3). This will require associated companies (public and private) to report emissions to the publicly held SEC reporting company. As written, ESG requirements will touch every organization that is in the supply chain.
SEC requirements are likely to impact industry as early as 2023. If the SEC rules are delayed, large publicly traded companies have indicated that they will move forward regardless.
Research also shows that investment in ESG related initiatives can create value and contribute a positive return on investment to a company while appeasing societal pressures. Successful programs can result in top-line growth, cost reductions, reduced regulatory and legal interventions, increased productivity, asset optimization, and enhance performance all while benefiting the company’s public relations and increasing access to capital.
Last year, our Board of Directors fully supported Fuels Institute to build out an ESG Planning program to assist the fuels industry with meeting these demands. In partnership with HBW Resources, we have developed ESG Integrity, a program that provides intuitive ESG reporting for transportation related companies. ESG Integrity is based on stakeholder input, careful analysis of ESG frameworks, transparent emissions modeling, and a desire to allow any size company the ability to begin the ESG journey.
ESG Integrity provides:
Reliable data calculations backed by Argonne National Labs.
URL Link, PDF, Document, and XML reporting formats.
Save partial reports and return to where you left off.
Access reports from previous years.
The program application has been developed and vetted by fuel and transportation leaders and is designed to adapt to changing demands.
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This new Fuels Institute white paper aggregates developments over the past several years to demonstrate the importance of ESG principles to the market. The evidence is clear that ESG is not a new phenomenon and is not a temporary consideration – it is becoming deeply embedded within society and businesses who ignore it do so at their own peril. “Inaction is no longer a viable option. Remaining silent when it comes to ESG values speaks volumes about a company’s perceived values.”
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The ESG Integrity program took the guess work out of determining what is material under our ESG plan and created a step-by-step process that was easy to execute. As a next generation family business person, I learned about the business and can now focus on goals and improvements.
-- Kelly Burke, Marketing Manager, Burke Oil
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