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Unveiling Tomorrow: Explore 2024’s Corporate ESG Trends. Elevate your leadership with our certified sustainability practitioner programs.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, USA, January 18, 2024 / — By Professor Nikos Avlonas President of CSE

In 2023, numerous companies embarked on a transformative journey, compelled to more thoroughly integrate Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria along with Climate Risk considerations. This shift was propelled by a surge in ESG investing, catalyzed by groundbreaking legislations, such as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) rulings and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), coupled with an escalating awareness of the risks posed by climate change, thereby reshaping the business landscape. A significant turning point occurred at the COP 28 conference, which was symbolically heralded as the “beginning of the end” for the reliance on fossil fuels.

Based on CSE’s comprehensive annual research, which encompassed a review of 210 companies across the United States and Canada, the study explored the complex interplay between profitability, ESG strategies, and ratings within 21 different sectors. From this extensive analysis, CSE identified seven key corporate trends poised to redefine the future, impacting both business strategies, operational practices and supply chain dynamics:

1. AI Integration for Corporate ESG and Climate Resilience Risk Decisions: Harnessing the power of artificial intelligence, organizations are revolutionizing ESG risk decisions, influencing investments and supply chain monitoring. AI technologies offer data-driven strategies, enabling businesses to predict and address environmental impacts more accurately.

2. Carbon Neutrality through Innovative Practices, with a Focus on Scope 3 Emissions: Companies are pioneering practices to combat climate change and achieve carbon neutrality, emphasizing addressing scope 3 emissions. This signifies a holistic commitment to environmental stewardship through innovative solutions and practices.

3. Optimizing Sustainable Supply Chains for Resilient and Green Operations: The optimization of sustainable supply chains is becoming a cornerstone for businesses committed to eco-friendly operations. Companies are actively reshaping their supply chain processes to minimize environmental impacts, prioritize ethical sourcing, and contribute to a more resilient and environmentally conscious global economy.

4. Demanding Climate Legislation Preparedness for Future-Proofing: Proactively aligning with evolving climate legislation, organizations are navigating a complex regulatory landscape. Adopting robust strategies ensures resilience and compliance in the face of upcoming environmental and ESG-related legislations.

5. Shift Towards Independent Reporting with ESG Frameworks: From integrated reporting to independent ESG (Sustainability Reports), referencing frameworks like GRI, SDGs, SASB, and TCFD, signifies a growing emphasis on comprehensive sustainability disclosure. The most profitable companies strategically provide transparent and standardized information to meet rising demands for accountability from investors and other stakeholders. (CSE’s Research Key Findings)

6. Correlation Between Profitable Companies and High ESG Ratings: Most profitable companies exhibit medium to high ESG scores and active participation in ESG rating systems (CDP, Sustainalytics, S&P Global combined). Those few with lower ESG scores, often attributed to a narrow focus on short-term profits, business strategy, market conditions, and consumer behavior. (CSE’s Research Key Findings)

7. Challenges Ahead for Adopting Specific Carbon Reduction Targets: Despite prevalent carbon reduction discussions, only a small percentage of companies have approved Science-Based Targets (SBTi). Hesitancy may stem from concerns about costs, complexities, or uncertainty. The lack of regulatory mandates or industry-wide standards emphasizes the need for clearer guidelines to accelerate meaningful carbon reduction targets. (CSE’s Research Key Findings)

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Here are the upcoming CSE’s Certified Sustainability (ESG) Practitioner unique programs in 2024 where you can be qualified as a Sustainability Professional and join the largest community of Sustainability and ESG Professionals across the globe.

US & Canada | Certified Sustainability (ESG) Practitioner Program, Leadership Edition 2024, Digital Version with Live Zoom Sessions, Feb. 22-23 & 26, 2024

Global | GRI Standards, Certified Training Course (New Version on ESG Reporting), Live via remote sessions, March. 6 – 7 & 11, 2024

Europe | Certified Sustainability (ESG) Practitioner Program, Leadership Edition 2024, Digital Version with Live Zoom Sessions, Mar. 20-21 & 22, 2024

CANADA| Certified Sustainability (ESG) Practitioner Program, Leadership Edition 2024, Digital Version with Live Zoom Sessions, Apr. 18-19 & 22, 2024

USA | Certified Sustainability (ESG) Practitioner Program, Leadership Edition 2024, Digital Version with Live Zoom Sessions, May 9-10 & 13, 2024

As CSE commemorates its 19-year legacy, it reaffirms its dedication to shaping a sustainable and equitable future through education and empowerment.

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