Environment Social and Governance Risk

ESG is now at the centre of operational excellence and stakeholder interest.

Increasing public pressures on government and businesses alike are driving the need for organizations to adopt proactive ESG measures and ensure accountability to mitigate ESG risk, doing their part to secure a sustainable future for the next generation.

Organizations can realize considerable financial and non-financial returns by incorporating ESG risk into their strategic planning process. Enhanced regulatory controls, along with political, social, and environmental mandates are increasingly demanding an effective ESG strategy.

While the war on climate is most certainly at the front and centre of the ESG conversation, the scope of ESG spans much wider to include broader community impacts, resource nationalism, regulatory controls, equal access to health, wellness, and financial means, respect for culture and heritage, and the importance of diversity, inclusion, equity, and access – secured through an effective governance structure and reporting process.

Wesben Global assists our clients on ESG matters, supporting them to engage with communities and stakeholders in complex regulatory and policy settings. Our approach to ESG is centred on the critical role of understanding stakeholder impacts, and the associated benefits of a strongly executed engagement plan.

Our work in ESG: Client Sectors and Services

Many of our clients seeking ESG support are operating within complex environments requiring cross-cultural or multi-level stakeholder relations and governance, maximization of local content development, strategic communications, community consultation, and strong corporate reporting. Client organizations are often pursuing growth or change through business transformation, new market entry, merger, or acquisition, and depend on government, employee, and/or community cooperation, partnership and buy-in to secure social-license, international financing or investment to achieve project objectives.

We have helped our clients develop ESG programs and enhance their ESG strategies across several sectors, including:

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Government and Crown corporations

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Higher education

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Healthcare

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Mining, energy and resources

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Canadian and North American Indigenous-led economic development organizations

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Multi-level sporting organizations

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Canadian and globally focused not-for-profit

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Culture and heritage organizations

Ask Us About

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Board and committee governance

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Designing ESG programs

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Integrating with Enterprise Risk Management

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ESG performance indicators

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Stakeholder and social performance risk

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Community and public consultation

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Regulatory permitting processes

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Country and culture orientation packages

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ESG training

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Communications plans and program builds

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Sustainability Reporting

Client Case Study:

Our client, a public sector service organization, was implementing a transformative, multi-year strategic plan affecting all business functions across multiple locations. Strategic priorities outlined numerous interdependent deliverables, requiring a high level of integration across the organization, and an improved reporting function to enable timely access to information regarding situations or external priorities impacting the regulated industry.

Wesben Global undertook a multi-disciplinary ESG lens, partnering with senior business leaders across the organization to advise on industry outreach, including key messages for leader-led communications, while supporting the client to explore internally and externally focused ESG programs. Advisory services assisted the client, through extensive consultation efforts, to identify ESG related risk, and refine internal governance for enhanced ESG reporting across multi-level stakeholder groups.

Our Commitment to the UN Global Compact

We actively participate in the annual UN Leadership Summit and adhere to the Principles for Responsible Investment as the leading set of guidelines in our field. We are committed to promoting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG’s). Our projects and partners are carefully chosen for alignment to our core values on Community, Culture, Communication and Collaboration. We seek to ensure that our community is aware of and understands our position on the importance of integrating an ESG mindset into our everyday practice. 

Learn more about the UN SDGs and the UN Principles for Responsible Investment here:

UN SDGSUNPRI.org