About Graham Freeman

Graham Freeman is a content writer and editor at Intelex Technologies in Toronto, where he writes on topics relating to quality management. You can follow Graham on LinkedIn by clicking here: www.linkedin.com/in/graham-freeman-aa5a575b/

What is the Critical Data for ESG Management and Reporting? 

With ESG reporting becoming a mandatory component of ESG management, you need to collect and analyze lots of data from across your organization. It can be hard to know where to start, but Intelex's ESG reporting software can help you figure it out.
With ESG reporting becoming a mandatory component of ESG management, you need to collect and analyze lots of data from across your organization. It can be hard to know where to start, but Intelex’s ESG reporting software can help you figure it out.

Environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) is an approach that allows organizations to measure their contributions to sustainability and ethical practices in a way that provides transparency to the market, financial benefits to the organization and benchmarking for industry. It is a response to increasing calls around the world for organizations to play a more significant role in creating a sustainable future while maintaining ethical behavior and contributing to the communities in which they operate.  

ESG is an implementation of the aspirations of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which contains 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) according to the following categories, as shown in Table … Read more...

It’s Not All Bad News: How ESG Management Is Meeting the Challenge of Climate Change

Why Your ESG Management Program is a Good-News Story
Many organizations are innovating to become more sustainable. From leading brands to small businesses, everyone can make a contribution to building a better world.

In the fight against climate change, the news reports can be dire reading. This summer alone, an unprecedented heat wave in China is impacting the global supply chain, creating hydropower shortages and providing conditions for devastating fires. The American south is grappling with weather that shifts radically between drought and severe flooding. In the UK and Europe, a brutal heatwave has killed hundreds and caused significant property damage as a result of rural fires. 

It would be easy to say that this is simply fearmongering by the media, but regular reports from climate science support the thesis that man-made climate change is having a significant impact on severe weather events. No matter where we look, the news about climate change seems all bad. 

However, the truth … Read more...

Learn How Leading Brand Estée Lauder Succeeds with ESG Management

The world of ESG can be intimidating when it comes to regulations, reporting and executive support. How does leading brand Estée Lauder achieve ESG management success?

The Environment and Energy Leader Solutions Summit took place online on July 19, 20 and 21, 2022. Leaders from many different industries came together for a series of candid conversations on the importance of ESG in creating a sustainable future and the challenges that come with meeting increasingly complex reporting requirements around the world. There were discussions about the ESG regulatory environment, ESG management software, the importance of data for ESG reporting and many other topics that are at the forefront of today’s strategic business discussions.  

The opening keynote session featured Aleksandra Dobkowski-Joy, VP of ESG at The Estée Lauder Companies. The conversation began with a look at how organizations are managing the rapid advance of ESG as a critical strategic priority over the … Read more...

How ESG Management Builds Resilient Organizations

While many organizations view ESG and ESG management as simply another reporting obligation, ESG principles and frameworks provide better understanding of people, processes and tools. 

Organizations need to do more than know their product lines, research their customers and balance the books. They also need to understand the threats and opportunities that are part of the world in which they operate. Understanding the nature of risk might not be the most exciting part of running an organization, but it’s the one that will help to ensure you have an organization to work at in the years to come. 

The last few years have completely upended our ideas of what is required to build a resilient organization. In 2019, no one was thinking about how to react to a pandemic that would shut down the entire world, a supply chain that threatens to crumble under the weight of constant disruption, the … Read more...

How ESG Technology Supports Innovation 

Much of the ground-breaking innovation in ESG technology is taking place in the energy sector.

From a certain perspective, the global market appears grim. Take, for example, the following: 

  • Experts predict that while supply chain pressures will ease by 2023, the recovery won’t reach pre-pandemic levels any time soon. 
  • Climate scientists believe that Earth’s climate could develop into a chaotic system that experiences rapid fluctuations of severe weather. 
  • By 2050, 87 percent of Americans will live in cities, which will put significant strain on infrastructure and resource consumption.  

Our perspective of risk has been radically altered by events like the COVID-19 pandemic and the rapidly escalating threats caused by the climate crisis. At one time, we though of risk as something we could anticipate and manage. Today, however, we know that not only can cataclysmic disruption occur overnight, but threats from climate change can extend decades into the future and … Read more...

Managing Carbon Emissions Data in Five Steps

Before organizations can think about reporting, however, they need to think about data. Accessing and analyzing data is the key to an effective approach to ESG.
Before organizations can think about reporting, however, they need to think about data. Accessing and analyzing data is the key to an effective approach to ESG.

For years, industries such as oil and gas have used emissions monitoring systems to measure emissions for carbon and methane to report to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). However, in the last few years, environment, social and governance (ESG) frameworks that consider the material impact of emissions on both organizations and community stakeholders have moved beyond emissions-heavy industries to include all organizations that touch the supply chain. Proposed rule changes from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) will mean that many organizations will soon be responsible for reporting Scope 1 (emissions resulting from direct operations), Scope 2 (emissions created indirectly as a result of purchased energy) and Scope 3 emissions (emissions further down the supply chain, such as those generated by suppliers or from … Read more...

Understanding the Impact of AI on ESG

As ESG frameworks begin to move from voluntary to mandatory, the data required to meet these obligations will increase. Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions will have to replace traditional approaches to managing information if organizations want to remain compliant.
As ESG frameworks begin to move from voluntary to mandatory, the data required to meet these obligations will increase. Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions will have to replace traditional approaches to managing information if organizations want to remain compliant.

Over the last few years, the world has started to look like a very different place. A global pandemic, international political instability, a drastic increase in climate-related disasters and greater calls for an end to social inequalities are changing the way we look at the world and the way we interact with our stakeholders. As just one example, according to the World Meteorological Association, there have been 11,000 reported weather-related disasters resulting in more than 2 million deaths and USD $3.64 trillion in damage since 1970. With many environmental researchers predicting that this is likely to worsen in the decades ahead, it becomes clear that we are living in a time … Read more...

Surviving the Global Supply Chain Breakdown: Threats and Opportunities 

By diversifying suppliers, sharing information along the supply chain and developing regional solutions augmented by technology and real-time data, we can have flexible supply chains.
By diversifying suppliers, sharing information along the supply chain and developing regional solutions augmented by technology and real-time data, we can have flexible supply chains that respond to rapidly evolving crises in a way that guarantees the flow of critical components for manufacturing and products to consumers. 

If you can still manage the stress of looking at the world news, you’ll have noticed that the supply chain is a frequent story. Over the last two years, it has taken a pounding from the pandemic, labor shortages, lockdowns, environmental disaster and geopolitical hostilities. Dealing with one of these events at a time is serious enough but dealing with all of them at once has essentially blown apart the global supply chain as we knew it in 2019. 

The supply chain itself is somewhat to blame for this. The traditional approach to global logistics has prioritized profit over resiliency, including single-sourcing of … Read more...

ESG Considerations Mean We Must Change the Way We Think About Risk

Mitigating ESG risk in a world of seemingly constant disruption isn’t an easy task, but there is help. Risk frameworks are critical for incorporating risk-based thinking for ESG into your organization’s strategic vision.
Mitigating ESG risk in a world of seemingly constant disruption isn’t an easy task, but there is help. Risk frameworks are critical for incorporating risk-based thinking for ESG into your organization’s strategic vision.

In his annual letter to CEOs, BlackRock CEO Larry Fink described the decarbonization of the economy as “the greatest investment opportunity of our lifetime.” He also noted that “we focus on sustainability not because we’re environmentalists, but because we’re capitalists and fiduciaries to our clients.” In other words, ESG’s focus on sustainable economies that serve the interests of diverse stakeholders is a fundamental tenet of capitalism.

However, Fink sounds a note of caution regarding the risks involved in ESG. “It will also leave behind companies that don’t adapt, regardless of what industry they are in,” Fink says. “And just as some companies risk being left behind, so do cities and countries that don’t plan for the future. … Read more...

Lessons from the U.S. Army Climate Change Strategy

As the threat of climate change becomes a reality, the world will become a more dangerous place. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Army has released its first climate change strategy.
As the threat of climate change becomes a reality, the world will become a more dangerous place. To meet this challenge, the U.S. Army has released its first climate change strategy.

One doesn’t usually think of the military as being concerned primarily with sustainability. However, the U.S. Army is proving that climate change preparation is necessary for every organization by releasing its first ever Climate Strategy. The strategy emphasizes making the Army more adaptive and resilient to a changing world while decarbonizing its operations in line with the government’s overall approach to meeting climate reduction targets.

This approach will be an important component of a strategy designed to increase the Army’s self-sufficiency and maintain its operational superiority in the face of climate-related disruption. The U.S. Army generates more pollution than 140 of the countries in the world, which means its sustainability efforts will make a significant contribution to international … Read more...