ESG criteria impact all companies, across various industries, including corporations, investors and rating agencies. Corporates utilize ESG information for decision making and stakeholder communication. The ESG information disclosed to the public has been widely used by investors and ESG data providers. However, companies vary in maturity when it comes to controlling the production of ESG information, which leads to a big challenge for all the players in the market – the quality of ESG data.
To enhance the confidence of stakeholders, including investors, employees and customers, a third-party expert view becomes desirable to add credibility and reliability to ESG data. As a result, much guidance has been published recently on independent assurance.
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