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February 9, 2012

Investors demand more ESG information

Investors are unsatisfied with the environmental, social and governance (ESG) information currently provided by companies, according to a report by the Professional Accountants in Business Committee (PAIB).

The PAIB, part of the International Federation of Accountants, report found that as  investors increased their use of ESG information to better understand an organisation’s processes, the inconsistencies and insufficiencies in company disclosures have become more visible.

Investors have described ESG issues as “complex, and therefore, difficult to articulate, assess and integrate into investment decisions”.

The core ESG information required by the investors includes items such as greenhouse gas emissions, water and energy use, workplace health and safety and board effectiveness.

The report also includes recommendations for professional accountants to better answer the investors’ ESG information demand.


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