Environmental, Social and Governance

This is a once in a generation chance to accelerate change, and make things right. Are you with us?

Your stakeholders are increasingly informing their decisions based on your environmental, social and governance (ESG) credentials.

Consumers are choosing brands for their ethical behaviour and their record on climate change. Investors are favouring businesses with robust ESG frameworks. And governments are implementing regulations requiring organisations to increase transparency in areas such as diversity, equal pay, carbon emissions and modern slavery.

That makes your ESG efforts crucial to long-term value creation and growth.

We believe that sustainable growth is the only way to build a successful business and have a lasting positive impact on our environment and society. That’s why we’ve published our ESG commitments in Our Impact Plan. And it’s why we’ve launched a multi year investment programme to drive world-class expertise and solutions to support our clients to manage the risks and opportunities of ESG too.

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Responsible resource use and impact on nature

To address the challenges of a growing world population, changing climate, and resource scarcity, organisations need to move away from linear processes that use new supply to meet demand, toward the recycling, repairing, and reuse of raw materials.

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Global focus on tackling climate change

Organisations today understand the need to tackle climate change. But keeping pace of the changing nature landscape and new regulation is not easy. Organisations need a range of expertise and partners to mitigate risk and capture new decarbonisation opportunities.

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Greater focus on basic human rights and social impact

Organisations are under demand for greater transparency and accountability, with social impacts forming a key part of this. Businesses need to create consistency in measuring, managing, and reporting on diversity, inclusion and human rights in order to thrive and drive positive change.

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Major reorientation of the capital

The role of ESG in finance is growing with a major reorientation of capital toward sustainable investment underway. With sustainability issues now a priority for the investment community, organisations not fully invested in ESG change, risk being less able to access capital.

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Increased regulation, reporting and incentives

With sustainability high on the agendas of regulators, stakeholders, and customers, avoiding scrutiny and activism is one clear incentive for good practice. But organisations need to move beyond pure compliance by building a deep understanding of the regulatory landscape and embedding ESG into core practices.

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Increased focus on trust and transparency

Transparency creates trust. Businesses stand to build a more sustainable organisation, while reducing reputational risks, potential litigation, and shareholder activism. To do this effectively, organisations need to show greater accountability and exhibit strong compliance.

ESG Heartbeat

Exploring the progress that financial services firms are making in addressing the ESG imperative

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Our ESG commitments

See our award-winning work on how we are progressing in five areas: our firm, our clients, our people, our communities, and our planet.


Our client stories

Working shoulder-to-shoulder with clients to build a future that is sustainable and secure

Explore our ESG insights

Practical resources to support your decision making wherever you are on your ESG journey.

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Richard J Andrews

Richard J Andrews

Head of Environmental,
Social and Governance (ESG),
KPMG in the UK

John McCalla-Leacy

John McCalla-Leacy

Head of Global Environmental,
Social & Governance (ESG) at KPMG International and
Vice Chair for ESG, KPMG in the UK