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ESG Reporting - highly visible, and critical to get right

Updated: Aug 9

In the July 2022 edition of The Economist, a special report covers the importance and failures of ESG reporting.


In the opening article “In Need of a Clean-up” they discuss a report referencing a case where 50 German police investigators and regulators, acting on allegations of 'greenwashing', raided the offices of Deutsche Bank in Frankfurt.

'Their focus was on the extent to which the DWS may have misstated its use of environmental, social and governance criteria in its investment portfolio'.


In the commentary that followed, The Economist makes the assertion;


“It is the contention of this report that, from impact to measurement to disclosure, much of ESG is deeply flawed.”

This report is another discussion that raises questions around how we meet ESG standards effectively, and professionally, and it emphasises why our attendance at the 2022 New Zealand Business Excellence Foundation's Quest for Excellence conference is so important.


The conference is about the redefinition of excellence based on new ESG standards, and the importance of transparency and reporting. It's about communicating what organisations are doing to build trust, and showing consumers that business practices are leading to a sustainable future.


The conference will have input on ESG from world leaders and experts who will talk about the importance of professional auditing and reporting. It will examine models of ESG and explore case studies of local and international deployment.


The NZBEF believe that, whilst it is important for business to know about the new ESG standards, it's even more important to know how to measure and manage their organisations against these.


Diarise November 17 & 18, and purchase your tickets at www.nzbefconference.org to make sure you have a place.