While governance underpins every important activity, many boards struggle to verify and evidence disclosures to regulatory bodies and to investment partners.
Faced with constant change it can be hard to measure and verify point in time progress toward multiple strategic objectives.
And this was before the ESG movement began to gain momentum.
ESG brings to real estate a raft of new and rapidly evolving regulations and complex disclosure requirements that demand the same levels of rigour and governance required of financial disclosures.
WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT
As explained in this article, directors and officers are now held personally liable for ESG disclosures that are inaccurate or fail to meet the scrutiny of regulatory audits.
And the incident at Deutsche Bank further highlights the potentially severe repercussions of greenwashing or errors and omissions in ESG disclosures.
With stakes as high as these, can directors and officers verify that strategic targets are being met and that disclosures are supported by audit-grade evidence?
This we believe is an important challenge for directors and officers to address.
HOW DO WE RESPOND TO THIS CHALLENGE?
ESG now impacts every site, every employee, every vendor and every business partner in one form or another.
It is clear that the industry faces a significant change management and governance problem.
While the growing ESG wave may seem daunting, we believe that this is an opportunity to differentiate and to unlock existing value in your organization.
And the good news is that as an industry, we already possess the tools and the expertise to be successful…
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