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The ESG Imperative:
Turning Words Into Action

About the Report

As organizations face unprecedented global challenges, environmental, social and governance (ESG) provides the framework to make a difference. Download this report to learn:

  • What ESG-related initiatives are driving positive change
  • How organizations overcome ESG challenges and gaps
  • Why ESG is good for ROI, talent retention and innovation
  • Which must-have skills support and enhance ESG efforts 

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Environmental Social Governance Key takeaways | PMI ESG

The ESG Imperative:
Key Takeaways

From defining processes to developing people skills, organizations are making environmental, social and governance a reality.

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The State of ESG:
Impact at a Glance

Here’s what organizations say about their ESG priorities, climate-related concerns and the benefits of a sustainability strategy.

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ESG in Action:
Social Impact in a Mining Company

A mining company started a solar farm and a machine learning pilot to deliver positive social impact.

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A Quick Guide to Incorporating Sustainability Into Your Projects

Valuable insight on the critical factors contributing to a sustainable focus and how they impact your projects.

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ESG Planning Templates

Build ESG into your planning with a goal-setting template and impact measurement framework based on the UN’s 17 SDGs. These two templates can help you take immediate ESG action.

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Six Ways to Build Sustainability Into Projects

Whether engaging local stakeholders or taking a zero-waste approach, addressing climate change is everyone’s responsibility.

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For ESG Hub

The pandemic changed the perception of ESG … people have become more curious about how companies are operating.

ESG and Framework Specialist

Hyderabad, India

For ESG Hub

ESG imperatives cover so many different areas—operations, sustainability, social, technology—and project managers are going to be an extremely valuable asset to this entire process, from end to end.

ESG Program Development Manager

Toronto, Canada

Frequently Asked Questions


ESG is an abbreviation for environmental, social and governance. These three non-financial factors represent the extent to which an organization governs itself responsibly and acts in ways that positively impact people and the planet.

Much in the same way a PMO builds formal governance, ESG helps organizations set clear criteria to track their sustainability and social good efforts—and create enterprise-wide focus for achieving long-term ROI.

Increasing workforce diversity ... reducing the carbon footprint of supply chains ... removing toxic waste from a local water supply ... supporting awareness of biodiversity threats ... and more.

An understanding of data analysis, creative problem-solving, critical thinking, risk management, the ability to influence ... and more.

Greater efficiencies and reduced costs; talent attraction and retention; improved customer satisfaction and community reputation; innovation and growth ... and more.

The U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs, are a set of 17 integrated outcomes for a better world that address all three dimensions of sustainable development (environmental, economic and social).

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Environmental Social Governance on Track | PMI ESG

Three Ways to Keep Your ESG Projects on Track

See how organizations are pushing sustainability from a one-off project outcome to a core business practice.

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The ROI of Social Impact

Companies need to show how their products and services impact the broader community and bring value to society. 

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Why ESG is Important to Project Leaders

ESG is becoming both essential and fully integrated into every aspect of operations and culture. Learn how project teams are incorporating ESG into their work and benefiting from it.

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Straight Talk: Unlocking ESG Outcomes

Video interview with Geneviève Piché, MD, Head of ESG Solutions Group, Wells Fargo Corporate & Investment Banking (CIB).

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PMI and GPM Partnership | PMI ESG

The PMI/GPM Partnership

PMI and Green Project Management are partnering to advance sustainability in project management by offering a training and certification bundle to those with a PMI certification. 

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