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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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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 by the Numbers

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:
Projects Making a Difference

These four projects highlight how a South African mining company delivers positive social impact through education, machine learning and more.

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

ESG and Framework Specialist

Hyderabad, India

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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 acronym 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).

Turn words into action, intent into impact. Learn more about The ESG Imperative.

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