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Black Sun is a global stakeholder communications agency, with offices in London and Singapore.
We help businesses to communicate authentically how they deliver value to their stakeholders. We believe that inspiring strategic communications can spark positive change and drive long-term, sustainable performance.
We are powered by a unique mix of strategic insight, creative inspiration, and technology advantage, and are united by a common purpose: making businesses more valued in the eyes of their stakeholders.
The advisory and insight team bring investor engagement, ESG subject-matter expertise and storytelling to assist you develop quality content and strategic thinking to land with your stakeholders.
Sustainability report editorial guidelines and development of supplementary disclosure formats data books/factsheets
Our Theory of Change
In this decisive decade, the need to shift to an inclusive, net zero economy could not be more urgent or important. This requires collective effort by business, government, civil society and citizens. To turn this vision into reality, BSR works to mainstream sustainable business practices in the global economy by promoting business transformation and powerful collaborations that take progress to scale. The role of business is to create and deliver products and services in a way that treats people fairly, meets peoples’ needs and aspirations within the boundaries of our planet, and encourages market and policy frameworks that enable a sustainable future. BSR’s role is to provide insights which help business leaders see a changing world more clearly, advice to create long-term strategic value, and collaborations that scale impact.
Carlow Consulting, LLC provides companies with the tools to successfully navigate between investor expectations, ESG, risk management and company reporting demands. We provide guidance and policy development on ESG frameworks and diversity for Boards and investors. We also work with companies and investors to support effective engagement.
Carlow Consulting, LLC provides a spectrum of services to companies, starting with recommendations for creating an ESG program. As a company begins to consider establishing a program, we help them evaluate the commitment by the Board of Directors and C-Suite Officers, develop corporate policies and guidelines to support the ESG program, review investor, employee or customer sentiments for sustainable business practices, and provide tools to address stakeholder feedback. We help companies develop their sustainability reporting and disclosures, tailored to their business model and industry.
We provide assistance with tailoring ESG measures to their company and development of their sustainability disclosure reporting under the relevant reporting standards. We help them interpret the rankings and ratings from service providers and take into account investors’ views on sustainability.
We are committed to helping solve the world’s sustainability challenges and delivering transformative change in the social and environmental performance of key industry sectors. Our work falls into three broad areas: (a) responsible investment policy, strategy and implementation, (b) benchmarks and multi-stakeholder processes, (c) corporate sustainability.
We work with asset owners, asset managers and service providers to support the development and implementation of responsible investment strategies. This encompasses support and advice relating to: investment beliefs, responsible investment and stewardship policies, organisational structure (roles and responsibilities), ESG integration, active ownership, voting, performance, and impact measurement and reporting.
We work with companies to support the development and implementation of their sustainability strategies. This includes support and advice relating to: impact objective setting, sustainability policies, sustainability strategy and reporting.
In relation to sustainable investor relations services, we support companies and investors with understanding the needs and interests of their stakeholders, helping them to effectively communicate and build support for their sustainability-related strategies and processes. This includes stakeholder mapping and engagement, surveys, reporting (e.g., corporate sustainability, stewardship, responsible investment, net zero) and market research and analysis.
cometis AG is a leading IR & ESG specialist consultancy in Germany. With over 20 years of know-how in capital market communications, we constantly set new standards in Investor Relations, with competent local contacts in all relevant financial markets in Europe and beyond. Relying on a broad skillset in both financial and non-financial communication approaches, we support our clients in reaching their ambitious IR goals.
Corporate Citizenship is a global consulting firm specialising in responsible and sustainable business, working with companies to accelerate change towards a future where our society and planet can thrive.
For over 20 years they have been helping clients develop and implement strategies focused on long-term value creation for all stakeholders. Sustainable investor relations services We believe that IR and Sustainability have a shared ambition: to create sustained, long-term value for a company’s shareholders and stakeholders. Our services focus on identifying the barriers and seeking solutions to closer cooperation, enabling a mindset shift within corporations. With heightened investor expectation for companies to disclose ESG related risks and ambition, we help companies create the correct ESG strategy for their business and to articulate the important ESG factors for long-term business success.
Informed by our dynamic materiality process, we help companies to demonstrate a link between ESG performance and long-term commercial success by:
Working internationally from five locations, we help global and regional businesses create the strategy and practical steps to better engage the right investors on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. We are committed to ensuring long-term thinking becomes the norm for all businesses.
Curley Global IR, LLC (CGIR) ensures that public companies – and those about to go public – have the right Investor Relations (IR), Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) and Corporate Governance frameworks in place, are targeting the right audiences, and are balancing appropriate risk mitigation.
Management training regarding business case, investor-sensitivity analysis to assess shareholder profile risk, and investor trends focused on ESG issues (C-suite and Board level)
Comprehensive materiality and gap assessment of existing ESG initiatives; outcome yields a robust set of CUSTOMIZED recommendations for each client regarding disclosure and potential new initiatives
Creation / management of an in-house cross-functional committee, to serve as overseer and advance corporate initiatives
Creation / management of audit control framework, including reporting structure and presentations to Board Committees, associated with Enterprise Risk Management assessments
Advise on Social and Governance initiatives; access to thought leaders in Environmental sphere for specific expertise
Completion of investor-, customer-, and supplier-driven surveys, working with internal teams
Datamaran is the only software analytics platform in the world that identifies and monitors external risks, including ESG.
Trusted by blue-chip companies and top tier partners, it brings a data-driven business process for external risk and materiality analysis. In house - at any time. Datamaran’s patented technology offers real-time analytics on strategic, regulatory and reputational risks, specific to your business and value chain. Sustainable investor relations services ESG considerations are now material to all investible companies – and there is increasing evidence of a relationship between those material criteria and stock performance. Yet, traditional approaches to analyzing ESG risks and opportunities are riddled with challenges, including analyses based on subjective judgments and incomplete data.
Most companies lack a solid and formalized process to identify and monitor material issues. In today's rapidly changing market, manual data analysis, ad-hoc Google searches, inconsistent ratings and rankings, and temporary consultants don’t cut it. Datamaran offers the only automated and data-driven and digitally-enabled solution for the identification, prioritization and monitoring of material ESG issues. Powered by patented technology, the software automates the analysis of different stakeholder views and offers a clear view of strategic, regulatory and reputational risks - current and emerging.
We are experts in integrating Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) into investments. Since 2001, our experience, anchored in major institutional investors, spans the waterfront of sectors, themes, asset classes and styles of investment.
Discern Sustainability works with some of the world's leading investors. We value excellence and authenticity and strive for ambition within the art of the possible. What's possible in sustainable investment is changing, for the better.
We are convinced that a future in which myriads of living beings coexist on this Earth while all people enjoy a prosperous life is created through the choices we make today. Established in 2000, our firm provides sustainability advisory services including CSR management support, ESG data disclosure support, internal education, overseas expansion and business development, and information sharing through its corporate network.
We emphasize the importance of disclosing the information, as well as promoting the sustainable initiatives.
We provide information to companies on the importance of ESG, trends of institutional investors on sustainable investment, the evaluated points, and the importance of the ESG data disclosure. We provide advice on ESG factors identified by ESG data providers as our core service of advisory on sustainability strategy so that our clients can improve the rating by promoting the sustainability initiative and disclosing the required elements.
Emperor is one of the UK’s leading strategic and creative corporate communications agencies. We specialise in stakeholder reporting, brand, sustainability and employee engagement; and produce work across all forms of media, from digital to print, film and presentations.
We’re employee-owned with over 230 partners, 5 creative hubs in London, Edinburgh, Manchester, Warwick and Dubai, and over 400 clients across a range of sectors.
Sustainability is a strategic imperative at the heart of corporate culture.
Emperor exists to simplify sustainability for companies and help them think about it holistically in a way that not only meets stakeholder expectations and regulatory requirements, but unlocks value for the business through clear, credible and consistent communications.
We help our clients articulate why they exist and how they create value. We identify their sustainability priorities and help them to communicate in a compelling way that connects with an increasingly broad range of stakeholders.
As experts in integrated reporting, we help companies articulate an authentic and compelling narrative around strategy and performance, sustainability and governance; providing insight into trends and developments, and supporting companies on their journey to better disclosure.
ERM is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social consulting services and sustainability related services. We work with the world's leading organizations, delivering innovative solutions and helping them to understand and manage their sustainability challenges. To do this, we have more than 5,500 people in over 40 countries and territories working out of more than 160 offices.
ERM has a proven track record in working with clients across a wide range of industries to define and deliver corporate sustainability strategies, reports, and other stakeholder disclosures that drive business performance.
ERM collaborates closely with leading international organizations, such as the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, US Business Council for Sustainable Development, and Global Reporting Initiative, to ensure we are helping clients follow the latest global developments and industry best practices. ERM is a GRI-certified training partner - true experts in applying the GRI Standards.
We work with clients to: define their material issues and corresponding metrics; design and implement information solutions to compile information efficiently and accurately; engage internal and external stakeholders; and develop written reports and websites with appropriate content to address key audiences and messaging.
We also help companies respond to other disclosures, including the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, the Carbon Disclosure Project, and other investor and customer-specific requests. By optimizing the data collection and disclosure processes, we drive efficiency and minimize costs.
By partnering with ERM, reporting on sustainability performance becomes much more than a communications exercise. It becomes a powerful tool that helps organizations crystallize their sustainability strategy, mitigate risks, improve sustainability and operational performance, strengthen internal management systems, and enhance relationships with key stakeholders.
We are a straight talking PR agency helping our clients build a fairer, greener economy. We are a smart and passionate team with lifetimes of experience delivering communications strategies and campaigns related to ESG and sustainability.
With a background in responsible investment and ESG integration our team has an inherent understanding of what investors and wider stakeholders are looking for in corporate sustainability-related communications.
We help companies to clearly express their own sustainability story, while ticking all the boxes required by ESG research providers and frameworks from GRI to TCFD (and the many abbreviations in between).
ESG Global Advisors bridges the gap between companies and investors on environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors. A multi-disciplinary team with significant investor and corporate experience, we are uniquely positioned to offer expert advice to companies seeking to communicate effectively to the capital markets on the material ESG factors that influence risk or drive long-term value, including climate change.
It can be challenging for companies to respond to emerging investor expectations on ESG governance, strategy, risk management and reporting. Navigating a confusing landscape of ESG requirements, standards, disclosure frameworks, ratings, questionnaires and engagement approaches is difficult and time-consuming. It can all feel like a moving target.
ESG Global Advisors helps companies to understand ESG, determine which ESG factors are relevant to their unique circumstances, develop a strategy to address ESG expectations, and communicate effectively on ESG to their investors.
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Our team is drawn from institutional investment, corporate and consulting backgrounds, and includes experts in governance, shareholder engagement, law, sustainability accounting, climate-related financial risk and disclosure, environmental science, and social development issues.
Finch & Beak is an agency that helps companies accelerate their performance on today’s biggest sustainability challenges. Since 1997, we support businesses by developing and implementing winning sustainability strategies. Our clients value our rapid results, freshness, quality, and people-centric approach as we deliver tangible outcomes – always with a keen eye on future developments.
With over 20 years of experience, Finch & Beak helps corporate clients avoid the ESG reporting trap by building effective sustainability strategies that focus on vital issues, by efficient use of ratings to drive sustainability performance, and by selecting the right ESG benchmarks to leverage their insights and significance.
Creative ESG product design (asset managers, data providers), ESG Ratings deconstructions (corporates, consultants), ESG media and messaging without pretense (podcasting).
G&A Institute serves as a bridge between the corporate community and the financial services sector. We help corporations in their sustainability journeys, from start for some to continued enhancement of efforts for others seeking to attain corporate sustainability leadership. An important element of that is winning in the competition for capital
Publicly-traded corporations have a public “ESG profile” whether they work at shaping that profile (and perceptions) on an active basis or not. Our typical client recognizes that the public profile shapes perceptions, reputation, valuation, access to and cost of capital; makes impressions on their customer and prospect base; and serves as measure of management and culture of the enterprise if they are employees/or seeking a position with the company. A primary consideration for much of our work is the views of the public company held by asset owners, asset managers, financial analysts, investor coalitions, and other stakeholders. We have a comprehensive suite of services that help companies shape and enhance the views held by investors regard the firm’s ESG profile.
Founded in 2015, the Granito Group is a financial services organization specialized in the sustainable economy. It works alongside its clients on ESG strategic consulting, financial advisory (placement and project finance), and policy & research. It operates from London and Sao Paulo.
Our ESG strategic consulting practice designs and implements comprehensive ESG architectures for financial institutions (culture, strategy, organizational transformation, investment processes, portfolio construction methods, metrics, communication and outreach). We also work with regulators in the design of ESG policies, guidelines and standards. We have delivered projects in Europe and Latin America.
Our financial advisory and capital raising practice is one of the world’s largest devoted exclusively to ESG. We raise debt and equity capital for responsible and sustainable funds, companies, and greenfield projects (typically we raise above US$100M per asset). We have worked with leading asset managers and financial institutions in Europe, Latin America and United States.
Hindsight Consultancy was started in 2016 by James Hulse, a former trader and fund manager who set up the world’s first climate change hedge fund in 2007 and has since worked for NGOs including CDP, where he ran their Forests program and the Investor team. Clients include a leading credit ratings agency, asset managers and owners, companies and NGOs.
With a background of working for financial institutions, Hindsight can help companies to understand what investors and banks actually want. We have worked with companies on their sustainability disclosure as well as looking strategically at where disclosure is heading and which investor initiatives are important. We can help companies sift through the myriad of disclosure frameworks and benchmarks to focus on key initiatives and ensure that companies are providing the right information in the best format.
HXE Partners helps clients achieve their sustainability and environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals. We take an investor focused approach to support the development, management, and integration of sustainability best practices within organizations. We collaborate with our clients from start to finish, focusing on their needs while producing new ideas, developing effective strategies, and delivering high quality and scalable results.
Strategy Development: We start by figuring out where clients are on the sustainability spectrum and what is driving the demand to develop, maintain, or improve their sustainability programs. By working with our clients to set goals and understand the material issues to their businesses, we ensure that they are well-positioned to align their programs with company-wide strategic and financial goals.
Implementation: We help clients get things done. We work with them to develop the appropriate infrastructure and processes to implement their sustainability programs. We lead everything from finding the right technical specialists to managing projects from concept to completion to identifying the right solutions to track performance improvements over time.
Investor Reporting & Recognition: Companies disclose ESG data to build corporate reputations, comply with regulatory agreements, respond to investor disclosure requests and demonstrate responsible risk management oversight. We work with clients to maximize the credit they get for their achievements and communicate their successes to their internal and external stakeholders. We tailor our approach to our clients’ priorities and take ownership of the ever increasing volume of sustainability reporting requests. If there is an acronym for it, we do it.
InterAxS Global is an independent provider of industry and corporate access in ESG and Sustainable Investing. We also arrange events across multiple sectors / themes and provide outsourcing opportunities to buy side, sell side and corporates.
ESG roadshow origination and execution
Investor events on sustainability
IRO and Sustainability team strategy and communication planning
JLC Investor Relations helps companies understand and strengthen their relationship with investors. We provide an expert, independent perspective as the “investor in the room”, drawing on the team’s wealth of experience across fund management, equity analysis, investor relations, corporate governance, stewardship, Board interaction and ESG analysis. We pride ourselves on being flexible and pragmatic; clients benefit from an entirely bespoke approach and deep, actionable insight.
As former institutional investors we have decades of experience in discussions with companies and boards about material future influences on their business. This broad expertise, combined with over five years’ ESG analysis which originated on the buyside, is uniquely valuable and drives our approach as advisors today.
We help companies develop, benchmark and communicate their ESG metrics and performance to encourage more effective dialogue with investors. We have deep market understanding of what influences investors’ decision-making, including the role and methodology of ratings agencies.
We have undertaken over 100 buyside company specific ESG reviews exploring topics such as sustainability, environmental controls, board structure and tax policy. Most importantly we understand how ESG factors link into operational best practice, strategy and how it should be communicated in the investment case.
We offer a comprehensive range of services which are entirely bespoke and extremely practical in nature:
Leaders Arena is an ESG-focused independent advisory firm that leverages 30+ years of direct ESG, Investor Relations and Corporate Governance experience. Based in the UK and the US, we help companies maximize the impact of their ESG-related initiatives. Our clients come to us seeking unbiased guidance and hands-on support. With highly customisable programmes, we deliver ongoing support that creates tangible value for our clients.
Leaders Arena provides a full range of consultancy services, tactical support, ESG research and SRI perception studies which have been designed to empower companies to better communicate their sustainability story to the market. We look at ESG from an investor lens having worked with and for institutional investors: we know how ESG investors think and what they want.
Amidst growing investor expectations on companies, Leaders Arena guarantees unparalleled client focus in the corporate advisory space. We bring an independent, outside view to supplement company internal resources and knowledge allowing clients to maintain control of their own practices and communication strategy.
For us, every client is different and therefore we offer tailored solutions as opposed to ‘one-size-fits-all’ services. We care about our clients and provide holistic support to their needs. We have helped companies across sectors and supported hundreds of professionals responsible for ESG communications. Get in touch to learn how you can benefit from our unique support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maitland/amo is Europe's leading financial, corporate & political communications consultancy providing trusted advice and strategic counsel. We have the depth of experience to provide you with trusted advice on any communication issue you might encounter and we provide company leaders and the heads of major organisations with the communications strategy they need to win over the investors and wider stakeholders that matter most to them.
For nearly a decade at Maitland/amo, we have been providing strategic sustainability advice to businesses, governments, policymakers and non-profit organisations. Through the expertise of our dedicated practice, we help global organisations develop and communicate their sustainability strategy to all their critical audiences, especially investors.
Our offering is unique: we blend technical knowledge with strategic counsel to help organisations develop and communicate their sustainability and ESG strategies to all their critical audiences, especially investors.
As a trusted advisor, we believe it is vital that we uphold high sustainability standards. Our parent company Havas, is a certified B corporation and a founding agency of the Common Ground, a project led by the marketing and communications industry to support the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
We partner with companies to help them develop and communicate their ESG strategy and approach to their investors and wider stakeholders. Whether you are looking to explain your credentials to investors through reporting or raise your profile in the media on the action you have taken to date on ESG, we have a wealth of experience in advising how to address these challenges. By blending technical understanding with strategic communication advice, we help craft stories, engage media and manage reputations.
Our full range of services include:
Next Level Investor Relations LLC (NLIR) is a U.S.-based consultancy that advises publicly-traded companies in competitive positioning and strategic focus, bridging internal program successes across Investor Relations, ESG/Sustainability and Stakeholder Communications to help our clients attain new impactful public communications performance levels. We care that our client’s IR-ESG-SC positioning captures strategic opportunities and real returns.
NLIR is hired by client companies for custom engagements to help them focus on the most impactful near-term, mid-term and longer-term opportunities. We develop an ESG/CSR strategic vision, approach and execution roadmap toward performance progress and improvement that is right-sized for the individual client company. We provide updates and recommendations to reflect emerging external trends and stakeholder influences.
We help our clients approach ESG/CSR as a strategic opportunity in competition for capital, constructive stakeholder perception and risk mitigation. We assist clients at any stage in their company’s ESG journey to take its positioning to the next level. We support our clients to:
Competitive benchmarking and best practices assessments are foundational in our approach to provide customized strategic advice and ESG/CSR briefings suited to each company’s particular circumstances. We support internal ESG working groups and leadership teams to develop self-sufficient internal ESG/CSR organization.
Take your corporate transparency initiative to a whole new level and show the world what it means to have a stake in your company with our virtual tour platform. Quickly and cost effectively create an immersive virtual tour experience of the heart of your business, its people and its values, and seamlessly distribute the experience to your audience of stakeholders, potential investors and regulatory bodies.
We put the power of virtual tour creation in the hands of site owners to facilitate low cost, high impact virtual site visits that can be shared from your website, from our app and over webinars and video conference software to 100's of participants at a time.
Our clients range from major diversified miners and large caps, such as Anglo American and Barrick, to micro-caps, private companies, consultants and buy-side. Reality Check: providing the industry with the tools to build trust through transparency. Proud to be partnered with the London Stock Exchange since 2018
Sustainable Investment Training Associates is a partnership of three highly-experienced and currently practicing sustainable investment professionals with a shared belief that training must be engaging, motivating, intellectually-stimulating and practically-relevant. We offer high-quality, bespoke, investment-relevant training across all areas of the sustainable investment value chain.
SITA offers a half-day training course on Sustainable Investment for Investor Relations which enables IROs and senior sustainability / CSR managers to:
Solebury Trout provides investor relations, ESG advisory, corporate communications and market access to private and public companies across industry sectors.
With more than 1,000 strategic client engagements to date, Solebury has the senior experience it takes to help clients maximize shareholder value at every stage of their development, navigate the competitive landscape, differentiate their value proposition and forge a dialogue with investors and the media.
The opportunity for companies of all types and stages to leverage ESG in fundraising and IR has never been greater. Additionally, management teams and boards are under increasing pressure to meet the growing expectations of institutional investors on ESG. Solebury Trout’s experience and approach enables executives to understand the ESG landscape, builds their competence and fluency, and creates winning strategies.
ESG Education & Coaching for CxOs, IROs & Boards: Training sessions and materials for executives that build the necessary competence and confidence to engage in proactive ESG communication and investor engagement, be prepared with both key talking points and answers to FAQs.
Shareholder Base Review & Targeting: Identify the ESG priorities of the organizations and funds that are or could be invested in a company; determine targets that are tailored to company characteristics; and partner to organize and deliver content through “normal” and ESG-specific investor meetings, calls, NDRs, and events.
Management of ESG Ratings and Index/Fund Inclusion: Advising management teams on the top and prioritized ESG issues that could be both improve their ESG ratings that drive inclusion into passive funds, and which can be clearly tied to the bottom line.
Disclosure Strategies and Tactics: Leveraging SASB/TCFD and ESG rating frameworks to disclose ESG information via websites and SEC disclosures such as 10-Ks, Proxy Statements, and IPO/SPAC filings.
Sustainable Financing Opportunities: Green/Sustainable bond and financing frameworks aligned with the ICMA Green Bond Principals, obtaining second party opinions, and supporting investor communications materials and activities.
SquareWell Partners is an advisory firm supporting publicly-listed companies to engage with their shareholders on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics. SquareWell monitors investors’ behaviour with the aim of providing investor-focused advice, grounded in precedents and facts, to help companies prioritize their ESG efforts vis-à-vis the expectations/preferences of their shareholders as well as key research and ratings firms.
Sustainable investor relations services provided by SquareWell include:
SRI-CONNECT is the online research and communications network for the sustainable investment industry. It has >6,500 members (including >850 from listed companies) is free to join and is open to those with professional exposure to the sustainable investment value chain - including IROs and senior CSR managers.
Many of SRI-CONNECT's sustainable investor relations services are free - see here for SRI-CONNECT's services for companies.
The network's position as the central research and communications hub for sustainable investment enables us to support companies with investor and analyst targeting and with the organisation of sustainability results webinars and roadshows.
Likewise the network's position as the hub for industry research enables us to understand the issues of primary interest to investors and analysts - thereby enabling us to help companies develop and position their sustainability messaging for investors.