KUALA LUMPUR: Environment, social and governance (ESG) is increasingly relevant for businesses for securing investments and delivery of their products and services.
Aubrens managing partner Dr Jayanthi Desan said there were multiple benefits to being ESG compliant and this was apparent in their clients improving in the delivery of their products and services.
“We see our clients not just getting better in terms of sustainability-linked bonds and loans as well as better cost to business but also in reimagining their products and services and enabling them to meet demands, new markets, new strategies and that’s where the opportunities are.
“In doing so they are energising their people, building thriving communities and building a better world,” Jayanthi said in a statement.
The sustainability consultant firm’s ten-year journey has transgressed into the success of the country’s heavyweights reporting on their sustainability performance.
They include powerhouses in the fields of banking and finance, multinational conglomerates, and construction luminaries which have subscribed to Aubrens’ services.
“We are Asia focused simply because risks and opportunities in Asia are distinct and exciting in terms of where Asia is going and what companies are showing in their growth and we are reinvigorated by what Asia has to offer.
“This is where our deep technical expertise and ability to simplify tools are enabling companies to continue their ESG journey. This is what Aubrens is all about,” Jayanthi said.
She also launched Aubrens’ new space today giving an insight into what the office represents in terms of sustainability.
“We are truly excited about this new space. It is going to mark a moment where we have a community of our people, working, thriving, and enjoying their space.
“It also enables our clients to continue building relationships, growing and reimagining the world. That’s how important this space is for us,” she added.
In sharing some of the ESG challenges, Jayanthi said there were too many expectations on an organisation.
“There is too much noise and the clutter is because there are multiple frameworks, multiple assessment tools, multiple regulators requiring different methodologies and no clear overview of how organisations are being accessed.
“So, then organisations don’t know – are they progressing? Are they doing better? And of course, there are organisations who believe they already have some good ESG practices. These are the major challenges in terms of ESG today,” she said.