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ESG Materiality & Benchmarking

Strategic planning within ESG

Do you know how your ESG reporting/strategy compares to your industry peers? Have you identified your main material risks, opportunities, or priorities?

Understanding what factors are most important to your company’s ESG strategy – including stakeholder pressures, peer and industry standards, and investor needs, while identifying the material topics of most relevance, ensures your company is focusing on the most integral aspects of your ESG journey. Our benchmarking and materiality services help you address these important topics and develop long-term value for your business and stakeholders.

Our role in guiding the sustainable development within waste, water, and energy, has helped us develop and understand the benchmarking and investor environment in which ESG operates. Armed with this expertise and an unparalleled understanding of the market, we help you attain best practices and create a competitive position.

Benchmarking & Materiality Actions

Benchmarking your risks, opportunities, and overall ESG approach against peers and industry best practices will help gauge your ESG strengths, opportunities, and potential risks. In addition to tracking evolving trends and innovation within your industry, we monitor changing policies and regulations around climate change, emissions, and disclosure requirements (see our Regulatory Bulletin) ensuring companies are focused on the most relevant and impactful ESG initiatives.

A materiality assessment is the next step to perform after benchmarking and is one of the most important aspects of your ESG journey. Materiality assessments provide a company with the foundation to understand which ESG issues to prioritize and manage. Assessments are based on stakeholders’ interests and issues that have the most relevance and potentially highest impact to a business, both on and off the balance sheet.

  • Benchmarking is often done against five competitors within the same industry or market.
  • A specific criterion of ESG factors are tracked to provide a thorough comparison of peers/competitor’s ESG maturity.
  • An overview of goals to consider and recommendations of how to either align with competitors or exceed competitors’ ESG offerings is presented.
  • Working with our client, we determine the key stakeholders to engage, ranging from investors and community members to employees and board members.
  • Some materiality assessments include delivering a survey and or conducting a focus group, whereas others include one-on-one interviews.
  • The results are then presented with a list of material topics displayed in a materiality matrix.

ESG Reporting Services

The relevancy and prevalence of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors continue to grow and potentially impact a company’s long-term value and success. Investors are increasingly utilizing ESG reporting to inform investment decisions, and in some cases, they are scrutinizing ESG as much as operational and financial factors.

Equipped with extensive industry insights and knowledge, we partner with our clients to develop robust ESG strategies that go beyond compliance to resonate with stakeholders, secure investments, promote sustainable business practices, and deliver long-term value to our clients.

  • Benchmarking
  • Materiality Assessments
  • Goals and Target Setting
  • ESG Data Analysis
  • Educational Workshops
  • Social Impact Studies
  • GHG Emissions and Reduction Strategies
  • Decarbonization Roadmaps

ESG Support Services

ESG reporting is amplified when your organization can demonstrate a consistent and integrated approach to your ESG strategy. The following services develop quantitative and qualitative touchpoints to support your next project and help ensure ESG is built into your culture, business plans and long-term strategy.

  • ESG educational workshops
  • Ratings assessment
  • TCFD scenario analysis
  • Social impact studies
  • Environmental protection assessments
  • Risk assessments & estimating
  • Carbon credit appraisals
  • Climate change advisory
  • Energy transition consultation
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Remote data tracking

Actioning Your ESG Goals

With clients predominantly in the natural resource sector, we thoroughly understand the industry’s prevalent ESG and economic issues. Our experience delivering sustainable business practices and commercializing leading-edge innovation can help you realize your pathway to a lower-carbon future. 

Whether we support you with managing water efficiently, lowering emissions, reducing environmental impact, or developing social improvement plans, all actions can contribute to your ESG strategy and energy transition roadmap.

  • Low Thermal Distillation
  • Biogas & Biomethane
  • Pumped Hydro Storage
  • Produced water recycling
  • Mineral Extraction
  • Geothermal support
  • Water repurposing
  • Wetland carbon sinks
  • Passive water treatment
  • Bio-char utilization
Chat with our sustainable infrastructure advisors:
Yves Matson
Yves Matson
Yves Matson

Director, Strategic Development

Jeff C
Jeff C
Jeff Coombes, MSc.

Manager, Strategic Development

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