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ESG rankings and lists aren’t often entirely reliable for consumers or investors wanting to make decisions on companies they buy from or invest in. Appolinary Kalashnikova/Unsplash

Sustainability rankings don’t always identify sustainable companies

Some companies rank high on some lists that measure environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives, and rank near the bottom on other lists. Which rankings should we trust?
As consumers, we can change our lifestyle, our investments and demand change from our governments. Together — along with accountants — we can get there. (Charl Folscher/Unsplash)

What is sustainability accounting? What does ESG mean? We have answers

To achieve environmental sustainability, we need strong corporate standards that are quantifiably enforced, accountants trained to accurately measure sustainability — and we must all play a role.
In this April 2013 photo, Bangladeshis gather as rescuers look for survivors and victims at the site of the Rana Plaza building that collapsed a day earlier, in Savar, Bangladesh. (AP Photo/A.M.Ahad)

Corporate social responsibility commitments: All talk, no action

Until there are global standards for authentic corporate social responsibility efforts, we will continue to see local impoverishment, hazardous waste and tragic labour accidents in the Global South.
Many companies claim they’re socially and environmentally responsible and attract investors who value strong corporate environmental, social and governance policies. But is it true? (Takaharu Sawa/Unsplash)

Socially responsible investing can be like searching for fool’s gold

Is investing for competitive financial returns based on ESG principles like searching for a needle in a haystack? There’s often conflicting information about the ESG bona fides of many companies.

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