The Environmental, Social, Governance Training & Advisory team works primarily within the conservation, humanitarian and extractives sectors.

CONSERVATION

HUMANITARIAN

EXTRACTIVE

Ecosystem and biodiversity conservation is critical to protecting a country’s natural heritage and environmental stability. However, it can be a complex sector in which to operate. Moreover, as agreements, projects and partnerships often span the public and private sectors, organisations must be in control of their internal and external facing policies.

Organisations engaged, both directly as operators or indirectly as funders or donors, face unique challenges surrounding ESG performance, including those associated with human rights abuse and non-transferable associated risks.

Ensuring organisations support the values and practices of international and national human rights law is necessary to protect interests, employees, stakeholders, and host communities.

ESGTA has assisted several Conservation organisations and companies that support conservation efforts to meet ESG best practices, specialising in addressing Human Rights risks.

Humanitarian work inevitably involves working in contexts where there is a power differential between staff and the population the organisation is serving.

This differential introduces a risk of human rights violations, particularly exploitation and abuse of community members. Allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of children have been prevalent, particularly in recent years.

These risks can and must be identified and mitigated. When such violations occur, organisations must have structures that allow victims to complain and access the services they need.

ESG has the skills to support humanitarian organisations that do not build the necessary risk identification, mitigation, and response systems and will not be compliant with their legal obligations. Most rely on donor funding, and failure to comply can often cause donors to withdraw their support and be in line with donor expectations and values.

Extractive industries’ long-life cycles expose them to fluctuations in managerial, social, environmental, and political climates. Failing to navigate shifts in compliance standards comes with potentially significant legal and financial liabilities, reputational damage, and shareholder value erosion.

ESGTA’s methodology includes a continuous recalibration to align with the UN Guiding Principles of Business and Human Rights.

The team specialises in identifying and mitigating the risks and upstream due diligence requirements, using a systematic framework and inclusive processes to develop a robust human rights approach, environmental impact management and social governance.

In paving clear, considered pathways toward social, environmental, and organisational continuity in high-risk contexts, ESG provides a consistent and creditable independent presence throughout a project’s life cycle.

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