ESG Regulatory Risk Scan

We have entered a new era of ESG regulation, moving rapidly from voluntary to mandatory corporate ESG disclosures. In jurisdictions across the globe, governments are adopting legally binding ESG and climate-related disclosure regulations. Many registration and financial statements, legal filings, and investor and customer reports are also beginning to require emissions and climate-related financial disclosures.

Our ESG Regulatory Risk Scan is comprised of three tasks: Jurisdictional Requirements Assessment, Gap Analysis and Insights, and Recommended Actions.

Using collected data, ADEC ESG will identify the jurisdictional applicability of current and emerging regulations. Once all applicable regulations have been identified, our team will review ESG and sustainability documents and reports against mandated reporting requirements. ADEC ESG will identify critical path gaps to be addressed and help you identify specific steps you can take to close those gaps. Finally, we’ll provide a roadmap that specifies required disclosure data, strategies to address gaps, and critical next steps and timeline for delivery, disclosure, and preparation.

While the focus of this work is to prepare you for mandatory corporate ESG disclosures, additional benefits include increased supply chain visibility, centralized data collection strategies, development of organizational metrics and targets, emissions inventory improvements, and climate-related risk identification.

Services Provided Include:

Jurisdictional Requirements Assessment

  • Current and Future ESG Disclosure Requirements
  • Regulatory Research on Upcoming Legislation
  • Identification of Voluntary Frameworks Most Applicable to Upcoming Regulatory Standards

ESG Regulatory Gap Analysis and Insights

  • Prioritized ESG Regulatory Gap Analysis Report
  • Recommendations and Strategy Insights on Internal and External Stakeholder Engagement

ESG Regulatory Recommendations and Action Plan

  • Critical Path Definition for ESG Regulations
  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Data Collection Roadmap
  • Climate-Related Risk Data Collection Roadmap
  • Goal Setting for Future Regulatory Preparedness

Client Case Studies

ADEC ESG supports clients across all industries and geographies. We have supported many clients who have been proactive in participating in voluntary corporate ESG disclosure, whether this was related to emissions, labor and human rights, or climate-related risk. As such, we have been monitoring and analyzing proposed regulations that are now being codified and are prepared for the required strategic implementation of initiatives that ensure compliance with a range of global ESG regulations.

ESG Gap Analysis for Fortune 100 Technology Company

ADEC ESG completed an ESG gap analysis for a global Fortune 100 technology company headquartered in the United States. The project analyzed key global regulations pertaining to the company’s priority ESG topics, including energy and emissions, waste, labor and human rights, Board and executive oversight, and risk management. The regulations covered included the proposed Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) climate rule, European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS), IFRS Sustainability Disclosure Standards, and the UK Climate-related Financial Disclosure Regulations (CFDR), among others. Presented to the Executive Leadership Team, the project culminated in an ESG Scorecard detailing current program gaps and prioritizing what immediate action items were necessary to satisfy regulatory and other requirements.

Client: Global Technology Company

Location: United States

Project Results and Deliverables:

  • Regulatory gap analysis covering priority topics
  • ESG Scorecard of program gaps
  • Recommendations for immediate action

Regulatory Assessment for Leading Freight and Logistics Company

ADEC ESG completed a targeted regulatory assessment for an Australian freight and logistics company, focusing on regulations at a national level. The scope of the project included both existing regulations such as the National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting (NGER) Act and the Modern Slavery Act, as well as pending regulation such as early draft proposals for the Australian Sustainability Reporting Standards (ASRS). This multi-phase project guided the client through a Sustainability Journey of its own, from a baseline assessment that helped establish a baseline on select ESG topics to a future state definition, which painted a picture of where the client hoped to take its ESG program. A gap analysis then informed the company’s critical path, which outlined the steps needed to take the company from its current state to its desired future state. The final deliverable provided general recommendations, detailed action plans, and specific roadmaps at the topic level, such as a Critical Path for Greenhouse Gas Emissions.

With buy-in from executive leadership, our client has begun implementing action items from its critical path, engaging cross-functional teams that work together to close gaps and act on recommendations to meet upcoming regulatory requirements at the national level.

Client: Freight and Logistics Company

Location: Australia

Project Results and Deliverables:

  • Australia-focused regulatory gap analysis
  • General recommendations and action plans based on broader client goals
  • Detailed, subject-level roadmaps targeting priority ESG topics

Key Personnel

For more information, contact our ESG Regulatory Risk team:

Culley Thomas, MSc, MCP

Head of ESG Strategy & Implementation

Culley has more than 20 years of experience in greenhouse gas emissions inventory development, climate strategy identification and prioritization, performance monitoring, and related analyses. He has extensive experience in leading multi-sector teams in the design and execution of complex data-driven environmental, social, and governance projects.

Culley Thomas, MSc, MCP Head of ESG Strategy & Implementation

Alka Bhide, MSc

ESG Regulatory Programs Manager

As ESG Regulatory Programs Manager, Alka supports clients in improving their ESG reporting and compliance, staying up to date on the latest global regulatory changes in what is now a fast-paced, continuously evolving environment. The focus of her expertise lies in U.S. and international ESG regulation, climate risk, sustainable finance, carbon markets and offsets, and major ESG reporting frameworks. Alka also has experience as an Environmental Management educator at Seneca College.

Alka Bhide, MSc ESG Regulatory Programs Manager

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