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Embracing ESG: The Path to Sustainable Success for Companies

In today’s ever-changing business landscape, the significance of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) factors cannot be ignored. Oh, they cannot! And whatever you want to call it, ESG or sustainability+ (the true sustainability meaning, i.e. its environmental, social and financial components), ESG Mobility has emerged as a powerful framework that evaluates a company’s commitment to the environment, social responsibility, and ethical governance practices.

And I get it, the bottom line in a business is money, but that is no longer sufficient. Companies can’t, and must not, focus solely on financial performance; stakeholders are increasingly demanding transparency, accountability, and a genuine dedication to long-term sustainability. At last!

So let’s see how embracing it can lead to lasting success for companies.

ESG enhances Reputation and Building Trust:

Companies that prioritize ESG considerations build a solid reputation and earn the trust of all stakeholders. By addressing those environmental concerns, demonstrating social responsibility, and implementing strong governance practices, organizations gain credibility and strengthen their relationships with customers, employees, investors, and -very importantly- the wider community. Such trust and positive reputation opens doors to new partnerships (often totally unexpected), attracts top talent and helps keep it (!), and fosters customer loyalty.

Mitigating Risks and Seizing Opportunities:

ESG practices enable companies to identify and mitigate risks, both environmental and social, before they escalate into smaller or larger crises. It is not just about collecting numbers and figures! Conducting thorough assessments, internal and external to all levels and nodes of the supply chain, companies can proactively identify vulnerabilities and implement robust and clever risk management strategies. And, often neglected as an argument, it allows teams to uncover new opportunities for innovation, cost savings, and market expansion, leading to long-term sustainable growth.

Attracting Investment (responsible and long-term investment!):

Investors are increasingly incorporating ESG factors into their investment decisions. Companies that prioritize sustainability and responsible practices are now on the top of investment portfolios. A notable shift has occurred in investor mindset!

And not as another trend of our times, but driven by the growing awareness of the interconnection between financial performance and non-financial factors such the environment and social responsibility. And of course there is also the ‘G’, corporate Governance, indicating to investors clearly how the companies are equipped to navigate the risks and opportunities of a rapidly changing world. And how they do so responsibly, ethically and transparently. They also recognize that ESG issues can impact financial performance in the long run, build enduring competitive advantages, foster innovation, enhance operational efficiency, and drive long-term shareholder value. And aren’t we all looking for long-term commitments and partners that will go the long way with us?

Numerous studies have demonstrated a positive correlation between ESG performance and financial performance. Companies that prioritize ESG factors tend to exhibit better operational efficiency, improved access to capital, lower borrowing costs, and enhanced brand reputation. Harvard Business School, MSCI (a leading provider of investment decision support tools), Arabesque Partners and University of Oxford, Credit Suisse, RobecoSAM (a specialist investment firm, Deutsche Bank, UBS and more are just few of the examples of studies showcasing that fact, and concluding repeatedly that companies with higher ESG ratings exhibit stronger profitability, lower volatility, and higher dividend payments. So…don’t just take my word for it!

Driving Innovation and Operational Efficiency:

In the board rooms we often focus on the ‘what’s it gonna cost us?’ question! But embracing ESG means to reevaluate all existing processes and systems, reevaluate our suppliers, how we buy things, how we transport them, how we sell them, and what we do with them after, leading to increased operational efficiency and cost savings. Companies that adopt sustainable practices do find opportunities to reduce waste, optimize resource utilization, and implement innovative solutions that benefit both the ‘famous’ bottom line and the environment. Furthermore, ESG considerations can spur creativity and drive product and service innovation, ensuring companies remain competitive, especially in this extremely fast and frantically evolving marketplace.

From a comprehensive ESG perspective, the automotive vehicle engineering is undergoing a transformative journey towards sustainability, social responsibility, and effective governance. Through sustainable manufacturing, electric mobility, and circular economy practices, the industry is taking significant steps to minimize its environmental impact. Moreover, the focus on safety, diversity, and labor standards underscores the automotive sector’s commitment to social well-being. Embracing responsible corporate governance and ethical business practices further strengthens the industry’s commitment to long-term sustainable growth.


ESG benefits
Adapting to Regulatory Landscape and Changing Consumer Expectations:

Regulators around the world are imposing stricter guidelines and regulations related to environmental protection, labor practices, and corporate governance (Again….at last!). Companies that proactively incorporate ESG practices into their operations will have the advantage and will be better positioned to comply with evolving regulations to avoid legal or (most importantly) reputational consequences.

And let’s not forget our customers…they are changing too! Today’s consumers are more and more conscious of the social and environmental impact of their purchases. And how could they not? Especially the new generations (trust me on this one, I am leading a team with an average age under 30!), won’t compromise on their purchases and choices, and will reward openly and loudly (with all means given) the team, company or business that treats with respect their environmental and social concerns. Aligning with ESG, you not only cater the changing preferences of consumers, but you essentially ‘listen’ actively to the voices of the people you set out to serve.

financial benefits and competitive advantages associated with ESG

I get it! I really do! The financial benefits and competitive advantages associated with ESG are undoubtedly valuable, and inside the boardroom, yes, we should discuss it. How does it affects our numbers? Should we push the targets or hold them as it requires resources and investments? Can we quantify the benefits to help us make the decisions?

But all this should only be the icing on the cake. GIVE Engineering understands the true importance of embracing ESG lies in its profound impact on the environment and social equalities, on how we treat and respect each other, how we protect and save our planet, and what ethics we inspire. Instead of focusing on numbers and external outcomes, what if we shift our attention inward and reflect on our organizational culture and values? What if we cultivate a genuine commitment to environmental stewardship and social justice? What if we just foster a culture that values sustainability, ethical practices, diversity, and inclusivity. By aligning business operations – and our own personal everyday choices and actions – with ESG principles, we can become catalysts for positive change, working towards a healthier planet and a more equitable society.

Ultimately, the true power of ESG lies in its ability to shape the values and actions of all of us and our businesses, driving them to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the world we share.

And I am not advocating to change all in a day, or blindly risk everything to be sustainable. At the end of the day, that would be irresponsible leadership, and against the true meaning of sustainability itself. All I am saying is, when talking about ESG or sustainability of our businesses, the main question to respond is: “What do we want to leave behind?”