ESG – sustainability advisory services

ESG – sustainability advisory services

We help companies prepare for ESG reporting and fulfil their obligations in this area correctly.

Corporate sustainability. What is ESG?

ESG stands for Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance, the 3 areas that reflect an organisation's impact and commitment to sustainability.

E – Environment

E – Environment

The impact of an organisation on the environment:

  • Waste and pollution
  • Resource use and depletion
  • Greenhouse gas emissions (organisation's and product's carbon footprint)
  • Habitat (or biodiversity) destruction and conservation
  • Climate change adaptation and risk management
  • Product compliance and management

S – Social responsibility

The impact of the organisation on employees and the environment:

  • Diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Human rights
  • Fair trade
  • Social investment
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Employment practices
  • Consumer protection
  • Training and education
S – Social responsibility
G – Corporate governance

G – Corporate governance

The way the organisation operates and is managed:

  • Transparency, ethics and integrity
  • Company reputation (corruption, fraud, regulation)
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Internal control system, practices and procedures
  • Privacy and data security
  • Executive remuneration
  • Donations and political lobbying
  • Diversity and board structure
  • Supply chain resilience

ESG is increasingly important to an organisation's clients, investors and employees. It affects both the value and competitiveness of a company and its image.

ESG is intended to help companies define and build strategies in such a way that, among other things, they minimise their negative impact on the natural environment and thus strive for sustainable development, respecting the interests of society and local communities as well as their own employees.

ESG Reporting

ESG reporting - a new obligation for companies

ESG reporting, i.e. non-financial reporting on corporate sustainability, is a new obligation under the provisions of the EU CSRD (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive). Polish companies will be gradually covered by the new obligation.

ESG reports for 2024 will first be prepared in 2025 by public interest entities, i.e. listed companies, banks, insurance companies, investment funds, among others, with an average annual number of employees of more than 500 people in the financial year and which exceed at least one of the two financial criteria:

  • balance sheet total EUR 20 000 000,
  • net sales revenue EUR 40 000 000.

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ESG Reporting

Then, in the following years, the new obligation is to gradually cover smaller and smaller companies. Reports for 2025 in 2026 will be prepared by the remaining large entities that at the balance sheet date exceed two of the three criteria: i) more than 250 employees, (ii) a balance sheet total of EUR 20,000,0000 (iii) net sales revenues exceeding EUR 40,000,000. In 2027, non-financial reporting for 2026 will include, among others, small and medium-sized if they are public interest entities and meet at least two of three criteria: (i) more than 10 employees, (ii) a balance sheet total of EUR 350,0000 (iii) revenues exceeding EUR 700,000.

The main objective of ESG reporting is to identify all non-financial risks and opportunities integral to a company's day-to-day operations.

However, ESG is not only about mandatory non-financial reporting, but also about strategic change. Implementing voluntarily an ESG strategy in an organisation as an integral part of the overall business strategy is important. This action can significantly improve a company's relationship with external partners, banks (especially with regard to obtaining financing or obtaining financing on preferential terms), attract talent, reduce risks, increase competitive advantage both domestically and internationally. Non-mandatory reporting may also be required by parent companies from groups of companies for mandatory reports produced by parent companies or groups of companies in general.

ESG implementation and reporting. How can we help?

ESG reporting even for large companies can be a considerable challenge, especially when it comes to preparing a report for the first time. On the one hand, non-financial reporting is another obligation for business, while on the other hand, the area of sustainability is already recognised as a key area in achieving market competitiveness. It is therefore worth preparing well for the implementation of an ESG strategy and treating it as a step towards increasing the company's responsibility for its impact on the environment and surroundings.

Check also: ESG implementation in an IT company

ESG implementation - scope of support for companies

We are part of the international Crowe network, one of the largest accounting and consulting networks in the world. We provide clients with professional audit, tax, advisory and consulting services. We have now added ESG consulting to our portfolio of services.

As part of our ESG advisory service, we will help your organisation with the following areas:

ESG audit

  • analysing the ESG materiality for the organisation and their stakeholders
  • reviewing your organisation's initiatives in terms of reporting on and pursuing sustainability
  • assessing your ESG activities in terms of regulatory compliance
  • auditing your business processes for compliance with your ESG strategy
  • auditing non-financial reports

ESG strategy

  • developing an ESG strategy
  • preparing ESG documentation, including ESG policies
  • aligning current practices and processes with ESG standards and requirements

ESG reporting

  • identifying which data are to be collected and analysed in order to prepare for the non-financial reporting obligation
  • preparing a description of the process of collecting non-financial data
  • analysing the scope of reporting
  • providing support in defining metrics to measure the effectiveness of ESG activities
  • providing support in calculating the organisation's or product`s carbon footprint
  • support in drafting non-financial reports

ESG training

  • training of management and staff in sustainability awareness
  • advising on ESG communication

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ESG – sustainability advisory services

Our expert

Milena Kowalik-Szeruga, ESG Manager
Milena Kowalik-Szeruga
ESG Manager
Crowe Poland