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Understanding ESG: the Canadian journey

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26 November 2020

Understanding ESG: the Canadian journey

Report summary

This insight, the first of an ESG series, focuses on the basics. We explore what ESG is, why it is important to Canadian oil and gas companies, how ESG risk is a subset of corporate risk and how companies use sustainability reports to communicate ESG efforts. For a taste of where North American Large Caps are in the journey, we look at what stands out in the reports of five Canada-based companies and five US-based companies.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
    • Why is ESG important to Canadian oil and gas companies?
    • Reporting standards
    • ESG report averages
    • Focus words
    • Metric comparison
    • A few takeaways from comparing metrics
    • Metrics compiled, now what?
    • ESG performance counts, to a degree

Tables and charts

This report includes 10 images and tables including:

  • ESG highlights: Canada
  • Examples of criteria found in Canadian oil and gas ESG reports
  • ESG risk translated into potential financial risk
  • Financial institutions partially or completely blacklisting oil sands
  • ESG reporting standards used by Canadian (red) and US (blue) companies
  • Averages of basic ESG report characteristics
  • Top 20 words in selected North America Large Cap ESG reports
  • Data reported by category
  • Goal setting example: reduction targets for GHG emissions
  • Simplified ESG journey map

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