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What is ESG In Australia

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In recent years, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues have become increasingly pressing for businesses across all industries in Australia. The country has been experiencing the impacts of climate change, with more frequent and severe natural disasters such as bushfires, droughts, and floods. As a result, the Australian government has set ambitious targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and transitioning to renewable energy. Social issues such as indigenous rights, diversity and inclusion, and labour rights have also been a focus for Australian businesses. There is a growing expectation that companies take an active role in addressing these issues, not just to comply with regulations, but to create a more sustainable and equitable society. Governance challenges have also been a concern in Australia, with several high-profile cases of corporate misconduct and fraud.


This has led to a renewed focus on corporate governance, with regulatory bodies taking a more proactive approach to enforcement such as:

  1. Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and 

  2. Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)


As the ESG landscape continues to evolve in Australia, new trends are emerging. One significant trend is the focus on social impact investing. Australian businesses are increasingly investing in projects that have a positive impact on society, such as affordable housing, renewable energy, and education. Social impact investing is gaining popularity, with the government and private investors setting up funds to support these projects. Another emerging trend is the focus on supply chain transparency and responsible sourcing. Consumers are becoming more aware of the impact of their purchasing decisions on the environment and society, and are demanding greater transparency from businesses.


Australian companies are responding by implementing responsible sourcing policies and investing in traceability technologies to ensure their supply chains are sustainable and ethical. Technology is also playing a significant role in ESG trends in Australia. The use of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data analytics is helping companies to identify and address ESG risks and opportunities. For example, AI can be used to track supply chain risks, identify areas for energy and resource efficiency improvements, and assess the impact of climate change on business operations.


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To adapt and prepare for the new ESG tendencies in Australia, businesses need to focus on several key areas: 

  1. Firstly, they need to embed ESG considerations into their business strategy and operations. This requires a top-down commitment to ESG, with senior leaders taking responsibility for driving change. Creation of a strong ESG committee or working group is a start, with a pathway to identifying good ESG stewardship.

  2. Secondly, companies need to invest in the right technologies and tools to manage ESG risks and opportunities effectively. This includes investing in data analytics and AI to track and analyse ESG performance and identify areas for improvement. Data collection on the wide range of ESG topics can be such a challenge.

  3. Thirdly, businesses need to engage with their stakeholders to understand their expectations and concerns around ESG issues. This includes customers, employees, investors, and local communities. By engaging with stakeholders, companies can build trust and maintain social license to operate. Develop a Reconciliation Action Plan for your business to understand and acknowledge the impacts on the communities in which you operate in.


Some notable Australian companies that are incorporating ESG include:

  • BHP has set ambitious goals to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and transition to renewable energy sources. The company is investing in carbon capture and storage technology, renewable energy projects, and exploring opportunities to replace diesel with electricity in its mining operations. Additionally, BHP has pledged to protect biodiversity and reduce water consumption, among other sustainability goals.

  • Telstra has set a goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. The company is achieving this through various initiatives, such as using renewable energy sources to power its operations, reducing its reliance on paper, and promoting the use of digital technologies to reduce emissions. Telstra also prioritizes digital inclusion and accessibility for all its customers, including those with disabilities, and aims to create a diverse and inclusive workplace.

  • CBA has set targets to reduce its carbon emissions and increase its investment in renewable energy. The bank has also committed to improving diversity and inclusion in its workplace and reducing its impact on the environment. Commonwealth Bank is working towards being a responsible lender and investor and supporting its customers in transitioning to a low-carbon economy. Additionally, the bank has launched initiatives to support mental health and financial literacy among its customers and employees.


ESG considerations have become a critical consideration for businesses in Australia. Environmental, social, and governance issues are prevalent in the Australian context, and companies need to adapt and prepare for emerging ESG trends. By embedding ESG considerations into their strategy, investing in the right technologies, and engaging with stakeholders, businesses can ensure long-term sustainability and success.

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