InvestAssure is helping to identify poor EHS performance and other unethical behaviour in supply chains and investment (or lending) portfolios at an early stage, enabling more effective risk mitigation, stakeholder communication and business assurance. NIMBUS monitors the web for corporate allegations and incidents, covering more than 5,000 companies across Asia.  SMART is an online tool for business or facility assessment, benchmarking, e-learning and improvement planning and monitoring. We also provide customised consulting, training and assurance services in Europe and Asia.

2010-13 Media Map of Corporate ESG Exposure

The web is driving ESG transparency. We monitor hundreds of international and national web-media sites throughout the year for corporate allegations and incidents which may bring business risk - ’alerts’. These are scored according to a range of risk indicators. We have recorded over 5,000 corporate ESG alerts relating to 2,600 companies - increasing 25% over 4 years.

Country Risks. In terms of seriousness of corporate alerts, the map shows how the average ’risk’ level of alerts varied across countries. This correlates highly with the TI corruption and Economic Freedom indices, as well as per capita GDP. The worst performing countries were Bangladesh, Philippines and China, where alert risk levels were 10-20% above average (see map).

China. Manufacturing accounted for 59% of alerts, compared with 32% of regional GDP. This high ESG/GDP risk ratio of 1.9 is very high compared with 0.9 for telecomms and 0.3 for retail. Environmental impacts caused 28% of manufacturing alerts in China where there are rapidly growing costs of meeting new legislation. Good for clean-tech investors, maybe bad for others.

Industrial Sectors. 45% of our monitoring alerts related to companies in the manufacturing sector, notably electrical products and components (8%), metals and chemicals (7% each), and computers & IT and food & beverage (5% each).

Mining accounted for 20% of alerts, while electricity production, agriculture and oil & gas extraction each accounted for about 6%.

ESG Risks
Categories. 30% of all corporate alerts related to environmental impacts which were particularly important in Papua New Guinea, Australia, Burma, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.

25% of corporate alerts related to occupational health and safety (H&S). 50% of alerts in Bangladesh and over 40% in China related to H&S. 30% of corporate alerts were related to corruption, fraud or unethical business practices, 11% related to community impacts and 10% to labour issues.

Summary Report Available on request - please email.




SMART takes GSCP online - free licences

InvestAssure is implementing the GSCP supplier Requirements, Implementation Guidelines and Self-Assessment as online modules using the SMART web platform. We are offering free licences to individual business to trial the tool.

Each SMART module includes the core GSCP Requirements and Guidelines, explanatory notes, good practice and further learning links - as well as 4-level multiple choice self-assessment Questionnaires and options for documenting Current State and Improvement Actions.

Sites can collate all actions into an overall Improvement Management Plan which can be updated, along with the assessment, as progress is made. The site's module can optionally be made available to independent auditors and selected customers, providing a route to a single, transparent assurance and improvement process.

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