Environmental Social Governance (ESG)

Explanation of ESG

Choosing your ESG partner

The corporate landscape in South Africa is entering a new era. Corporate purpose is no longer about the bottom line, the triple bottom (people, profit and planet) line or even “responsibility”. Instead, businesses have begun to adopt a more meaningful philosophy. Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) strategies are being entrenched in core business. There is a drive to maximise value to serve the interests of all stakeholders.

ESG is the most recent evolution in the journey of corporate responsibility. Improved transparency, quantifiable metrics, and the inclusion of broader frameworks such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), add an additional layer.

  • The Environmental aspect takes into account a business’s consumption and production impacts. This includes elements such as their carbon footprint, waste, and wastewater discharge.
  • The Social criteria look at issues such as Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), labour policies, and how a business interacts with the communities in which it operates.
  • Governance encompasses a business’s internal practices that enable effective decision making and legal compliance. Over time, a smart ESG strategy attracts talent and forges trust, thereby facilitating top-line growth.

Smart ESG with Food & Trees for Africa (FTFA)

Choosing FTFA as your smart ESG partner ensures that your business serves not only its shareholders, but society as a whole. There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to an ESG strategy. FTFA is guided by each business’s unique purpose to provide fully integrated programmes for all its partners. With more than 30 years experience, FTFA is ideally positioned to create sustainable, tailor-made solutions, based on a wealth of assessment data, and sound monitoring and evaluation (M&E).

Our cross programme integration ensures that a diverse range of interventions are linked. And this creates value chains across and within the communities we work with. Part of this integration involves interventions that enable carbon offsetting through our Inclusive Carbon Standard. This ensures that the climate risk and mitigation aspect of each company’s ESG portfolio is adequately addressed.

Data-aided development and reliable M&E form the basis of all our programmes. FTFA selects projects and locations that are most feasible for long-term success. This culminates in high quality quantitative and qualitative reporting that follows best practice.

Take the lead on driving long term value creation in your communities