Embedding ESG: role of the treasurer

Rapidly evolving consumer and investor expectations are driving organisations to be more proactive than ever about embracing environmental, social and governance (ESG) objectives and integrating them into their day-to-day operations. We look at some of the ways that treasurers can help achieve an organisation’s ESG goals.

Driving sustainability

By linking an organisation’s financing and investment activities to its wider ESG objectives, treasurers have an important role to play in driving sustainable business practices, whether it’s reducing carbon emissions and environmental impacts, supporting community-based projects or ensuring fair treatment of workers and equal opportunities.

In our recent webinar, host Matt Jolley, Head of ESG Origination at Barclays, and an expert panel1 explored the role of the treasurer in addressing the rapidly evolving ESG agenda that has been given fresh impetus as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Emerging themes

To implement ESG financing and investments and unlock the commercial and financial benefits that these present, requires a full partnership between the Treasury and Sustainability teams within an organisation. Working alongside banking partners with extensive ESG expertise ensures that your financing will enhance and support your organisation’s ESG objectives.

Matt Jolley

Head of ESG Origination, Barclays Corporate Banking

1The panel for Barclays’ September 2021 Corporate Treasurers’ Forum:

  • Matt Jolley, Head of ESG Origination, Barclays Corporate Banking
  • Lay San Ng, Senior Vice President, Group Strategic Communications and Sustainability, Sembcorp Industries Ltd
  • Caroline Laurie, Group Head of Sustainability, Kingfisher
  • Jean-Baptiste Lescop, Head of Internal Audit & CSR, Sucden

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