ESG Data Explained: A Comprehensive Guide to Metrics, Calculation, and Reporting
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ESG Data Explained: A Comprehensive Guide to Metrics, Calculation, and Reporting

About the Book

This book serves as a comprehensive guide and resource on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) data, aimed at demystifying the complex variables that makeup ESG reporting and performance metrics. With a special emphasis on practicality, the book is designed to be more than just theoretical; it's a hands-on manual packed with concrete examples, equations, and Python code snippets to help readers retrieve and analyze governance data.

The material is organized into focused sections that first introduce foundational aspects of ESG data, its classifications, and its vital importance in modern business. Subsequent sections dive deep into each of the three pillars—Environmental, Social, and Governance—providing actionable insights and detailed explanations of complex data points, such as emissions scopes and other key performance indicators. Alongside this, the book explains the sources of authoritative data and how these metrics are updated and maintained.

The book's unique approach combines a global perspective with localized case studies, particularly focusing on India and Bangladesh, making it an invaluable resource for a wide range of professionals and jurisdictions. Whether you are a business leader aiming to upgrade your company's sustainability efforts, a policy maker looking to inform decisions with accurate data, or an investor wanting to perform due diligence, this book offers a holistic, one-stop-shop for understanding and implementing ESG data effectively.

By the time you turn the last page, you'll not only have a broad understanding of what ESG data is but also have the practical tools and knowledge to apply it in meaningful ways.

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Mahmudur R Manna
Mahmudur R Manna

Mahmudur R. Manna is a seasoned Software Architect with over 20 years of experience, currently directing a global Product Development unit at one of the Big 4 consultancy firms. Known for blending technical acumen with business intelligence, Mahmud is a sought-after thought leader in the tech industry.

His unique writing style is a synthesis of insightful observations, real-world scenarios, and a commitment to fact-based, logical analysis. A published author and speaker.

Table of Contents

    • ESG Data Explained: A Comprehensive Guide to Metrics, Calculation, and Reporting
    • Abstract:
    • Preface
    • Introduction to ESG Data
      • Understanding ESG Classifications
      • Environmental Classification
    • Environmental Data: Key Terminology and Classifications
      • Scope 1 emissions
      • Scope 2 emissions
      • Scope 3 emissions
    • Environmental Data: Overview of Reference Data
    • Environmental Data: Explanation of the Calculation
      • Scope 1 Emissions Calculation
      • Scope 2 Emissions Calculation
      • Scope 3 Emissions Calculation
      • Net-zero emissions Calculation
      • Calculate Total Greenhouse Gas Emissions:
    • Environmental Data: Authorities & Data Providing Mechanism
      • Authorities
      • Data Providers
      • Data Refresh and API
    • Environmental Data: Reports
      • Sustainability Reports
      • Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Reports
      • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventory Reports
      • Environmental Impact Assessments (EIAs)
    • Social Data: Key Terminology and Classifications
      • Labor Practices
      • Human Rights
      • Supply Chain Management
      • Customer Relations
      • Community Impact
      • Product Responsibility
    • Social Data: Overview of Reference Data
      • International Labour Organization (ILO) Standards
      • United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs)
      • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
      • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
      • Social Metrics from ESG Rating Agencies
      • Industry-Specific Guidelines
      • NGO Reports
    • Social Data: Explanation of the Calculation
      • Employee Health & Safety
      • Diversity & Inclusion
      • Supply Chain Standards
    • Social Data: Authorities & Data Providing Mechanism
      • International Labour Organization (ILO)
      • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
      • ESG Rating Agencies (e.g., MSCI, Sustainalytics)
      • Industry-specific Alliances or Consortiums
    • Social Data: Reports
      • Sustainability Reports
      • Human Rights Reports
      • Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reports
      • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Reports
      • Modern Slavery Act Statements
      • Workplace Safety Reports
      • India Specific Reports
    • Governance Data: Key Terminology and Classifications
      • Board Structure
      • Executive Compensation
      • Shareholder Rights
      • Accountability and Transparency
      • Ethics and Compliance
      • Risk Management
    • Governance Data: Overview of Reference Data
      • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Guidelines (
      • The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) Global Governance Principles (
      • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB —
      • ESG Ratings Agencies
      • National Corporate Governance Codes
      • Financial Reporting Standards
    • Governance Data: Explanation of the Calculation
      • Board Structure
      • Indicator Report
    • Governance Data: Authorities & Data Providing Mechanism
      • Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
      • Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
      • ESG Rating Agencies (e.g., MSCI, Sustainalytics)
      • National Corporate Governance Codes
    • Governance Data: Reports
      • Annual Reports and Proxy Statements
      • Corporate Governance Reports
      • Sustainability Reports
      • India Specific Reports:
    • Conclusion

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