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have completed a detailed analysis regarding financial risk and opportunities related to ESG performance.


have launched or announced a new company mission, vision or purpose in the last 18 months due to ESG considerations.


have created Key Performance Indicators and have sourced the relevant data to allow sustainability value creation to be tracked, traced, and managed.


of finance leaders agree they have clear, reliable data to underpin each ESG Key Performance Indicator.


cite an “inability to define/prioritize material ESG issues for disclosure” as one of the top challenges for measuring and reporting ESG performance.

So how can leaders overcome these challenges?

Set a clear destination

It starts with determining what success looks like. Once a clear strategy is agreed, accountability for sustainability measurement, analytics and performance needs to be embedded into the “Sustainability DNA" of the organization, with transparency and trust enshrined along the way. The CFO plays a central role but responsibility for defining sustainable performance and delivering value and impact ultimately lies with all leaders.

Know your route

Access to the right data to make better decisions at every level is critical. Where lack of skills is an issue, gaps can be closed by reskilling, as well as the smart deployment of existing and emerging technologies. Cloud and platform providers play a pivotal role here, in tracking and providing interoperability throughout the value chain.

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About the Authors

Peter Lacy


Jason Dess

Lead – CFO & Enterprise Value

Ambrose Shannon

Managing Director – Sustainability Services

Vrushali Gaud

Managing Director – Sustainability Services

Matthew Robinson

Managing Director – Accenture Research

Babak Moussavi

Senior Principal – Accenture Research