Your first week as an ESG Manager

The good news is – it’s the same as any other first week jn a management role and the key is communication. You need to get out and meet people. Each organisation will have its own language and culture around ESG and getting an early fix on this will be vital as you progress.

It’s also going to be vital to understand the stakeholders – what influence do they have, what are their main issues and how do they prefer to communicate. Meeting people where they are and establishing a relationship is vital.

Since ESG data comes from across the organisation you’re likely to encounter a variety of individuals in different roles who can help (or hinder) your efforts – listening to their views and suggestions will help to paint a picture of the ESG landscape.

You’ll definitely want to speak to IT as it’s likely that your data will involve existing systems, similarly make contact with the comms team who may have expectations about data content and format. It’s also worth starting to create a ‘map’ of what data you will be gathering and where in the organisation it will come from – some journeys will be harder than others and there may be dragons!

No matter how tempting it may be to make promises at this stage, you may be setting yourself up for failure by setting unattainable goals before you have a clear picture of the whole business. If you get to the end of week 1 having listened more than you talked you’ll likely be doing great !

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