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Keeping you in-the-know on environmental, social and governance developments is excited to add two new resources to our collection.  Our new guidebook “How to Conduct an ESG Materiality Assessment” is designed to help ESG practitioners understand the complex landscape of modern materiality and provides step-by-step instructions on how to conduct a materiality assessment. This incorporates lessons learned from recent events and developments.

We also have a new checklist “Understanding and Improving Your ESG Score” which helps break down how ESG scores work and how your company can influence and leverage these scores.

How to Conduct an ESG Materiality Assessment

This new guidebook is split into two parts, the first discusses materiality in its various forms the second dives deep into step-by-step instructions for designing and implementing an ESG Materiality Assessment. In this guidebook you’ll learn:

  • Various definitions of materiality with practical examples
  • How materiality factors into reporting
  • How to define materiality for your company
  • How to identify the ESG issues most relevant to your company
  • How to engage with stakeholders on material issues
  • The basics of reporting on material issues
  • How to move forward after you’ve conducted the assessment

This new Guidebook can be found here and on the guidebooks page of

Understanding and Improving Your ESG Score

Our new checklist is designed to help break down the world of ESG ratings. It explores not only strategies for improving scores but also methods for leveraging ESG scores internally to help guide the development of your ESG programs. In this checklist you’ll learn:

  • The key differences between types of ESG raters
  • How ratings are used by stakeholder groups
  • How to interact with data providers
  • The limits of ESG ratings
  • How to use ESG ratings as a company

This new Checklist can be found on the checklist page of

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The Editor

Zachary Barlow is a licensed attorney. He earned his JD from the University of Mississippi and has a bachelor’s in Public Policy Leadership. He practiced law at a mid-size firm and handled a wide variety of cases. During this time he assisted in overseeing compliance of a public entity and litigated contract disputes, gaining experience both in and outside of the courtroom. Zachary currently assists the editorial team by providing research and creating content on a spectrum of ESG… View Profile