On 31 March, FERMA released the first guide specifically for European risk managers on sustainability risks.
People, planet, performance – The contribution of Enterprise Risk Management to Sustainability provides practical guidance on incorporating sustainability goals into enterprise-wide risk management.
FERMA has taken examples of good practice of sustainability risk management from leading risk managers to produce the guide. It is now available for all risk managers: Download the full guide here.
People, planet, performance is set against a policy background of the European Green Deal, in which the EU makes a legal commitment to climate-neutrality by 2050. There are also other initiatives in many parts of the world.
Chair of the FERMA sustainability committee, Valentina Paduano, said: “Part of the role of risk managers is to translate these initiatives into their implications for their organisations in terms of risks and opportunities.”
This means, according to the FERMA Sustainability Committee, encouraging businesses to frame decisions in terms of financial, environmental (including climate, biodiversity), social and human effects ensuring resilience and long-term value creation.
Sustainability risk management is a business process supporting the company’s sustainability goals. It aims at aligning sustainability with risk management by using the principles of enterprise-wide risk management.
Some risk managers have been doing this for years, but the corporate maturity level is very mixed in terms of managing sustainability. The guide will support risk managers as by showing how a sustainability risk management process can be linked to strategic goals and risk appetite. It also includes:
- a sample risk register/catalogue incorporating sustainability-related risks, such as environment, social and governance (ESG) issues
- possible approaches to risk assessment
- guidance on risk communication, reporting and disclosure
Valentina commented: “One of the tools of the risk manager, Enterprise Risk Management, provides a robust framework to identify and manage the impacts and opportunities coming from our evolution to sustainability. We believe that People, planet, performance will contribute to sustainability and, therefore, the resilience of our companies.”
Table of contents
- Definitions: what do we mean by sustainability and sustainability risks? Testimonials of risk mangers on sustainability
- Sustainability risk management process
- Testimonials of risk managers on integrating sustainability into risk management
- Preliminary settings
- Risk Identification and Prioritisation
- Examples of risk managers: risk identification and ways of looking at ESG risks
- Sample of risk register/catalogue integrated with ESG-related risks
- Risk assessment and Treatment with some examples of approaches to sustainability risk assessment
- Risk reporting, Communication and Disclosure
- FERMA Sustainability Committee Members