ESG Advisory Services

Gain clarity on your firm’s ESG requirements and build a strong compliance program with our dedicated ESG advisory practice.

Behind the increased demand for environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing is a heightened regulatory focus and a greater need for transparency and standardization. The ESG landscape is evolving at a rapid pace and requires additional resources to meet investor and regulatory expectations.

Our dedicated advisory practice helps firms of all sizes develop and monitor ESG programs to mitigate risk, make informed choices, grow profitably and sustainably, and combat greenwashing in the process.

Our solutions

We provide global compliance and sustainability expertise to review and develop ESG programs based on best practices, current regulatory requirements, and robust oversight processes. Our support covers the following areas:

Program Management
  • Policies & Procedures Development
  • Carbon Footprinting
  • Net-Zero Management
  • DEI Baselining and Training
  • Portfolio Performance Assessment
  • Reporting (UN PRI, TCFD, SFDR)
  • Marketing and Disclosures Review
Portfolio Oversight
  • Portfolio ESG Risk Monitoring – Private and Public Investors
  • Annual Portfolio Carbon Footprinting
  • Annual Portfolio Climate Risk Analysis
ESG Assurance
  • Portfolio Testing
  • Disclosure Verification
  • Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) – Report Readiness and Assurance
  • Annual ESG Compliance Review
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What is ESG?

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) is a lens that can be applied to any form of investing to consider non-financial factors that are not traditionally reported to assess an investment’s overall worthiness.

In recent years, firms increasingly add ESG metrics to their investment processes to provide for more complete analyses and support better investment decision-making. Discussion of ESG activities is also being added to annual reports and, in some cases, being built into standalone ESG reports.

Environmental (E)

Covers themes that impact the Earth, both positively and negatively. Includes climate change, natural resources scarcity, pollution and waste, permitting, and environmental opportunities.

Social (S)

Consists of people-related elements both within the firm and society as a whole. Includes labor issues, human rights, customer satisfaction, data protection and privacy, and diversity and inclusion.

Governance (G)

Encompasses items relating to the firm’s leadership and board as well as the firm's implementation of ESG policies. Includes board composition, diversity of the board, ethical business practices, lobbying, political contributions, account and tax transparency, and relationships with the SEC and other regulatory bodies.

ESG by the numbers

According to the Morningstar Global Sustainable Fund Flows Report as of October 2020:

Global inflows into sustainable funds were up

14%

in the third quarter of 2020 to USD 80.5 billion

Assets in sustainable funds climbed 19% to

$1.2T

in 2020

The number of global sustainable funds launched in 3Q 2020 was

166

breaking the record of 159 launches in Q4 2018

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Why work with us?

  • Unmatched Expertise: Benefit from a trusted and experienced partner with in-depth knowledge of the market and regulations
  • Comprehensive ESG Solution: Support across the spectrum of ESG program maturity in one comprehensive offering
  • Stay Ahead of the Shifting Landscape: Balance demands from investors, regulators, and stakeholders while keeping up with constant changes in the ESG space
  • Fee Transparency: Predictable fee model helps avoid scope creep – more fee transparency where others may have a daisy-chain of SOWs

Latest insights

Regulatory Horizon 2021

Five Reasons to Attend ACA Regulatory Horizon 2021 | Navigating Evolving Risks

There is just one week to go until Regulatory Horizon 2021 | Navigating Evolving Risks, our free-to-attend European based conference for financial services firms is running from 2-4 March. We outline five reasons why this event is worth adding to your calendar.

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  • ESG
  • Regulatory Technology
  • Mirabella
  • Cybersecurity
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2021 Regulatory Reminders and Upcoming Deadlines for European firms

A summary of key tasks for compliance teams with a European presence, along with a summary of FCA’s priorities during 2021, our analysis of key regulatory developments and an outline of longer-term trends.

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  • Compliance
  • Brexit
  • Cybersecurity
  • Regulatory Technology
  • Mirabella
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Highlights from ESG and the Year Ahead

Following the launch of ACA’s ESG advisory practice, our webcast ESG and the Year Ahead recently discussed ESG trends and how to better address sustainability and responsible investing issues in the year ahead. Summarized below are four themes to consider throughout this year as you build out and enhance your ESG program.

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New PRI Framework Could Catch Signatories Off Guard

All PRI signatories must report on their responsible investing activities by April 29, 2021. On November 12, 2020, PRI released the newest version of the reporting framework, which is a major overhaul of the prior reporting framework.

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Featured webcast

ESG and the Year Ahead

Investors and regulators continue to have a growing interest in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues in both the U.S. and internationally. Now more than ever, investment advisers are under increased pressure to integrate ESG and sustainability factors into their investment process.

Meet ACA’s ESG Advisory specialists to discuss today’s ESG trends and how to better address sustainability and responsible investing issues in the year ahead.

Our leadership team

Dan Mistler

Dan Mistler

Partner

Dan is a Partner and senior practitioner heading the ESG advisory practice.

Crista DesRochers

Crista DesRochers

Partner

Crista is a Partner overseeing the ESG advisory practice and brings over 15 years of experience in investment performance consulting.

Alyssa Briggs

Alyssa Briggs

Managing Director of Client Development

Alyssa is a Managing Director of Client Development leading growth and client engagement for ACA’s ESG advisory practice.

Jessica Bonsall

Jessica Bonsall

Director, Environmental Lead

Jessica is a Director and the technical lead on all environmental work undertaken by the ESG team.

Peyun Kok

Peyun Kok

Director, Social Lead

Peyun Kok is a Director and the technical lead on all social work undertaken by the ESG team.

Dani Williams

Dani Williams

Principal Consultant, Governance Lead

Dani is a Principal Consultant and the technical lead on all governance work undertaken by the ESG team.

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News

Five Reasons to Attend ACA Regulatory Horizon 2021 | Navigating Evolving Risks

There is just one week to go until Regulatory Horizon 2021 | Navigating Evolving Risks, our free-to-attend European based conference for financial services firms is running from 2-4 March. We outline five reasons why this event is worth adding to your calendar.

ACA Appoints Anthony Bennett to Lead ACA Mirabella Sales and Client Development

Former global prime broker and industry consultant joins multi-award-winning regulatory hosting division

ACA Aponix Named Best Cyber Security Provider by The Drawdown's Private Equity Services Awards 2020

ACA Aponix selected as the winner of the Cybersecurity Technology Award by The DrawDown Private Equity Service Provider Awards.

Upcoming vents

Compliance Induction - 9 March 2021

Senior management in Financial Services firms have a responsibility to ensure their employees have sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Regulatory environment they are working in. This knowledge helps in emphasising the need for compliance with policies and procedures in order to protect the firm and the individual from failing to “do the right thing”.

Online Training

FINRA Priorities and Hot Topics 2021

Join us Thursday, March 11 at 11:00 am EST for a live webcast on FINRA Priorities and Hot Topics to learn more about how the recently released priorities may impact you and your compliance program.

Webcast

Compliance Officer: The Roles and Responsibilities - 17 March 2021

The role of the Compliance Officer is a mandatory position in all firms in the Financial Services Industry. They play a major role in assisting Senior Management to ensure that appropriate and effective systems and controls are in place to achieve and maintain compliance with the applicable Rules. While the nature of the Compliance Function is likely to differ from one firm to another, this course provides an easy to follow breakdown of what the Regulator expects of a Compliance Officer and explains, in practical terms how the regulatory expectations and those of Senior Management can be achieved.

Online Training