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Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainable development goals (SDGs) guidance for associations
CSA SPE-116:23, Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainable development goals (SDGs) guidance for associations aims to inform, educate, and assist associations and their members in developing and meeting ESG and SDG strategies and initiatives. Associations can use this document as a road map to foster ESG/SDG leadership and become or advance themselves as ESG/SDG associations. It provides step-by-step ideas for starting or advancing an ESG/SDG program and is a resource for associations to learn about the range of ESG/SDG practices they can pursue.
This document also includes a performance rating tool that enables associations to benchmark and validate their practices and can be used to support communications with members, partners, stakeholders, rightsholders, and governments.
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This is the first edition of CSA SPE-116, Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and sustainable development goals (SDGs) guidance for associations.
This Document was developed with a small group of experts and practitioners and is being provided as a non-consensus document to outline many best practices currently in use to support environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives and the United Nations sustainable development goals (SDGs) for associations.
ESG/SDG performance is commonly evaluated for businesses and organizations. This Document is specifically written for associations and takes a broad, multi-attribute, and holistic approach to assessing the environmental and social programs and initiatives that associations offer their members.
This Document is considered suitable for use for conformity assessment within the stated scope of the Document.
CSA Group acknowledges that the development of this Document would not have been possible without the support of Coro Strandberg.
This Document provides associations with guidance and a rating methodology to assess and improve the association’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and/or UN sustainable development goals (SDG) programs and practices that result in improved environmental and social performance of the association and its members.
When describing a performance recommendation, this Document uses the term should, which signifies that the practice is advised and recommended.