Regulators, investors, and other stakeholders are increasingly demanding transparency over companies’ Environmental, Social and Governance (”ESG”) performance. Given these expectations, making clear and comprehensive ESG disclosures, which have obtained independent third-party assurance, has become key to strengthening business longevity and stakeholder relations. AVISTA can help companies deliver their ESG visions and strategies to stakeholders effectively, through a wide range of ESG disclosure and reporting assurance services.
ESG Reporting with Frameworks including HKEx, TCFD, GRI, SASB, etc.
ESG disclosures are essential for companies that wish to communicate their ESG commitments, achievements, and performance to their stakeholders. Companies today are expected to meet increasingly stringent ESG reporting requirements. To create long-term sustainable value for our clients, AVISTA offers ESG disclosure services that go above and beyond compliance requirements. AVISTA can help clients prepare and enhance ESG disclosures according to frameworks including but not limited to the HKEx ESG Guide, Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (“TCFD”), Global Reporting Initiative (“GRI”), and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (“SASB”), as well as climate-related disclosures for asset managers in accordance with the requirements of the Securities and Futures Commission (“SFC”). For more details, please visit the Climate Solutions page.
ESG Rating Advisory
ESG ratings have become increasingly valued as indicators of companies’ ESG performance, which can be incorporated into investment decision-making processes. Outstanding ESG ratings enable companies to gain credibility and meet the needs of the capital market, while generating investor confidence and interest. AVISTA’s professional consultant team helps clients enhance their ESG scores and rankings, including but not limited to the MSCI ESG Indexes, Dow Jones Sustainability Series Indices (“DJSI”), Hang Seng Corporate Sustainability Index Series, Global ESG Benchmark for Real Assets (“GRESB”), Sustainalytics, CDP, EcoVadis, etc.
IPO ESG Disclosure
With evolving stakeholders’ expectations and regulations, embedding ESG considerations is crucial to a successful and smooth initial public offering (“IPO”) journey. With AVISTA’s collective expertise in capital market and ESG disclosure advisory, AVISTA helps new IPO applicants to get ready for their IPO journey by offering a series of ESG integration services throughout the whole IPO process, including the preparation of the required ESG disclosures in the prospectus. αvista, self-developed by AVISTA, is a one-stop intelligent ESG information cloud management platform. It integrates artificial intelligence ("AI") technology to allow clients to document, access and compute ESG data easily, reducing data collection effort and helping companies prepare for data verification. For details about our αvista system, please visit the ESG Data Analytics page.
Independent Assurance of ESG Reports
Accurate, sufficient and transparent ESG information is key to the credibility of companies’ ESG disclosures. As a licensed assurance provider, AVISTA’s ESG assurance experts offer independent report verification services against HKEx ESG Guide and international sustainability reporting standards, to ensure report integrity and data accuracy. AVISTA can assist clients in identifying areas of improvement, as well as provide assurance to raise stakeholders’ confidence in their ESG disclosures.
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