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The Futures of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) by 2043 in Canada, and the Potential Implications on Large and Public Companies

Machado, Javier (2023) The Futures of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) by 2043 in Canada, and the Potential Implications on Large and Public Companies. [MRP]

Item Type: MRP
Creators: Machado, Javier

It has been almost 20 years since Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) was first coined and introduced as a vehicle to incentivize businesses to make tangible contributions to global challenges, such as the ones outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Since then, ESG assets and ESG-driven investment have steadily grown in the capital markets around the world, including Canada. However, there is also mounting criticism of ESG efforts regarding continued greenwashing practices, poor quality data, and lack of transparency, among others.

This Major Research Project considers some of the most relevant dynamics around ESG and explores the current operating system of ESG in Canada to produce a set of possible scenarios for ESG by 2043. Additionally, this report also articulates high-level potential implications for public and large companies in each one of those possible futures.

A combination of primary and secondary research methods has been undertaken to achieve the project's goal, following principles of strategic foresight, design thinking, and systems thinking. Unstructured interviews and participatory design methods were conducted with knowledgeable individuals in relevant areas for this study to collect primary data. Literature review, environmental scan, horizon scan, and other research methods were also undertaken to collect secondary data and inform various frameworks for sensemaking and scenario generation.

The different analyses and scenarios in this report can be used to strengthen and inform future-oriented strategic plans and help build resilience for the challenges ahead. Some key insights in this report include i) a set of systemic archetypes used to identify key patterns in a highly complex, dynamic topic, such as ESG, ii) an updated map of key ESG actors in the Canadian context, iii) a set of relevant trends potentially shaping the future of ESG, and iv) a set of four possible and yet distinctive futures of ESG in Canada, with high-level potential implications for each scenario.

Date: 1 May 2023
Uncontrolled Keywords: Strategic foresight, ESG, sustainability, environment, social equity, corporate transparency
Divisions: Graduate Studies > Strategic Foresight and Innovation
Date Deposited: 05 May 2023 15:27
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 15:27
URI: https://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/4083

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