Sustainability (Environment, Social, Governance)

Sustainability (Environment, Social, Governance)

Transformative world events - an international health crisis, social movements, shareholder and investor values, global supply chains, energy transition, smart cities, and sustainable finance - are transforming business worldwide.

Standards are rapidly changing to reflect the goals of all stakeholders. Organisations, investors, and customers are embracing environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations as important measures of success. Non-financial and financial information is becoming more connected.

BDO’s Sustainability services help you to communicate your business values - and your business value. We can help you seize the opportunities, mapping the qualitative and quantitative changes necessary to position your organisation as a leader in ESG.

From in-depth Advisory services to leading-edge data and AI solutions, BDO can help you transform your business for transformative times, identifying, implementing, and integrating sustainability initiatives and ESG compliance.

Sustainability looks to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health, while driving innovation and not compromising our way of life.

Our Sustainability service seeks to provide businesses with solutions related to environmental, social and governance (ESG) matters for you to be compliant with relevant legislation. But, more importantly, we enable you have a competitive advantage over your peers and be recognised as an organisation that is doing the right thing and ensuring the future sustainability of your business, and the planet.

Sustainable development stems from Sustainability which is defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (United Nations General Assembly, 1987, p. 43). This definition gives insight into what BDO sustainability strives to achieve, by assisting clients to have a social, environmental and governance consciousness, develop sustainability strategies aligned to their overall strategic goals, understand their key risk areas, assist with sustainability assessments and assurance projects, provide reporting templates and an understanding of investment requirements and to ensure that they are complying with relevant ESG related laws and best practice.

Our Sustainability services are aimed at assisting companies in identifying the environment, people and finances in their strategy formulation, policy, and procedures, and how the E, S and G are interlinked and dependant on each other.

We can assist clients with the following steps in ensuring that your company is sustainable:


Review of policies and procedures to assist companies in keeping up with changes in legislation and reporting requirements- companies to withstand the change in nation and global landscape.


To assist companies in reducing or alleviating the risks and challenges that arise from change in legislation- provide solutions for management and assist in methodologies to mitigate changes to ensure sustainability in an ethical manner.


In a changing world due to climate and ESG risks, we help in terms of adaptation measures that are in line with legislation and ESG requirements. This includes stakeholder engagements, climate change disclosures and reporting, carbon tax assessment amongst others.

Our services include:

Sustainability services

  • Sustainability Frameworks
  • Material Issues Workshops
  • Integrated Reporting advice and strategy
  • Carbon Tax Assessments
  • Occupational Health and Safety Reviews
  • Social Licence to Operate Audits
  • ESG consulting assignments
  • Stakeholder Engagement models and Frameworks

Integrated Reporting Services

  • Assisting with Drafting of an Integrated Report
  • Integrated Report Review and gap analysis
  • Assurance of Non-Financial Information (International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3000
  • GRI Reporting assistance and/or assessments

Corporate Governance Services

  • Board assessments
  • Board induction and training
  • Governance reviews
  • Compliance reviews
  • King IV gap analysis
  • Ethics Assessments
  • Code of Ethics Development
  • Entity Level Controls Assessments
  • Culture Assessments
  • Development of Governance Frameworks and policies

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view our 2022 sustainability report here

view our 2021 sustainability report here

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