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ESG Preparedness Report

The Annual ESG Preparedness Report (formerly The Sustainability Board Report) is a global benchmark of boards' ESG engagement.

Our flagship report assesses the level of ESG engagement by the boards of directors of the world's largest public companies. 

Our assessment methodology has remained largely unchanged since 2019, but it has been progressively refined with the help of an expert panel that includes non-executive directors, non-executive chairs, board effectiveness and advisory professionals, academics, leadership advisors, and legal counsels.

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of companies have implemented ESG oversight


of directors on relevant committees are ESG engaged


Our special report on publicly traded family businesses in 2020 revealed that sustainability oversight was lagging behind in comparison to our default sample of the Top 100 Forbes 2000 which contains mainly non-family businesses. However, directors on family boards were twice as likely to be engaged on sustainability than those in our default sample.


Fast forward to 2024 and we find three key themes that have evolved.

Additionally, our data yet again underscores the pivotal role of women leading ESG engagement. Their consistent involvement outpaces their male peers, emphasising the need for more inclusive boardrooms. We do not assess diversity beyond gender but recommend that boards also consider directors of different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. They often bring new ideas and experiences to the table.

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