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TSBR Methodology

ESG Engagement

TBSR includes two measures of ESG engagement, being those who are considered ESG conscious or have an awareness and knowledge on issues and those who are ESG competent or having the capacity to act on issues.

Research Process Flow

Director’s ESG Engagement Assessment

Directors’ ESG engagement was assessed against a checklist. It reads:


  • Executive or board experience actively involved in sustainability strategy or governance (1)​

  • Board member of a business material (under SASB) non-profit organisation, foundation, charity, or fellowship of an international campaign body (2)​

  • Formal ESG/sustainability certification/accreditation or published paper/research/book or report in the area, or teaching capacity (3)




  • (1) Published interviews with individuals expressing details about their approach to ESG/sustainability, or e.g. published speeches or strategy​

  • (2) WEF (most common), UN Global Compact, CECP, WBCSD, think tanks with sustainability focus such as Aspen Institute, Salzburg Global Seminar, etc.

  • (3) GCB.D, IDP-C, Harvard Corporate Governance Forum publication, author of a relevant book


In cases where the ESG engagement of a director was questionable, the data point was marked ‘for review’ and the assessment was then adjudicated by a different researcher.

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