Value creation is the goal of all companies, but corporate value creation is not always aligned with value creation for the environment & society as a whole.
Companies have always created societal and economic value in the course of doing business. They provide people with goods and services, contribute taxes to the economy, and create jobs and wealth. In so doing, companies play a significant role in helping to lift billions of people out of poverty.
However, in the course of doing business, some companies also draw on natural resources and can generate negative externalities. Businesses operations are increasingly scrutinised
A company’s creation, or reduction, of societal value increasingly has a direct impact on the drivers of its corporate value, namely revenues, costs and risk. It is the phenomenon that we at KPMG describe as ‘the disappearing disconnect’ between corporate and societal value creation.
To do well in today’s business environment, businesses increasingly have to measure, understand and proactively manage the value you create, and to mitigate negative impacts on society, the environment, and shareholders. That is because what was ‘external’ is rapidly being internalised, whether through regulation, changing market dynamics including resource shortages, or more frequent and impactful stakeholder pressure.
In recent years, methodologies to measure an organisation’s impacts – both positive and negative –have become much more sophisticated. A growing trend is to express all economic, social and environmental impacts in a common financial metric; doing this can generate productive conversations in the boardroom and management meetings and help to change thinking and action within organisations.
How we can help
KPMG has a dedicated economic & social impact measurement & reporting team, who work with a broad range of clients across all sectors. The team can support you in a number of ways:
- Quantify: undertaking a detailed assessment of your organisation’s most significant economic, social and environmental impacts, both positive and negative.
- Engage: helping corporate decision-makers to understand wider value creation, including data-driven insights on impacts on people and the environment, enabling companies reduce risks and to enhance drivers of growth.
- Report: enhancing ESG impact reporting – provide a far richer view of a company’s contribution to society than conventional financial or sustainability reporting alone, while also enabling client to create points-of-difference in the marketplace.
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RTE Prime Time interview with Justin McCarthy. Topics discussed include the key findings from a KPMG Economic Impact assessment (commissioned by the Irish Farmers Journal).