ESG consulting

In today’s increasingly complex world risks associated with resilience and sustainability have never been felt so acutely. Legislation is tightening. Investor scrutiny is heightening. And consumer sentiment is demanding more.

The result? Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations are under the spotlight and proving central to investment, divestment, consumer, and operational decisions. But turning insights into action can prove complex.

More than a risk management tool, ESG is an opportunity to unlock value. But successful implementation requires a strategy closely aligned with business priorities to build consensus and support among stakeholders.

Uniquely positioned as both strategic advisors and technical consultants, we identify, develop, manage and execute ESG initiatives; enabling you to create value with confidence.

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What is ESG?

ESG stands for environmental, social, and governance and provides a framework for a more resilient and sustainable way of doing business. Encompassing a range of considerations, ESG serves to identify, measure, report on and improve the impact a business has on the world around it and the communities in which it operates.

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Investment analysis

Our ESG experts help enhance the investment process by investigating active and prospective investments for a variety of ESG issues across many topics:



  • Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Climate change and resilience
  • Energy and air emissions
  • Environmental compliance
  • Extreme weather events and vulnerability analysis
  • Natural resources
  • Land degradation
  • Wastes and circular economy
  • Water pollution and quality
  • Water rights and availability


  • Community relations and engagement
  • Conflict minerals
  • Employee engagement and retention
  • Fair disclosure and marketing
  • Health, safety and wellbeing
  • Human and Indigenous rights
  • Internal labor relations
  • Product stewardship
  • Supply chain management


  • Anti-bribery and anti-corruption
  • Anti-sexual harassment and anti-bullying
  • Board composition and diversity
  • Business ethics and transparency
  • Business interruption
  • Consumer and enterprise customer expectations
  • ESG linked executive remuneration
  • Supply chain

How do we work?

Our ESG advisory service is designed to enhance the visibility of opportunities as well as risks. We ensure social value and sustainability efforts are targeted, material, and can support accelerated growth.

Founded as an environmental consulting firm, and with deep expertise built over 50 years, we offer an unparalleled depth of pragmatic, actionable advice you can trust.

Our service is bespoke and can be shaped to suit your needs. Whether you’re just getting started, have an internal team in place, or none of the above - we can integrate, work alongside you, and go at your pace.

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From advisory to delivery, RPS creates value by transforming sustainability factors into deliverable and measurable ESG initiatives

Creating your ESG strategy

To build your strategy, we review current initiatives, identify priorities and develop an action plan. We know internal alignment is critical. And our approach includes an in-depth interview process to ensure we understand and meet your stakeholder’s expectations. 

Our expertise is global, but our teams are local. We align strategy with initiatives and reporting standards relevant to your business and the markets you operate in. 

This can include:

  • Financial stock exchange guidelines and listing rules
  • United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)
  • United Nations Global Compact (UN GC)
  • Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB)
  • Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
  • Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD)
  • Global Reporting Initiative (GRI)
  • CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project)
  • Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi)

Our strategy assessment will help:

  • Align ESG initiatives to the internal vision, mission statement, and priorities
  • Identify investors’ motivations and expectations
  • Identify where to invest, and how to measure the impact
  • Develop industry trend reviews and risk assessments
  • Establish key performance indicators to monitor accountability and measure progress

Deliverable ESG initiatives

Our combination of specialist ESG advisors and environmental consultants means we have the technical capability, in-house, to implement the initiatives we shape. A successful strategy is all in the delivery - and we’ll be there when the hard work really begins. From start to finish, we make complex easy.

Our team of experts can:

  • Create an ESG policy, strategy and implementation framework
  • Construct a customised action plan to fit present and future goals
  • Provide tailored ESG training and facilitate successful integration

Measuring success

Making reporting easy, we offer a bespoke dashboard to track performance against KPIs, as part of our ComplianceMap tool. Shaped around your business, your custom dashboard will connect ESG data across each of your goals and ease the complexity of ESG reporting.

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Communicating your story

Working in partnership with in-house teams, we’ll build a communications plan that brings your ESG story to life. Tailored to your stakeholders, we’ll bring clarity where it matters; helping deliver a connected and meaningful message to your customers, investors and communities.

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Who we work with

  • Investors
    • From due diligence through to the investment hold period, RPS advises investors on ESG priorities to create value throughout the entire portfolio.
  • Organisations, business & industry
    • RPS guides corporations on their ESG journey to meet internal and external stakeholder expectations and create shared value.
  • Public sector
    • RPS supports government and local communities seeking to adopt ESG best practices as a means to ensure resilience and sustainability.
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