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Top ESG stories of 2022

Dec. 27, 2022
EHS Today editors pick their favorite stories about sustainability and the environment.

As the year winds down, it seems that environmental, social and governance (ESG) is really starting to heat up.

There was the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed rule to disclose climate risks, including direct (Scope 1) and indirect (Scope 2) greenhouse gas emissions.

And the Biden administration is continuing with its bevy of other environmental efforts. In August, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, arguably the most important climate legislation to date and the largest climate investment in the federal government’s history.

At the COP27 in November, Biden announced new U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules for methane emissions reductions for oil and gas companies.

A few weeks ago, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it conducted the first controlled nuclear fusion experiment, a milestone that could usher in a new era for energy. 

There will certainly be more environmental, sustainability and ESG news to come. But for now, let’s look at the year that was through some notable articles, as chosen by the editors of EHS Today.

Majority of Companies to Increase Sustainability Investment Over Next Two Years

In a Gartner survey, 80% of companies said that sustainability helped their organization optimize and reduce costs.

Read the article here.

Time to get Serious About Sustainability

Investors and customers want sustainability; regulators may require it. Are organizations ready to meet their demands?

Read the article here.

EHS Today Intelligence: 2022 Sustainability Progress Report

Sustainability initiatives have moved beyond compliance to become a strategic imperative for more companies.

Download the whitepaper here.

DEI in the Workplace: Time to Break Down the Silos

A diverse workforce is one that can best uncover and encourage each individual’s talents.

Read the article here.

Meeting ESG Goals is Proving to be Difficult

Challenges include a lack of metrics as well as unclear decision-making processes.

Read the article here.

The Importance of Psychological Safety to Your Workforce

When employees can bring their best selves to work, the result is a safer and more productive environment.

Read the article here.

ESG Performance Boosted by Sustainable Technology Strategy

Ninety-two percent of companies surveyed aim to achieve net-zero targets by 2030, which will require deployment of advanced technologies to measure, reduce and remove an organization’s carbon footprint.

Read the article here.

SLC 2022 Preview: Developing a Sustainability Strategy

Here’s what you need to know about environment, social and governance (ESG)—and how it could affect workplace safety.

Read the article here. To access a free archived recording of Jim Lane’s presentation from Safety Leadership Conference 2022, click here.  

Doing More with Less: EHS Today's 2022 National Safety and Salary Survey

Safety professionals share how they're getting by, what they're making and how they feel about OSHA in our annual state of the industry survey.

View the survey and accompanying data here.

America's Safest Companies of 2022

EHS Today salutes nine companies that go above and beyond in promoting a culture of safety excellence.

View the winners here.  

About the Author

Nicole Stempak

Nicole Stempak is managing editor of EHS Today and conference content manager of the Safety Leadership Conference.

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