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Horizon scanning

To ensure that your business is prepared for all policy and regulatory changes that could impact your business and industry, it is important to understand what is on the horizon.

The most effective way to ensure this is to conduct a horizon scan exercise, analysing the political, economic, social, technical, legal and environmental (PESTLE) issues and trends which are driving change throughout your industry.

The environmental, social and governance (ESG) regulatory landscape is rapidly evolving – stakeholders expect credible organisations not simply to comply with current regulations but to be proactive and prepared for future legislation. To ensure that your organisation can meet these regulatory requirements and stay ahead of the game when it comes to maintaining compliance and future-proofing your approach to ESG, it is important for your organisation to understand what is on the regulatory horizon.

All businesses must understand their compliance requirements, regardless of their scale. While most regulations focus on engaging the largest organisations, mandatory ESG compliance is on the horizon for businesses of all sizes globally. Regulations like the UK’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations and the EU’s Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) are important frameworks and have been enacted into legislation. Regardless of size, understanding what is on the regulatory horizon provides a clear picture of what is coming, how to prepare and, importantly, how to maximise the opportunities these regulations present.

Conducting an effective horizon scan of industry-relevant policy and legislation at regular intervals can give your company sufficient optics on the ever-changing regulatory landscape, allowing effective lead-in time for maintaining compliance whilst enabling you to analyse your strategic approach to address these issues. Cameron Wilson Consultant, Simply Sustainable

At Simply Sustainable, we conduct horizon scans for organisations of the relevant policy and regulatory changes and trends occurring within your selected regions, both those currently in force and those in the pipeline, through a PESTLE analysis. Through credible industry research and trend reports, we can support your business in the identification of these material trends that need to be monitored and tested within your organisation. The identified trends and issues are then grouped into the relevant political, economic, social, technological, legal and environmental issues.

Following the trend identification and categorisation, we use our Horizon Scanning Framework Tool to help assess the significance of each piece of policy and legislation for your organisation, identifying a potential impact and the level of impact from low to high.

Using our team’s collective, industry-specific experience, we can allocate an overall risk score for your organisation, with the highest being identified as the most significant for you to address. From this point, we can work with you through our other service offerings to develop an action plan to mitigate these significant risks and their impacts on your organisation.

Horizon scanning helps your business stay future-proofed. Our strategic and highly analytic process will help your organisation understand what is coming, what risks this might present and, most importantly, how to make the most of the opportunities created.

To find out how our team of experts can help you on your ESG and sustainability reporting journey, contact Ed Packshaw or request a call-back.

Ed Packshaw

Head of Reporting and Communications

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Ed joins the Simply Sustainable team with over 12 years experience in ESG and corporate sustainability, combining both in-house sustainability leadership roles with client leadership and project management expertise, across a range of sectors, including real estate, construction, education and pharmaceuticals.

As our Head of ESG Reporting and Communications, Ed is responsible for leading clients through their disclosure journey, driving continuous improvement and transparency to deliver impactful and comparable reporting practices that align with a wide-range of stakeholder expectations and help clients present their achievements and goals towards becoming a truly sustainable and profitable business.

Ed has a wealth of experience in international standard and frameworks, including TCFD, SASB, ISSB, CDP, SDGs, GRI, UNGC and a detailed understanding of UK, EU and US regulations and compliance requirements.

Alongside his professional experience, Ed holds a diploma in Sustainable Finance from the University of Cambridge, professional qualifications in Environmental Management and Carbon Management from IEMA and an honours degree in Zoology & Biological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh.


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