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Augmenting ESG Strategy and Planning

Board support

Trusted ESG and sustainability advice for boardrooms

SFA (Oxford) works closely with multi-commodity value chain players to understand how materially significant ESG issues can be integrated into their wider company strategy. Understanding the long-term implications of ESG criteria for our clients is critical in mitigating regulatory, technological and licence-to-operate risks. As global investment trends increasingly push companies to re-evaluate their ESG strategies, let SFA help you to remain competitive and capitalise on the rapid growth of sustainable market funds, as investors and regulators demand greater levels of transparency and reporting to meet intergovernmental climate change and decarbonisation goals. 

Enhancing outperformance with ESG

Analysis of company outperformance due to ESG factors reveals an alternative solution to unlocking future value to help receive preferential green finance rates. A risk for companies failing to improve their ESG credentials is value destruction, in addition to missing out on the potential upsides. Additionally, rigorous, academic studies have demonstrated the outperformance of companies which successfully integrate their sector-specific material ESG risks into thoughtful company strategy.

However, not all spending on sustainable initiatives is the same. Some initiatives produce material, value-adding impacts whilst others create little value or, at worst, simply raise operational costs. The core factor determining whether ESG initiatives drive company outperformance is the initiative materiality to a specific sustainability issue. Companies with good ratings on material sustainability issues significantly outperform those with poor rankings on these issues.

At a local level, countries have subscribed to numerous international initiatives such as the UN Paris Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. As a heavy industry, mining and natural resource management play a key role in attaining these national goals, and so, the sector is under increased scrutiny to play its role in providing the critical metals which are key to a sustainable and green future. Studies have also shown that company performance from ESG initiatives can be predicted by public information, and from the information reported in company sustainability reports, interviews and surveys within organisations.

Below shows a range of ESG issues we currently monitor to assist corporate strategies.


Environmental factors

  • Energy use (electricity and fuel).

  • Scope 1, 2 and 3 greenhouse
    gas emissions.

  • Water use and recycling rates.

  • Rock waste and tailings impact.

  • Nitrous and sulphur dioxide emissions.

Social factors

  • Health and safety.

  • Labour diversity.

  • Labour efficiencies.

  • Community impacts.

  • Supply chain practices.

Governance factors

  • Business ethics.

  • Company structure.

  • Leadership diversity.

  • Industry associations.

  • Risk management.

  • Transparency and compliance.

Let us augment your ESG strategy

Contact one of our team for more details.

Henk de Hoop

Chief Executive Officer

Adele Rouleau

ESG and Critical Minerals Lead

Daniel Croft

Commodity Analyst

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How can we help you?

SFA (Oxford) provides bespoke, independent intelligence on the strategic metal markets, specifically tailored to your needs. To find out more about what we can offer you, please contact us.

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