Business Profile

  • Establish the profile of the target company and nature of operations, considering, for example:

    - Number, location and activities undertaken across the target company
    - Raw materials used in processes
    - Nature and location of workforce (e.g. located in developing countries, large, non-unionised, involves temporary or migrant labour)
    - Key customers, including whether contracts are negotiated with public officials and whether sales agents are used (both inherent risks from the bribery and corruption viewpoint)

  • Identify the ESG risks or opportunities for the company’s activities and operations, comparing the results with previous understanding of sector/geography inherent risk.

  • Evaluate overall quality of management on ESG issues, considering:

Factors to consider when evaluating overall quality of management


  • Senior management commitment on sustainability?

  • Values, Principles, Sustainability or Business Conduct policies?


  • Resources in place to manage ESG issues (e.g. sustainability director/manager, corporate social responsibility team, environment, health, safety, quality manager)?

  • What training have they had to perform their role?

Track record

  • Searches of public information to assess track record in managing ESG issues?

  • Previous NGO campaigns, community/workforce unrest, previous or pending ESG prosecutions or law suits?