FrameworkESG’s Guide to ESG Frameworks


There are hundreds of ESG frameworks out there. Many of them may apply to your company, even though they ask for conflicting data and information.  

It’s hard to know where to start.

Where should we focus? Which ones are most relevant to our company? What are the differences and similarities? How much time does each one take? Is there a deadline?

To help answer these questions, we’ve put together our “FrameworkESG’s Guide to ESG Frameworks” that compiles all relevant ESG standards, scoring systems, and ratings into one handy and sortable place (see below). The guide includes:

  • Disclosure frameworks: Systems of standards to guide companies in reporting ESG-related information
  • Rankings: Third parties rank companies based on their public disclosures or responses to a formal questionnaire; these often focus on one topic, such as diversity or climate
  • Investor ratings: Catering to an investor audience, firms rate companies on their performance on material ESG issues to inform investment decisions

When we started our firm 18 years ago, our first focus was on helping our clients navigate the new and confusing world of ESG frameworks. We named our firm FrameworkESG to convey who we are and what we do. 

Though we have since expanded our services to help our clients in a number of ways, many companies still approach us with framework fatigue. Over the past decade, we’ve seen the number of ratings, rankings, and disclosure standards multiply. We have helped our clients maintain focus through it all, so they can devote time and attention to what matters rather than chasing the framework flavor of the week.

If you’d like to discuss how we can help you prioritize your efforts, please reach out to Victor Melendez, Managing Director & Chief Growth Officer to schedule a conversation.

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Faith Nicholas

Faith Nicholas

Faith is a Consultant at FrameworkESG and specializes in the firm’s materiality and assessment services. She enjoys using data, research, conversation, and a healthy bit of elbow grease to answer tough questions for her clients.