ESG Consulting

Tony Ielase CISA

Matt Hartman

Is your organization prepared to meet ESG-related regulatory, reporting and financial demands? 

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) involves setting, managing and reporting on an organization’s governance mechanisms, environmental and social impacts and related policies.

Given how quickly ESG is growing in the public and private space, organizations must prioritize building the appropriate ESG-focused infrastructure, capabilities and controls as part of their core corporate strategy.

With our industry experience and extensive knowledge of the ESG risk advisory landscape, our team can develop the appropriate strategies, frameworks, governance, policies and reporting tools to meet the complex requirements of today and tomorrow.

ESG Strategy and Program Development 

Our ESG Strategy and Program Development solutions help organizations assess ESG readiness, develop the appropriate ESG framework and strategy, operationalize processes and controls, meet reporting requirements and establish program governance for long-term success. Key solutions include:

  • ESG Framework GAP Assessment
  • ESG GRC Technology Implementation
  • ESG Implementation Support
  • ESG Program Roadmap
  • ESG Materiality Assessment
  • ESG Stakeholder Alignment



Our team takes a pragmatic approach to ESG strategy and program development that follows four primary phases. This allows us to develop the appropriate strategy, reporting and governance structure unique to our clients’ goals, stakeholders and industry. 

ESG Program Components

Additional ESG Solutions

In addition to ESG Strategy and Program Development, our cross-functional team can help companies meet the regulatory, audit and tax challenges associated with ESG. 

ESG Assurance

With our skilled bench of audit professionals, Schneider Downs is uniquely positioned to provide independent assurance services for organizations with ESG disclosures related to financials and other key metrics. Our team provides audit, review and compilation services for ESG reporting based on the level of assurance required.

  • ESG Assurance Services
  • ESG Limited Assurance Reporting
  • ESG Readiness Assessment
  • ESG Reasonable Assurance Reporting
ESG California Climate Disclosure Laws

Our ESG Consulting team can help organizations impacted by the Climate Corporate Data Accountability Act (CA SB 253) and Greenhouse Gases: Climate-Related Financial Risk (CA SB 261) laws.

  • Identify material climate-related financial risks.
  • Create an accompanying report in line with TCFD recommendations.
  • Develop a process to inventory and calculate GHGs.
  • Provide limited assurance on GHGs calculations.
ESG Governance, Risk and Compliance

Our ESG and risk professionals work together to help clients understand and mitigate the complex risks associated with ESG, including operational, compliance and reputational concerns. Key services include:

  • ESG Data Validation
  • ESG Program Assessment
  • ESG Regulatory Compliance Assessment
  • ESG Risk and Control Assessment
  • ESG Testing and Monitoring


ESG Tax Advisory

Our experienced tax professionals work with our ESG team to help clients understand the impact of ESG on tax strategy, preparation and planning. Key services focus on ESG tax requirements, incentives and reporting, including:

  • ESG and Tax Strategy Alignment
  • ESG Incentives and Credits
  • ESG Program Development
  • ESG Regulatory Compliance

ESG Timeline

The SEC released a proposed timeline for phase-in periods and accommodations for the proposed disclosures outlined below.

ESG Expectations and Timeline

ESG Resources

SEC Climate-Related Disclosures: Final Rules Resources

ESG California Climate Disclosure Laws Resources

Related Links

Ready to get started?

Contact us to learn more about Schneider Downs ESG Consulting solutions.

About Schneider Downs Risk Advisory 

Our team of experienced risk advisory professionals focus on collaborating with your organization to identify and effectively mitigate risks. Our goal is to understand not only the risks related to potential loss to the organization, but to drive solutions that add value to your organization and advise on opportunities to ensure minimal disruption to your business.

Explore our full Risk Advisory Service offerings at or contact the team at [email protected].

case studies
                                    Company impacted by ransomware.
big problem:
Company impacted by ransomware.
big thinking:
Restore system on-site and avoid six-figure ransom.
                                    Inefficient tax credit realization.
big problem:
Inefficient tax credit realization.
big thinking:
Identified a $900,000 tax credit, nearly twice as much as prior years.
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