ESG Data is Like Less Wife Beating

B. Lorraine Smith
9 min readFeb 21, 2020
Chalk drawing on blackboard, edited in PowerPoint (by me).

Imagine a friend telling us a story about his mother. She called him up to say:

“I’ve got some great news! I counted up how many times your dad beat me this year compared to last year. It’s more than 10% less than last year! And he’s committed to even less next year.”

What do you think our friend might have said in response?

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B. Lorraine Smith

Former sustainability consultant replacing ESG with reality-based insights about corporate purpose and impact. https://www.blorrainesmith.com/