The Role of Trade Associations in ESG

KKS Advisors & The High Meadows Institute / April 2019
Chris Pinney, Caitlin McCorkle, Sophie Lawrence and Stephanie Lau

While ESG integration has been widely explored from company, investor, and broader capital market perspectives, there has been less focus on the role of trade associations in ESG integration and their influence on regulation and policy development on ESG issues such as climate change.

This research note shines a light on the role that trade associations play in promoting and inhibiting the integration of ESG in business practices and reporting. It examines the ways that companies currently disclose their trade association memberships and identifies barriers to increased disclosure and transparency. Specifically it makes a case for why investors should pay attention to a company's trade association memberships.