Five governance levers to prioritise for ESG success

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Discover the five governance levers to prioritise for ESG success in this new report from HRZone and The Open University.

Despite 84% of business leaders claiming high engagement with environmental, social and governance (ESG) goals, only 8% say they have a fully realised ESG strategy (The Open University, 2023).

This report, written by leadership and culture specialist Blaire Palmer, reveals how to bridge this gap between good intentions and actual delivery of ESG actions. With contributions from OU experts within finance, sustainability, law and business, this resource offers diverse and compelling perspectives that will revitalise your governance approach.

You’ll learn five crucial levers organisations can pull to build environmental and social commitments into the fabric of their governance and operations. From influencing policymakers to upskilling your workforce, these levers will help make ESG goals as critical a priority as financial metrics.

Download the report to ensure your organisation’s ESG ambitions genuinely translate into positive impacts that strengthen resilience.


Learn more about these five governance levers…

  • Transition from shareholder to multiple stakeholders
  • Influence policymakers
  • Make it personal
  • Bake in long-term thinking
  • Build bench strength – upskill and reskill


For more than 45 years The Open University (OU) has led the way in part-time education, developing workplace learning and development solutions for employers (across the private, public and voluntary sectors), as well as educating individuals. Specialising in developing high quality learning materials, based on rigorous research and industry insight, the OU combines academic excellence with technological expertise to deliver flexible, results-driven and truly engaging workplace learning solutions.

The OU’s global reach enables consistent learning to be delivered at scale, across geographically dispersed workforces, through an online delivery model that uses advanced learning analytics to enhance the  performance of busy professionals. This – coupled with a successful, well-developed blended learning approach – is how the OU has enabled employers to deliver learning that is responsive to both organisational and staff needs, therefore maximising their return on learning investment.

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