The Evolution of ESG | Four Versions of Environmental, Social & Governance Performance in Business

Figure 1 — The Four Stages in the Evolution of Sustainability in Business (Melissa Baldridge, The Green Desk, with graphics by Denise Greene)

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) — V1

Present-Day Examples of CSR

Figure 2 — Anti-Amazon protestors before a New York City Council hearing in January (Goodman, New York Times, 2019, photo Hiroko Masuike)

Eco-Efficiency — V2

Figure 3 — ENERGY STAR (Wikipedia.com)

Present-Day Examples of Eco-Efficiency

Environmental, Social & Governance Performance (ESG) — V3

Present-Day Examples of ESG

Figure 4 — Certified B Corporation logo (Stonyfield Farm, Inc., 2021)
Figure 5 — Secretary of the Treasury, Janet Yellen (Cox, CNBC, Jan. 22, 2021)

The Decarbonization Bridge

Regeneration — V4

Present-Day Examples of Regeneration

Figure 6 — The Bullitt Center in central Seattle (INTERNATIONAL LIVING FUTURE INSTITUTE, 2021)

In Sum

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Melissa Baldridge is a nationally recognized ESG-sustainability expert with demonstrated success guiding clients to zero carbon, energy, water, and waste.

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Melissa Baldridge

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Melissa Baldridge is a nationally recognized ESG-sustainability expert with demonstrated success guiding clients to zero carbon, energy, water, and waste.

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