Today, we’re launching the Start-up Guide to ESG – a guidebook written to help start-up founders and operators as they embark on their ESG journey.

For many start-ups, ‘ESG’ often feels abstract, complex, and hardly relatable. But growing as an environmentally conscious and socially responsible company, underpinned by the highest standards of governance and ethics has never been more important. And the longer you wait, the harder it gets.

Using our Sustainable Future Goals (SFGs) as an organising framework, this guide was born out of a desire to help all start-up founders and operators navigate the world of ESG and embark or accelerate on their sustainable growth and impact journey.

With expert insights, tips and best practices for Pre-seed/Seed, Series A and Series B companies, we hope this guide gives you the inspiration, confidence and tools you need to get started with ESG, today.

It covers: 

  1. Why ESG matters – from a moral and business perspective, and the advantages to starting early
  2. Where to get started with ESG – leveraging the SFG framework to identify and tackle key areas, from urgent climate action to diversity and inclusion
  3. How to operationalise ESG – from writing your inaugural policy, to assigning owners and engaging your board, to goal setting and reporting
  4. Going the extra mile – including incorporating ESG into your products and services, and becoming a BCorp

The Start-up Guide to ESG

Expert insights and practical tips for founders and operators on their ESG journey.

At Balderton, we strongly believe that sustainability is a team sport, and I’d like to thank all the start-ups who agreed to share insights and learnings from their own ESG journeys with us in the guide.

I look forward to continuing to shine a light on the start-up ESG journey, and encourage openness, collaboration and transparency as we grow and learn together. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me with your questions, thoughts and feedback on this guide, and please stay tuned for future webinars and events on this topic.