The Introduction of Acoustics in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Frameworks
AbstractThe embedment of environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues into an organization’s strategy has been a hot topic garnering tremendous attention for years. Largely aided by guidelines and the United Nations (UN), organizations have been incentivized to develop their frameworks to meet Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)—17 interlinked objectives to provide a “shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future” . To many, the relevance of acoustics in meeting SDGs is obscure. The following paper designs, develops and delivers context necessary to institutionalize acoustical principles that can be adopted in ESG frameworks. Systematically, the individual pillars of ESG are explored by considering the effects of acoustical principles on SDGs—discussing ‘how’ acoustics has or can have environmental impacts (e.g., materials use, energy performance and efficiencies, community and environmental soundscapes), social impacts (e.g., acoustical equity, health and wellbeing, social engagement, individual agency), and impacts on governance (e.g., holistic approach to architectural and environmental acoustics) [2, 3].
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