ESG Archive

Oct 04, 2022
Covid-19 increases importance of ESG to IROs
IR Magazine research shows a clear majority of IROs view an increase in the importance of ESG as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, while opinion is more divided among investors. The latest global study by IR Magazine into the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic shows 56 percent of IROs agreeing ...
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Oct 03, 2022
The road to consolidation: Q&A with Sue Lloyd, the ISSB’s vice chair
The creation of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) in November last year marked a major step toward consolidation in the sustainability reporting world. The new organization brings together the Value Reporting Foundation, which houses the SASB Standards and Integrated Reporting Framework, and the Climate Disclosure Standards Board (CDSB), leading to a notable reduction in the alphabet soup of reporting bodies. To begin with, the ISSB is d...
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Sep 26, 2022
Proxy season 2022: The story behind falling support for ESG proposals
The 2022 proxy season has had a touch of the Rorschach test about it, based on some of the headline figures from voting on the year’s ESG-related shareholder proposals. According to a report from Proxy Impact, the Sustainable Investments Institute and As You Sow, the six months to the end of June saw a record-breaking 282 votes and 34 majority votes (equal to the same period last year) backing ESG shareholder proposals seeking disclosure and action from US compani...
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Sep 22, 2022
Mind your own business: Balancing stakeholder demands in politically fraught times
The pressure to have a public view on everything from George Floyd’s murder and the Black Lives Matter movement to ‘don’t say gay’ legislation, voting rights and the overturning of Roe vs Wade has been increasing in recent years. Dr Tara Van Ho, senior lecturer at the University of Essex School of Law in the UK, talks about ‘watershed moments’ that have occurred over the last decade or so, starting in 2011 when the UN adopted the guiding princ...
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Sep 13, 2022
ESG in executive pay: Europe overtakes Australia in incorporating metrics
European companies – including those listed in the UK – have taken the global crown when it comes to incorporating ESG metrics into executive compensation, according to research from Guerdon Associates. The firm, alongside sister companies in the GECN Group, looked at the use of ESG and other non-financial metrics – measures it terms ‘ESG plus’ – in executive incentive plans across global markets, covering the S&P 100 in the US, Canada’s TSX 60, Fr...
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Sep 06, 2022
Real estate and energy sectors branded ‘ESG laggards’ but outperform peers, notes Federated Hermes
Environmental factors have become a statistically meaningful driver of shareholder returns over the past two years, according to controversial ESG investing champion Federated Hermes. Avoiding the ‘ESG laggards’ and those whose standards are slipping is a crucial way to capture the ESG premium, the US firm’s global equities team has found. But real estate and energy companies are the exceptions; firms in these sectors with the worst or worsening environmental ...
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Sep 05, 2022
Opinion: How to confront the anti-ESG campaign
The anti-ESG or anti-woke investment movement is following the classic playbook of disinformation and propaganda by creating a false equivalence between the ESG movement and its opponents. In the manner that many of the same funders and politicians sought to discredit climate science, they a...
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