ESG Archive

Oct 22, 2021
Is ESG relevant for mid & small-cap companies?
ESG has risen to become a dominant issue over the last two years. This has been driven by many factors, including greater transparency, the growing demand for climate action, increasing regulation and the need for companies to demonstrate a clear license to operate. But there has ...
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Oct 15, 2021
Nike shareholders vote on social proposals
Nike shareholders have given indications of significant support for a number of social measures – although none secured a majority. Four social-based shareholder proposals were up for a vote at Nike’s AGM last week. The board had urged shareholders to vote against each of them. Of the four proposals, a request that Nike publish annual repor...
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Oct 13, 2021
Opinion: Corporate social responsibility is dead
SEC commissioner Allison Herren Lee recently spoke about a paradigm shift with respect to ESG. In a June 2021 address at the Society for Corporate Governance national conference, she explained that ESG issues had traditionally been referred to as ‘corporate social responsibility’ (CSR) issues, and treated as if they were separate from the business of generating revenue and earning profits....
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Oct 07, 2021
Problem solver: Which ESG data requests should you respond to?
In this regular article, we ask IR professionals how they would respond to a specific operational issue. In this article, we asked how IR and sustainability teams determine which requests for ESG data to respond to, and how to ensure investors are receiving the ESG information they need. Abbigael Foster, senior analyst in sustainability at Equinix, says: Investors today want readily available, decision-useful ESG information on companies in w...
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Oct 07, 2021
Comment: What to do when investors feel there’s a misalignment on pay for performance
Executive compensation has been one of the most widely discussed issues for shareholders in recent history. Pay for performance is the mantra of shareholders and investors; the issue of a material disconnect between pay and performance has always been at the heart of executive compensation and a real area of contention for shareholders and investors. An improperly compensated executive can cost shareholders financially and can lead to a misalignment of the interests of exe...
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Oct 06, 2021
Assessing China’s radical climate goals
Betting against Chinese progress when it comes to commitments on climate change has been a losing strategy for some time now. You may not think of the country as ‘green’ but, from a low base, it has been hitting the gas (so to speak) in accelerating efforts forward. This was most recently demonstrated by China’s radical ambition to be carbon net-neutral by 2060. This is important. China is the world’s largest carbon emitter and its economy fast growing in sc...
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Sep 21, 2021
EU member states lead on D&I, notes Refinitiv report
Member states of the European Union (EU) are leading the way in diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices, according to a recent report by Refinitiv. The statistics used in the report are from Refinitiv D&I ratings, which are powered by the firm’s ESG data. They are designed to measure the relative performance of companies transparently and objectively against factors that define diverse and inclusive workplaces. Italy is the highest-ranked country fo...
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Sep 21, 2021
Major investment consultants set up net-zero project
A group of major investment consultants have set up a project to encourage clients to set net-zero emissions goals. The 12 firms, which collectively advise on assets of more than $10 tn, have launched the Net Zero Investment Consultants Initiative (NZICI) with the backing of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The firms have pledged to incorporate advice on reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 into all their consulting services within two y...
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Sep 10, 2021
S&P Global raises concerns on greenwashing
Global reporting standardization could help mitigate investor concerns about ESG greenwashing in relation to green bonds, according to S&P Global.  The financial information provider believes sustainable bond issuance, including green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds, could collectively exceed $1 tn in 2021, a near 500 percent increase on 2018 figures.  Despite this growth, a lack of transparency around instrument labeling, report...
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