ESG Archive

Aug 04, 2021
Investors set new carbon expectations for the steel industry
A leading investor coalition focused on climate change has released new expectations for steel companies, part of a sector-specific strategy to lower carbon emissions and meet net zero goals. The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), which has more than 300 European members managing around $44 tn in assets, says there is currently ‘little evidence’ of the actions needed to bring industry emissions in line with the net-zero roadmap set out by t...
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Jul 20, 2021
Sustainable investments hit 35.9 percent of all assets, notes research
Sustainable investments have grown to represent more than a third of all assets globally, according to research from the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance (GSIA). Drawing on data from the US, Canada, Japan, Australasia and Europe, the GSIA says sustainable investments accounted for 35.9 percent of total assets under management at the start of 2020, compared with 3...
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Jul 20, 2021
ESG on the rise in asset management industry, finds report
Asset managers’ primary motivation for ESG integration is client demand, but the quality of public data poses challenges, according to an Index Industry Association (IIA) report. The report showcases that 85 percent of respondents say ESG plays a vital role in their company’s overall investment offering/strategy. The focus of the report is on the asset sectors of the US, the UK, France and Germany. It states...
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Jul 05, 2021
E&S proposals build momentum this proxy season
Investor support for environmental and social shareholder proposals at Russell 3000 companies has increased significantly this year, based on early proxy season analysis from Georgeson. According to the analysis, 30 environmental and social proposals have already passed, which is the highest number on record. This is a 50 percent increase on the total number of such proposals receiving majority support during the 2020 proxy season. There is also record-breaki...
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Jul 01, 2021
Where – and how – to start your ESG journey
  Sponsored content As head of ESG reporting and disclosure at TD for more than a decade, I’ve had a ring-side seat to witness the evolution and meteoric rise of ESG reporting. I’d like to share some guidance for reporting managers and IR practitioners who are just setting out ...
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Jul 01, 2021
SEC’s Lee looks to boards’ role in ESG
Boards are central to companies addressing ESG issues and should look to enhanced diversity and expertise to fulfill this role in a positive way, according to SEC member Allison Herren Lee. ‘The world’s largest asset managers and other institutional investors have been direct and vocal in conveying that they consider ESG material to their decision-making,’ Lee said in a speech earlier this week to the Society for Corporate Governance. ‘No matter the view of ...
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Jun 30, 2021
How Nasdaq’s LGBTQ+ employee group helps with recruitment, purpose and ‘belonging’
Yasir Fattah is associate vice president at Nasdaq IR Intelligence. He’s also one of the founding members of The OPEN, an employee resource group (ERG) for LGBTQ+ Nasdaq employees and allies. In this interview, he talks about the work The OPEN does, as well as the overlap between The OPEN and his IR advisory work. How long have you been with Nasdaq? I’ve been in the investor relations world for 21 years and joined Nasdaq back in 2013, th...
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Jun 28, 2021
Opinion: Why equality in IR matters
When I was growing up, I thought the least-prejudiced thing I could do was to ignore race, ethnicity and gender. Everyone is equal, I was told by the teachers at my predominantly white school. It’s a hopeful, lazy and convenient way of viewing the world. As I grew up, I learned that my life and relationships are richer for recognizing what makes me different from someone else, and understanding how those differences shape the way we experience the world.  This we...
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