ESG Monthly archive

May 28, 2021
Index investors continue to expand ESG focus, survey finds
ESG integration continues to rise at large asset managers, with the vast majority saying it played a greater role in engagement, proxy voting and investment decisions during the last year. Ninety-eight percent of institutional investors say ESG opportunities and risks – excluding the impact of Covid-19 – were given more consideration during shareholder engagement this year compared with last year, according to new research from Morrow Sodali. Ninety-five percent...
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May 24, 2021
The First 25: Navigating the sustainability odyssey
The defining trends and insights from the first set of December year-end corporate reporting suites As the world evolves in response to Covid-19, our awareness of the link between society and the corporate world has heightened. Sustainability issues are coalescing with core bu...
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May 21, 2021
Support for say-on-pay votes continues to erode in US, warn compensation advisers
While investors are increasing their scrutiny of executive compensation packages again this year, the pandemic may not be playing a meaningful role, according to executive compensation experts. Investors are increasing their scrutiny of executive compensation packages again this year, but the focus continues to be on pay for performance, rather than other impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic.  A number of large companies in the US have received significant oppos...
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May 20, 2021
Big variation in holdings of top ESG funds, says MSCI study
The holdings of the biggest ESG funds ‘vary significantly’ given the broad range of approaches to sustainable investment, according to new research by MSCI. The study, which looks at the top 20 ESG equity funds in MSCI’s coverage universe, underlines the importance of understanding the methodologies and objectives that sit behind individual products....
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May 13, 2021
IBM investors and board back DEI report
The vast majority of IBM shareholders have given their support to a proposal – also favored by the board – seeking a report on the company’s diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts. Several other companies this proxy season have received similar shareholder proposals asking them to conduct racial equit...
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May 07, 2021
Shareholders in German firm back ‘green dividend’ to tackle climate change
Shareholders of alstria office REIT have backed what is thought to be the first ‘green dividend’, where a small portion of the payout is directed to decarbonization projects that contribute little to shareholder value. At the property investor’s AGM this week, 85.2 percent of votes were cast in favor of the proposal that will see €1.78 mn ($2.15 mn) directed toward two initiatives focused on renewable energy and carbon capture. The company says it wou...
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