ESG Archive

Sep 14, 2021
S&P Global raises concerns over 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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Aug 19, 2021
‘Don’t think about ESG simply as a reporting exercise,’ says former SSGA asset stewardship head
Matt DiGuiseppe joined Diligent earlier this year to lead its ESG Center of Excellence, having previously been head of Americas asset stewardship with State Street Global Advisors (SSGA). He spoke recently with Corporate Secretary sister publication IR Magazine. A recent Diligent announcement talks about the challenges companies face in trying to establish ‘impactful ESG programs and demonstrate progress’ as well as a lack of clarity around wher...
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Jul 26, 2021
How a materiality assessment can make you a sustainability leader
In 1981, Kodak, the historic camera maker, enjoyed $10 bn in sales. In 2004, Blockbuster boasted of its 9,000-strong video store footprint. Today, these one-time giants have all but disappeared. The moral of their downfall usually focuses on a failure to predict the competition. But that’s the wrong lesson to draw. When Kodak filed for bankruptcy in 2012, it wasn’t because management didn’t foresee an alternative to film photography: the digital camera was inv...
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Jul 21, 2021
ESG a priority for asset managers amid hurdles, report says
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 firm’s overall investment offering/strategy. The report is based a survey of 300 respondents at asset management firms in the US, the UK, France...
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Jul 20, 2021
Sustainable investments hit 35.9 percent of all assets, study finds
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 08, 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 06, 2021
Greenwashing biggest challenge of ESG investing, say institutions
Institutional investors view greenwashing – where an organization presents itself as more environmentally friendly than it is – as their top concern as they try to integrate ESG factors into investment decisions, according to a new survey. Around six in 10 respondents (59 percent) identify greenwashing as a challenge when selecting sustainable investments, finds the Schroders Institutional Investor ...
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Jun 22, 2021
Investors target 1,320 companies over disclosure of environmental risks
More than 1,000 companies need to boost their reporting of environmental risks, according to a campaign backed by major institutional investors. The project, which pushes companies to report environmental data through CDP’s disclosure system, says 1,320 businesses were targeted this year. In total, 168 investors and financial institutions took part in CDP’s non-disclosure campaign, a rise of 56 percent compared with last year. Participants include Amundi,...
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