ESG Archive

Jan 13, 2022
Investors more concerned than corporates about some energy sector ESG challenges
Energy sector investors place greater weight on some challenges posed by the new-energy transition than do corporate executives, according to research from law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD). Despite being the industry that is arguably under the biggest ESG spotlight, researchers from WBD describe the ESG mindset of the energy sector as being in the ‘early days.’ But the research – which surveys 170 industry leaders in the energy sector, comprising corporate...
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Dec 28, 2021
‘It’s basically open season for environmental and social proposals’: Highlights from the ESG Integration Forum – US
Earlier this month, professionals gathered virtually at the ESG Integration Forum – US to discuss the ESG issues affecting governance and investor relations teams heading into 2022. The event began with a discussion around some of the recent and looming ESG-related regulatory changes coming out of the SEC. Those changes are set to impact not just companies’ own di...
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Dec 20, 2021
Board Diversity report – available now
Corporate Secretary’s Board Diversity report presents data collected from a survey conducted among in-house governance professionals – such as general counsel and corporate secretaries – to give important insights into what types of board diversity information companies are reporting, whether they believe board diversity brings benefits and whether they are trying to enhance diversity on their board. Findings in this report are based on data ...
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Dec 16, 2021
ESG Shareholder Engagement report – available now
The ESG Shareholder Engagement report from Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine presents data from a survey conducted among investors, in-house governance professionals – such as general counsel and corporate secretaries – and investor relations (IR) professionals. They share insights on stewardship and ESG reporting, the ESG issues on their agendas, how they perceive the knowledgeability of others and the involvement of boards and other functions in engagement...
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Dec 15, 2021
Companies setting climate goals without tracking emissions, survey finds
Many companies are setting ambitious environmental targets and are confident about their understanding of the issues – but are lagging when it comes to key measurements, new research suggests. Seventy-eight percent of respondents polled by Crowell & Moring say their organization has identified and adopted environmental performance goals that go beyond levels required by environmental laws. ...
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Dec 13, 2021
‘Investors are seeing the opportunity as much as the risk’: Highlights from the ESG Integration Forum – Europe
In late November, corporate secretaries and IR professionals gathered virtually to discuss the future of stakeholder engagement and sustainability reporting at the ESG Integration Forum – Europe. They had plenty to talk about. The forum took place shortly after the UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow, UK, which saw a raft of new commitments but failed to deliver on key hopes such as the phasing out of coal...
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Dec 09, 2021
More investors view divestment favorably post-COP26, survey finds
Thirty-six percent of investors say they support divestment as a tool against climate change, up from 30 percent before COP26. That’s according to a survey of more than 5,000 investors across the US, UK, Italy, Germany and South Africa by investment manager Ninety One in an effort to determine attitudes toward ESG issues and whether investors are willing to modify their approaches following the climate summit. Although more investors (45 percent) still say that wo...
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Nov 17, 2021
Companies advised to be alert to racial equity audit proposals
Governance teams and boards have been warned to stay alert to the prospect of facing shareholder proposals in 2022 urging them to commission racial equity audits. Speaking at the recent Corporate Secretary Forum, Rose Marie Glazer, senior vice president, corporate secretary and deputy general counsel at AIG, described the proposals as ‘an interesting manifestation of the focus on social issues that is coming [...
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