ESG Archive

Jan 08, 2020
US regulatory environment has ‘shifted dramatically’ on ESG, say legal experts
As the SEC considers how issuers should report on certain material ESG issues and the House of Representatives waits to discuss a proposed ESG reporting bill, a leading corporate governance lawyer says the regulatory environment has ‘shifted dramatically’ on ESG. Speaking to Corporate Secretary and sister publication IR Magazine at the ESG Integration Forum last month, Gillian Emmett Moldowan, partner at Shearman & Sterling, cited the SEC’s recen...
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Jan 06, 2020
How AT&T produces 20 ESG mini-reports
AT&T’s ESG reporting team takes a two-fold approach to managing relationships with ESG data providers, by actively engaging with analysts and producing 20 topic-specific ESG reports. Several issuers expressed concerns about the accuracy of third-party ESG data at last month’s ESG Integration Forum, but Ben Kruse, director of global CSR reporting a...
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Jan 03, 2020
How SASB aims to keep its standards relevant
The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) has reportedly seen the number of companies using its standards double since late 2018. Its lead analyst caught up with IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary to outline how the group will keep its guidelines up to date. Speaking at the ESG Integration Forum – US 2019, Anton Gorodniuk outline...
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Jan 02, 2020
Off-season engagement continues to rise, says ESG adviser
The number of requests that institutional investors receive for meetings outside of proxy season continues to rise, as IR, legal and sustainability teams are encouraged to work together on off-season ESG engagement. Speaking to IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary at the ESG Integration Forum – US 2019 in December, Daniel Oh said the institutional investors he talked to in December were receiving unprecedented levels of issuer outreach before the holidays....
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Dec 30, 2019
Korn Ferry counsel discusses the firm’s proxy statement nomination
Korn Ferry was nominated for the best proxy statement (mid-cap) award at the recent Corporate Governance Awards, having won the category three years ago. Speaking to Corporate Secretary at the awards, Lynn Wolters, associate counsel with the firm, said that ‘it’s a great honor’ to be nominated in the year that Korn Ferry celebrates its 50th anniversary. ...
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Dec 18, 2019
Issuers look to own ESG story, in spite of raters and rankers
Companies are grappling with how much time to spend on their own ESG reporting compared with completing surveys and engaging with ESG ratings agencies, according to speakers at the recent ESG Integration Forum, held earlier this month. Christina Wong, director at SustainAbility, an ERM Group company, started the ESG Integration Forum by presenting some preliminary findings from the company’s research. This data suggested that while investors subscribe to third-par...
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Dec 18, 2019
HPE’s governance lead discusses launch of Center of Excellence for Corporate Governance
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) launched an internal Center of Excellence for Corporate Governance earlier this year to initiate a deeper understanding of the importance of governance. Speaking to Corporate Secretary at the Corporate Governance Awards, Derek Windham, the company’s vice president and associate general counsel, explained that the governance team has had crucial support from senior management and the board.   ...
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Dec 13, 2019
Small caps lag in adding women to boards
US small-cap companies are lagging their larger peers in adding female directors to boards, according to research by the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD).  Between 2017 and 2019, companies with a market cap between $300 mn and $2 bn saw the percentage of women on their board rise from 13 percent to 17 percent, finds the research, which was carried out in partnership with Main Data Group. Over the same time period, the Russell 3000 index –...
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Dec 12, 2019
More than 100 companies using SASB standards
It’s been one year since the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) launched its 77 industry-specific reporting standards, and the non-profit says 120 companies are now using the standards in their ESG reporting. SASB launched its standards in November 2018, having worked with a large investor advisory group since 2011 to determine the material ESG factor...
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