ESG Archive

Nov 15, 2019
Proxies offering incomplete human capital picture, study finds
US companies are beginning to add information about human capital management to their proxy statements, but those disclosures are often lacking in relevant details, according to a new study. EY looked at human capital and culture-related disclosures in the proxy statements of 82 companies on the Fortune 100 list available as of September 5. Half of those highlight the companies’ commitments and efforts to enhance diversity and inclusion, for example. Among ...
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Oct 29, 2019
SSGA’s Philip Vernardis talks index investing, stewardship and reporting on climate change
IR Magazine, the sister publication of Corporate Secretary, spoke with Philip Vernardis, vice president of the asset stewardship team at State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), at the IR Magazine Global Forum 2019 in Paris, which took place earlier this month. In this video, Vernardis discusses the work of the SSGA asset stewardship team, the way his firm uses engagement and voting to encourage long-term value creation, and how companies should incorporate ESG...
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Oct 16, 2019
RBC GAM: Why company leaders should care about ESG
‘Responsible investing’ is an umbrella term used to describe the broad range of approaches that can be used to incorporate ESG considerations into the investment process. A decade ago there was prevailing skepticism in the investment community about the impact these non-financial factors might have on prices for equities or bonds. Today, however, investors and market observers have begun to realize the value and importance of ESG factors. At RBC Global Asset Man...
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Oct 08, 2019
Report highlights evolving ESG disclosure in proxy statements
US companies are continuing to ramp up ESG-related disclosures and visual presentations of board processes in their proxy statements, according to an analysis of this year’s crop. Companies have been expanding their reporting on ESG matters amid growing investor interest in those topics. Donnelley Financial Solutions’ (DFIN) report on 2019 proxy statements highlights how far that reporting has come in one of the most important tools issuers have to communicate w...
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Aug 15, 2019
SEC urged to tackle companies’ ESG boasts
The SEC has received the latest request to act on ESG-related disclosures, although agency officials have indicated caution over prescriptive rulemaking in the area. McLean, Virginia-based Energy and Environment Legal Institute (E&E Legal) this week filed a petition urging the commission to ‘take appropriate action to prevent and prohibit registrants from making materially false and misleadin...
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Aug 09, 2019
Hedge funds to increase ESG-linked investments, survey finds
Hedge fund firms expect to increase the amount they invest based on ESG factors next year, according to Iowa-based BarclayHedge. Fifty-eight percent of hedge fund assets will be tied to ESG criteria in 2020, up from 42 percent last year and the current 52 percent, BarclayHedge finds in a survey of global hedge fund managers and commodity trading advisers. ‘The increasing role of ESG ratings among the survey participants isn’t surprising,’ Sol Waksman, p...
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