ESG Archive

Aug 10, 2020
How Calvert examines ESG information and puts it to use
Your firm is all about ESG investing. How did the decision come about to make ESG the centerpiece of your investing strategy? Responsible investing is what we do and we take it from the perspective of our responsibilities to our clients. So in terms of fully meeting our responsibilities to our clients, we use ESG information to really work in two areas. First, we use ESG to inform our security selection. Second, we use ESG metrics to determine how t...
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Aug 06, 2020
Investors relying less on top-line ESG scores, say panelists
Investors are increasingly creating their own proprietary ESG research and scoring methodologies, although they continue to use ratings firms as a key source of information, according to speakers at IR Magazine’s ESG Integration Forum – Summer 2020. The forum, which took place last week in a virtual format, tackled issues such as the impact of Covid-19 on ESG reporting, the outcome of this year’s AGM season and developing a sustainability program dur...
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Aug 03, 2020
Covid-19 puts spotlight on human capital
Corporate leaders have in recent years proclaimed their company’s employees as their greatest asset –statements that have sometimes been met with skepticism. So when Covid-19 emerged to threaten the lives of workers, it was time for employers to put not just their money but also their attention and efforts where their mouths were. Human capital management had been growing in prominence for investors and companies before 2020, but the pandemic thrust it into the ...
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Jul 13, 2020
SASB and GRI to provide guidance on joint implementation
The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) will work together to provide guidance to companies about how to implement both of their ESG reporting standards concurrently. Some issuers have complained of an ESG reporting alphabet soup as they’ve tried to come to terms with the differences between SASB, GRI, the Taskforce on Climate-relate...
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Jul 08, 2020
How to move from CSR to ESG reporting
The notion of CSR has been around for years, its history going back to environmental reporting. These reports were purely voluntary and boards paid little attention to them beyond the ‘good for you’ attitude. Most certainly, none of this information was a meaningful part of regulatory documents filed with the SEC, such as S1 and 10K forms.  Despite the concept of sustainable investment having been around for decades, it has grown in significance, popularity and...
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Jun 26, 2020
ESG proposals rejected but make inroads at Delta AGM
Two first-time ESG shareholder proposals – while not being approved – secured significant levels of support at Delta Air Lines’ recent AGM, as momentum continues for environmental and social measures at US companies. A proposal requesting that the company release a report on its political contributions received the backing of 46 percent of the votes cast. Simil...
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Jun 20, 2020
Investor group endorses ‘statement of solidarity’ on racial justice
As many companies across the US take today – the anniversary of when the final group of former slaves were told they were free – as a public holiday for the first time, Corporate Secretary sister publication IR Magazine continues to explore the extent to which racial justice could emerge as a more prominent investing or stewardship theme. The Racial Justice Investing Coalition – a group of 112 asset managers, owners and corporations – released ...
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