ESG Archive

Dec 23, 2022
Companies lagging on useful climate disclosures, report says
Less than half of companies produce climate-related disclosures that include decision-useful information, according to a Manifest Climate report. The firm collected data from public filings of more than 3,000 companies in 65 countries and looked at how closely those aligns with the TCFD’s recommendations. The report finds that despite more companies producing climate-related disclosures, most are yet to include decision-useful information. Just under two th...
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Dec 16, 2022
Governance Matters podcast: Emerging ESG activism in Canada
‘ESG is intersecting with activism,’ says Bill Zawada, vice president of business development at strategic shareholder communications firm Laurel Hill Advisory Group. ‘Traditional activists repurpose themselves as ESG activists… The E and the S are starting to creep into the narrative because they see more money to be made there.’ Zawada warns that it would be unwise for boards to ignore the looming challenge of ESG activists. A turning point, he notes, w...
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Dec 12, 2022
Anti-woke activism: A turning point for ESG?
The importance of ESG has become almost unquestioned. Issuers, investors and most of the financial markets are convinced of the material importance – and financial reality – of ESG issues for companies. But that has not stopped what has been termed the market’s first anti-woke ETF from gaining significant backing in its first months of operation. In September, Strive Asset Management’s US Energy ETF – with the ticker symbol ‘DRLL’ – reported it had a...
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Dec 06, 2022
Drive for progress undimmed at ESG Integration Forum – US
Companies and investors are seeing some pushback against the trend toward supporting ESG-based goals. But ESG continues to hold great sway among issuers and others as topics such as climate change and diversity remain top of mind for many of their stakeholders, from either a values or valuation-driven perspective.    This drive was evident at last week’s ESG Integrat...
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Dec 06, 2022
‘The worker is going to come back center stage’: American Century’s head of sustainable investing
Next year will see the return of the worker as a key focus of ESG initiatives, according to Sarah Bratton Hughes, head of ESG sustainable investing at American Century Investments. Speaking at the ESG Integration Forum – US, hosted by IR Magazine and online sister publication Corporate Secretary, Hughes said key ESG issues that will dominate during 2023 are human capital, cyber-security an...
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Nov 25, 2022
ESG disclosures: The red flags investors look for
‘When we’re looking at ESG and sustainability reports, I’d say the big red flags are lots of case studies, lots of qualitative information, not much quantitative information and lots of pictures,’ said Nick Spooner, climate change engagement specialist at Robeco. ‘Those are all indications that a company doesn’t have very much to say.’ ...
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Nov 24, 2022
Key takeaways from the ESG Integration Forum – Europe
Leading IR, sustainability and governance professionals gathered in London this week to share insights and expertise on ESG issues facing UK and EU companies. The ESG movement is facing challenges with increased scrutiny from regulators and investors, as well as political backlash. But ESG issues remain top of mind for stakeholders and shareholders. The forum was an opportunity to hear diffe...
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Nov 14, 2022
CDP questionnaire to add ISSB’s climate disclosure standard
CDP, the environmental disclosure platform, has announced it will incorporate the International Sustainability Standards Board’s (ISSB) climate-related disclosure standard into its annual questionnaire as collaboration between different reporting bodies gathers pace. The change, which will come into effect for the 2024 reporting cycle, is likely to accelerate the adoption of ISSB standards. CDP says more than 18,000 companies have disclosed environmental informati...
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