ESG Archive

Jan 15, 2020
BlackRock signals renewed climate focus
BlackRock has this week made major announcements highlighting renewed efforts to integrate climate change into its investment process – putting greater pressure on boards to act on the firm’s climate-related concerns raised during engagements.  In his annual letter to CEOs, BlackRock chair and CEO Larry Fink notes that climate change ‘has become a defining factor in com...
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Jan 09, 2020
NYSE targets change in board diversity with elite networking program
When Betty Liu joined the NYSE in July 2018, she hit the road. In her newly created role as executive vice chairman of the exchange and chief experience officer of parent company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), she wanted to talk to CEOs of NYSE-listed companies about the value-adds the exchange could provide. During these initial meetings, diversity and board composition emerged as common themes. The CEOs she spoke to ‘had had no issues with wanting to make thei...
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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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