ESG Archive

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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Nov 26, 2019
Many investors link ESG to fiduciary responsibility, SSGA finds
Almost half (46 percent) of investors surveyed by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) believe considering ESG is part of their fiduciary duty, according to a new report from the asset manager. Rakhi Kumar, head of ESG investments and asset stewardship at SSGA, says investor perception of ESG as a fiduciary duty is a positive step, but presents challenges. ‘We’ve seen how ESG started from an SRI perspective,’ she says. ‘Now it’s going mainstream because it...
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Nov 22, 2019
From trend to action: Highlights from the ESG Integration Forum – Europe
With investor attention on ESG issues at an all-time high, IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary recently brought together all sides of the investment world for the ESG Integration Forum – Europe. Held in London, the forum offered governance and investor relations professionals the chance to get up to speed on how the buy side, sell side and ratings agencies are incorporating ESG issues into their work. It also provided advice and case stud...
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Nov 21, 2019
What to look out for during 2020 proxy season
Industry professionals in the US foresee no turning around from the direction companies and investors have been headed in recent years, with a growing number of shareholder proposals in 2020 on issues under the ESG umbrella. In terms of which proposals end up in votes at AGMs, there is an expectation that the trend toward negotiating the withdrawal of many environmental and other disclosure-based proposals will continue, but also concern about a new SEC approach to decidin...
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Nov 19, 2019
ESG and pay are top concerns among engaged investors
Engaged investors’ top concerns revolve around ESG issues and executive compensation. Seven Lessons from Engaged Investors, published recently by Farient Advisors and the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Group, finds deep investor concerns on topics such as how their companies’ activities are affecting the world around them, gender diversity and pay equality. ‘In general, investors are very concerned about climate change and human capital managemen...
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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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