ESG Archive

Jan 23, 2018
MSCI expects investor focus beyond companies’ ESG disclosure
Investors will this year be looking at more than companies’ self-disclosures as they try to get a handle on the risks posed to corporates by ESG issues, according to a new report. The authors of the MSCI paper note that institutional investors are pushing companies to ramp up disclosure about their ESG practices. ‘Companies are responding, but voluntary disclosure has its limits in providing a full picture of companies’ ESG risks,’ say Linda-Eling Lee, globa...
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Jan 10, 2018
Intel takes new steps in CSR reporting
The best CSR disclosure award is based on quality and robustness of reporting, including exposure to environmental risk factors such as climate change, employee health and safety, and corporate sustainability. Suzanne Fallender, director of CSR at Intel Corporation, tells Corporate Secretary that such disclosures can help the company build trust with external stakeholders and get ahead of potential data requests. Highlighting its long-term focus on the issue, Intel ...
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Nov 16, 2017
US investors lagging on ESG integration, study finds
A selection of institutional investors put their money where their mouth is this proxy season, but US investors still lag behind their counterparts in Europe and Canada in terms of integrating ESG into their strategy, according to new research.   Only half (49 percent) of US institutions surveyed by RBC Global Asset Management use ESG principles as part of their investment approach, compared with 85 percent of institutions in Europe and 73 percent in Canada. ...
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Nov 10, 2017
PepsiCo and Chesapeake Utilities win top honors at Corporate Governance Awards
The best and brightest in US corporate governance took center stage last night at the 10th anniversary Corporate Governance Awards, with 15 winning companies across 15 categories. PepsiCo and Chesapeake Utilities won the governance team of the year award for the large-cap category and small to mid-cap category, respectively. Tiffany Wooley, chief counsel for executive compensation & governance and assistant secretary at Marsh & McLennan Companies, won...
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Nov 09, 2017
Speaking the same language on sustainability
SASB released a report last year showing that many companies are doing the bare minimum in terms of revealing their exposure to risk and other effects of sustainability-related issues. Is that from a lack of information, or a desire to avoid revealing uncomfortable truths? I think it’s more nuanced than that. Many companies do put a lot of data in sustainability reports. We are focused on the idea that if there are ESG issues material to financial...
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Nov 07, 2017
State Street’s diversity push hits the road
In March this year SSGA issued guidance to the more than 3,500 companies it invests in across the US, the UK and Australia, designed to increase the number of women on corporate boards. What has been the reaction from issuers during your engagement activities? The whole Fearless Girl campaign was backed by a call to action that companies should be enhancing board quality by increasing diversity on their board – diversity of thought and background....
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Oct 30, 2017
BlackRock engages on climate disclosure
How broadly do you conceive of investment stewardship? We look at investment stewardship starting from the perspective of governance, because in our experience there are very few companies that have excellent practices in relation to their environmental and social impacts without having good governance. So we believe good governance, good leadership from the board and executive management is the key to having good business practices throughout the c...
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Oct 11, 2017
Contact Energy tops most inclusive organizations list
New Zealand’s Contact Energy has been awarded the top rank in the Thomson Reuters’ 2017 global Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Index. Corporate Secretary sister publication IR Magazine reports that this year, 34 new companies earned a top-100 spot on the D&I Index, which launched in 2016 and ranks the publicly traded companies globally with the most diverse and inclusive workplaces, as measured by 24 metrics across four key categories: ...
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