ESG Monthly archive

Feb 26, 2021
SEC’s Lee puts climate disclosure on the agenda
Acting SEC chair Allison Herren Lee has taken action on corporate reporting around climate change. Lee on Wednesday issued a statement announcing that she has directed the division of corporation finance to ‘enhance its focus on climate-related disclosure in public company filings,’ noting that the SEC in February 2010 issued guidance on existing disclosure requirements as they apply to climate chan...
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Feb 23, 2021
ESG reporting in Canada doubled between 2016 and 2019, study finds
The adoption of ESG reporting has increased significantly since 2016, with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) being the most-used reporting framework, according to a new study from Millani. More than two thirds (71 percent) of companies included in the S&P/TSX Composite index published a 2019 ESG or sustainability report, according to Millani’s analysis, which was completed in December 2020. The number of Canadian companies publishing ESG or sustaina...
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Feb 19, 2021
Meta-study underlines ties between ESG and corporate success
A new meta-study looking at a wide array of research from the past five years underlines the links between ESG and positive outcomes for companies and investors. Researchers from the NYU Stern Center for Sustainable Business and Rockefeller Asset Management looked at 1,141 peer-reviewed papers and 27 meta-reviews – themselves based on roughly 1,400 studi...
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Feb 11, 2021
ESG and diversity among keys to success, investors say
Investors say addressing ESG matters and board composition will be among the most important factors in determining companies’ futures in the coming years, according to a new survey from EY. Asked to name the three biggest drivers of strategic success over the next three to five years, almost half (47 percent) of those surveyed mention integration of material ESG opportunities into strategy. The other top-rated answer, also given by 47 percent of respondents, is qu...
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Feb 10, 2021
How to examine your company’s exposure to ESG risk in AI systems
Endemic failures in ESG issues cause public harm, can ruin a business’ reputation and ultimately even threaten its existence. But there remains one sector not subject to ESG impact and risk disclosures: responsible artificial intelligence and autonomous systems (AI systems). To overlook AI systems in any material dataset of ESG metrics can be likened to building the spine of responsible business and omitting the spinal cord at its center. AI systems could be respo...
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