ESG Archive

Jan 23, 2020
Coalition calls for year of investor action on antimicrobial resistance
A variety of organizations, including an investor network and the UK government’s health department, have called for investors to address the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR): superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.  The coalition wants to see a year of action by investors to tackle AMR.  Resistance to drugs occurs naturally but is accelerated by practices such as unnecessary prescription of antibiotics to humans and the mass medicat...
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Jan 16, 2020
UK investors have ‘weak’ approach to climate-change engagement, says report
The approach of UK investment managers toward climate change is ‘worryingly weak,’ according to a new survey. Only around half (52 percent) of the managers polled could give a ‘reasonably detailed description’ of their approach to climate-change engagement, finds LCP’s Responsible Investment Survey. In addition, just 54 percent could provide a good example of recent engagement on this issue with an investee company, regulator or policy maker.  ...
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Jan 10, 2020
CII frustrated in seeking SEC proxy adviser data
The Council of Institutional Investors (CII) is finding itself frustrated in its efforts to obtain SEC information about alleged errors committed by proxy advisory firms that is being used to help support proposed regulation of those firms. The investor group in November filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking the info...
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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 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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Dec 27, 2019
A year of firsts: AXA Equitable Holdings’ governance head discusses the company’s change in ownership
When Jessica Olich joined AXA Equitable Holdings as its vice president, senior assistant secretary and associate general counsel in September 2018, it was a different company to the one that she now works at. In the fall of 2018, the company was controlled by its French parent company, AXA. But by the end of March 2019, following three rounds of secondary offerings, AXA’s share of the company had fallen to 48 percent – meaning that AXA Equitable Holdings was no ...
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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 13, 2019
Twenty-first century corporate governance moves into adulthood
Twenty-first century corporate governance is about to enter its 20s – or, phrased differently, its teenage years are about to end. Like most teenagers, it has been unpredictable and unruly, with a tendency toward melodrama. Also like most teenagers, however, it has matured almost in spite of itself and, hopefully, will enter its 20s as a more reasonable and responsible creature. With a new decade about to be upon us, I’ve been contemplating some of the highlight...
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Dec 11, 2019
Building an effective ESG engagement and disclosure plan
Sponsored content Given investors’ growing focus on ESG issues, public companies need to take a strategic approach to ESG disclosure and engagement. But that’s easier said than done. Companies starting out on their ESG journey are faced with a myriad of choices about how to implement sustainability programs and report on their progress.  To help cut through the clutter, our ...
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