ESG Archive

Jan 13, 2022
ESG in the energy sector: Investors more concerned than corporates about challenges
Energy sector investors place greater weight on challenges to a new-energy transition than do corporate executives, according to research from Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD). Despite being the sector that is arguably under the biggest ESG spotlight, researchers from the international law firm describe the ESG mindset of the energy sector as being in the ‘early days’. But the research – which surveys 170 industry leaders in the energy sector, comprising cor...
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Jan 11, 2022
Index focused on corporate transparency switches 20 holdings
Twenty new companies are being added to an index that focuses on the world’s most transparent companies, while 20 existing holdings are coming out. The Transparency Index, which aims to track the top 100 companies for openness and accountability, is updating its constituents for 2022, according to CNBC. Companies entering t...
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Jan 04, 2022
The 2022 outlook: What’s on the (proxy) cards this year?
Over the past two years, the pandemic and other large-scale events have altered the landscape in which public companies operate. These companies have been put to the test on how they are managing risks and opportunities throughout this period, especially as it relates to ESG practices. Such factors are being scrutinized by shareholders, who are using the power of their votes to push for progress in this area. Many of the largest institutional investors have taken a ...
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Dec 29, 2021
Proxy season preview: the UK view
This year there was an increase in contested remuneration policy votes and contested remuneration report votes, says Daniele Vitale, head of governance for UK/Europe at Georgeson. There was also an increase in director elections contested. ‘About 5 percent [were contested], though that is still the lowest in Europe,’ he notes. ‘A few ye...
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Dec 22, 2021
Proxy season preview: Australia
The key theme of Australia's proxy season was executive remuneration. ‘We had some companies taking government aid and, while doing that, they paid bonuses and dividends,’ says Jana Jevcakova, managing director for corporate governance at Morrow Sodali. ‘Investors said government money is not there to subsidize bonuses and dividends.’ Jevc...
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Dec 09, 2021
‘Investors are seeing the opportunity as much as the risk’: Highlights from the ESG Integration Forum – Europe
In late November, IR professionals and corporate secretaries gathered virtually to discuss the future of stakeholder engagement and sustainability reporting at the ESG Integration Forum – Europe. They had plenty to talk about. The forum took place shortly after the UN Climate Change conference in Glasgow, UK, which saw a raft of new commitments but failed to deliver on key hopes such as the phasing out of coal...
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Dec 06, 2021
The heat is on: Severn Trent talks climate vote
From bringing out 60 employees from across the company for an award-winning investor day to its ambitious net-zero goals, Severn Trent is a company that does ESG well. It is also a company that put its climate action plan on the ballot at its AGM this year. ‘If you’re going to say sustainability and ESG are core to what you do...
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