ESG Archive

Nov 13, 2020
ESG: Social most difficult to analyze and integrate
Improved long-term returns and risk mitigation are the key motivators behind ESG integration, according to a series of snap polls held at the recent Truvalue Labs ESG Investing Forum, with social named as the most difficult element to analyze and integrate. Almost two thirds (72 percent) of respondents say social is the most difficult to analyze and integrate, while less than a fifth (18 percent) say environmental and just 10 percent say governance is most difficult...
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Nov 02, 2020
TCFD goes ‘mainstream’ as investor demand grows
Investor demand is pushing forward the adoption of recommendations from the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), according to its latest status report – with both support for the recommendations and implementation rising on 2019. ‘To date, more than 1,500 organizations have expressed their support for the TCFD recommendations,’ notes a statement from the task force, a figure it says...
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Oct 27, 2020
‘Overboarding’ focus as firms seek to boost diversity
Corporate boards are committed to increasing diversity: that’s the message from Diligent and the NYSE in a new study showing that 81 percent of companies either have a diversity plan in place or intend to create one. Just over half (54 percent) of companies say they already have a plan in place to boost board diversity, while a further 27 percent tell researchers this is something they intend to do in the future. That’s according to the new report ...
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Oct 26, 2020
ESG data signals
  Sponsored content   Highlights Using the Trucost SDG Dataset, investors can calculate the proportion of a company’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) revenues that are positioned for achieving the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Agenda. Within the S&...
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Oct 09, 2020
Highlights from the ESG Integration Forum – Summer 2020
As publishers of both IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary, we relish the opportunity to bring our two audiences together to hear different perspectives and stories of effective collaboration on ESG integration. This was in evidence at the ESG Integration Forum – Summer 2020, held virtually on July 29. The event looked at how Covid-19 has shone a spotlight on human-capital management issues and how ...
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Oct 09, 2020
How Blackrock connects the dots on ESG
How large is the stewardship team at BlackRock? It’s about 45 individuals across the globe. We have three regions: Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific. How long have you worked for BlackRock? I joined right at the beginning of 2017. Which sectors do you focus on? I cover industrials and materials in the US and Canada. I cover approximately 800 companies in those sectors and am responsibl...
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Oct 09, 2020
Ceres launches sustainability action plan for companies
Ceres on Wednesday launched a framework for what it hopes will be a decade of efforts by companies to make sustainability a central component of their business. The Ceres Roadmap 2030 details steps it says companies need to take – starting now and continuing over the next 10 years – to tackle the climate crisis, defend natural resources such as water, and create a just and inclusive economy. The aim is to guide companies on building sustainability conside...
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Oct 06, 2020
Problem solver: A say-on-pay turnaround
In 2017, iStar received just under 40 percent support for its executive compensation package, but turned it around with 94 percent support the following year. Jason Fooks, senior vice president of investor relations and marketing at iStar and Safehold, says: Failing a say-on-pay vote is frustrating and disappointing, but it also forced us to consider the needs and objectives of a large shareholder constituency we had clearly neglected: index ...
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Sep 30, 2020
California law set to boost board diversity
California’s Assembly Bill (AB) 979 is set to make waves both within the state and across the country as a groundbreaking new law that would require companies to diversify their boards and reserve seats for directors from ‘under-represented communities.’ If Governor Gavin Newsom signs the bill this week, it will be the first of its kind in the US as no other law mandates representation from deemed under-represented communities on company boards. Newsom has unt...
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