ESG Archive

Jun 30, 2020
Impact investors favor climate impact, study finds
Climate action has received the biggest portion of public equity impact investment of all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), at least in part due to the improvements issuers are making in disclosing climate-change risk.  Of all the SDGs in the public equity space, climate action has raised the most capital, with institutional investors injecting €34 bn ($38 bn) by 2019, according to the 2020 Global Impact Platform Fund Report released by Phenix Capital....
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Jun 26, 2020
ESG proposals rejected but make inroads at Delta AGM
Two first-time ESG shareholder proposals – while not being approved – secured significant levels of support at Delta Air Lines’ recent AGM, as momentum continues for environmental and social measures at US companies. A proposal requesting that the company release a report on its political contributions received the backing of 46 percent of the votes cast. Sim...
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Jun 19, 2020
SASB backs European plan to boost ESG reporting
SASB has put its weight behind a European regulatory project that the board believes may result in global standards for ESG reporting by companies. At issue is Directive 2014/95/EU, more commonly referred to as the non-financial reporting directive (NFRD). The European Commission (EC) in February launched a consultation to collect feedback on potential changes to the directive, with comments due by June 11. SASB has submitted a ...
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Jun 17, 2020
Two thirds of FTSE 100 mention TCFD in reporting, finds research
The number of FTSE 100 companies mentioning the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) in their reporting has surged over the last year, although important gaps remain in disclosure, according to new research.  Two thirds of companies in the UK blue chip index reference TCFD in their 2019 annual report, up from 39 percent in the previous year, finds a study by Black Sun, a communications consultancy.   Launched three years ago, the TCFD ...
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Jun 12, 2020
Influential proposal providers face uncertainty
On May 21, 1971, shareholders at General Motors’ (GM) annual general meeting voted on an unusual resolution put forward by the Episcopal Church. Shareholders were asked to consider whether GM should withdraw its workforce from South Africa entirely, given that ‘many potential GM customers, employees and dealers here and abroad’ would be offended by the policy of apartheid. The resolution received support from 1.29 percent of the company’s shareholders – including...
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Jun 09, 2020
Investors’ collaborative efforts accelerate, pressing IROs to do more on ESG
Following the tremendous growth of ESG and sustainable investing, institutional investors globally have been increasingly building coalitions around a broad range of ESG issues. By combining asset ownership, these collaborations leverage collective resources and knowledge to influence companies on a wide range of ESG topics. Our latest research shows 37 ESG-focused initiatives t...
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Jun 04, 2020
Opinion: Why IROs should consider sustainability to be a career opportunity
The growing significance of sustainability with investors, media and customers is opening up new opportunities for IR professionals to expand their role into this burgeoning field. I’d like to explain why this is such a unique opportunity by sharing my own journey. Early in 2019 I expanded my role to include being the executive sponsor of the sustainability program, which focuses on the business impacts of ESG initiatives, such as greening our customer supply chai...
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Jun 04, 2020
Companies urged to spell out their purpose
Investors expect companies to describe their purpose and report on its implementation, according to new research. The findings come as issuers use the idea of corporate purpose to help steer them through the difficult decisions thrown up by the Covid-19 pandemic.  The study, by SquareWell Partners, a shareholder advisory firm, finds that around three quarters of investors think companies should have defined a purpose. The same number of respondents believe p...
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Jun 03, 2020
Measuring E&S report now available
IR Magazine’s Measuring E&S report is an analysis of investors’ and IR professionals’ views and opinions on E&S data providers. Findings in this report are based on data from the IR Magazine Global IR Survey January 2020 and the IR Magazine Global Investor Survey 2019. This report examines how investors from the buy-side community perceive E&S data providers, which providers they use and what they specifically look for in E...
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