ESG Archive

Dec 19, 2018
Gender diversity: An economic and strategic imperative
Business culture is undergoing transformational change to harness the full potential of women in the workplace. This is being driven by legislation, such as gender pay gap reporting, and by the power of investor capital.  The economic case for full participation of women in the labor market is strong. McKinsey research in 2016 estimates that if parity is achieved, there is the potential to add $28 tn to annual GDP by the end of 2025: a 26 percent increase. To achie...
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Dec 14, 2018
The duel over dual-class shares in Asia
The introduction of dual-class shares in Hong Kong and Singapore has stirred something of a debate. There are those who support the new orthodoxy and those who are more skeptical. It is not difficult to assess the divide: broadly, the exchanges are supporters, while many asset managers are skeptics.  Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) CEO Charles Li has co...
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Dec 14, 2018
Proxy preview 2019: Governance trends go global
Around the world, governance standards are being reassessed and debated. Investors are being asked by their clients to outline how stewardship factors into their decisions, which in turn places greater scrutiny on how companies are run and governed and who is running them. As is customary at this time of year, IR Magazine has investigated the trends that resonated during this year’s proxy/AGM season, and looks ahead to next year to see what’s on the horizon....
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Dec 12, 2018
Know the score: How to better manage ESG ratings questionnaires
IROs are often told they need to take ownership of the ESG story. The growth of environmental, social and governance issues as not just social concerns but also material risks for investors means it’s simply not enough to leave them to the sustainability experts. But as investors have sought after more information and companies have sought new ways to showcase their ESG credentials, so the market for – and IR burden of – ESG questionnaires has grown.  The amo...
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Dec 07, 2018
All about that ESG: A Global Forum recap
As one of the most sustainable cities in Europe, Amsterdam – with its barges, canals and bicycle-filled streets – was a fitting location for this year’s IR Magazine Global Forum & Awards, where each day of the two-day event saw a panel take on different aspects of the ESG debate. While the 145-plus attendees from more than 30 countries were also treated to sessions covering everything from trade, tax and Trump to the technology behind passive investments a...
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Dec 04, 2018
Advisory Intelligence: The importance of the ‘S’ in ESG
Sponsored content  ESG related issues have for some time been the political zeitgeist which have slowly seeped into the economic sphere, making it one of the most fascinating points of focus and development in the investment arena.  Though when ESG is split into its component parts: the ‘E’ – the environment has dominated the narrative, with the ‘G’ – governance – being the bread and butter issue companies must be seen to be dealing w...
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Dec 03, 2018
Indian summer: IR calm amid the storm
June 15 marked an adventurous time of year for IR Magazine to hold its first awards in India. It marked not only the beginning of monsoon season, when torrential rains and humidity can make just traveling Mumbai’s varied, lively streets logistically difficult, but also the end of Ramadan, which saw thousands of locals come to the city to celebrate. The weather and festivities provided a fitting setting for one of the consistent themes of the day: that despite th...
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Nov 27, 2018
Investor engagement helps drive better returns, notes survey
Effective stewardship and investor engagement is helping to drive better returns, with a majority of asset managers saying engagement leads to better investment decisions, according to the latest Stewardship Survey from the Investment Association (IA), the trade body that represents UK investment managers. The survey shows that asset managers are regularly engaging with companies across a broad range of issues, such as executive pay, company strategy and financial p...
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Nov 20, 2018
Beyond the cycle: The role of oil & gas in a low-carbon world
Last month’s report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted the need for urgent action on greenhouse gases, and once again put heavy-emitting sectors under the microscope. The oil & gas industry is among the most emissions-intensive, with the production and use of oil & gas accounting for more than half of global greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy consumpt...
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Nov 19, 2018
Bringing IROs and corporate secretaries together on ESG
IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary are inviting their audiences to come together to discuss ESG integration early next month in New York City. With ESG being one of the most talked-about trends in the corporate world today – driven partly by the movement of assets into passive index funds and a growing consensus that these topics have an impact on ...
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