ESG Archive

Mar 16, 2022
Prototype of nature-related risk management framework launched by TNFD
The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) has released a beta version of its framework designed to measure and disclose nature-related risks at public companies. ‘Building an improved understanding of nature and nature-related risks and opportunities is a critical enabler of better corporate strategy, better capital allocation decisions, better governance and better risk-management and disclosur...
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Mar 09, 2022
Gender parity on larger company boards not expected till 2042, says MSCI
The slow rate at which companies are adding women to boards means gender parity among global large and mid-caps will take another 20 years, according to research from MSCI. As of October 2021, the overall percentage of board seats held by women in the MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI) stood at 22.6 percent, up modestly from 21.1 percent in 2020 and 20 percent in 2019. ...
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Mar 04, 2022
Climate action, purpose, data and diversity raised at ESG forum
Shareholders are becoming more sophisticated in their expectations of how companies combat climate change, delegates heard at the hybrid IR Magazine ESG Integration Forum – Europe this week. Dr Márcia Balisciano, global head of ESG and corporate responsibility at RELX and one of the panelists at the forum, said conversations with investors have gone from ‘do you have…?’ to ‘how are you doing…?’ People are looking to understand more about what the comp...
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Feb 21, 2022
Inside end-to-end vote confirmation: Ticker 130
This episode of the Ticker podcast is sponsored by Broadridge Financial Services While end-to-end vote confirmation – where investors get a receipt confirming how their proxy vote was cast – isn’t necessarily about improving the accuracy of the proxy voting process, Keir Gumbs, chief legal officer at Broadridge Financial Services, says it is about reinforcing trust. Gumbs says 99.9 percent of the votes processed by Broadridge are accept...
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Feb 18, 2022
ESG-touting giants’ climate and net-zero claims criticized
Nestlé and Unilever are among 25 major multinational companies accused of misleading or exaggerating their pledges to combat climate change, according to a new study. But Nestlé says the report contains ‘significant inaccuracies’ while Unilever says it shares ‘different perspectives’ on parts of the report. The companies, along with Amazon, Apple and Google, have come under fire from the new Corporate Climate Responsibility Monitor, produced by NewC...
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Feb 09, 2022
Money manager abrdn forced to delay shareholder vote over paper shortage
Supply-chain issues that have apparently created an international paper shortage have forced UK money manager abrdn to delay a shareholder vote on a planned £1.5 bn ($2 bn) takeover of stock-picking platform Interactive Investor. The deal is the biggest since the company, which changed its name to abrdn last year, was formed from the £11 bn merger of Standard Life and Aberdeen Asset Management in 2017. There was no statement from abrdn but it said the details, fir...
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Feb 02, 2022
FTSE 100 companies boost number of stand-alone D&I reports
The number of FTSE 100 companies publishing stand-alone diversity & inclusion (D&I) reports has nearly doubled over the last year, according to new research. Amid growing investor pressure for information on D&I topics, 13 percent of UK blue chips now put out a separate report, compared with 7 percent in May last year, finds a study by creative consultancy Radley Yeldar. Companies have come under increasing pressure to discuss how they manage and ...
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