Reporting Archive

Dec 20, 2021
How large-scale investor events are changing with the times
If 2020 led to a whole slew of companies cancelling their larger-scale investor meetings, then 2021 was the year in which many of the world’s largest-cap corporations came back fighting. We’ve seen a whole new desire to experiment in 2021 as companies have truly got back into the investor relations saddle and taken their story out to investors – often in virtual formats. That has led to a wide range of best practices developing and various trends emerging. We ...
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Dec 14, 2021
Norway oil fund: ‘We divested from 43 companies this year’
A new pre-screening assessment introduced by Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages Norway’s sovereign wealth fund (SWF), has resulted in the fund refraining from investment in nine companies. Earlier this year NBIM said it would begin to ‘systematically assess the sustainability risk of companies that will enter the fund’s equity index’. That new system came into place in June with 442 companies assessed to date. Although specifics a...
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Dec 10, 2021
Comment: How IR can drive your ESG reporting journey
It's no surprise that most companies are struggling to make sense of the increasing web of interconnected ESG disclosure frameworks, standards, codes and rules. At the same time, the complexity of the ESG rating landscape compounds the challenge of what to report, and how. As a result, more clients are asking us how best to get st...
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Nov 18, 2021
New research highlights skepticism around company ESG plans
Eighty-six percent of US investors believe companies ‘frequently overstate or exaggerate their ESG progress when disclosing results’, according to Edelman’s latest Trust Barometer report. But it’s not just US investors that are skeptical when it comes to ESG credentials: globally, almost three quarters (72 percent) of investors say they don’t believe companies will ach...
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Oct 27, 2021
Citi to conduct racial equity audit
Citigroup has agreed to have a third party conduct a racial equity audit of the bank, six months after a significant number of its shareholders – though not a majority – voted for such a step. The move comes in a year when several US financial institutions have faced requests for racial equity audits amid growing investor scrutiny of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) issues at US companies. Citi announced the move in a ...
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Oct 20, 2021
Lack of robust data biggest barrier to greater ESG adoption, shows new survey
Almost half (49 percent) of investors say a lack of robust ESG data is ‘holding back’ their organization’s further adoption of ESG’, according to a new survey of more than 1,000 investors across 16 countries. Capital Group’s inaugural ESG Global Study 2021 covers 1,040 global institutional and wholesale investors, including pension funds, family offices and insurance ...
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Sep 29, 2021
Investors urge 1,600 companies to set science-based targets for carbon emissions
A major investor coalition has called on 1,600 companies to set science-based targets covering carbon emissions, as pressure on the corporate sector over climate risk continues to ramp up. The campaign, organized by non-profit CDP, urges companies to work with the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), which verifies whether emissions-reduction goals are in line with limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. In total, 220 financial inst...
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