Reporting Archive

Sep 23, 2021
More than half of S&P Global 1200 using SASB framework
More than 600 companies from the S&P 1200 index now use the SASB Standards in their external communications to investors, according to an announcement from the Value Reporting Foundation. SASB launched in 2011, working with an influential investor advisory group to help define ESG materiality on a sector-specific basis. In November 2018, it launched i...
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Sep 21, 2021
Boardroom ESG expertise leads to better performance on corporate sustainability, study finds
Companies without any ESG expertise at the board level tend to underperform on sustainability compared with companies that have ESG experts, according to a joint survey by NN Investment Partners and Glass Lewis. The survey uses data from NN Investment Partners’ proprietary ESG Lens score, a tool that provides a single ESG score for each company or country assessed, while considering a wide range of data points. The resulting score is used as a key input for the ov...
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Sep 09, 2021
Buchanan gains more financial PR clients than any other company during Q3
Buchanan has jumped into second place in a list of the most-used advisers after adding more financial PR clients during Q3 than any of its rivals, according to the latest study by Adviser Rankings. Between May and August, Buchanan added seven clients, bringing its total to 75. Camarco, which overtook Buchanan in the Q2 rankings, has dropped into third place after failing to gain any new clients during Q3. It currently has 73 clients, according to Adviser Rankings....
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Sep 01, 2021
London Stock Exchange eyes direct listings from India
The London Stock Exchange (LSE) has set its sights on Indian IPOs once the new direct overseas listing policy launches. Once established, this policy will allow Indian companies to list on select overseas stock exchanges. This will be done by issuing their common equity shares to overseas investors instead of DRs. The policy will also allow foreign companies to be listed on the National Stock Exchange of India.   In addition, Indian companies will likely no ...
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Aug 20, 2021
The week in investor relations: BHP to delist from London, Ackman’s SPAC gets sued and family feud wipes $2 bn from pork producer
– The UK’s blue-chip FTSE 100 index is set to lose one of its biggest companies after miner BHP said it would unify its dual-corporate structure and shift its primary stock market listing to Australia, reported the Financial Times (paywall). The move was announced as BHP unveiled a deal to exit oil and gas by selling its petroleum business to Australia’s Woodside Pe...
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Aug 18, 2021
‘Don’t think about ESG simply as a reporting exercise,’ advises former SSGA asset stewardship head
Governance consultancy Diligent has been on something of an ESG push this year, with acquisitions and the launch of its new ESG Solution service on its Modern GRC platform just last week. Earlier this year the company also hired Matt DiGuiseppe to head its ESG Center of Excellence. DiGuiseppe joined the company from State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) where he was head of Americas asset stewardship. He talks to IR Magazine about finding a framework that is ...
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Aug 10, 2021
ESG keywords on the rise in corporate event transcripts
As the importance of ESG continues to grow for investors, issuers are ramping up their inclusion of certain key ESG words and phrases, according to analysis of corporate event transcripts by Sentieo. In June of this year, there were 1,200 transcripts with mentions of ESG during conference calls – the largest number on record. This was a 216.6 percent increase on same month in 2020, when ESG appeared in 379 transcripts. The lowest number of transcripts with menti...
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Jul 27, 2021
Tesla CEO Elon Musk to skip most earnings calls
Elon Musk, CEO of Telsa, has said he will likely no longer appear on the company’s earnings calls unless there is something ‘important’ he needs to say. Musk made the comments yesterday during the Q&A section of the Q2 earnings call, which included questions from retail investors pulled from a crowd-sourcing platfo...
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Jul 26, 2021
How a materiality assessment can make you a sustainability leader
In 1981, Kodak, the historic camera maker, enjoyed $10 bn in sales. In 2004, Blockbuster boasted of its 9,000-strong video store footprint. Today, these one-time giants have all but disappeared. The moral of their downfall usually focuses on a failure to predict the competition. But that’s the wrong lesson to draw. When Kodak filed for bankruptcy in 2012, it wasn’t because management didn’t foresee an alternative to film photography: the digital camera was inv...
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Jul 15, 2021
IPO and Spac surge expected to slow, study says
Investors continue to feel enthusiastic about the IPO and special purpose acquisition company (Spac) markets, though many expect the number of new entrants to the public markets to tail off by the end of the year, according to a new survey from Edelman. During 2020, despite the volatility caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the global IPO market and ...
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