Reporting Archive

Jun 21, 2019
How CDSB approaches aligning climate disclosure
Can you describe CDSB and its role in ESG reporting? CDSB is an international consortium of business and environmental NGOs committed to aligning the disclosure of environmental information in mainstream corporate reports such as annual reports, 10K filings and integrated reports. We offer firms a framework for reporting environmental information with the same rigor as financial information. The CDSB Reporting Framework is a collection of best practi...
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Jun 19, 2019
How GRI targets common language for ESG reporting
What is your methodology and approach to reporting on ESG matters? The Global Reporting Initiative’s (GRI) methodology is encompassed through the GRI Standards, the most widely used sustainability reporting framework in the world. The aim is to help organizations communicate and measure their ESG impacts in a way that conforms to global best practice, understands risks and opportunities, and informs strategic decision-making. There are thre...
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Jun 17, 2019
The gold standard in green reporting
ESG reporting is one of today’s most dynamic IR areas. With so many reporting frameworks and regulatory requirements, and so much investor demand and public scrutiny, the heat is being turned up on public firms. For issuers still early on in their ESG reporting journey, it can be hard to tell your SASBs from your GRIs, or know how much time to spend on completing ESG surveys and data requests from index providers as opposed to shaping your company story. For IR te...
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Jun 11, 2019
Comment: How companies drive earnings
Quarterly earnings represent the four times each year management can offer an uncensored narrative, providing context to the quarterly results, setting the stage and influencing how it would like investors to think about the future prospects of the company. Over time, however, the idea of just issuing an earnings release and hosting a c...
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Jun 10, 2019
Comment: Why it pays to be a leader on climate
Back in 2000, CDP’s decision to ask every business worldwide to disclose its climate change-related data seemed to many to be over-ambitious. Recently we have seen a dramatic upswing in the importance the business and financial community attaches to ESG issues, partly due to an increasing frequency and severity of extreme weather events and widely publicized human rights-related investigations. This means strong management and ...
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Jun 03, 2019
‘There were no hard facts’: How European issuers responded to Brexit
When the UK voted to leave the EU, companies like Britvic felt the impact almost immediately. In the days that followed the referendum, the soft drinks producer saw its share price fall 10 percent. Soon after, two US investors pulled out of the stock. ‘We were caught up in that basket of FTSE 250 companies perceived as being UK-centric,’ says Steve Nightingale, director of investor relations at the firm. ‘Having spoken to the investors that left, they told us ...
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May 23, 2019
How Aurora Cannabis’ investment story has changed
In the relatively short time that Marc Lakmaaker has been with Aurora Cannabis as its vice president of investor relations, he says he has seen the market cap increase from around C$60 mn to C$12 bn (from $45 mn to $9 bn). Lakmaaker started out as an IR consultant before being hired as a full-time member of staff in November 2017. He’s seen the company’s headcount rise from 40 people to 2,500 and the number of facilities increase significantly. We caught ...
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May 16, 2019
CII urges SEC to fix non-Gaap CD&A disclosures
The Council of Institutional Investors (CII) has filed a petition with the SEC urging the agency to fix what it says is a regulatory loophole allowing companies to use potentially inflated earnings data in assessing executives’ pay without explanation.  CII is concerned that companies using executive compensation targets based on non-Gaap financial measures are not required to adequately discl...
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May 13, 2019
Asia markets take hit after rise in US tariffs
With rising uncertainty over US-China trade, which resulted in a rise in tariffs on Chinese goods last Friday, Asian markets responded by falling on Monday. In China, the Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.21 percent, the Shenzhen Component Index fell 1.43 percent and the Shenzhen Composite Index dipped 1.076 percent. The reaction followed the US’ increase in tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on $200 bn worth of Chinese goods. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 fell...
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