ESG Monthly archive

Oct 26, 2018
CEOs back updated governance principles
The CEOs of major public companies and institutional investment firms have signed up to a revised set of principles designed to provide what the authors call ‘a basic framework for sound, long-term-oriented governance.’ The new document updates an initial set of principles released in 2016. That version was signed by CEOs of 13 organizations, including Berks...
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Oct 23, 2018
How should equity investment managers engage with ESG?
ESG standards weigh ever-heavier on the minds of equity investment managers. According to Andreas Posavac of investor relations platform Ipreo, lightening the load requires proactive engagement with the trend by issuers prepared to wade into the market to speak to investors. He says considering the kind of governance shortfalls that activists quickly pick up on is crucial, but that integrating this with clear ESG defi...
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Oct 12, 2018
ESG investing: It’s here, are you ready?
Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) has recently published perhaps the most comprehensive analysis yet of the performance and future impact of ESG investment strategies on companies and markets – and its findings are startling.  So startling, in fact, that in places the tone of the report is one of surprise; one suspects that BAML came to the subject with a degree of skepticism but, afte...
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Oct 10, 2018
Investors press for SEC rule on ESG disclosure
A coalition of academics, institutional investors and government officials is lobbying the SEC to spell out what and when companies must tell investors about ESG issues. In a petition sent to the agency on October 1, professors Cynthia Williams of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and Jill Fisch of the University of Pennsylvania Law School urge the commission to ‘initiate rulemaking to d...
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Oct 03, 2018
Ten steps to strengthen your ESG engagement plan
As ESG considerations continue to swell, institutional investors globally are increasingly building coalitions and engaging with their portfolio companies to improve transparency and enact change on a broad range of ESG and sustainability-related issues.  ESG communications specialists (typically working within investor relations, corporate communications or sustainability teams) should act now to stay on top of the rapidly changing developments in this area and mo...
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