ESG Monthly archive

Nov 27, 2018
Investor engagement helps drive better returns, notes survey
Effective stewardship and investor engagement is helping to drive better returns, with a majority of asset managers saying engagement leads to better investment decisions, according to the latest Stewardship Survey from the Investment Association (IA), the trade body that represents UK investment managers. The survey shows that asset managers are regularly engaging with companies across a broad range of issues, such as executive pay, company strategy and financial p...
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Nov 20, 2018
Beyond the cycle: The role of oil & gas in a low-carbon world
Last month’s report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) highlighted the need for urgent action on greenhouse gases, and once again put heavy-emitting sectors under the microscope. The oil & gas industry is among the most emissions-intensive, with the production and use of oil & gas accounting for more than half of global greenhouse gas emissions associated with energy consumpt...
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Nov 19, 2018
Bringing IROs and corporate secretaries together on ESG
IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary are inviting their audiences to come together to discuss ESG integration early next month in New York City. With ESG being one of the most talked-about trends in the corporate world today – driven partly by the movement of assets into passive index funds and a growing consensus that these topics have an impact on ...
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Nov 19, 2018
Get investor buy-in for your long-term strategy
The current playing field for companies is becoming an increasingly complex environment in which to operate; potentially leading to a loss of focus on issues that matter to the business. Fundamentally, companies exist to make a profit and investors provide capital to companies in order to earn a return. Within this reality, as also encouraged by the recently revised UK...
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Nov 16, 2018
Companies boost transparency of auditor oversight, study finds
Audit committees at large US companies are offering increased levels of transparency regarding their work in overseeing outside auditors, according to a new study. Research by the Center for Audit Quality (CAQ) and Audit Analytics finds that 40 percent of S&P 500 companies now disclose considerations in appointing the audit firm, up from 13 percent in 2014, when the organizations first compiled data on the issue. There has been a steady increase in each of the i...
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Nov 05, 2018
Demand for off-season meetings ‘highest ever’, says SSGA’s ESG lead
When Rakhi Kumar joined State Street Global Advisers (SSGA) in 2011, the notion of off-season engagement didn’t exist. But by mid-October this year, Kumar – who serves as SSGA’s senior managing director and head of ESG investments and asset management – says the demand for meetings is ‘the highest we’ve ever received’. In the week IR Magazine caught up with Kumar, she had received 25 requests from different companies for meetings. While she we...
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