ESG Monthly archive

Dec 28, 2018
30 IR stars in 30 days: Mikkel Skougaard of MOL
IR Magazine has a long history of honoring those men, women and companies around the world that excel at investor relations. In celebration of 30 years of IR Magazine, we selected 30 IR stars that have shone particularly brightly over the past three decades and will be posting one profile each day for 30 days, giving you the gift of an IR advent calendar. ...
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Dec 19, 2018
Gender diversity: An economic and strategic imperative
Business culture is undergoing transformational change to harness the full potential of women in the workplace. This is being driven by legislation, such as gender pay gap reporting, and by the power of investor capital.  The economic case for full participation of women in the labor market is strong. McKinsey research in 2016 estimates that if parity is achieved, there is the potential to add $28 tn to annual GDP by the end of 2025: a 26 percent increase. To achie...
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Dec 14, 2018
The duel over dual-class shares in Asia
The introduction of dual-class shares in Hong Kong and Singapore has stirred something of a debate. There are those who support the new orthodoxy and those who are more skeptical. It is not difficult to assess the divide: broadly, the exchanges are supporters, while many asset managers are skeptics.  Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) CEO Charles Li has co...
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Dec 14, 2018
Proxy preview 2019: Governance trends go global
Around the world, governance standards are being reassessed and debated. Investors are being asked by their clients to outline how stewardship factors into their decisions, which in turn places greater scrutiny on how companies are run and governed and who is running them. As is customary at this time of year, IR Magazine has investigated the trends that resonated during this year’s proxy/AGM season, and looks ahead to next year to see what’s on the horizon....
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Dec 12, 2018
Know the score: How to better manage ESG ratings questionnaires
IROs are often told they need to take ownership of the ESG story. The growth of environmental, social and governance issues as not just social concerns but also material risks for investors means it’s simply not enough to leave them to the sustainability experts. But as investors have sought after more information and companies have sought new ways to showcase their ESG credentials, so the market for – and IR burden of – ESG questionnaires has grown.  The amo...
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Dec 07, 2018
All about that ESG: A Global Forum recap
As one of the most sustainable cities in Europe, Amsterdam – with its barges, canals and bicycle-filled streets – was a fitting location for this year’s IR Magazine Global Forum & Awards, where each day of the two-day event saw a panel take on different aspects of the ESG debate. While the 145-plus attendees from more than 30 countries were also treated to sessions covering everything from trade, tax and Trump to the technology behind passive investments a...
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Dec 04, 2018
Advisory Intelligence: The importance of the ‘S’ in ESG
Sponsored content  ESG related issues have for some time been the political zeitgeist which have slowly seeped into the economic sphere, making it one of the most fascinating points of focus and development in the investment arena.  Though when ESG is split into its component parts: the ‘E’ – the environment has dominated the narrative, with the ‘G’ – governance – being the bread and butter issue companies must be seen to be dealing w...
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Dec 03, 2018
Indian summer: IR calm amid the storm
June 15 marked an adventurous time of year for IR Magazine to hold its first awards in India. It marked not only the beginning of monsoon season, when torrential rains and humidity can make just traveling Mumbai’s varied, lively streets logistically difficult, but also the end of Ramadan, which saw thousands of locals come to the city to celebrate. The weather and festivities provided a fitting setting for one of the consistent themes of the day: that despite th...
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