ESG Monthly archive

Jan 31, 2019
MSCI: Investors don’t have to hold companies ‘they can’t influence’
Companies could suffer from significant shareholder rebellion this year, as index provider MSCI says investors will begin to raise questions on transparency before a scandal hits. Matt Moscardi, MSCI’s executive director and co-author of its outlook report – ‘2019 ESG trends to watch’ – tells IR Magazine that corporate leadership will come under extra scrutiny this year as institutional investors look to take action around their shareholder rights...
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Jan 30, 2019
Diversity no boost to performance at asset management firms
Firms owned by women and minorities manage just 1.3 percent of assets in the $69 tn asset management industry, though their performance is not statistically different from the industry as a whole. These are the findings in a new study – Diversifying investments: A study of ownership diversity and performance in the asset management industry – from the US-based Bella Research Group and the Miami-based non-profit John S and James L Knight Foundation. The re...
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Jan 30, 2019
Greater collaboration needed on ESG, experts say
Investor relations and corporate sustainability officers must work together on ESG to ‘bring it out of its silo’ and integrate it into the CEO’s long-term plan, according to leading experts. Method of production of long-term plans – a new report by CECP and its Strategic Investor Initiative (SII) – looks at the increased investor demand for more and better long-...
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Jan 29, 2019
How to speak long term: From the Citadel Securities post at the NYSE – Ticker 97
This episode of The Ticker podcast comes to you from the Citadel Securities trading post on the floor of the NYSE. More and more of the world’s largest fund managers expect that the delivery of long-term plans will become a mainstream feature of the schedule of corporate communications with shareholders. This week’s Ticker podcast guests talk about the emerging ‘new normal’ and the role of IR in refocusing capital markets communications. Mark Tulay, d...
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Jan 24, 2019
SSGA expands diversity engagement in GCC countries
State Street Global Advisors’ (SSGA) Fearless Girl campaign – which has inspired companies and shareholders in the last 22 months worldwide to focus on bringing more women onto their boards – is expanding to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region. The development was initiated by SSGA’s team based in Dubai, which became a member of the 30% Club GCC in mid-2018. As part of the asset manager’s drive for change, it analyzed and compared the level of...
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Jan 18, 2019
UK regulations force disclosure of top bosses’ pay versus average worker
New UK regulations that came into force at the start of the year mean that for the first time the UK’s biggest companies will have to disclose their top bosses’ pay and the gap between that and the pay of their average worker. Pay-ratio regulations will apply to large UK listed companies with more than 250 employees, and the first statutory disclosures will need to be provided from the start of 2020, covering CEO and employee pay awarded in 2019. The pay ...
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Jan 08, 2019
Considering ESG materiality is part of fiduciary duty, says leading investment manager
ESG is on the minds of investors – both active and passive – and it’s incumbent on IR teams, corporate secretaries and other in-house counsel to work together to identify and report on material risks and opportunities, according to leading experts. More than 130 people gathered in New York last month for the inaugural ESG Integration Forum. This was the first time the IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary audiences had come together under one roof in ac...
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Jan 03, 2019
30 IR stars in 30 days: Dr Elizabeth Sun of TSMC
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.  As noted in her ...
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