ESG Monthly archive

Jun 24, 2019
ESG – Coming in from the fringe with BNP Paribas: Ticker 104
If you missed the news, ESG investment is becoming increasingly important for investors. A recent BNP Paribas survey shows 75 percent of asset owners and 62 percent of money managers holding 25 percent or more of their investments in funds incorporating ESG. That’s a major jump from a previous 2017 survey which pegged those numbers at 48 percent and 53 percent, respectively. An investment ...
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Jun 18, 2019
How Microsoft takes up the ESG challenge
This interview appeared in a special report on ESG engagement, reporting and integration by IR Magazine sister publication Corporate Secretary How did the ESG function come about at Microsoft, and how did you get involved? I’ve been at Microsoft for 11 years, always in an ESG [capacity] although we’ve used other terms. It started off being called citizenship and we evolved that term to CSR, but it’s really focused on the ESG t...
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Jun 18, 2019
Investors target firms over failure to report environmental information
A group of 88 investors – including HSBC Global Asset Management, Amundi and Investec Asset Management, and with combined assets totaling more than $10 bn – is pushing for companies to do more when it comes to environmental reporting. The group, whose latest engagement is part of CDP’s 2019 Non-Disclosure Campaign, is pushing for greater transparency at companies it sees as having high levels of environmental impact, but low levels of disclosure around a numbe...
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Jun 17, 2019
How California’s public companies are responding to the women on boards quota
Quotas are controversial. Nobody likes being told what to do, least of all directors of public companies. Politically imposed quotas are especially controversial in the US, where debate around the government’s role in public life extends to much more fundamental issues such as healthcare and public safety. But against this backdrop last year, California’s then governor, Jerry Brown, signed a bill into state law on October 1, 2018 mandating that public companies ...
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Jun 17, 2019
The Vanguard of ESG engagement
When Adrienne Monley started in the stewardship arm of Vanguard in 2015, as a leader on the US side, there were around a dozen people working in the team. That has since tripled in size and Monley moved to London in January 2018 to hire and establish a new stewardship team with a specific focus on European firms. ‘This globalization has been very deliberate on our part...
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Jun 13, 2019
Most large firms have ESG communications team, reveals new report
With the drive toward greater ESG measurements within the investment world, most larger companies now have a sustainability team responsible for ESG communications, according to the ESG & Investor Engagement report published jointly by IR Magazine and online sister publication Corporate Secretary. The report also finds that there is a broad mix of companies that r...
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Jun 06, 2019
ESG & Investor Engagement report now available
The latest report from IR Magazine is an analysis of how corporate professionals and investors engage on ESG issues. Based on the responses of around 200 IR professionals, more than 150 members of the investment community and more than 100 corporate governance professionals, the report breaks down the data by region, market cap size and sector. This report investigates how companies report on ESG matters and what ESG-related interactions do they have with i...
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