ESG Monthly archive

Nov 27, 2019
Investors and issuers aligned on board diversity
Board diversity and, by extension, board composition, is one of the top corporate governance topics to be discussed each proxy season. While the most recent Spencer Stuart Board Index indicates that the rate of change of gender composition has sped up in recent years, the latest findings from IR Magazine’s Board Diversity research report suggest diversity is a topic still on the fringes of some investors’ minds. Just under a third (30 percent) ...
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Nov 26, 2019
Many investors link ESG to fiduciary responsibility, SSGA finds
Almost half (46 percent) of investors surveyed by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA) believe considering ESG is part of their fiduciary duty, according to a new report from the asset manager. Rakhi Kumar, head of ESG investments and asset stewardship at SSGA, says investor perception of ESG as a fiduciary duty is a positive step, but presents challenges. ‘We’ve seen how ESG started from an SRI perspective,’ she says. ‘Now it’s going mainstream because it...
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Nov 22, 2019
From trend to action: Highlights from the ESG Integration Forum – Europe
With investor attention on ESG issues at an all-time high, IR Magazine and sister online publication Corporate Secretary recently brought together all sides of the investment world for the ESG Integration Forum – Europe. Held in London, the forum offered governance and investor relations professionals the chance to get up to speed on how the buy side, sell side and ratings agencies are incorporating ESG issues into their work. It also provided adv...
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Nov 21, 2019
What to look out for during 2020 proxy season
Industry professionals in the US foresee no turning around from the direction companies and investors have been headed in recent years, with a growing number of shareholder proposals in 2020 on issues under the ESG umbrella. In terms of which proposals end up in votes at AGMs, there is an expectation that the trend toward negotiating the withdrawal of many environmental and other disclosure-based proposals will continue, but also concern about a new SEC approach to decidin...
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Nov 19, 2019
ESG and pay are top concerns among engaged investors
Engaged investors’ top concerns revolve around ESG issues and executive compensation. Seven Lessons from Engaged Investors, published recently by Farient Advisors and the Global Governance and Executive Compensation Group, finds deep investor concerns on topics such as how their companies’ activities are affecting the world around them, gender diversity and pay equality. ‘In general, investors are very concerned about climate change and human capital managemen...
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Nov 18, 2019
Preparing for emergent themes in ESG
In evoking the backdrop of the French Revolution, Charles Dickens tells us in the opening sentence of A tale of two cities that it was ‘the best of times, it was the worst of times’. History, and the films and books that portray it, are often pushed to extremes, identifying good and bad as absolutes. But there are rarely true absolutes and transitioning is very rarely a one-step process. With the growing awareness and focus on ESG factors, this differen...
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Nov 15, 2019
Investors had sharper focus on executive pay in 2019 AGM season
Sponsored content Investors in British public companies could be running out of patience with executive pay practices, after requesting better explanations of high pay packages and greater links between pay and performance, according to new analysis by Equiniti. Remuneration was the second-most common reason for British companies to lose or come close to losing an AGM vote...
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Nov 13, 2019
US investors primarily use ESG to exclude stocks, not to pick them, says Karen Bodner
Companies are getting better at explaining how they integrate ESG factors into their business. But ESG is primarily not something you can use to target US investors with – at least not for now, according to Karen Bodner, head of global investor relations advisory at BNY Mellon Depositary Receipts. Speaking at the IR Magazine Global Forum 2019 in Paris, which took place on October 2-3 in Paris, Bodner discussed the latest trends in ESG investment, including the mai...
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Nov 12, 2019
Growing focus on ESG issues offers opportunity for investor relations – Kurt Kuehn
IR teams can play a key role in helping senior management understand the growing importance of ESG information. That was one of the messages from Kurt Kuehn, former IRO and CFO at UPS, speaking at the IR Magazine Global Forum 2019, which took place in Paris on October 2-3.  Kuehn, who is now a sector chair for transportation and infrastructure with the Sustainability Accounting Standards Boa...
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Nov 05, 2019
The confluence of passive investing, ESG and activism: Ticker 109
This episode of The Ticker podcast comes to you from the Citadel Securities trading post on the floor of the NYSE.  IR departments need to go into listening mode when they engage with investors over ESG issues, says Alexandra Higgins, managing director at Okapi Partners, the proxy solicitation and investor response firm.  Listen to the podcast recording below > ...
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