ESG Monthly archive

Jan 28, 2020
How fixed-income investors are adding sustainability to investment decisions
Why should fixed-income investors factor sustainability into their investment decisions, and what are the approaches available to them? What drives an impactful engagement with a credit issuer? These are some of the key questions Hermes EOS clients and prospective investors ask about ESG and engagement in fixed-income markets. Here Mitch Reznick, head of research and sustainable fixed income, and Aaron Hay, lead engager for fixed income, provide the answers.  ...
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Jan 23, 2020
Coalition calls for year of investor action on antimicrobial resistance
A variety of organizations, including an investor network and the UK government’s health department, have called for investors to address the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR): superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.  The coalition wants to see a year of action by investors to tackle AMR.  Resistance to drugs occurs naturally but is accelerated by practices such as unnecessary prescription of antibiotics to humans and the mass medicat...
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Jan 16, 2020
UK investors have ‘weak’ approach to climate-change engagement, says report
The approach of UK investment managers toward climate change is ‘worryingly weak,’ according to a new survey. Only around half (52 percent) of the managers polled could give a ‘reasonably detailed description’ of their approach to climate-change engagement, finds LCP’s Responsible Investment Survey. In addition, just 54 percent could provide a good example of recent engagement on this issue with an investee company, regulator or policy maker.  ...
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Jan 10, 2020
CII frustrated in seeking SEC proxy adviser data
The Council of Institutional Investors (CII) is finding itself frustrated in its efforts to obtain SEC information about alleged errors committed by proxy advisory firms that is being used to help support proposed regulation of those firms. The investor group in November filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking the info...
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Jan 09, 2020
NYSE targets change in board diversity with elite networking program
When Betty Liu joined the NYSE in July 2018, she hit the road. In her newly created role as executive vice chairman of the exchange and chief experience officer of parent company Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), she wanted to talk to CEOs of NYSE-listed companies about the value-adds the exchange could provide. During these initial meetings, diversity and board composition emerged as common themes. The CEOs she spoke to ‘had had no issues with wanting to make thei...
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Jan 06, 2020
How AT&T produces 20 ESG mini-reports
AT&T’s ESG reporting team takes a two-fold approach to managing relationships with ESG data providers, by actively engaging with analysts and producing 20 topic-specific ESG reports. Several issuers expressed concerns about the accuracy of third-party ESG data at last month’s ESG Integration Forum, but Ben Kruse, director of global CSR reporting a...
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