ESG Monthly archive

Apr 24, 2020
Pandemic highlights ESG importance, S&P Global Ratings says
The Covid-19 outbreak is highlighting the importance of ESG issues for companies, and those that take such issues seriously stand a better chance of coping with such unprecedented disruption, according to a new report. S&P Global Ratings this week released the first paper in a two-part series assessing the ESG implications of Covid-19, using the firm’s ESG evaluation framework. Risk oversight is a key board responsibility, and the report focuses on the importa...
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Apr 23, 2020
How can companies prioritize the needs of different stakeholders?
In his 1943 paper ‘A Theory of Human Motivation’, Abraham Maslow put forward his seminal theory on the ‘hierarchy of needs’. The theory describes how we as humans must fulfill certain basic needs before we can progress to higher levels of needs and desires. For example, humans need to eat so are willing to forego safety if they can’t fulfill the need for food. Both of these basic needs precede psychological needs, such as relationships, friendships and fee...
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Apr 14, 2020
Walmart shareholders to vote on employee board representation
Walmart shareholders will vote on a measure looking to add employee representation to the company’s board at a time when such ideas are gaining some political traction in Washington, DC. Cynthia Murray, a Walmart associate, has filed the proposal to be voted on at the company’s annual meeting on June 3. It aims to ramp up the represent...
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Apr 08, 2020
Ticker 114: Impax’s Julie Gorte on incentivizing corporate boards to take climate risk seriously
IR Magazine's Jeff Cossette talks with Julie Gorte, senior vice president for sustainable investing at Impax Asset Management and Pax World Funds, about how she engages with corporate boards over climate risk. He also discusses communication strategies around climate risk with Cathy Conlon, Broadridge’s vice president of issuer strategy. Listen to the podcast recording below > ...
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