ESG Monthly archive

Jun 30, 2021
How Nasdaq’s LGBTQ+ employee group helps with recruitment, purpose and ‘belonging’
Yasir Fattah is associate vice president at Nasdaq IR Intelligence. He’s also one of the founding members of The OPEN, an employee resource group (ERG) for LGBTQ+ Nasdaq employees and allies. In this interview, he talks about the work The OPEN does, as well as the overlap between The OPEN and his IR advisory work. How long have you been with Nasdaq? I’ve been in the investor relations world for 21 years and joined Nasdaq back in 2013, th...
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Jun 28, 2021
Opinion: Why equality in IR matters
When I was growing up, I thought the least-prejudiced thing I could do was to ignore race, ethnicity and gender. Everyone is equal, I was told by the teachers at my predominantly white school. It’s a hopeful, lazy and convenient way of viewing the world. As I grew up, I learned that my life and relationships are richer for recognizing what makes me different from someone else, and understanding how those differences shape the way we experience the world.  This we...
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Jun 28, 2021
Bridging the gender equality gap
Sponsored content Looking at the arc of history, gender equality has always been elusive, in part because those with the power to make change are least likely to perceive a problem or, absent external forces, feel pressured to rapidly make changes. Without diminishing important progress made thus far, much work remains to bridge the still-wide gender equality gap.   Consider recent study findings on gender equality in the US from Equileap, which ass...
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Jun 24, 2021
ESG: The latest opportunity to earn commission
In the last 18 months sustainability has definitely made its way to the top of investors’ agendas. Gone is the old CSR driven by companies, a kind of philanthropic activity toward society or corporate marketing with little interest for fund managers. This change in mentality, supported by the circumstances arising from Covid-19, is being driven directly by investors, both institutional and retail. There is no longer just a demand for a company to be included in a ...
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Jun 22, 2021
How ESG integration drives cultural change
Companies need to make significant cultural changes to integrate ESG issues into the way they think and act, but the result can be more engaged employees as progress is made against sustainable goals, according to panelists at the IR Magazine Forum – Europe 2021. Speakers also discussed the challenges of setting long-term ESG targets, especially around climate change. Increasingly companies are announcing the goal of net-zero emissions by 2050, but they also need ...
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Jun 17, 2021
Investor groups probing issuers on racial equity messaging this proxy season
As thousands of people took to the streets last summer to protest the deaths of George Floyd and other black Americans at the hands of police officers – alongside the disproportionate impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on communities of color – powerful chief executives made statements of support and pledged millions of dollars in assistance. And some investors took a fresh look at how they might hold those CEOs and their companies accountable for their promises an...
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Jun 16, 2021
IR papers: CEO pay ratio builds credibility
US investigators have uncovered a curious aspect of the newly mandated pay ratio disclosure: blaming others is a more effective strategy in terms of absolving the CEO from responsibility for poor company performance when a pay ratio disclosure is present than when it’s absent. ‘Conventional wisdom is that accepting blame for poor performance increases perception of a CEO's trustworthiness,’ says study co-author Nicole Cade, assistant professor of business admi...
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Jun 04, 2021
TNFD sets 2023 deadline for new reporting framework on nature-related risks
The Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) has set a deadline of 2023 for the creation of a new reporting framework to address risks connected to the natural world. The organization, which officially launched this week, has also announced the appointment of two co-chairs: David Craig, CEO of Refinitiv, and Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, executive secretary of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity. In recent years, investors and regulators have ...
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Jun 03, 2021
Taiwanese companies to get free access to proxy research
A new tie-up between Taiwan’s securities’ depository Taiwan Depository & Clearing Corporation (TDCC) and global corporate governance and proxy firm CGI Glass Lewis will give issuers listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange (TWSE) and the Taipei Exchange (TPEx) a free copy of their proxy report once it has been published by Glass Lewis. Commenting on the arrangement, CGI Glass Lewis country head for Australia Stanley Soosur says the business chose Taiwan as the fi...
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