ESG Monthly archive

Sep 21, 2021
EU member states lead on D&I, notes Refinitiv report
Member states of the European Union (EU) are leading the way in diversity and inclusion (D&I) practices, according to a recent report by Refinitiv. The statistics used in the report are from Refinitiv D&I ratings, which are powered by the firm’s ESG data. They are designed to measure the relative performance of companies transparently and objectively against factors that define diverse and inclusive workplaces. Italy is the highest-ranked country fo...
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Sep 21, 2021
Major investment consultants set up net-zero project
A group of major investment consultants have set up a project to encourage clients to set net-zero emissions goals. The 12 firms, which collectively advise on assets of more than $10 tn, have launched the Net Zero Investment Consultants Initiative (NZICI) with the backing of the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). The firms have pledged to incorporate advice on reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 into all their consulting services within two y...
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Sep 10, 2021
S&P Global raises concerns on greenwashing
Global reporting standardization could help mitigate investor concerns about ESG greenwashing in relation to green bonds, according to S&P Global.  The financial information provider believes sustainable bond issuance, including green, social, sustainability and sustainability-linked bonds, could collectively exceed $1 tn in 2021, a near 500 percent increase on 2018 figures.  Despite this growth, a lack of transparency around instrument labeling, report...
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Sep 07, 2021
Opinion: Investor relations can champion a more diverse and inclusive future
The issues shaping societies across the globe, as well as the people that inhabit them, are taking center stage for the investment community. Lack of female representation in leadership positions, limited contribution to climate change efforts and dependence on unsustainable business practices are common concerns worldwide. Savvy investors are, more than ever, demanding that the companies in which they hold a stake take action. This has resulted in a response from b...
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