Impact of ESG disclosures

Companies are subject to an increasing set of non-financial reporting requirements relating to ESG factors. A swathe of new requirements will soon impact the investment and lending appetites of EU financial institutions. Coupled with increasing investor demands, these new rules could have a profound impact on companies’ ability to raise capital, within the EU and […]

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ESG & Investor Engagement

ESG & Investor Engagement is an analysis of how corporate professionals and investors engage on ESG issues. The report is based on the responses of more than 100 corporate governance professionals, more than 150 members of the investment community and around 200 IR professionals. The report breaks down the data by region, market cap size and […]

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What Boards Need to Know About Sustainability Ratings

Corporate boards of directors must tackle questions about sustainability in a new and urgent manner. If they don’t, they will hear from investors about their lack of action.  A first step is an understanding of sustainability/ESG scores—how they are derived, what they reveal, and how they should be used by various corporate stakeholders. Here is […]

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Next Generation Governance: Millennial Perspectives on the Future of Governance

This research sought to understand how different age demographics within our community view the future of governance. Millennials have frequently been stereotyped as the ‘entitled generation’ who believe they can have and do anything. This has been seen as both a positive and negative trait – a source of ambition and drive that has led […]

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Ethics at Work: 2018 Survey of Employees

The Ethics at Work: 2018 survey of employees illustrates the latest evolution and trends in employees perceptions of ethics in the workplace.

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ESG’s Evolving Performance: First, Do No Harm

“We evaluate the investment performance of ESG, paying particular attention to recent performance and highlighting the difference between ESG scores that overlap with traditional risk model factors and those that don’t. Our analysis indicates that, in general, increasing exposure to ESG rarely underperforms the market, and often outperforms the market, especially during the last few […]

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ESG Investor Sentiment Study

As more consumers place emphasis on different aspects of ESG investing, this investment principle is likely here to stay. Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America conducted a national survey of 1,000 respondents ages 18 years or older to find out how consumers feel about ESG topics, and what the future of ESG investing may […]

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Governance for Sustainability

A new model of governance for sustainability that seeks to identify corporate governance practices that can effectively bring about a culture of sustainability within business organisations is proposed in a report, Integrated Governance – A New Model of Governance for Sustainability, released by the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiative (UNEP FI). The report aims […]

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ESG Investing: Does It Make You Feel Good, Or Is It Actually Good for Your Portfolio?

This report on ESG investing by Hermes Investment Management focuses on the changing perceptions of ESG investing, presenting it in a positive light in contrast to the often common opinion that it detracts from investment performance. It looks at the ways that ESG factors can in fact enhance returns, and highlights this by examining how […]

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Sustaining Society with Ecological Capitalism

The paper explains how to achieve a universally prosperous environmentally sustainable global society. This objective is incompatible with traditional economic policies dependent of full employment and ideologies based on uninhibited use of non-renewable resources. Politically attractive incentives of smaller taxes are identified as a way of introducing ecological forms of property rights to realty, firms […]

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