FTI axed by clients in fallout over oil industry work | Financial Times

FTI Consulting has been dumped by at least three of its clients while several global asset managers are reviewing their relationship with the business advisory and public relations consultancy, as the fallout from a media report about controversial work for the oil industry intensifies.  MSCI, the ratings and index provider and CDP, a non-profit group…

Mark Carney says banks should link executive pay to Paris climate goals

Former Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said banks should link executive pay to climate risk management, as part of efforts to align the finance industry with Paris climate goals. \\…He said banks must “have some interim objectives and targets that are disclosed. Ideally a governance process that’s clear in terms of … specific…

Opinion | Big Business’s Undisclosed Climate Crisis Plans – The New York Times

SEC Commissioner Allison Herren Lee writes about the inadequacy of the information investors get about climate change risk: As the climate crisis intensifies, U.S. environmental policy has moved dangerously backward, with nearly 70 environmental rules reversed during this administration, and 30 more reversals in process. This intransigent, head-in-the-sand approach will not alter the reality of…

Fidelity, BlackRock Reject Trump Limits on 401(k) ESG Investing – Bloomberg

The world’s largest asset managers are speaking out against a Trump administration plan that would make it more difficult for them to incorporate environmental, social and governance factors when making investment decisions, a move that could limit green investing in 401(k) plans. Fidelity Investments wrote in an 11-page letter to the U.S. Department of Labor that the…

CERES Ties Governance to Environment

From Ceres, a new report called Blueprint for Responsible Policy Engagement on Climate Change. The full report is below. An excerpt: Companies that establish robust governance systems to address climate change as a systemic risk and align their direct and indirect lobbying efforts to support science-based climate policies will drive the creation of a regulatory…

MSCI Launches Climate Change Indexes for China Stocks – The New York Times

MSCI published two climate change indexes on Tuesday that allow investors in China stocks to lean toward companies with lower carbon emissions. The move represents MSCI’s efforts to promote environmental, social and governance (ESG) standards in China, where the government seeks a difficult balance between reducing pollution and sustaining growth in a coronavirus-hit economy. The…