Agenda – ISS Probes Boards’ Climate Risk Oversight

Proxy advisor Institutional Shareholder Services today said it is gathering views on the “minimum criteria for boards” in overseeing climate risk. Currently, the proxy advisor may issue adverse voting recommendations for director reelections if board members displayed “demonstrably poor risk oversight of environmental and social issues, including climate change.” It appears with this latest round…

Global Climate and Sustainability Reporting Continues to Grow

The momentum toward universal mandatory reporting and disclosure on climate risk and sustainability has gained additional strength with recent developments at the international, domestic and state levels. These steps follow years of calls from investors for standardized and comparable climate-related disclosures. International. In June, the G7 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors issued a statement…

SEC Commissioner Hester Peirce’s Disingenuous Slant on ESG

SEC Commissioner Hester Pierce, who came to the Commission from the Koch-funded, ultra-anti-regulatory Mercatus Center, the same person who informed the Council of Institutional Investors that their members did not know what it was that investors needed, is now speaking out against ESG disclosures, in a speech to Brookings. What is especially infuriating about Pierce…

An Unpersuasive Argument Against ESG Targets in Executive Compensation

In the Wall Street Journal, Alex Edmans argues against ESG targets in incentive compensation. Here’s why he’s wrong (but a little right). He is a little bit right in saying that “The evidence shows that paying for targets encourages executives to hit those targets. But it doesn’t necessarily encourage them to improve performance. The crux…

Firms Scrub Dirty Bonds Off Books to Boost ESG Credentials – Bloomberg

A new trend is emerging in the world of ESG as companies turn their attention to cleaning up old debt. They’re either buying back conventional notes, which could finance just about anything, or transforming old securities to green. Italian utility company Enel SpA is leading the charge in buybacks with the largest one to date:…

SEC Asset Management Advisory Committee Recommendations for ESG Disclosure

Recommendations Regarding Issuer Disclosure of Material ESG Matters: –  The AMAC recommends the SEC take steps to foster meaningful, consistent, and comparable disclosure of material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters by issuers. –  To foster meaningful, consistent, and comparable disclosure, the SEC should encourage issuers to adopt a framework for disclosing material ESG matters…

NYU Stern’s free “ESG study” database – ESG Professionals Network

NYU’s immeasurably comprehensive and instantly indispensable database includes 1400 ESG-related studies and provides the following vital conclusions: Time Matters – Improved financial performance due to ESG becomes more noticeable over longer time horizons. Investment Strategy Beats Negative Screening – ESG integration as an investment strategy performs better than negative screening approaches. Downside Protection – ESG…

Private Equity Investors Prioritize ESG| Coller Capital

According to Coller Capital’s Private Equity Barometer: Three quarters of Limited Partners say climate change and healthcare/biotech will change their investment priorities in the post-covid world Half of Limited Partners believe a strong ESG policy boosts PE returns Risks to PE returns have risen significantly – but it’s still a good time to invest, LPs…