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…

Agenda – Considering ESG Pay Targets? Europe Offers Clues

Last year, U.S. companies trailed their European peers in tying environmental, social and governance metrics to their executive pay packages. Yet many businesses may need to prepare for regulatory changes requiring American companies to make such disclosures in the future, according to advisory firm Pay Governance LLC. The Pay Governance study showed that 22% of…

Making companies tell the truth about climate change

Michael Hiltzik writes in the LA Times about pressure on corporations from investors and government to get better data on climate and other ESG risks. [I]nvestors have been asking for much more from corporate managements — more disclosures about how their activities contribute to climate change, and more about how climate change will affect their…

Proxy Preview: Record Votes for ESG Proposals

The Proxy Preview team today released highlights of the unprecedented 2021 proxy season, which saw nearly three dozen majority votes for disclosure and action on environmental, social, and sustainable governance (ESG) shareholder resolutions. To date, there have been 34 majority votes for ESG proposals, shattering last year’s record of 21. More are likely by year’s…

SEC Comment Letter on ESG: Shareholder Commons

We were proud to be among the signers of this comment letter from Shareholder Commons, making essential points about a more wholistic approach to portfolio theory and the role of regulation. The letter is attached in full below. An excerpt [footnotes omitted]: Individual companies financially benefit by externalizing costs and depleting such common goods when…

Companies Spend Big on ESG Investments, Hoping for Long-Term Payoff – WSJ

Companies are racking up hefty bills as they invest in new facilities and products to reduce emissions or meet other targets, hoping for a payoff down the road. Businesses increasingly are coming under pressure from investors, lawmakers and regulators who demand more details on their spending plans and the progress they are making to achieve…

KPMG Board Diversity Disclosure Benchmarking Tool

KPMG has launched a free Board Diversity Disclosure Benchmarking Tool at the link below. “Diverse boards are more effective, and disclosure drives action.” Susan M. Angele Senior Advisor, KPMG Board Leadership Center Demand for companies to disclose their board diversity policies and demographics continues to grow. Board diversity disclosure analytics are freely available through the…