UN report puts climate change at heart of insurance risk assessment

A report produced by the United Nations (UN) in collaboration with 22 major insurance firms has suggested that the insurance industry needs to adopt an integrated approach in order to manage future climate change risk. The final report of the UN’s Environment Programme’s Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative, which aims to pilot recommendations from the…

Agenda – Pay and Risk Misalignment a ‘Friction Point’

Citibank’s disclosures in its proxy statements claiming compensation is tied to risk mitigation apparently weren’t enough to convince regulators that execs were addressing risk appropriately….While the financial services industry might have made strides, the compensation committee at Citigroup has work to do to become compliant with the OCC, according to the regulator. Citibank, which did…

Paper: ESG Shareholder Engagement and Downside Risk

A new paper from Andreas G.F. Hoepner, Ioannis Oikonomou, Zacharias Sautner, Laura T. Starks, and Xiao Y. Zhou asks “whether engagement on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues can benefit shareholders by reducing firms’ downside risk, measured using the lower partial moment and value at risk. Using a proprietary database, we provide evidence supporting this hypothesis….

Are Boards Talking About ESG? Pearl Meyer

This is disappointing. The panel suggests they need to look at ESG to respond to proxy advisors and investors. They need to look at ESG for the same reason proxy advisors and investors do; to better assess investment risk and return.

Climate Change Is a Business Risk – MarketWatch

A new report from Ceres, a global sustainability nonprofit where I serve on the board, describes the systemic threat that climate change poses to financial markets. The impacts—storms, wildfires, rising sea levels, and more—are multiplying, intensifying, and combining in ways that affect asset valuations, public health, worker productivity, and economic stability. The report provides more…

Will the Banks Collapse? – The Atlantic

A very important piece by Frank Partnoy: American citizens are well aware of the toll [the pandemic] has taken on the economy: broken supply chains, record unemployment, failing small businesses. All of these factors are serious and could mire the United States in a deep, prolonged recession. But there’s another threat to the economy, too….