The Future Climate Economy Will Be Decentralized: Green Insight – Bloomberg

the energy transition, climate change and social demographic trends are set to create a world where everything is more decentralized. One example of what may be coming is in Japan, which this week announced that it’s planning to revamp its green power law to promote distributed solar power. We’re already getting a major preview of the future…

New Corporate Governance Code for Italian Equity-Listed Issuers |

A new edition of the Corporate Governance Code was released on 31 January 2020. The new Code focuses on four essential objectives and principles: sustainability, engagement, proportionality, and simplification. Sustainability: The new Code intends to encourage Italian equity-listed issuers to adopt strategies based on sustainability. It recommends sustainable success as a priority for company management…

Why Fossil Fuel Companies Are Reckoning With Climate Change | Time

As concerns grow over the existential challenges posed by climate change, Shell must grapple with its own existential crisis: How should a company that generates most of its profits by serving the world’s enormous appetite for oil navigate a long-term future in which shifting political and economic tides threaten to make fossil fuels obsolete? The…

Good Business: The Year Ahead in Sustainable Finance – Bloomberg

Sustainable investment in 2020: Energy stocks just haven’t kept up with the broader market, which could push investors to look more closely at whether fossil fuels are really a worthwhile investments. Peak emissions aren’t here yet, but they may be close. “Decarbonization is certainly dominating the conversation,” says Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Eric Kane. A Stanford University study says phasing out…

Infographic: Understanding the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) | FrameworkESG

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) began as one global index in 1999, comprising the top-ranked companies from each industry based on environmental, social, and governance criteria. The DJSI now includes many indices, including one for each world region. Each year, invited companies submit a questionnaire, which is scored and compared to peers. Only companies…

Qatar Stock Exchange Launches Its ESG Platform

Qatar Stock Exchange is pleased to announce the launch of its online ‘Qatar Stock Exchange Sustainability and ESG Platform’. This platform is designed to accelerate the objectives of the QSE Guidance on ESG reporting launched in December 2016 to support listed companies report on key Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) indicators. The online ESG platform allows…

Sustainability Report | Embracing Sustainability Challenge | Business Roundtable

It is encouraging to see the members of the Business Roundtable challenging each other on sustainability. Business Roundtable CEOs are embracing sustainable practices across their businesses, resulting in stronger communities and a healthier environment. CEOs are leading the way through investments, innovation and strategic decisions, toward a more environmentally and economically sustainable future.  Source: Sustainability…

Public Sentiment and the Price of Corporate Sustainability – Working Paper – Harvard Business School

Combining corporate sustainability performance scores based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data with big data measuring public sentiment about a company’s sustainability performance, I find that the valuation premium paid for companies with strong sustainability performance has increased over time and that the premium is increasing as a function of positive public sentiment momentum….

Past Sustainability to Resilience

Melbourne’s Chief Resilience Officer Toby Kent, for many years one of the world leaders we most admire, has been named Chair of the Future Business Council. We completely agree that the focus of corporate strategy has to be on resilience, the ability to recover and thrive through uncertainty. According to Kent, [A]lthough sustainability and resilience…

Does Sustainable Investing Lead to Lower Returns? – Barron’s

Here’s what ESG integration is really about: From an investor’s standpoint, a sustainable company is one positioned for long-term success, one whose management understands and addresses short-term risks and innovates to exploit long-term opportunities. ESG data are a means that can enable an investor to understand a company’s strategy, corporate purpose, and management quality, at…