Some Miners Undercount Deaths, Boosting Executive Bonuses – WSJ

company executive said South32 intends to disclose future deaths that occur in environments where the company doesn’t have direct control in its annual sustainability report, though it still won’t classify them as an occupational fatality, which would affect bonuses. In its annual report, for the financial year ending June 2019, South32 said an absence of…

Climate risk & board conflicts at Standard Bank – Just Share

n 8 June 2020, 14 climate justice NGOs led by Just Share wrote to asset managers with shares in Standard Bank Group Limited (Standard Bank), calling on them to vote against the election of five climate-conflicted directors at the bank’s AGM on 26 June. Seven of Standard Bank’s 18 board members have close ties to…

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.

Is ESG All About the ‘G’? That Depends on Your Time Horizon. – MSCI

While governance showed more financial significance in the short term, environmental and social issues’ contributions to stock-price performance unfolded largely over our full 13-year study period. As opposed to “event” risks that were more immediately priced in by investors, some issues, such as carbon emissions, presented a risk of “erosion” to competitiveness over time and…

Morningstar Comment to DOL/EBSA on ESG

Morningstar’s comment to DOL/EBSA urges the Department to require consideration of ESG factors in pension investments, not discourage it. Simply stated, the Labor Department’s proposed rule is out of step with the best practices that asset managers and financial advisors use to integrate ESG considerations into their investment processes and selections. Indeed, as we outlined in…

Teamsters Comment on DOL/EBSA ESG Proposal

The Teamsters comment on the DOL/EBSA is attached in full below. An excerpt: The Proposal offers a solution in search of a problem. For almost 30 years ESBA has issued a series of bulletins providing guidance to fiduciaries regarding their obligations when it comes to selecting investment options for plan participants. That guidance has emphasized…

Minerva Comment Letter on DOL/EBSA ESG Proposal

From the comment filed by Minerva Analytics on the DOL/EBSA ESG proposal (full text attached below): The Proposed Rules stand in stark contrast to many OECD markets and appear to contradict decades of guidance from the DoL which has allowed ERISA-regulated retirement plans to invest responsibly and take ESG factors into account, under appropriately strict…

CII Comment on Proposed DOL ESG Rule

CII’s comment to DOL/EBSA includes an outstanding list of empirical studies supporting the financial impact of ESG factors. The full comment is below. An excerpt: We also believe the Proposed Rule would create significant burdens of proof for investment approaches that emphasize investment risk and opportunities around ill-defined ESG matters, without subjecting funds that dismiss…

BlackRock Shows Resolve and Restraint in Public Climate Test – Bloomberg

In the first major test of BlackRock Inc.’s commitment to use its vast influence and resources to fight climate change, the asset manager showed a capacity both for combativeness and restraint. The $6.5 trillion firm said in a report on Tuesday it identified 244 companies during the 2020 annual proxy season that weren’t doing enough…