Largest ever group of global investors call for more action to meet Paris targets | Environment | The Guardian

The largest ever group of institutional investors has called on governments around the world to urgently increase their efforts to meet the Paris climate change agreement goals.The 414 global investors – which represent US$31 trillion of assets-under-management – say they are deeply concerned about the “ambition gap” that exists between governments’ commitments and what is…

Business Reaches a Turning Point – The New York Times

Once again, the business case for ESG/SDG: Over the course of a day of conversations with some of the top executives in the nation during last week’s conference — DealBook: Playing for the Long Term — a common refrain was heard, echoing the sentiments of Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, the largest investor in…

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….

Morgan Stanley: The Business Case for Sustainable Investing

While the adoption of sustainable investing strategies are growing, there remains concern among many investors that incorporating environmental social and governance (ESG) criteria into your portfolio means accepting a lower rate of return.To move past that notion, it’s important to understand that the definition of sustainable investing has nothing to do with philanthropy, nor is…

EY: “We Can’t Afford to Remain Silent” on ESG

“We don’t want to be outside the room complaining.” Mark Weinberger, chairman and CEO of global professional services firm Ernst & Young, explains to Fortune why it is vital for business leaders to be engaged with clients, government, and each other on issues like human rights and climate change. “If you remain silent when important…

US SIF: Sustainable, Responsible, and Impact Investing Trends Report

US SIF has published a new report on sustainable, responsible, and impact investing trends, noting a one-third increase: The demand for sustainable and impact investing is growing—investors now consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors across $8.72 trillion of professionally managed assets, a 33 percent increase since 2014. Money managers and institutional investors are scrutinizing…

How GRC, Compliance and CSR Work Together – EQS Blog

GRC, Compliance, and CSR are all highly-relevant and valuable topics for companies today. Often, these terms are not always clear and the distinction between them may not be easy to understand.How Are GRC and Compliance Related?GRC stands for “Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance“, a generic term encompassing various leadership functions within a company.Governance speaks to…

ESG Indicators Increasing — New Study

More than 40% of U.S. asset owners have incorporated environmental, social and governance factors into their investment decisions, up from 37% in 2017 and 22% in 2013, said Callan’s annual ESG survey report, released Wednesday. The 43% of respondents reporting they have incorporated ESG factors is the highest level in the survey’s six-year history. On…

Another #Fail from A Main Street Investors Coalition Defender

Former communications consultant for the oil and gas industry David Blackmon tries to defend the corporate funded, lobbyist led, climate change denying Main Street Investors Coalition with a column in Forbes that describes VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow as “Neil Minow” and misgenders her as “he.”* The rest of the piece is equally sloppy, filled…

More Corp-splaining and Denial on ESG/SDG

Sean Di Somma, who has been commenting on my critiques of the fake, industry-funded front group Main Street Investor Coalition (hint: they are not from Main Street and they don’t have any investors representatives on their board), now is endorsing their agenda by complaining about ESG regulation and proxy advisors. So-called “environmental, social, and governance”…