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”…

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…

Asset Owners Increasingly Rely on Sustainability Indicators

Morgan Stanley’s Sustainable Signals report finds that asset managers are increasingly relying on sustainability indicators. The survey polled 118 public and corporate pensions, endowments, foundations, sovereign wealth entities, insurance companies and other large asset owners worldwide and gathered insights about trends, motivations, challenges and implementation approaches in sustainable investing. By rounding out the sustainable investing…