Blackrock’s iShares Introduces an ESG ETF

Blackrock is offering a range of sustainability-oriented ETF investments including: ESG: “Evaluating and selecting companies based on their commitments to positive environmental, social and governance business practices. All iShares ESG funds also seek to track indexes that screen out civilian firearms, controversial weapons and tobacco.” Thematic: Focus on a particular E, S, or G issue,…

Shareholder activism is on the rise, but companies are fighting back – CNN

VEA Vice Chair Nell Minow is quoted in a CNN story about shareholder activism and the way corporate executives are pushing back, including the fake front groups ACCF and Main Street Investors Coalition. Leveraging shareholder votes for environmental and social ends isn’t new, but such resolutions have been on the rise in recent years. Shareholders…

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…

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…