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ESG spotlight report Metal mining and resource nationalization

Metal Mining and Resource Nationalization

This Morningstar Sustainalytics report uncovers significant ESG risks facing the mining industry, with an emphasis on resource nationalization.

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Cobalt ESG Risks Threaten Electric Vehicle Supply Chain

Transport electrification is at the forefront of the international climate transition agenda. Because of this, global demand for cobalt is projected to grow fourfold by 2030, which raises the question, are mineral supply chains robust enough to fuel a sustainable EV revolution?

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Governance in Brief – July 14, 2022

SEC rescinds proxy advisory restrictions The U.S. SEC has voted to rescind Trump-era rules covering proxy advisers, in a move that is meant to facilitate the “timeliness and independence of proxy voting advice.”

Correlation of Business Ethics and Corporate Culture - 5 Lessons from the Banking Industry

To protect a company’s reputation and economic position, its employees play an essential part in organisational risk mitigation strategy by demonstrating consideration for systemic business risk, taking accountability, and being willing to escalate concerns. Companies with a strong, ethical corporate culture have much to gain—improved employee performance, morale, and retention, and in the long run, bolstering the bottom line.

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Governance in Brief – July 7, 2022

Microsoft and Cisco Systems have come under shareholder pressure to bring their tax disclosure in line with the Global Reporting Initiative’s GRI 207 tax transparency standard, which requires granular country-by-country disclosure on non-U.S. profits and tax payments, as well as other financial data relating to tax risk appetite

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The Governance of Autonomous Weapons: What Investors Should Know

The ethical implications of lethal autonomous weapons systems (LAWS), often referred to by their dramatic moniker ‘killer robots’, have long been a topic of interest. Until recently, debates about LAWS were relegated as hypothetical, with the technology assumed to be under development and out of reach. Such assumptions may be due for reevaluation, and while a firm conclusion is yet to be drawn, it is worthwhile presenting them to the ESG investment community.

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Governance in Brief – June 30, 2022

Glencore subsidiary admits to bribery in UK trial Glencore Energy, a subsidiary of Glencore PLC, has pleaded guilty to all counts of bribery brought against it by UK authorities. The company admitted to paying bribes amounting to USD 28 million for access to unduly favourable oil deals in Nigeria, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea and South Sudan. Sentencing is expected at the beginning of November.

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Governance in Brief – June 23, 2022

he European Parliament and Council of the European Union have reached an agreement to impose gender quotas for the executive and non-executive boards of EU-listed companies.

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Governance in Brief – June 16, 2022

he European Parliament and Council of the European Union have reached an agreement to impose gender quotas for the executive and non-executive boards of EU-listed companies.

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Governance in Brief – June 9, 2022

Exxon Mobil will face a lawsuit over having allegedly misled investors and consumers about the climate change risks posed by its business, following a rejection of its motion for dismissal on anti-SLAPP grounds.

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Governance in Brief – June 2, 2022

Exxon Mobil will face a lawsuit over having allegedly misled investors and consumers about the climate change risks posed by its business, following a rejection of its motion for dismissal on anti-SLAPP grounds.

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Spell Unforeseen ESG Risks for Insurers

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Could Spell Unforeseen ESG Risks for Insurers

The Russia-Ukraine conflict and the subsequent sanctions on Russian entities have led to material and wide-ranging impacts on diversified sectors and international firms. However, company disclosures and other sources suggest that the conflict’s primary impact on the global insurance industry is limited for two main reasons

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Governance in Brief – May 25, 2022

Woodside shareholders approve BHP deal Woodside Petroleum’s 2022 AGM has approved the company’s merger with BHP Group’s petroleum business. The merged entity will change its name to Woodside Energy Group Ltd. and will be one of the world’s largest fossil fuel energy producers.

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Governance in Brief – May 19, 2022

Moderna’s new CFO leaves after just one day in office Moderna has announced the departure of its newly appointed CFO Jorge Gomez, one day after his official instatement. His departure comes after his former employer, Dentsply Sirona, announced an internal probe into its recent quarterly financial reporting, and in particular the way it accounted for sales incentives.

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Governance in Brief – May 12, 2022

TotalEnergies faces shareholder pressure to boost climate targets A group of TotalEnergies shareholders has requested that the firm tighten its greenhouse gas reduction targets to better align its climate strategy with the Paris Agreement. The proponents contend that the proposal would make Total the first oil and gas firm to align its 2030 targets with the agreement’s 1.5°C goal.

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Governance in Brief – May 5, 2022

Credit Suisse sued over risk management failure A U.S. pension fund is suing former and current Credit Suisse board members and executives, including former Chairman Urs Rohner, over risk management failures related to the collapse of Archegos Capital Management.

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Governance in Brief – April 28, 2022

Meta investors to vote on metaverse risk assessment Meta’s May 25 AGM will consider a shareholder proposal concerning the company’s metaverse vision and the user risks stemming therefrom. The proposal calls for a third-party assessment of the platform’s potential psychological impact, the civil and human rights risks that it poses for its users, and the extent to which these risks are mitigatable or avoidable.

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Governance in Brief – April 21, 2022

Shopify plans to approve Founder’s share Shopify will seek shareholder approval at the June 7 AGM for the creation of a new class of share – Founder’s share – for its chief executive and founder Tobi Lutke. The company’s current share structure comprises two classes of shares, Class A with one vote per share, and Class B with 10 votes per share. Class B shareholders currently control around 51% of the total voting power.

The Emergence of Water Risk: From Marginal to Systemic

The past two decades have seen a surge in interest in environmental issues, mainly climate change, global warming, and fossil fuels. Yet, another equally important dimension - water scarcity - has thus far remained largely unexamined and has not been given adequate importance in the economic development agendas of many countries.

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Governance in Brief – April 14, 2022

Amazon investors to vote on warehouse labor audit Amazon’s May 25 AGM will consider a shareholder proposal calling for an independent audit of the firm’s treatment of warehouse workers, following a refusal from the SEC the exclude the proposal from the ballot.