Physical Climate Risks: 6 Things Portfolio Managers Need to Know

The negative physical impacts of climate change are being felt by communities and corporations globally and are likely to get worse in the coming years. The knock-on costs of more frequent “once-in-a-century” climate events on economies are likely to rise. To prepare for this looming threat, investors must forecast the asset-level effects of climate change on companies in a granular and sophisticated way. Here are six things portfolio managers should know to manage and mitigate the physical risks of climate change to their portfolios and meet growing list of climate-focused reporting requirements.

Financing a Sustainable Future: The Evolution of Sustainability-Linked Finance Instruments

The sustainable finance market has seen rapid growth in the last two years, with sustainable debt issuance surpassing US$1.6 trillion in 2021. This blog explores the market trends and future of sustainability-linked loans and sustainability-linked bonds.

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Applying Business and Human Rights International Standards to Investor Due Diligence

Socially conscious ESG investors are interested in how to implement international business and human rights norms in their portfolios and understand the potential impacts of applying additional screening criteria within their strategy.

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Telecom Network Outages, the ESG Risks of a Connected World

The telecom industry is exposed to several Material ESG Issues, including Data Privacy and Security, Business Ethics, Human Capital and Product Governance. Product Governance issues in the telecom industry include service quality, maintaining reliable, high-speed networks, and responding to customer billing concerns.

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ESG Risks Affecting Data Centers: Why Water Resource Use Matters to Investors

Data centers play a critical role for many technology and telecom companies and for their supporting servers, digital storage equipment and network infrastructure for data processing and storage. Data centers require high volumes of water directly for cooling purposes and indirectly, through electricity generation. Morningstar Sustainalytics’ recent activation of the Resource Use Material ESG Issue (MEI) within its ESG Risk Ratings recognizes water risks of data centers.

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Impact of US Supreme Court’s EPA Ruling on US Utilities’ Carbon Exposure

The Clean Power Plan was created using a directive from the Clean Air Act that enabled the EPA to set emission limits for air pollutants based on the best available technology to reduce emissions. The EPA aimed to cap carbon emissions and curb greenhouse (GHG) emissions by changing the composition of the existing operational power generation assets by forcing the closure of coal plants through strict emission caps, resulting in a system-wide transition to renewable energy.

Does ESG Impact Valuation? Answering the Most Common Questions About IPO ESG Assessments

Companies working toward an IPO increasingly understand that having an effective ESG strategy is an important strategic consideration for investors and regulators alike. This FAQ answers the most common questions about what an ESG assessment involves.

Preparing for an IPO: How an ESG Assessment Can Make a Difference

For pre-IPO companies, having a plan to manage ESG issues and disclosures can make a difference in pre-IPO fundraising, valuation, building credibility in the market, and contributing to the overall success of an IPO. This blog post explains why.

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Why ESG Investors Follow the Elon Musk Twitter Takeover

A self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist”, Musk has criticized what he views as excessive moderation on online platforms, indicating his desire to ease Twitter’s content moderation policies and only remove content deemed illegal by governments.

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Ocean Carriers Facing Increased ESG Risk Amidst Supply Chain Crisis

Maritime shipping is the most common mode of transport for global trade, with around 80-90% of the volume of international trade in goods carried by sea. Complex supply chain challenges around the world made 2021 an exceptionally challenging year for retailers, exacerbating global inflation. Still, it was also very profitable for ocean carriers and containership owners.

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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?

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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Sustainable Investment Calculations Under MiFID II and SFDR Remain Perplexing for ESG Investors

The various interpretations of the sustainable investment definition introduced by the SFDR and leveraged in MiFID II leave many market participants unsettled, having to decide between approaches that have different benefits and limitations in the short to medium term.

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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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The Road to Our 1000th SPO: How We Got Here and What’s Next in Sustainable Finance

As a global leader in second-party opinions (SPOs) of sustainable bonds and loans, Sustainalytics maintains a unique vantage point to observe how the market has changed. Here are some noteworthy developments.

The State of ESG Survey 2022 for CSR and Sustainability Professionals

With the increasing pressure to enhance ESG performance, Sustainalytics is launching our State of ESG 2022 Survey to help practitioners understand how CSR and sustainability are evolving and how their roles are changing to meet the demands. If you are a CSR or sustainability professional, we want your opinion.

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ESG Due Diligence in Supply Chains: Is Your Company Ready for the German Supply Chain Act?

Germany’s Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply Chains, set to come into effect in January 2023. This blog offers an overview on what’s included in the legislation, and how your company needs to prepare.

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ESG Implications of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine on the Automotive Industry

The Russia-Ukraine conflict has put more pressure on a sector that was already constrained by the disrupted supply chains, brought about by pandemic-induced congestions and shortages. Additionally, the surge in fuel price is already affecting customers, although it may accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) as a side effect. However, the scarcity of minerals, which are necessary for semiconductor manufacturing, may further exacerbate the chip shortage that has afflicted the automotive industry since 2020.

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A Sustainable Finance Insider’s Perspective at the ICMA Annual Conference

Insights from the ICMA's 54th Annual General Meeting and Conference held in June 2022, in Vienna, with 900 delegates from 40 countries.

Should Leadership Compensation Be Tied To ESG Metrics? Here’s Why It Makes Sense

Explaining the relationship between leadership compensation and corporate strategy, whether it makes sense for incentives to be tied to ESG-related goals, and why more companies are adopting this practice.