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Sustainability-Linked Financial Instruments and the Role of the Second-Party Opinion

Financial instruments such as green, social, blue, sustainable and transition bonds and loans, have gained traction. This blog post explains why this enhances the need for an independent perspective.

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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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U.S. Proxy Voting Season Spotlight: ESG-Focused Shareholder Resolutions

The US proxy season runs through Q2 and is one of the most watched and contested times for shareholder meetings globally. Learn more about ESG voting trends changing sentiments in the 2022 ESG landscape.

Cybersecurity: A Growing ESG and Business Risk

Cyber risk is one of the most immediate and financially material ESG risks that organizations face today. As companies continue to digitalize and business models shift to incorporate a complex mix of technology and data supply chains, stakeholders are reckoning with a significant realignment in global security risk.

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What CSR and Sustainability Professionals Think: 7 Key Insights From Our Corporate ESG Survey

Earlier this year, we surveyed over 500 professionals working in CSR and sustainability to understand how their roles are evolving, what’s motivating their companies to address ESG risks, the key ESG challenges they’re facing, what resources peers are using to meet their challenges, and much more.

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The Role of Sustainable Aviation Fuel in Achieving Decarbonization by 2050

Meeting the aviation's industry's goal of decarbonization by 2050 will require a collective effort and more ambitious measures than those currently in place, including carbon offsetting, route optimization, fuel efficiency and fleet renewals that involve a shift to more eco-friendly aircraft. However, all of these measures still revolve around fossil fuels as a source of energy.

Managing Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and ESG Risk 7 Key Questions Every Company Needs to Address

Data Privacy and ESG Risk: 7 Key Questions Every Company Needs to Address

As businesses become more digitized and reliant on personal data, cybersecurity has become a top concern among CEOs and investors. Companies that fail to effectively manage and fund related measures will face a slew of ESG-related challenges and risk.

Climate Change, Innovation, and Cybersecurity in the Defense Industry: New Opportunities for ESG Investors

While perhaps not a widely considered link between the defense industry and climate change, several Eurosatory conference sessions addressed how climate change can intensify security risks and threats.

The Hidden Business Costs of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

The Hidden Costs to Business of Overlooking Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and ESG

As businesses become more digitized and reliant on personal data, cybersecurity has become a top concern among CEOs and investors. Companies that fail to effectively manage and fund related measures will face a slew of ESG-related challenges and risk.

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EU Action Planning: ESMA Questions and MiFID Data begs Further SFDR Clarity for Investors

Regulators asking questions about topics central to the EU Action Plan show that more work needs to happen to make this ambitious, first-of-a-kind sustainable finance legislation workable for the market and supervisors and more useful for end investors.

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Learning ESG Lessons From Industry Peers

Sustainalytics’ Peer Performance Insights helps uncover gaps between your company’s ESG operations and your industry’s leading practices. This blog post explains how that can make a difference.

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.