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Governance in Brief – February 2, 2023

Former McDonald’s HR Head faces landmark ruling The Delaware Court of Chancery has ruled that corporate officers have the same oversight obligations as corporate directors under Delaware law. The decision paves the way for a shareholder lawsuit filed against former McDonald’s executive David Fairhurst in 2021. Fairhurst, who served as the firm’s Global Chief People Officer from 2015 until his termination in 2019, is accused both of breaching his fiduciary duties by permitting a corporate culture of sexual misconduct and of engaging in sexual misconduct himself. Fairhurst had argued that he could not be sued, citing purportedly precedential rulings that such oversight rests solely with directors

What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: Climate on the International Agenda, New Instruments to Support Emerging Markets, and More

Climate change and adaptation are high on the international agenda. Listen to learn how the outcomes from COP27 and COP15 could influence sustainable finance markets and get a rundown of recent notable market transactions.

eBook | An Introduction to the Circular Economy: A Beginner’s Overview on Transforming Production to Minimize Waste

An Introduction to the Circular Economy: A Beginner’s Overview on Transforming Production to Minimize Waste

This ebook looks at the circular economy through an ESG lens, exploring why it is gaining traction with governments and businesses, emerging challenges during this transition, and what potential solutions look like.

10 for 2023

10 for 2023: Investing in Emerging Technologies

A fresh approach looking into technological innovation that has the potential to impact global sustainability and the way we live, work, and move.

How a High Street U.K. Bank Reflected Its Values and Ethics Through ESG Ratings and Reporting

By receiving an ESG Risk Ratings License from Sustainalytics, The Co-operative Bank could better communicate how its ESG Risk Rating reflected its values, policies, and programs around environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues.

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Governance in Brief – January 26, 2023

Beijing takes golden shares in Alibaba units The Chinese government has acquired golden shares in two Alibaba subsidiaries, allowing it to exert veto power over major decisions while maintaining a relatively modest equity investment. A unit of state-backed Zhejiang Media Group first acquired such a minority stake in one Alibaba subsidiaries in September 2022, and an arm of the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) acquired a minority stake in another subsidiary in January 2023.

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The Sustainalytics Podcast | Cybersecurity and Data Privacy in Focus: Cyberattacks and ESG

In this episode of the Sustainalytics Podcast, our experts explore cybersecurity and data privacy trends, how cyberattacks affect bottom lines, and why companies should invest in robust cybersecurity and data privacy policies.

Sustainability-Linked Financial Instruments: Creating Targets and Measuring Your Company's Performance

Sustainability-linked bonds and loans have begun to gain more attention. This blog post takes a closer look at key performance indicators (KPIs) and sustainable performance targets (SPTs) that must be kept in mind while opting for these instruments.

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Governance in Brief – January 19, 2023

Beijing takes golden shares in Alibaba units The Chinese government has acquired golden shares in two Alibaba subsidiaries, allowing it to exert veto power over major decisions while maintaining a relatively modest equity investment. A unit of state-backed Zhejiang Media Group first acquired such a minority stake in one Alibaba subsidiaries in September 2022, and an arm of the Cyberspace Administration of China (“CAC”) acquired a minority stake in another subsidiary in January 2023.

Quick Take: Sustainability-Linked Finance and Defining KPIs and SPTs

Have questions about responsible investing, sustainable finance, and ESG? Hear from our experts in our Quick Take video series.

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Quick Take: Sustainability-Linked Finance Methodology and Determining Materiality

Have questions about responsible investing, sustainable finance, and ESG? Hear from our experts in our Quick Take video series.

Quick Take: Second-Party Opinions for Sustainability-Linked Instruments FAQs

Have questions about responsible investing, sustainable finance, and ESG? Hear from our experts in our Quick Take video series.

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Governance in Brief – January 12, 2023

Global investors pressure Glencore over coal production A group of investors with a combined USD 2.2 trillion in assets under management has submitted a shareholder proposal to the AGM of Glencore Plc, calling for improved disclosure on the commodity giant’s thermal coal operations and the alignment of these with the group’s public commitment to support the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C. The resolution constitutes a significant escalation of pressure on the mining company, which had already seen nearly a quarter of shareholders reject its climate progress report in April 2022.

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Governance in Brief – January 5, 2023

U.S.-listed Chinese companies drop Hong Kong listing plans Several U.S.-listed Chinese companies, including Pinduoduo and Full Truck Alliance, have reportedly dropped plans to list their shares on the Hong Kong exchange. The decision came after the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) announced that it had secured full access to investigate China-based audit firms, and that it had already reviewed eight audits conducted by Chinese KPMG and PwC affiliates. Chinese authorities had previously opposed any such disclosure, citing national security concerns.

How a Malaysian Port Operator Effectively Measured Its Impact on Local Communities

Westports Malaysia wanted to understand the extent of its corporate impact on the local economy, as well as its contributions to the surrounding community. The company was aware that its operations affected the lives of nearby residents, but they wanted to quantify that impact with factual evidence.

Communicating Your ESG Story: 5 Key Lessons From Top-Performing Companies

In this blog, we provide insights into the best practices for strategic ESG communications with five lessons from three top performing companies in Sustainalytics’ universe.

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The Growth of Impact Investing in Latin America: Insights From Latibex Forum 2022

In this blog members of our Corporate Solutions teams share their insights on the uptake of ESG and impact considerations among companies and investors in Latin America.

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Investors Seek Meaningful Scope 3 Emissions Targets to Evaluate Climate Transition Plans

Climate concerns continued to dominate proxy voting in the 2022 proxy season. With more clarity on sectoral commitments required to achieve the global net zero goal, shareholders’ requests have become noticeably more specific. A larger number of resolutions asked companies to adopt and report on emissions reduction targets and transition plans that reference the latest forward-looking guidance.

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Post-COP15 Outlook: Evolving Investor Responsibilities in Biodiversity

Awaiting COP15’s Global Biodiversity Framework negotiation outcomes, financial market participants could face new regulatory pressure sooner than expected to integrate biodiversity assessment into their investment, decision-making processes.

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Governance in Brief – December 15, 2022

Canada to get tougher on foreign investment The Canadian government has proposed changes to the country’s foreign investment legislation aimed at enhancing the government’s ability to scrutinize and block investments that pose national security risks. The planned amendments would require foreign investors to give the government more notice for proposed investments in certain sectors. Additionally, the government will be allowed to impose interim conditions on an investment during the national security review, such as limiting access to transfer of assets, intellectual property or trade secrets.