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Know Where You Stand With Corporate ESG Benchmarking

In this post we discuss why companies should generate a corporate ESG benchmark against their peers, explain how they can go about this exercise, and highlight how they can use that information to advance and enhance their own corporate ESG initiatives.

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Getting to the S in ESG: Five Steps for Effectively Reporting on Social Impacts

This article covers five essential steps for your organization to consider when reporting on your firm’s social impacts.

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Impact of Climate Change and Extreme Weather on Essential Services

Utilities have found themselves in the literal and metaphorical eye of the storm over the last year as hurricanes, floods and wildfires of increasing frequency and strength have wreaked damage on their assets. In late August, Storm Ida made landfall in Louisiana, USA and devastated the power grid lines. Entergy, the utility operating in Louisiana, supplying most of New Orleans, restored 90% of the supply only by mid-September, with 87,000 customers still without power.

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Governance in Brief – September 16, 2021

Private market investors and global non-profit organization CDP launched the Private Markets Pilot which aims to increase environmental disclosure from private companies. The CDP platform will allow investors to benchmark private companies and compare them in terms of environmental performance.

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Justifying Social Impact Reporting: Eight Business Cases to Make

This article covers eight business cases to make for social impact reporting so that leaders can make social impact a priority for their ESG strategy.

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What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: Key EU Developments and the Untapped Market of Climate-Aligned Bonds

Covering summer developments in the global sustainable finance market, including the launch of the EU’s renewed sustainable finance strategy, the publication of the Social Loan Principles and the EU Green Bond Standard, and the continuing growth in the sustainable bond and loan markets.

The circular way forward could be the key to reducing food waste

Indications that a food crisis is imminent are clear. Fundamental changes in the global food system are required to address these challenges. This decade is a watershed moment for urgent efforts to close the loop, and companies and investors can play a pivotal role. Despite being closely connected to issues such as climate change and basic human rights, food waste has attracted comparatively less attention from companies, investors, and other stakeholders.

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Human Rights Accelerator

This thematic engagement aims to improve the adoption of globally agreed corporate standards for managing and promoting human rights, as defined by the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and mirrored in the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises.

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Governance in Brief – September 9, 2021

Bernard Arnault’s Financière Agache Financière Agache investment firm exits Lagardere's personal holding company. Shareholder agreements between Financière Agache and Arnaud Lagardere will be ended.

Infographic | Common Corporate Social Impacts Explained

Check out this infographic that explains the most common direct and indirect corporate social impacts on community and society.

On-Demand Video: How Covid-19 & Vaccination Program Analysis is Integrated into Country Risk Ratings

The Covid-19 pandemic is widely considered one of the largest global challenges of the past decade, the systemic event has caused governments and citizens to respond as such. Learn how Sustainalytics are assessing the response and integrating the data into Country Risk Ratings.

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Recent market trends put engagement and voting front and centre for responsible investors

From a market perspective, engagement and voting on governance issues have been used as levers for influence for a long time. On the other hand, environmental and social issues were historically addressed from a values-based perspective or primarily for fact-finding purposes. Today, many responsible investors leverage corporate dialogue as a tool to influence and drive meaningful change and impact

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Governance in Brief – September 2, 2021

Nike’s upcoming AGM will consider shareholder proposals regarding diversity, pay equity, political spending and human rights, all of which are opposed by the board.

North American Material Risk Engagement Trends: ESG Reporting Frameworks, Emission Reduction Targets and Beyond

There are many factors that rating agencies consider within its overall assessment. For example, ESG rating companies tend to look for at least three years of ESG metrics to determine company trends and long-term ESG targets, goals, and strategies to manage and reduce ESG risks at least five years ahead. Read on to learn about how Sustainalytics' Material Risk Engagement program promotes and protects long-term value by engaging with high-risk companies on financially-material ESG issues. (A North American Snapshot)

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Sustainability-Linked Debt Financing: The View from Down Under

For Australia, a country whose economy is historically rooted in heavy-emitting, hard-to-abate sectors, sustainability-linked debt financing could provide the spark needed to accelerate emission reductions and transition to a low-carbon economy.

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Governance in Brief – August 26, 2021

Kansas City Southern delayed the shareholder vote on its takeover by Canadian National Railway pending the US rail regulator’s verdict on the deal.

A Beginner’s Guide to Social Impact Reporting: Capturing the Corporate Social Footprint

This ebook presents a beginner's guide to social impact reporting, offering practical tips on effectively communicating your company’s social impacts.

What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: The Push for Climate-Related Disclosures, Assessing SPT Ambitiousness, and More

Highlighting what’s new in the world of sustainable finance including the push for more company reporting climate-related risks, the emergence of more oil & gas companies exploring sustainable finance options and our tips on how companies can assess the ambitiousness of the targets used in sustainability-linked debt.

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Governance in Brief – August 19, 2021

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has approved Nasdaq’s proposal to boost race and gender diversity on U.S. corporate boards.

Infographic | Sustainable Finance by the Numbers

Check out our infographic showcasing sustainable finance by the numbers and see just how much the global green, social, sustainable and sustainability-linked debt market has thrived year-over-year.