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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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UK Stewardship Code 2020 - Stewardship Report

Sustainalytics, a Morningstar Company, has been accepted as a signatory of the UK Stewardship Code 2020 (the Code) by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC). Download the report to review how Sustainalytics' commitment to high stewardship standards meets the service provider principles set under the Financial Reporting Council’s revised Code.

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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.

Responsible Investing

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.

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

This beginner’s guide to social impact reporting outlines the core benefits of this type of ESG reporting and shows you practical tips on effectively communicating your company’s positive impact on the community and society.

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.

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Governance in Brief – August 12, 2021

Investors managing over USD 14 trillion of assets have released a set of expectations for companies through the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (“IIGCC”). These are set forth in a “position statement” calling for new corporate governance measures aimed at ensuring that companies can be held accountable for meeting their net zero emissions commitments.

ESG Risks of Aging Pipelines for U.S. Energy Infrastructure Investors

Pipelines play a critical role in the U.S energy infrastructure transporting natural gas, crude oil, natural gas liquids, petroleum, and petrochemical products. While these pipelines play a vital role in supporting the U.S economy, investors are increasingly scrutinizing pipeline operators' long-term economic profitability and sustainability practices. A closer look into the status of pipelines reveals a particular issue that investors need to consider.

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ESG Spotlight Report - Investing in racial diversity: North American equities

Access Sustainalytics' second ESG Spotlight Series report on race and ethnic diversity this year. Building on insights from the previous ESG Spotlight, the next series installment focuses on bridging the demographic data gap by compiling corporate disclosures of employee composition. Our research shows that companies with more diverse upper management tended to deliver greater financial returns than those with less diverse upper management over the last five years.

Moving the Needle: How Loans and Bonds Are Being Tied to Corporate Sustainability Performance

The tide continues to rise for the sustainable debt market, with sustainability-linked debt contributing to its steady growth. In this article we take a closer look at what’s driving market adoption of sustainability-linked debt and the principles and frameworks guiding market participants.