Governance in Brief – June 1, 2023
Citigroup to IPO Banamex after Mexican gov’t interventions hamper sales deal Citigroup has announced a plan to spin off its Mexican business, Banamex, after a failure to sell the unit to conglomerate Grupo Mexico. Citigroup had been in talks with German Larrea, CEO and Chairman of Grupo Mexico, for over a year in an attempt to orchestrate the sale of the bank, which was first announced at the start of 2022.
Green Bond Principles: What Issuers Need to Know
The green bond market is a portion of the larger debt market that enables and mobilizes funding for projects that contribute to environmental sustainability. Green bonds facilitate capital raising and investments for new and existing projects which have environmental benefits and can mitigate risks associated with climate change.
ESG Spotlight | Supply Chain Incidents: Understanding the Impacts
To help investors understand supply chain controversies, this report explores how supply chain incidents are distributed over time and across industries, markets and event categories. Our analysis aims to enable investors to identify potential areas of portfolio exposure as well as topics for corporate stewardship activities.
Managing Risks for a Changing Climate: A Guide for Institutional Investors
Gain a better understanding of physical and transition climate risks and their potential impacts to effectively respond to climate risks in investment portfolios and comply with the growing list of climate-focused reporting frameworks and regulations.
EU Action Plan Q1 Updates: SFDR Review and Investor’s Challenges
In this webinar, we will take a look at the evolution of sustainable funds in the first quarter of 2023, and review fund flows into Article 8 & 9 funds. We will then explore the latest regulatory updates around the EU Action Plan and the discussions around ESG labelling. Our speakers will discuss the different approaches of disclosures versus labelling and the benefits and shortcomings of each for combatting greenwashing.
Governance in Brief – May 25, 2023
Activist investor pushes for leadership and strategy changes at NRG Energy Activist investor Elliott Investment Management has disclosed a 13% stake in the US-based NRG Energy and called for leadership and operational changes at the company to remedy its “meaningful underperformance.” The investor urged NRG to add independent directors with experience in the power and energy sector to its board, noting that it has already identified five executives to guide the operational and strategic changes.
Meeting Investor Expectations Through Corporate ESG Reporting, Planning and AGMs
Investors are increasingly influenced by ESG ratings and companies’ approaches to managing ESG risk. While an annual general meeting (AGM) is an ideal opportunity to communicate company plans around managing these risks, ESG reporting goes beyond an AGM or proxy season. Investors want investing to align with values, but are also looking at risk exposure and management.
Governance in Brief – May 19, 2023
EU court sides with Ryanair on Lufthansa’s 2020 bailout. The EU General Court, the second-highest court in the EU, has annulled the European Commission’s decision on the approval of state bailout for Deutsche Lufthansa prompted by the 2020 pandemic. The judgment found the EC erroneously considered that Lufthansa could not obtain financing on the markets and failed to ask for the implementation of an incentive mechanism for the airline to buy back the German Government’s stake.
ESG In Conversation | How Can Investors Address Biodiversity Loss?
In this episode of ESG in Conversation, we’re exploring the question: how can investors address biodiversity loss? Learn about the urgency of addressing biodiversity loss and the role of good stewardship in effecting positive change.
Portfolio Screening as Due Diligence: How Investors Can Implement Responsible Business Conduct
This blog outlines how investors with access to screening options that follow the criteria of the OECD MNE Guidelines and the UNGPs can better assess investee companies’ risk of causing actual and potential adverse impacts. It shows what these research modules can look like and provides some examples outcomes on the effect of applying certain thresholds.
Governance in Brief – May 11, 2023
JPMorgan Chase takes over failed First Republic Bank JPMorgan Chase has acquired the assets and deposits of First Republic Bank after California authorities seized and auctioned the troubled lender. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”), an independent governmental agency established to maintain financial stability through the insurance of banks’ deposits, took possession of First Republic Bank after the lender suffered a severe liquidity crisis following the failure of SVB and Signature Bank earlier in March.
Capturing the Direct and Indirect Risks of Physical Climate Change in Investment Portfolios
Investors face a unique set of challenges in assessing the physical climate risks affecting their portfolio companies. In this blog discover the direct and indirect physical climate risks impacting companies and their supply chains.
Governance in Brief – May 4, 2023
TotalEnergies sells Canadian oil sands operations to Suncor TotalEnergies has announced that it will sell its Canadian operations to Suncor Energy, in an agreement worth up to CAD 6.1 billion (USD 4.47 billion). The French energy giant had originally planned to exit Canadian oil sands by spinning off TotalEnergies EP Canada, but later agreed to instead sell the operations after having received unsolicited offers from both Suncor and other parties.
Governance in Brief – April 27, 2023
ValueAct Capital pushes to oust Seven & i Holdings President Activist investor ValueAct Capital has submitted a shareholder proposal to remove four of the 14 directors of Japan’s Seven & i Holdings Co, including company President Ryuichi Isaka. The investor, which holds a 4.4% stake in the Japanese convenience store operator, has nominated four new independent directors to the board. ValueAct alleged that Isaka acted in bad faith and was responsible for a “flawed” corporate strategy. The investor has been calling on the Japanese company to improve its valuation and “pursue bold, structural reform.”
What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: A Flurry of Updates in Regulations, Taxonomies, Frameworks, and Much More
Discussing the flurry of updates in sustainable finance regulation and guidance such as progress on the EU GBS; updates to the various sustainable loan principles; and the release of fourth and final beta version of the TFND framework.
Why Impact Matters: Seven Essential Considerations for Investors
Today’s investors are facing increased scrutiny from stakeholders for greenwashing risk. ESG-related disclosure regulations are quickly advancing and more customers are seeking impact-focused products. This market environment demands heightened transparency and credibility, and investors need to know how Impact can help them rise to these challenges and meet their diverse sustainability goals.