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

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Governance in Brief – September 22, 2022

DOJ unveils crimefighting policies for corporate misconduct The U.S. Department of Justice has announced a new “carrots and sticks” approach to fighting corporate crime that encourages companies to report misconduct while making it more difficult for repeat offenders to enter settlements and deferred prosecutions.

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Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and ESG: Managing Risks in a Changing Business Environment

Learn how companies can address data privacy and security issues and mitigate related ESG risks.

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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Governance in Brief – September 15, 2022

Philip Morris to lower acceptance threshold for Swedish Match bid Faced with shareholder opposition, Philip Morris could reportedly lower the acceptance threshold for its USD 16 billion takeover of Swedish Match.

How Japan Airlines Took Transition Bonds to New Heights

How an International Airline Took Transition Bonds to New Heights

Japan Airlines (JAL Group) made sustainability and aircraft emission reduction a cornerstone of its corporate strategy, and in doing so, issued the aviation industry’s first transition bond.

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Governance in Brief – September 8, 2022

BHP shareholders seek coherent climate policy Shareholder activist group The Australasian Center for Corporate Responsibility (“ACCR”) has, with the support of circa 100 co-sponsors, submitted a set of climate-focused resolutions to BHP Group’s next AGM. The ACCR is urging the miner to "proactively advocate for Australian policy settings that are consistent with the Paris Agreement's objective of limiting global warming to 1.5° Celsius."

Webinar Replay | How Supply Chain ESG Can Help APAC Corporates to Accelerate Sustainability Goals

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Governance in Brief – September 1, 2022

ASEC strengthens pay-for-performance rules The U.S. SEC has announced amendments to its remuneration disclosure rules, requiring companies to provide information on the relationship between the paid executive compensation and financial performance.

Key Trends & Considerations for Transition Finance

Sustainalytics would like to invite you to our Transition Finance webinar where we will be discussing the development and expectations of Transition Finance, how transition finance has evolved over the past few years, key market considerations, as well as trends, opportunities and challenges. Join us as we discuss what is next on the Sustainable Finance horizon beyond GSSS and Transition Bonds.

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Sustainability-Linked Finance: A Bridge to Funding Corporate Sustainability

Learn about the key components of sustainability-linked finance instruments and how they can help corporations achieve their sustainability goals.

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Governance in Brief – August 25, 2022

Activist calls for change at Disney Activist investor Third Point has disclosed a 0.4% stake in Disney and has called for changes at the company, including cost cutting, a spin-off of its sports network and a shake-up of its board.

What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: Market Headwinds, GHG Targets in Sustainability-Linked Instruments, the Focus on Supply Chains, and More

In this month’s overview of all things sustainable finance, we look at the shifting global market, ponder the potential impact of the EU green bond standard, and highlight gender-based KPIs in sustainability-linked finance instruments.

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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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Setting the Pace for IPO Success: 5 Key Steps for Documenting Your ESG-Readiness

One key way pre-IPO companies are demonstrating their ESG competence is by undergoing an IPO ESG assessment. Learn how companies preparing for their IPO can document their ESG-readiness in this checklist.

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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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Governance in Brief – August 18, 2022

HSBC pressured to spin off its Asia business Hong Kong-based investor Ping An, which holds an 8.3% stake in HSBC, continues to pressure the lender to spin off its Asia business. The investor first advanced the idea in April 2022, but was at that point rebuffed by HSBC’s leadership.