UK Stewardship Code 2020 - Stewardship Report

Morningstar Sustainalytics has maintained its status as a signatory of the UK Stewardship Code 2020 (the Code) per 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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Webinar Replay: Sustainability Linked Instruments

Morningstar Sustainalytics hosted a webinar where we discussed sustainability-linked instruments and the benefits of having a second-party opinion.

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Governance in Brief – October 13, 2022

Musk revives Twitter buyout, sparking financing concerns Elon Musk announced on October 4 that he will move forward with his original bid of USD 54.20 per share, while seemingly maintaining his right to pursue damages against Twitter for having allegedly misrepresented its usage statistics. The trial on the matter has been put on hold, but may be rescheduled for November should the deal not be closed by October 28.

The Impact of Cyberattacks on Stock Prices

The Impact of Cyberattacks on Stock Prices

Data privacy and cybersecurity-related issues have become major drivers of business risk in recent years. Based on Morningstar Sustainalytics’ Data Privacy and Security (DP&S) incident data, this report reviews recent DP&S incident trends and assesses the impact of significant cyberattack Incidents on stock returns over time.

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Governance in Brief – October 6, 2022

Credit Suisse share price plunges amid concerns of collapse Credit Suisse saw its share price drop 11.5% to an all-time low on October 3 amid concerns surrounding the bank’s financial stability and ability to restructure its business. Spreads on the bank’s credit default swaps, which provide investors with protection against financial risks, rose sharply last week following media reports that the bank was seeking to raise capital.

Managing Cybersecurity, Data Privacy and ESG Risk 7 Key Questions Every Company Needs to Address

Data Privacy and ESG Risk: 7 Key Questions Every Company Needs to Address

As businesses become more digitized and reliant on personal data, cybersecurity has become a top concern among CEOs and investors. Companies that fail to effectively manage and fund related measures will face a slew of ESG-related challenges and risk.

Climate Change, Innovation, and Cybersecurity in the Defense Industry: New Opportunities for ESG Investors

While perhaps not a widely considered link between the defense industry and climate change, several Eurosatory conference sessions addressed how climate change can intensify security risks and threats.

Listen to the latest episode of the Sustainalytics Podcast | Aligning Executive Action to Strategy With Sustainability-Linked Compensation

What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: Blue Bonds Make Waves, ‘Sleeping’ Sustainability-Linked Loans Raise Eyebrows, and More

In this month’s rundown of sustainable finance market developments, we discuss the outlook for renewables, interesting blue bond transactions and the emerging trend of “sleeping” sustainability-linked loans causing concern among market participants.

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Governance in Brief – September 29, 2022

P&G Chair targeted over ESG risks Friends of the Earth, with the support of the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Rainforest Action Network, has filed a “notice of exempt-solicitation” urging Procter & Gamble investors to oppose both the reelection of CEO Jon Moeller as board Chair and the reelection of two members of the “Governance and Public Responsibility Committee.”

The Hidden Business Costs of Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

The Hidden Costs to Business of Overlooking Data Privacy, Cybersecurity and ESG

As businesses become more digitized and reliant on personal data, cybersecurity has become a top concern among CEOs and investors. Companies that fail to effectively manage and fund related measures will face a slew of ESG-related challenges and risk.

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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."