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Governance in Brief – June 15, 2023

Exxon and Chevron AGMs reject climate proposals The AGMs of Exxon Mobil and Chevron have rejected a slew of climate-themed shareholder proposals, signaling a setback for activists pushing for more aggressive emission reduction targets.

Impact offers investors new ways to differentiate products, enhance client satisfaction, report to stakeholders and more. Learn how in our new blog post, The Power of Impact: Unleashing Potential for Asset Owners, Asset Managers, and Wealth Managers

The Power of Impact: Untapped Potential for Asset Owners, Asset Managers and Wealth Managers

In this blog post, we explore the power of impact as a dimension in investment decision-making and how it can unlock new opportunities and deliver sustainable value for asset owners, asset managers and wealth managers.

Today’s Sustainable Bond Market: Boosting Confidence in Sustainable Bond Issuances

In this article, we examine the kinds of sustainable bonds offered in the market, some of the key regulations being developed in different markets and the current initiatives to improve the quality and credibility of issuances.

Contribute to Morningstar Sustainalytics’ 2nd Annual Global Survey of CSR and Sustainability Professionals

Morningstar Sustainalytics’ 2nd Annual Global Survey of CSR and Sustainability Professionals

We invite corporate social responsibility and sustainability professionals around the world to participate in the second edition of the Morningstar Sustainalytics Corporate ESG Survey.

Webinar Recap: How Integrating ESG Can Drive Opportunity for Private Companies

Recently, Morningstar Sustainalytics hosted a webinar – ESG in the Lifecycle of a Private Company: How Stakeholder Demands Drive Sustainability in Private Markets – to address some of the questions private companies might have surrounding ESG and how it could impact their business.

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Governance in Brief – June 8, 2023

European Parliament approves CSDDD The European Parliament has approved the “Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive.” Under the new rules, companies will be required to identify and address the negative impact of their activities and value chains on human rights and the environment. Additionally, companies will need to implement climate transition plans, and, in the case of companies with more than 1,000 employees, tie directors' variable compensation to target achievement.

Corporate ESG Reporting: Improving the Dialogue Between Companies and Their Investors

In this article, we take a closer look at why ESG reporting is more important than ever, highlighting why it goes beyond an annual general meeting (AGM) or proxy season.

What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: GSSS Market Rebounds, Sovereign Sustainable Debt, and Much More

Get caught up on developments in the global sustainable finance market. This month, we discuss market performance for the first part of the year, continuing scrutiny of SLBs, and the growing group of sovereigns exploring sustainable debt opportunities.

What Do ESG Ratings Measure? Understanding the Metrics Used to Assess Corporate ESG Performance

In this article we’ll shed some light on what the top-level corporate ESG rating means, and the metrics used to measure corporate ESG performance.

Webinar Replay: Key Trends & Consideration for Transition Finance

The Focus of this webinar was around the Transition Finance foundation and instruments, providing an overview of the global and local trends in Japan, criteria and thresholds.

Webinar: EU Green Bond Standards Regulation Implication for Issuers

Sustainalytics invites you to this webinar where we will be discussing the recent regulatory publication on the agreement for the EU Green Bond Standards. We will be highlighting what the implications of these changes are for EU Green Bond Issuers.

Raising the Bar in Mining and Minerals for the Cleantech Supply Chain: The Role of Multi-Stakeholder Initiatives

In this article, we look at multi-stakeholder initiatives in the mining industry and how to mobilize investors to raise the bar for industry collaboration in the cleantech supply chain.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.