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On-Demand Webinar: Physical Climate Risk Metrics

Watch our on-demand webinar recordings to learn more about enhancements to Physical Climate Risk Metrics.

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Governance in Brief – April 6, 2023

Alibaba to cleave off business units Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba has announced plans to split its operations into six separate business groups. The units are Cloud Intelligence Group, Taobao Tmall Commerce Group, Local Services Group, Cainiao Smart Logistics Group, Global Digital Commerce Group and Digital Media and Entertainment Group.

Examining the G in ESG: The Role, Best Practices and Metrics for Corporate Governance

This blog post examines the role, best practices and metrics for corporate governance with examples from three subindustries.

What the Upcoming ISSB Standards Mean for Corporate Reporters and Issuers

Discover what the upcoming Sustainability Disclosure Standards from ISSB could mean for company’s ESG and sustainability strategies, polices and disclosure.

Thematic Research: Investing in AI for IT Operations

The topic of artificial intelligence (AI) has been making headlines over the past year with a wave of new customer and business applications that are revolutionizing how industries operate by improving efficiency.

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Governance in Brief – March 30, 2023

UBS to buy Credit Suisse UBS has agreed to merge with embattled local peer Credit Suisse in an emergency rescue deal worth CHF 3 billion (USD 3.2 billion). The transaction is backed by the Swiss central bank

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Biodiversity For Financial Institutions: Making the LEAP to Better Decision Making and Stewardship

Amid growing pressure to incorporate biodiversity into investment processes, we will outline how financial institutions can perform biodiversity assessments to make meaningful decision, contribute to biodiversity preservation and be accountable to regulators.

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A Tale of Two Swiss Banks: Financial Performance and ESG Risk Run Parallel for UBS and Credit Suisse

Amid growing interest in the financial impacts of the UBS-Credit Suisse merger, less attention has been paid to the ESG aspects. How have the two companies been performing on ESG risk?

ESG In Conversation | How Are Sustainability Professionals Really Putting ESG into Practice?

In this episode of ESG in Conversation, we discuss the results of the Morningstar Sustainalytics Corporate ESG Survey and explore how the responsibilities of sustainability professionals are changing to address their companies' material ESG issues.

Quick Take: 2023 Sustainable Bond Market Trends and Outlook

In this video, hear from Begum Gursoy, Associate Director of Debt Capital Markets and Sustainable Finance, as she explains how the sustainable finance market performed in 2022 and looks at trends and opportunities unfolding in 2023.

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Governance in Brief – March 23, 2023

SVB Financial Group sued after the collapse of Silicon Valley bank unit SVB Financial Group, the parent company of Silicon Valley Bank, and two of its top executives, CEO Greg Becker and CFO Daniel Beck, are being sued by shareholders following the bank’s collapse. The lawsuit, filed by retail shareholder Chandra Vanipenta on behalf of a group of shareholders, accuses the bank and its two top executives of filing false and misleading financial reports.

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Governance in Brief – March 16, 2023

Canada introduces climate reporting framework Canadian regulators have issued new guidance for the country's banks and insurance companies to better manage climate-related risks. The framework, which requires disclosure on governance, strategy, risk management, and metrics related to financial institutions’ greenhouse-gas emissions, was first drafted in 2022.

From Insight to Action: A User's Guide to Corporate ESG Performance

This guide provides clarity on how ESG leaders across different industries use a data-driven approach to manage, implement, and report on their ESG issues.

Sustainalytics Podcast

What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: Innovative Finance Instruments Breaking Ground, Use of Proceed Bonds Back in Vogue, and More

Could innovation help the sustainable finance market rebound in 2023? Will scrutiny of linked instruments continue to push investors back to use of proceed transactions? We tackle these topics and more in our latest episode.

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Inconsistent Definition of ‘Sustainable Investments’ Across EU Regulations Could Cause (Unintentional) Greenwashing

The absence of clear parameters to support the regulatory definition of sustainable investments has pushed market participants to make judgment calls leading to diverging investor approaches.

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EU's Iterative Approach to Sustainable Finance Regulations Isn't Perfect, But It's a Good Start

The EU Action Plan for Sustainable Finance has kept the European investment market busy over the past year. In this blog post, we highlight the merits that we see in the EU regulatory package. While not perfect, the regulation is a good start.

Thematic Research: Investing in the Future of Transportation

The article offers an analysis of the ESG issues faced by companies engaged in the development of innovative transportation technologies.

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Governance in Brief – March 9, 2023

The U.S. Congress has passed a resolution repealing a Department of Labor (“DOL”) rule empowering retirement plan managers to consider climate change and ESG factors in their investment decisions. The rule, introduced by the Biden administration, falls under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (“ERISA”), a federal law which sets protection standards for participants in private pension plans. Biden’s ruling entered into force in January this year, overturning prior Trump-era DOL rules that limited pension fund managers to restrict their investment strategies to “pecuniary factors.”

Webinar Replay: The Net Zero Transition - Building Climate-Aware Investment Strategies

Discover how investors can more effectively respond to climate regulatory initiatives, advance engagement activities and support net zero strategies.

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Governance in Brief – March 2, 2023

Indian regulator proposes enhancement to ESG disclosure rules India’s securities and market regulator SEBI has released a new ESG disclosure framework for public consultation. The proposed regulations impact India’s 1,000 largest companies by market capitalization, ESG funds and ESG ratings providers. For the largest companies, the regulator proposes areas of assurance of ESG disclosures and reporting and assurance of ESG footprint of the supply chain. The proposals expand on the 2021 Business Responsibility and Sustainability Report (“BRSR”) guidelines and propose mandatory assurance of certain KPIs under ESG disclosure. The KPIs contain intensity ratios such as GHG emissions, water consumption, and waste generation. For supply chain, SEBI will introduce a comply-or-explain approach for the top 250 companies starting in 2024, and assurance beginning in 2025. For ESG funds, SEBI proposes that at least 65% of AUM be invested in companies reporting on comprehensive BRSR and provide assurance on BRSR core disclosures. Under the proposed rules, ESG rating providers should also provide a “core ESG rating” based on assured information in addition to their own products.