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Have questions about responsible investing, sustainable finance, and ESG? Hear from our experts in our Quick Take video series.

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Governance in Brief – January 12, 2023

Global investors pressure Glencore over coal production A group of investors with a combined USD 2.2 trillion in assets under management has submitted a shareholder proposal to the AGM of Glencore Plc, calling for improved disclosure on the commodity giant’s thermal coal operations and the alignment of these with the group’s public commitment to support the Paris Agreement’s goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C. The resolution constitutes a significant escalation of pressure on the mining company, which had already seen nearly a quarter of shareholders reject its climate progress report in April 2022.

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Governance in Brief – January 5, 2023

U.S.-listed Chinese companies drop Hong Kong listing plans Several U.S.-listed Chinese companies, including Pinduoduo and Full Truck Alliance, have reportedly dropped plans to list their shares on the Hong Kong exchange. The decision came after the U.S. Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (“PCAOB”) announced that it had secured full access to investigate China-based audit firms, and that it had already reviewed eight audits conducted by Chinese KPMG and PwC affiliates. Chinese authorities had previously opposed any such disclosure, citing national security concerns.

How a Malaysian Port Operator Effectively Measured Its Impact on Local Communities

Westports Malaysia wanted to understand the extent of its corporate impact on the local economy, as well as its contributions to the surrounding community. The company was aware that its operations affected the lives of nearby residents, but they wanted to quantify that impact with factual evidence.

Communicating Your ESG Story: 5 Key Lessons From Top-Performing Companies

In this blog, we provide insights into the best practices for strategic ESG communications with five lessons from three top performing companies in Sustainalytics’ universe.

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The Growth of Impact Investing in Latin America: Insights From Latibex Forum 2022

In this blog members of our Corporate Solutions teams share their insights on the uptake of ESG and impact considerations among companies and investors in Latin America.

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Investors Seek Meaningful Scope 3 Emissions Targets to Evaluate Climate Transition Plans

Climate concerns continued to dominate proxy voting in the 2022 proxy season. With more clarity on sectoral commitments required to achieve the global net zero goal, shareholders’ requests have become noticeably more specific. A larger number of resolutions asked companies to adopt and report on emissions reduction targets and transition plans that reference the latest forward-looking guidance.

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Post-COP15 Outlook: Evolving Investor Responsibilities in Biodiversity

Awaiting COP15’s Global Biodiversity Framework negotiation outcomes, financial market participants could face new regulatory pressure sooner than expected to integrate biodiversity assessment into their investment, decision-making processes.

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Governance in Brief – December 15, 2022

Canada to get tougher on foreign investment The Canadian government has proposed changes to the country’s foreign investment legislation aimed at enhancing the government’s ability to scrutinize and block investments that pose national security risks. The planned amendments would require foreign investors to give the government more notice for proposed investments in certain sectors. Additionally, the government will be allowed to impose interim conditions on an investment during the national security review, such as limiting access to transfer of assets, intellectual property or trade secrets.

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What’s Happening in Sustainable Finance: Funding Emerging Markets’ Climate Adaption, Regulatory Focus on Scope 3 Emissions, and More

As 2022 winds down, we discuss notable developments in sustainable finance, including global green bond issuance surpassing $2 trillion, growing regulatory focus on scope 3 emissions reporting, and opportunities to support climate adaptation, and just transition in emerging market via sustainable finance activities.

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In 2023, Expect Europe’s Asset Managers to Gain Ground on ESG Regulations, Morningstar Sustainalytics President Says

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Danish Delegation Engages Sustainalytics’ Biodiversity Expert, Enabling Front Row Access to COP15 Negotiations

Finance Day within the U.N. Biodiversity Conference (COP15) is fast approaching, and Morningstar Sustainalytics’ team members will be in attendance, each focusing on different investor biodiversity considerations related to active ownership.

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Governance in Brief – December 8, 2022

EU Parliament approves directive boosting female board representation The European Parliament has approved a directive requiring the “underrepresented sex” to make up 40% of non-executive director roles or 33% of all director roles of publicly listed EU companies, excluding small and medium enterprises, by June 2026. According to the “Women on Boards” Directive, which was passed 10 years after it was first proposed by the European Commission, companies will have to annually report on board gender representation to authorities and, in case targets are not met, explain how they plan to attain them. Additionally, Member States will have to set up a penalty system, including fines or annulment of director selection, for noncompliant companies.

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On the Path to Compliance: An EU Action Plan Timeline

As the EU Action Plan’s legislative framework is being formalized and implemented, many investment firms may still need clarity on its regulations and terminology. In this blog, we demystify 10 key terms to help you better understand the EU Action Plan.

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Infographic | What's Driving Corporate ESG? CSR and Sustainability Professionals Have Their Say

Discover what CSR and sustainability professionals say are the top motivations and influences driving their firms’ corporate ESG programs in our infographic, featuring data from the Morningstar Sustainalytics Corporate ESG Survey Report 2022: CSR and Sustainability in Transition.

Sustainable Finance Insights: Special Episode on Sustainable Finance in the Metals, Mining and Commodities Sector

In this special episode, we focus on sustainable and transition finance opportunities for issuers in the metals and mining sector and discuss considerations for banks, issuers and investors to fund improvements and mitigate environmental, social and regulatory risks.

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Sustainable Finance and the Inflation Reduction Act: 5 Key Takeaways for Issuers and Investors

In this blog we share 5 takeaways from our recent webinar on the U.S. Inflation Reduction Act, what it means for companies, issuers and investors, and how it can support their decarbonization goals.

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Cybersecurity Risk and ESG: Systemic Events Analysis

Global events such as the pandemic and the war in Ukraine, heightened focus on cyberthreats. In this blog we look at how these events impacted the performance of a cybersecurity model fund and what that means for companies and investors.

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Governance in Brief – December 1, 2022

Intel changes performance metrics for CEO’s new-hire award Intel has amended the new hire agreement for CEO Pat Gelsinger by increasing the share price growth target from 30% to 50%, extending the post-grant vesting period from three to five years, and increasing the number of trading days during which target prices need to be maintained from 30 to 90 days. The decision comes after more than half of votes cast by shareholders at the 2022 AGM opposed the company’s remuneration report.

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Demystifying the EU Action Plan: 10 Key Terms Explained

As the EU Action Plan’s legislative framework is being formalized and implemented, many investment firms may still need clarity on its regulations and terminology. In this blog, we demystify 10 key terms to help you better understand the EU Action Plan.