Highly polluting companies need trillions of dollars of funding to reduce their carbon emissions. Transition bonds are mooted as one solution, but investors are far from convinced.
The number of firms incorporating ESG metrics into leadership remuneration is rising amid shareholder pressure and as CEOs recognise the commercial and reputational benefits.
UN Sustainable Development Goal 15 figures low on investors’ agenda, while their exposure to at-risk forest companies remains high.
One of the world’s most influential financiers of oil and gas remains reluctant to threaten clients with funding cuts as a means to hit net zero. The US bank argues its investment-led approach to reducing carbon intensity within sector hotspots goes far enough.
Sustainable bond issuance rocketed in the first quarter. Despite scepticism over their true purpose and impact, there is little evidence to suggest that demand will abate soon.
Momentum is gathering behind President Joe Biden’s environmental push, which includes a proposal for corporate climate disclosure. It will add a burden for companies, but the environmental risk of inaction could be a lot higher.
Analysis by Capital Monitor has discovered a small handful of influential investors with significant stakes in companies that dominate the ocean economy. Sadly, improving life below water is not high on many investment agendas.
With an estimated 25 million people in forced labour, hundreds of companies should be identifying human rights abuses every year, yet very few do. Shamefully, investors don't apply enough pressure, while existing regulations lack bite.