The Energy Charter Treaty, which gives oil and gas companies a route to suing governments, is increasingly hindering climate policy reform, say campaigners. And it is not the only agreement of its type.
The spotlight is on publishers of ESG ratings with a recent damning critique coming from a prominent academic claiming their model should be ripped up. But laying the blame solely on rating agencies gives asset owners a free pass they don’t deserve.
Producers of metals integral to the production of electric vehicles look well set in light of government emissions reduction policies and support for the EV sector. But lithium miners are facing rising scrutiny over how environmentally friendly they really are.
Companies across the globe, from banks to beauty product purveyors, risk losing the best staff if they fail to take account of a new generation of executives' greater ethical awareness and willingness to act on it.
For natural resources such as air, water and soil to be regulated, there needs to be a way of valuing them. Governments are grappling with this issue as investors focus increasingly on SDG 15: Life on Land.
Momentum builds behind the circular economy as investors seek better growth while tackling global challenges, while innovation in this area is de-risking investments and delivering exciting risk-adjusted returns for investors.
To ensure a safe exit, influential private equity houses are showing signs of embracing ESG within their investment practices. There is a stronger conviction that sustainability will create greater value over time. Entrepreneurs need to take note.
The German lender is turning down more deals that do not satisfy its increasingly strict sustainability criteria. But it still faces criticism for its financing of high-carbon industries.
The region's healthcare providers have been slow to embrace sustainable funding because it is tricky to set measurable key performance indicators in the sector – but that is changing.
Capital Monitor asked 22 top insurers for their position on the recent IEA report calling for an immediate cessation to investing in and building new oil and gas projects. Only seven responded with answers but none were prepared to make firm commitments.
While it has a long-standing focus on climate risk, the $1.3trn NBIM doesn't set a specific goal for cutting its portfolio carbon emissions – despite measuring them since 2014. Nor does it want to adopt a climate-adjusted equity benchmark.
CFOs and treasurers take note. Although the pricing advantage for sustainable bonds has declined over the past six months, it is unlikely to vanish even as the volume of green bonds rises. Whether this is the case over a longer distance is up for fierce debate.