The A$150bn pension fund is using its financial heft to address modern slavery and has developed a risk-assessment tool to support its reporting requirements. But while some asset managers have shown overwhelming support, others are still burying their heads in the sand.
The year to date has seen record-breaking support for shareholder resolutions, with asset managers such as BlackRock and Vanguard stepping up their stewardship. However, a lack of data on the real-world impact means the jury is still out on their efficacy.
Some car manufacturers have sold green bonds, but Paris-based Valeo is Europe’s first automotive sector company to target carbon emission reduction along the entire manufacturing chain.
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.
Turkish manufacturer Arçelik will use proceeds from its debut green bond to address a challenge most companies prefer to ignore. The issue attracted strong investor demand despite domestic economic turbulence.
With many classified funds containing questionable stocks, the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation is upsetting asset managers who feel their focus on impact is being undermined as a result.
Privately owned companies are integrating ESG disclosure into their financing agreements at the fastest rate on record as new sustainability regulations and shifting investor demand push one of the most secret market segments to come out.
The French industrial gas producer achieved a record price for its first green debt issue even as the bond ‘greenium’ has narrowed. This is at least partly thanks to the company’s rising focus on hydrogen.
The development of new ways to apply sustainable capital is truly exciting, but investors must pay close attention to how new fund offerings are created and the ESG data on which they are predicated.
Thousands of British companies that are required by law to produce a statement on this issue have not done so. But some, such as fashion retailer Asos and hotel group IHG, are setting better examples.
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.
Regulations forcing British companies to disclose details of their gender pay gaps are having a positive impact, but some lobby groups feel they should go further.