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.
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.
The proliferation of ESG indices and the funds launched off the back of them is great business, but the ESG ratings underpinning them are under intense scrutiny.
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.
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.
Companies need to take their heads out of the sand and deal directly with shareholders' concerns over ESG – unless they don't want to tap cheaper capital, of course.
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.
The European Commission wants to compel around 50,000 companies to report across a range of ESG factors. Investors, banks and NGOs are broadly aligned, but reservations exist.