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.
European proposals on ESG fund distribution are sparking worries about mis-selling, market fragmentation and, as a result, potentially reduced flows into such products.
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 number of ESG ETF launches shows no signs of abating, and while many are now aligning with the UN SDGs, their diversity and quality are questionable.
A lack of technical guidance on Europe’s SFDR legislation has left asset managers to fill in the gaps, leading to confusion and serious risks of both greenwashing and market fragmentation.
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.
Amid criticism of its palm oil business, the agricultural conglomerate has tapped the capital markets with a host of innovative green funding deals.
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.
The US bank has doubled down on efforts to facilitate private capital into sustainable projects in emerging markets. But its year-old development finance institution is so far finding it hard to measure the impact of such deals.
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.