As part of a push to improve financial literacy, the Czech consumer credit provider has linked the first ESG loan it has taken out globally – in the Philippines' sustainable debt market – to that goal. Jean Lafontaine, head of funding, treasury, M&A and investor relations, gives the lowdown.
When investors try to flag concerns to Facebook and Twitter about social media-related issues, the two tech giants often respond with stonewalling and obstruction. Google appears little better. Here we set out why.
Last year put sustainability accounting and reporting on the map. The next 12 months should see regulators, standard setters and companies taking a closer look at areas like double materiality, Scope 3 emissions and nature-based reporting.
Paris-based NGE raised €500m of sustainability-linked debt, with one of the key performance indicators linked to female representation on construction sites. Executive VP Jean-Sébastien Leoni outlines the company's rationale behind it.
Tokyo wants to become Asia’s top sustainable finance centre by riding the wave of green bond issuance in Japan. That would require a change in the mindset of local investors and an alignment with international norms, not least around its planned taxonomy.
High net worth individuals are increasingly demanding to know precisely how sustainable their portfolios are, but wealth managers have traditionally struggled with the complexity of offering the granular view of ESG metrics such visibility requires. Rodolphe Bocquet of Clarity AI discusses efforts being made to integrate total transparency into one’s models – and the implications of a failure to do so.
Investors that are early adopters of fossil fuel exclusion policies tend to rank highly on voting, while some vocal critics of divestment are not as active on engagement as their stance might suggest, new data reveals.
After a split, two groups recently launched separate ESG-focused guidance on securities lending, while the US SEC plans to make the practice less opaque and help assess its effect on shareholder voting. Investors hope the moves will make the business more sustainable and transparent.
Rich countries are not honouring their annual $100bn climate finance pledge to poorer ones, yet they still spend heavily on environmentally harmful fossil fuel subsidies. Can this imbalance be addressed?
Capital flows into emerging markets are falling well short of what will be needed to achieve net-zero emissions or other key sustainability goals, say several new reports. The likes of Günther Thallinger of Allianz and Philippe Zaouati of Mirova are calling on governments to pull their weight.
A corporate treasurer’s work has historically revolved around cash flow forecasts, but increasingly involves defining sustainability key performance indicators and monitoring ESG data. Miguel Silva Gonzalez of Dutch supermarket giant Ahold Delhaize gives his take.