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The Importance of Water Stewardship

The following post summarizes some key ideas from a recent edition of the CFA Institute podcast The Sustainability Story. CFA Institute’s Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM spoke with Matt Howard, vice president of water stewardship at The Water Council…. READ MORE ›

Fighting Global Warming Through Carbon Markets

CFA Institute Senior Director Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, spoke with CEO and co-portfolio manager of Carbon Cap Management, Michael Azlen, about carbon pricing and emissions trading systems (ETS).

Modern Portfolio Theory Revisited in the Age of Environmental, Social, and Governance Investing

The following post summarizes some key ideas from a recent edition of the CFA Institute podcast The Sustainability Story. Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, senior director of capital markets policy at CFA Institute, spoke with former hedge… READ MORE ›

Two Sides of the ESG Debate Are Closer Than They Think

We support the formation of an ISSB because its “first principles” are important to the investment community and would address the full range of sustainability factors (i.e., beyond climate change alone) through which investors assess business performance. Crucially, the ISSB also would establish a global sustainability disclosure baseline, bringing coherence to a fragmented ecosystem in which investors have been forced to be multilingual.

As the SEC Turns Its Attention to Human Capital, Investors and Accountants Need to Pay Attention

Perhaps most interesting about human capital relative to climate risk is that the financial statements are already supposed to provide some degree of information on human capital, such as compensation expense, but financial statements do not always do this. But now with the SEC involved, things may change.

Sustainability Disclosures: Are We on the Right Path toward a Global Approach?

Regulators’ push for the development of sustainable investments, however, is challenged by the lack of reliable, consistent, and verifiable ESG data.

IFRS Foundation Chair Speaks at CFA Institute Symposium on the Creation of Sustainability Standards Board

KEY MESSAGES

At a recent CFA Institute event, I hosted Erkki Liikanen, Chair of the IFRS Trustees, where he spoke about the efforts of the IFRS Foundation to establish a Sustainability Standards Board (the… READ MORE ›

June 29, 30: Global Financial Regulatory Symposium

Register now for CFA Institute Global Financial Regulatory Symposium June 29, 30.

ESG Q&A: Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory

Jon Lukomnik and James Hawley discuss their new book Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory.

Sustainable Corporate Governance: Creating Incentives to Integrate Sustainability Interests into Business Operations

CFA Institute recently published the report “Corporate Governance and ESG Disclosure in the EU”, which looks at how corporate governance practices have evolved over the past years and examines the impact of sustainability measures that have been introduced in the European Union in the context of the Renewed Sustainable Finance Strategy and the Action Plan on Financing Sustainability Growth. The study also focuses on how companies can take into account open market perspectives while continuing to seek corporate success and create shareholder value.

ESG Q&A: 21st Century Investing

A discussion with Steve Lydenberg and William Burckart about their new book 21st Century Investing: Redirecting Financial Strategies to Drive Systems Change.

Two Months Left to Apply for US$20,000 Prize on Ethics and Trust in Finance for a Sustainable Future

The Ethics & Trust in Finance for a Sustainable Future, which is supported by CFA Institute and other organizations, is a global prize in its eighth cycle (awarded every two years) that will award winners a pool of US$20,000.

ESG Q&A: The Taskforce on Nature-Related Financial Disclosures

We talked to Chris Hart, senior sustainable finance associate at Global Canopy—one of the four founding organizations behind the initiative to form TNFD—to better understand the issue of natural capital and how we can expect it to become part of the investing process.

Natural Capital Is the Coming Market Disruption You Haven’t Heard About. But You Will.

Partha Dasgupta from Cambridge has written a paper the world should read. His simple point? We exist within nature. It has potential to trigger disruptions in financial reporting and other spheres.

The Biden SEC – Time to Restore an Investor Protection Vibe

With a new Administration comes fresh leadership at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the most important securities regulator on the world stage. We have a simple request, get us back on track for investor protection.



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