Views on improving the integrity of global capital markets

ESG


Don’t Make Climate Promises You Can’t Keep

Investors must understand their ESG mutual funds might represent a step in the right direction, but they are not going to save the world. Their actions on the ground as consumers and voters have a much greater impact.

What a Successful COP26 Conference Would Look Like

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 Mark Van Clieaf, Managing Director of FutureZero. In this podcast,… READ MORE ›

The Role of Institutional Investors in Clean Energy

The following post summarizes some key ideas from a recent edition of the CFA Institute podcast The Sustainability Story. CFA Institute’s Senior Director Matt Orsagh, CFA, CIPM, spoke with Mark Van Clieaf, Managing Director of FutureZero. In this podcast,… READ MORE ›

To Make Finance Sustainable We Must Look Beyond COP26

There’s a lot to be discovered in Glasgow, the host city of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26). But there’s certainly no magic… READ MORE ›

Hong Kong Asserts ESG Leadership

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 Grace Hui, head of Green and Sustainable Finance at Hong Kong… READ MORE ›

The Beginning of the EU Sustainability Wave

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters remain at the top of the EU agenda. In the coming months, EU institutions are expected to work on several legislative files related to sustainable finance. Regulators are currently discussing the… READ MORE ›

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.