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ESG


Déjà vu all over again: DOL issues guidance on ESG integration in the investment process

In a nutshell, the new rule says fiduciaries cannot sacrifice returns to achieve some other objective, such as societal considerations or other nonfinancial concerns.

ESG Disclosure Standards: Begin With Financially Value Relevant, Layer Other Objectives

Last week, US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Chair Jay Clayton spoke on a webcast sponsored by FCLTGlobal. He discussed his views on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) disclosures and the SEC’s responsibilities to investors —… READ MORE ›

Are You Under 35 and Have an Opinion on Ethics in Finance?

Call for those 35-years-old and under to apply for The Ethics & Trust in Finance for a Sustainable Future Prize worth US$20,000. Open to all global entrants.

Will Revisiting SEC’s Names Rule Clear Up ESG Fund Name Confusion?

Firms use fund names to both market themselves and to inform investors. Fund names are always important, but in the case of the current challenges with funds that advertise themselves as ESG or sustainable funds, disclosures beyond the fund name would be especially helpful.

Defining green activities – What the new EU rules mean for India

A standard taxonomy of green finance based on best principles, with an eventual path towards global convergence, would catalyse investments that are desperately needed. This global issue is framed from the point of view of India.

ESMA: The Increasing Importance of ESG Disclosures

Given the increased importance of company ESG disclosures, ESMA increased their enforcement activities on nonfinancial information in 2019.

Towards a level playing field

Asia firms urged to be more transparent and informative on ESG disclosure

As environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations move increasingly into the mainstream of investment, companies in Asia are waking up to the… READ MORE ›

Sustainable Value for Money: How to reconnect finance with the needs of society

A few weeks ago, the new European Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, rolled out its first package of measures, called the European Green Deal.

How are experienced practitioners applying ESG integration?

lthough different definitions for materiality apply, the consensus among investors is that a material ESG issue is a fundamental value driver of a company or security that affects the income statement, balance sheet, and cash-flow statement positively or negatively.

Asset Owners Experience Shortage of ESG Products Meeting Expectation

Clients have the power to drive ESG integration forward as practitioners listen to them.

Are investment horizons preventing integration of ESG factors?

Workshop participants believe that ESG factors can materialize through a series of short-term, incremental upticks or downticks that individually impact short-term and long-term investment return.

ESG Analysis: Is judgment more important than data?

Investors and analysts have been investing in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data from data providers and also developing the skills of their in-house teams to better understand ESG issues.

Four Areas of Misunderstanding Around ESG Integration

Many people perceive that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) integration means sacrificing performance because they believe that ESG integration is the same as screening out companies and sectors from their investment universe.

Are ESG factors relevant only for investors with long-term investment horizons?

Some workshop participants suggested that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors comes into play when the investment horizon is a minimum of five years, making them material only to long-term investors.

Embracing the Inevitable: ESG Disclosures

When it comes to ESG reporting, survey respondents and roundtable participants say that they incorporate governance factors into their investment analysis to a greater extent than they incorporate environmental and social factors.



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