Library: Insights

All Investing has impact. Here we share how and why.

Environmental Pillar

1, 2, 3…4! What are Scope 4 Emissions?

We know that people who smoke cigarettes can greatly improve their health—now and into the future—by cutting back or quitting altogether. And, when people make a pledge to stop smoking it’s easy to track their progress by counting how many cigarettes they smoke per day, over time. Of course, while cutting back is great, it

August 9, 2023
Investment Management

ESG Industry Owes Financial and Wealth Advisors an Apology

Individual investors rely on their financial advisor or wealth manager to provide informed, unbiased advice, but with so many ESG investment choices that’s not always easy. We recently fell into a conversation with a seasoned Financial Advisor (FA) about how he explains ESG investing to his clients. His financial planning expertise is unquestionable and he

August 4, 2023
Sustainability and the Agriculture Industry
Environmental Pillar

Sustainability and the Agriculture Industry – A Lot to Chew On

If you’re a human who eats but you don’t raise your own crops and livestock, you are affected by the agriculture industry’s self-inflicted sustainability problem. We explain. Agriculture is arguably the most important business activity in the world. Roughly 12,000 years ago humans switched from being hunter/gatherers to living in agrarian societies with reliable food supplies. That

July 29, 2023
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Other Financial Services

2RSquared and OWL ESG announce ESG Data Partnership

OWL ESG, the US-based ESG data solutions provider, and 2RSquared, the cloud-based SaaS platform for investment design and delivery, are proud to announce an ESG data integration partnership. With this partnership, users of 2RSquared’s technology platform ‘LAB’ will have access to OWL ESG’s sustainability insights. LAB offers research capabilities and the ability to create tradeable

July 6, 2023
Governance Pillar

Is there a Chief Trust Officer in the C-Suite?

Time for a riddle: what takes years to build, seconds to break, and a lifetime to restore? Here’s a huge hint: it’s what a company’s Chief Trust Officer works to preserve.

July 5, 2023
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Investment Management

What Do Individual Investors Really Think About ESG?

We always try to write about environmental, social, and governance (ESG)-related topics in a way that is informative, engaging, and understandable for everyone who may be interested in the subject. Nonetheless, we expect institutional investors, wealth managers, and corporate executives to be more comfortable in this arena than most individual investors. After all, wrapping your

June 15, 2023
Protecting Value-Creation in M&A: ESG and Due Diligence
Other Financial Services

Protecting Value-Creation in M&A: ESG and Due Diligence

By now, it’s a given—investors, asset managers, corporate executives, and boards of directors know that environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors can affect a company’s financial performance and reputation (which affects financial performance). Both the persistent and growing demand among stakeholders for more ESG information and the increase in disclosure requirements in this arena reflect

May 25, 2023
Do Retail Customers Want More ESG in their Shopping Carts
ESG & Consumers

Do Retail Customers Want More ESG in Their Shopping Carts?

Despite the blowback against environmental, social, and governance (ESG), studies consistently show that good ESG practices positively affect corporate profitability. But, as TriplePundit notes, it’s relatively easy to measure ESG-related cost savings (from things like improving energy efficiency or reducing employee turnover), but “assessing how sustainability efforts improve top-line growth is trickier.” In plain English, do

May 19, 2023
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ESG Data & Reporting

ESG Data – Why Is This So Difficult?

Picture this scene: A child sits at a desk, slumped in his chair, arms crossed over his chest, a look of defeat on his face. “I can’t do these math problems,” he complains. “They’re too hard. I give up.” An adult who has been in waiting in the background steps closer and says… You can

May 9, 2023
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ESG & Corporate Strategy

Is ESG Just Common Sense?

According to a new global survey of C-suite executives, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) efforts have slipped lower on corporate priority lists. The business media site (all lower-case), which serves sustainability, energy, and environmental professionals, reports that The Harris Poll surveyed more than 1,476 top-level executives in 16 countries for the second year and

May 2, 2023
ESG Data & Reporting

What is a “Good” CSR Report?

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) reports are a critical source of information for anyone interested in the actions a company is taking, and goals it has set, regarding environmental and social issues. But that doesn’t mean that most (or, from a cynic’s perspective, any) CSR reports are as helpful as they should be. We know, because

April 13, 2023
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ESG & Consumers

For Consumers Who Care About Sustainability, Do “Green” Labels Actually Mean Anything?

Consumer products companies allocate a good deal of time, attention, and money to incorporate environmental and social responsibility into their business practices. They also make claims about sustainability on their product labels, social media posts, and other marketing materials. Studies show that sustainability credentials matter to many consumers, in terms of overall perceptions about a

April 6, 2023

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