Category: Responsible Investing

Employee Well-being and the Bottom Line
ESG

Employee Well-being and the Bottom Line

Workplace stress is not a new phenomenon. The term “stress” (borrowed from physics) was first applied to humans in the 1920s, and the American Institute of Stress developed its Workplace Stress Scale in 1978. Post-pandemic, there are new aspects to workplace stress for employers to consider. For example, “hybrid workplace anxiety” (we think we just

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Green Bonds – What They Do, and Evidence from Academia
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Green Bonds – What They Do, and Evidence from Academia

Governments and corporations issue green bonds to fund projects with positive environmental impacts, such as developing renewable energy, improving energy efficiency, controlling pollution, providing clean transportation, constructing or retrofitting green buildings, improving wastewater management, and supporting climate change adaption. According to the Climate Bonds Initiative, annual issuance of green bonds more than tripled in the

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The Relationship between ESG and Bonds – A Quick Tour
ESG

The Relationship between ESG and Bonds – A Quick Tour

The basic premise of incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors into an investment analysis is that an investment’s value can be affected (positively or negatively) by those factors. There are many reasons this makes sense, across all three pillars of E, S, and G, and volumes have been written on the topic. Just to

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Modern Slavery in the Corporate Arena
ESG

Modern Slavery in the Corporate Arena

When you first hear the term “modern slavery”  it might sound like an exaggeration intentionally designed to arouse strong emotions and perhaps push an agenda. Or perhaps you think it is something from the plot of a dystopian novel. We wish that were true. Unfortunately, it was not taken from fiction or invented by some

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The Ivory Tower – With ESG Studies, the Devil’s in the (Data) Details
ESG

The Ivory Tower – With ESG Studies, the Devil’s in the (Data) Details

The body of research on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) scores and stock returns is large and growing. A search on GoogleScholar using that phrase shows that since 2018 alone, roughly 11,700 academic articles have been published on what ESG scores reveal about stock returns, or whether ESG scores have any consistent relationship with stock

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The Pharmaceutical Industry is Prescribing More Sustainable Practices
Responsible Investing

The Pharmaceutical Industry is Prescribing More Sustainable Practices

Certain industries tend to grab most of the headlines when it comes to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. The fossil fuel industry immediately comes to mind, as do the other extractives. Consumer-facing and manufacturing companies get a good deal of attention, too.  Of course, every industry can improve its sustainability and help people and

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POOR GOVERNANCE – THE COMMON THREAD OF CORPORATE BLUNDERS
ESG

POOR GOVERNANCE – THE COMMON THREAD OF CORPORATE BLUNDERS

“Corporate governance” refers to the rules and oversight that dictate how a company operates, and how effectively those rules and regulations are implemented.  One goal of good governance is to align the interests of various stakeholders, including shareholders, employees, and customers. This involves meaningful internal controls, ranging from enforcing policies against harassment and discrimination in

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The Triple Bottom Line
Responsible Investing

Doing Well by Doing Good – the Triple Bottom Line

Improve the world and make money by doing so. Is this mostly public relations fluff and wishful thinking, or does it really work? In this article, we discuss what “doing well by doing good” and the Triple Bottom Line (TBL) mean and offer some examples that we find inspirational. Spoiler alert: this is not about

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SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT
Responsible Investing

SUSTAINABLE WATER MANAGEMENT

In Pakistan, one-third of the land was submerged after devastating floods. Much of Nigeria is also flooded, and the gulf coast of the United States has been punished with hurricanes and torrential rains. In fact, extraordinary flooding has made headlines several times this year globally, and yet other regions do not have enough. Viral pictures

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Facts versus Opinion the Principles for Responsible Investment
ESG

Facts versus Opinion: the Principles for Responsible Investment

One of our pet peeves is when someone states a derogatory opinion dressed up as a fact, and in doing so misleads others who are then likely to repeat the criticism to colleagues and friends, and then it snowballs. People who know the actual facts may try to dispute the opinion-stated-as-fact, but if the criticism

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Data Security Crashes without Good Governance
ESG

Data Security Crashes without Good Governance

In case we needed another reminder that ESG is not just about “E”-related things, and that there are real risks, costs, and opportunities associated with each pillar (E, S, and G), here is a prime example. It shows why the “G” in ESG – Governance – matters for companies that care about data security and cybersecurity.

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ESG in emerging markets
ESG

ESG in Emerging Markets – Applying a Suitable Lens

Consider the following scenario:  two people are striving to win the title of “Best in Category X”. One of them (we’ll call her Joanna, for no reason at all), comes from an upper-middle class family, went to good schools, received training from experts, and never had to worry about things like food, shelter, or being

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