Category: Responsible Investing

ESG data and analytics
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Estimating the Economic Cost of Climate Change? Start with Data.

England is roasting as London records its hottest day ever—not many homes there have air conditioning because until now, they rarely needed it. Spain is literally on fire. Triple-digit high temperatures are forecast across much of the U.S. (again), and power grids are under stress as a dangerous heatwave affects over 100 million people. This

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screening
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SCREENING, BEST-IN-CLASS, BEST-IN-PROGRESS or INTEGRATED?

If you want to bake a cake or fix a plumbing problem, you can easily find a recipe or instruction manual to tell you what to do, step-by-step. When it comes to investment strategies based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria, there is no recipe that tells investors and corporations, “add ¼ cup of

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greenwashing
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GREENWASHING LITIGATION

Over the past couple of years, some well-known food and beverage companies and several large agriculture and food producers, have been sued in “greenwashing lawsuits”. In these legal actions, a company is accused of making false statements about its ESG practices, in an attempt to appeal to consumers who care about sustainable practices. The specifics

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DO ASSET MANAGERS CALL THE SHOTS IN SUSTAINABLE INVESTING
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DO ASSET MANAGERS CALL THE SHOTS IN SUSTAINABLE INVESTING

There has been a great deal in the news lately about greenwashing, proposed SEC regulations to combat it, and politically-motivated actions by some U.S. states to target so-called “woke capitalism” (on that last one, we believe those actions, and that phrase, reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of sustainable investing, but that’s another story). It’s hard to

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CYBERSECURITY AND ESG THINK ABOUT IT
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CYBERSECURITY AND ESG: THINK ABOUT IT

Cybersecurity and ESG may not seem all that related, but if you take a minute or two to keep reading, we think you’ll see the connection, across all three pillar of E, S, and G. Before we get started, we note that this is just one example of how ESG research and analytics can help

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ESG and Double Materiality
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ESG and Double Materiality

Embedding environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles into the investment process continues to attract all types of investors for many reasons. Institutional investors correctly recognize there are business risks associated with ignoring ESG. There are a long list of such risks that could hit the bottom line, some sooner, some later, and many have the

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stakeholder capitalism
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The misguided backlash against “stakeholder capitalism”

Recently, we have seen a number of articles and news items about a push-back against ESG or “stakeholder capitalism” (or “woke capitalism” in some circles). One could argue that the asset management industry itself is largely to blame—as interest in sustainable investing grew, more and more asset managers wanted to grab a piece of the

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ESG investing
ESG

ESG Investing, the SEC, and Fat-Free Milk

Here’s an update from the latest on ESG investing that falls under the category of “you probably heard about it, but just in case you missed it… ” The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed new rules that would require disclosures about investment strategies (mutual funds, ETFs, or other products) that claim to have

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ESG and Supply Chains
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ESG and Supply Chains

Sometimes, a particular phrase starts to pop up here and there, then more people use it and soon we’re all repeating it, even if we’re not really sure we understand what it means. Such phrases are often stated with at least some degree of gravitas, to signify that the underlying issue is worthy of some

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Tesla S and P ESG index
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Tesla’s removal highlights challenges of ESG Indices

In case you missed it, Tesla was recently dropped from S&P Global Inc.’s flagship ESG index, and Elon Musk, Tesla’s founder and chief executive, immediately and harshly criticized the decision. We write about this here not to argue for or against S&P’s action, but because we think it highlights some important issues about ESG scores

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blockchain and esg
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BLOCKCHAIN AND ESG. REALLY.

We’ll put this one in the category of “unexpected pairings” (sort of like pickles and peanut butter, or avocados and chocolate). We’re talking about blockchain and ESG. Mining cryptocurrencies, which is tied to but is not the same as blockchain technology, uses enormous amounts of energy – Bitcoin mining takes more power than Finland uses

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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ESG INVESTING
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MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT ESG INVESTING

For those who prefer “give it to me straight” over “beat around the bush”, we offer this opener from a recent article about misconceptions about ESG investing, published by GreenBiz:  “The market demands ESG discipline, period. Whether you view ESG as the alpha and the omega, an opportunity for capitalism to atone and course correct,

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