Category: sustainability

Shades of Green – Can a firm stance impede progress
ESG

Shades of Green – Can a firm stance impede progress?

This summer, the European Parliament endorsed the European Commission’s decision to classify investments in natural gas and nuclear power plants as climate-friendly under the EU taxonomy. For those not familiar with the EU taxonomy, it’s goal is to define which economic activities are “environmentally sustainable” to help protect investors from greenwashing and guide companies to

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sustainable investing
ESG

25 Reasons Sustainable Investing Makes Economic Sense

ESG/Sustainable Investing has become a political issue for some, and there is a misperception that asset managers are willing to accept lower returns in order to pursue ESG goals. The truth is, while a small percentage of ESG investment funds are set up to do that (look for the word “Impact”), the vast majority do

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food waste
ESG

FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD – BUT NOT WHEN WE WASTE IT

The next time you toss out an overripe banana or search for the “Use By” date on a can that has been in the cupboard for, umm…, a while, think about this:  Estimates show that up to one-third of all food produced worldwide is never consumed, and 1.4 billion hectares of land, which represents 28

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Making Sense of ESG Data with Machine Learning
ESG

Making Sense of ESG Data with Machine Learning

How’s this for stating the obvious:  Understanding risks and analyzing opportunities requires data. It’s true for every business, and applies to financial risks and opportunities, product and market risks and opportunities, and ESG-related risks and opportunities. Another obvious statement: data is often difficult to gather, organize, standardize, and actually put to use in decision-making. Again,

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Natural Capital
ESG

Investing In Natural Capital

Carbon emissions receive a great deal of attention in conversations about ESG and sustainable investing, and rightfully so. Climate change—caused by CO2 (and methane) emissions that are generated directly or indirectly by human activity—is now having economic and humanitarian consequences that range from dire to catastrophic. But this focus on CO2 emissions can unintentionally downplay

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Feedback on Proposed Sustainability Reporting Standards
ESG

Feedback on Proposed Sustainability Reporting Standards

The International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) was established in 2021 to create the first mandatory, global ESG reporting standards. For those who are not yet convinced of the need for sustainability reporting, we borrow the following from the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) which states, “One of the essential functions of financial markets

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sustainability and a circular economy
ESG

Sustainability and the Circular Economy

The terms “ESG” and “Sustainable/Sustainability” are often used interchangeably, and for the most part that’s okay (we could split hairs on this but will save that for another day). The concept of “sustainability” is, in our view, both simple and profound, and is worth examining consciously. So, let’s do that. In a broad sense, sustainability

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ESG and supply chains
ESG

More about ESG and Supply Chains

Not too long ago we wrote about ESG and Supply Chains, and now we’re offering, “More About ESG and Supply Chains”. It might seem like we just can’t get supply chains out of our minds. That’s perhaps not surprising—it has been well over two years since COVID-19 snarled supply chains, creating persistent economic problems around

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the s in esg
ESG

The “S” in ESG

Discussions about ESG issues often focus mostly on the “E” (environmental), with far less attention paid to the Social “S” and Governance “G” pillars. This may be partly, or even mostly due to the fact that it is relatively easy to define and measure things that fall under the Environmental pillar, such as a company’s

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blockchain and esg
ESG

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
ESG

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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ESG AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT – TAKING OFF OR STALLED
ESG

ESG AND WEALTH MANAGEMENT – TAKING OFF OR STALLED?

ESG investing has spread across institutional asset management, expanding beyond equities to include green corporate and municipal bonds and even private markets. At a minimum, asset managers are expected to measure the E, S and G risk characteristics of their strategies and around the world the bar is being raised in terms of regulatory disclosure

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