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The Importance of Governance, Risk, and Compliance: Why It Matters In ESG

Organizations worldwide and across diverse industries are challenged to define, implement, and then report on Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). The pressure is real from all directions: customers, investors, regulators, employees, and activists. The truth is, ESG has teeth, and organizations need to do something about it. With time, several amendments and additions are being made

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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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reduce reuse recycle
ESG

REUSE AND REFILL

Women shouldn’t vote. Seatbelts are optional. Smoking cigarettes is “cool”. It’s okay to drive if you’ve only had a few drinks. Why would you wear a bike helmet?  In case you think we’ve gone over to the dark side, these are just a few reminders that societal norms can change. Behaviors that are deeply ingrained

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ESG goals
ESG

WHY INCLUDE ESG GOALS IN EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION?

Every parent who has tried to get a child to do something that child may not want to do knows that we humans are all about incentives. Executive compensation plans have long included incentives (such as bonuses, RSUs, and option grants) that are mostly based on achieving objective, quantifiable financial goals related to things like

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ESG data and analytics
ESG

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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biodiversity
ESG

THE MOST ESSENTIAL KIND OF DIVERSITY IS BIODIVERSITY

Nature’s balance reflects interdependence  We all learned in school that animals breathe in oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide – toxic for us – while plants and trees breathe in CO2 and give off the oxygen animals (including us humans) need to survive. What an amazing balance of supply and demand to meet the survival needs

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screening
ESG

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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diversity
ESG

DOES WORKPLACE DIVERSITY AFFECT BUSINESS SUCCESS?

At this point in the evolution of sustainable investing there is widespread agreement that certain ESG issues are essential to long-term growth and profitability. For example, if it becomes more difficult and costly to meet basic needs due to climate change and a loss of biodiversity, there will be fewer consumers with money to spend

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greenwashing
ESG

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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THE CURRENT STATE OF ESG MATURITY
ESG

THE CURRENT STATE OF ESG MATURITY

When Tesla was dropped from S&P’s well-known ESG index, the move prompted more than just a few disparaging comments from Tesla CEO Elon Musk; it generated much discussion about the good, bad, and sometimes ugly state of ESG progress in different industries. ServiceNow (as discussed in this column in Forbes) sheds light on this issue

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DO ASSET MANAGERS CALL THE SHOTS IN SUSTAINABLE INVESTING
ESG

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
ESG

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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