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Environmental Pillar

Navigating EPA Rules and Alternative Energies for Car Emissions

In an era defined by environmental consciousness, the impact of vehicle emissions on our planet cannot be understated. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) plays a pivotal role in regulating car emissions, striving to balance the need for personal transportation with the urgency of reducing our carbon footprint. So, buckle up as we delve into the

September 28, 2023
Governance Pillar


One of the key pillars driving change and defining boundaries in the ESG space is the constant legal wrangling between shareholders, corporations, regulators, and the general public. There are a number of cases recently concluded, in progress, or just filed that will affect the ESG landscape for decades to some. This is a look at

September 22, 2023
Governance Pillar

Episode 110: LEGAL-ESG

Updates on recent ESG related legal cases with significant wins and losses changing the ESG landscape.

September 21, 2023
ESG Regulatory Developments

EPA Rules – Plastics Emissions

Striking the Balance: EPA’s Plastic Recycling Emissions Regulations and the Quest for Sustainability The EPA’s Role in Limiting Emissions Amidst the recent political chaos in the U.S., regulators have played hot potato with restrictions around greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental rules. While jumping from the Clean Power Plan to the Affordable Clean Energy

September 18, 2023
ESG & Consumers

Sustainability and the Travel Industry – Think Before You Go

When you plan a trip, you probably focus on how long you’ll stay in each location, what sights to see, the food you’ll eat, what clothes you should pack, and so on. You probably don’t think about how traveling contributes to climate change and otherwise harms the environment, or how it impacts communities that might have a

September 12, 2023
Investment Management

Taking ESG Investing Mainstream

Incorporating ESG factors into mainstream investing has grown on an absolute level, but relative adoption remains low against the entire market. While it takes time for markets to adjust, part of the reason for the delayed integration is the asymmetrical approach to investing for value and investing for values. This is changing. With reliable data

September 8, 2023
ESG Data & Reporting

The Short Report

ESG signals can give strong indications that a stock is primed for a downturn and might be a good target for a short. With reliable data as the foundation, solid analytics map a correlation between two ESG signals, in particular, that have been remarkably predictive and would have resulted in positive returns over the course

September 5, 2023
ESG Data & Reporting

Episode 109: Short Signals – ESG Investing Goes Mainstream

In the vast wilderness of ESG investing, Investors seek reliability. When ESG is as familiar as earnings. As fundamental as ROI. As quintessential as EBITDA. Then we will have achieved mainstream uptake.

September 1, 2023
ESG Data & Reporting

What is an ESG Audit (and why is this necessary)?

Imagine there were no rules for corporate financial disclosures (such as IFRS or US GAAP, now known as US GAAS, a rather unfortunate acronym). Companies could make up their own ways of reporting financial information—revenues, accounts receivable, inventory, debt, etc.—using their own definitions and preferences. For investors and others who rely on financial statements, this

August 22, 2023
ESG Regulatory Developments

ESG is Evidently Supported Globally

Keeping up with what is going on in the ESG/Sustainability arena is a continuous challenge. One tool that helps us is a Google Alert that creates a digest of news and articles based on the keywords “ESG” and “sustainability.” Every day we get a listing of items that meet our search criteria. It’s quite useful—although

August 14, 2023
Environmental Pillar

The Nuclear Option

Almost all energy on Planet Earth is ultimately nuclear. The sun is a giant fusion reactor, and fossil fuels release solar energy stored in the carbon of massive old growth forests from millions of years ago. Wind energy is driven by temperature changes spurred by energy from our sun, and solar energy is, of course,

August 11, 2023
Environmental Pillar

Episode 108: The Nuclear Option

Exploring the pros and cons of nuclear energy with Nate and Yates.

August 10, 2023
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
Environmental Pillar

Episode 107: The Perpetual Problem of Plastics

Acknowledging both the positive and negative impacts of plastic on humanity, Nate and Yates delve into the many aspects of the affects of plastics on ESG and our world.

July 13, 2023
Environmental Pillar

The Perpetual Problem of Plastic Particle Permanence

Among the environmental aspects of ESG consideration, corporations’ plans to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions tend to get the most attention from investors. However, plastic waste disposal and recycling is arguably a more significant, and more immediate, concern.  “Plastics“ specifically refers to a wide range of materials, generally derived from crude oil, which share certain

July 10, 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
Investment Management

Episode 106: The Unlikely Intersection of Sustainability and Dividends

All investors are searching for yield, and mitigate risk with the dividend shield. But dividends that have a payment history often come from companies that aren’t quite green. We start from a place of carbon pricing, with a solution for both green and income investors alike.

June 27, 2023

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