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
Today we meet the CEO of Confluence Analytics Conor Platt who talks net-zero investments, carbon-pricing models and different scopes of emissions, with OWL’s data supporting sustainable decisions.
In this, our first, recording, we invite you all to listen As we discuss what “ESG” is for roughly twenty minutes. Without the hype, just objectively what “ESG” encompasses, So you can make investments for your wallet and your conscience.
The worst nuclear disaster in history, the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant meltdown, occurred because Soviet officials were certain the conditions that caused the explosion were impossible even though the exact same thing (something called Xenon poisoning) had taken place in 1983 at the Ignalina Nuclear Power Plant in Lithuania, a plant with the same RBMK
When making commitments to reducing their carbon footprints, reducing waste, recycling more, and pursuing other environmentally-friendly initiatives, companies must consider the financial implications for the business. Good news: many analyses show that these efforts, even ones that require a cash outlay, typically save money over time by reducing costs going forward (see our article on
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
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
When you read the notes to companies’ Annual Reports you will come across the concept of financial materiality. Should a company uncovers an error that caused it to misstate revenues, expenses, or valuations, if the amount of money involved does not exceed a certain threshold, it is not required to restate its financial results. Why?
Many institutional investors have stringent constraints regarding particular ESG metrics that call for tailored approaches to selecting Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs). When it comes to personal investors, most find generic ESG scores very helpful in comparing and selecting the right ESG ETFs. But what are ESG scores, who provides them, and which approach is the best? Keep