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
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
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
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
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,
We’ve been doing case studies with a set of methods of applying ESG to various portfolios to see how they compare to the most common index weighting factor, market cap-weighting. If you haven’t been following along, visit our Insights page and look for the Case Studies graphic to see more. Meanwhile, check out today’s third study of
The investing world is fast embracing ESG data to inform investment decisions — likely because, as stacks of studies show, on the whole ESG scores are an indicator for performance. But what is this information? Why is it important? Where does it come from? Is all ESG alike? In short, how is ESG made? Don’t