Workplace stress is not a new phenomenon. The term “stress” (borrowed from physics) was first applied to humans in the 1920s, and the American Institute of Stress developed its Workplace Stress Scale in 1978. Post-pandemic, there are new aspects to workplace stress for employers to consider. For example, “hybrid workplace anxiety” (we think we just
When you first hear the term “modern slavery” it might sound like an exaggeration intentionally designed to arouse strong emotions and perhaps push an agenda. Or perhaps you think it is something from the plot of a dystopian novel. We wish that were true. Unfortunately, it was not taken from fiction or invented by some
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
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
Last week, we reiterated our view that the investment community is uniquely positioned to effect positive change by deploying capital in companies that score well on Environmental, Social, and Governance factors. To that end, we walked through the framework of a high quality ESG dataset, courtesy of our partners at OWL Analytics (shown again below). Today, we’ll
(This is a guest post by our partner, Omega Point, from their Factor Spotlight Series) This past week we have been both outraged and heart-broken watching protests against racial injustice unfold across the country. We stand in full solidarity with the Black community to fight systemic racism. We pledge to do our part to listen
Shareholder engagement can be a powerful force in steering a company toward better practices, but it can also backfire. A recent Harvard Business School paper examined 2,665 cases of shareholder proposals, finding that 58% of these engagements focused on immaterial issues — with materiality determined using ESG standards from the Sustainable Accounting Standards Board (SASB). According
Lots of recent articles talk about the benefits of using ESG data to invest. But what does that mean in a practical sense? How does ESG help make better investment decisions? Whether your aim is sustainable investing or increased returns (or the sweet, sweet overlap of both), here are five resources to get you started.