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Survey Results: Global Institutional Investors With US$8.4 Trillion in AUM Confirm The Rising Value of Corporate ESG Principles
The FTI Consulting business advisory firm surveyed a set of 130 global institutional investors to gauge the depth and breadth of U.S. assets invested using ESG principles.  This group of investors, contacted from May through July 2018, responded that their Assets Under Management totaling US$8.4 trillion was believed to have benefitted by the contribution of extra [corporate] value to a...
Apr 18, 2019 11:45 AM ET
Corporate Supply Chain Sustainability Strategies & Programs: Count as a Cost or Strategic Investment?
Question:  Does a corporate sustainability program “cost” (and thus shows up on the “expense” side of the ledger) or are there measurable “returns” on the investments that companies are making to develop or adjust strategies, assemble teams and launch sustainability programs? (Especially those that have set goals and where progress is measured and then publicly reported.) We frequently...
Apr 8, 2019 11:30 AM ET
EDF Report Offers Perspectives on the Current State of Sustainability Ratings and Rankings and Suggestions for Improvement
Ratings, rankings, scores, best of lists – these are increasingly important to corporate issuers and for investors.  The popular CBS TV Network nighttime host David Letterman for many years provided us with periods of laughter with his well-known top 10 list segments. (Example: The Top 10 Stupid Things Americans Say to Brits.)There’s...
Apr 2, 2019 12:00 PM ET
Pope Francis Issues Call for Action on Sustainable Development at Rome Conference of Experts and Activists
Global faith leaders can directly and indirectly affect significant changes in our global society.  One leader with high visibility and strong opinions on important societal issues is the Holy Father in Rome, Pope Francis.  The Roman Catholic Church as a collective institution is one of the largest owners and holders of assets in the world, including pension systems of various orders, Catholic...
Mar 28, 2019 10:00 AM ET
Focus on Green Finance – The European Union Action Plan – Mandates Being Put in Place for Fiduciaries
The European Union adopted a Sustainable Finance Action Plan in May 2018; the package of measures included a proposal for a regulation to establish a framework to facilitate sustainable investment.  The aim is to create a unified classification system or taxonomy on what could be considered to be “an environmentally-sustainable economic opportunity”. Also in the plan:  a proposal for a...
Mar 27, 2019 10:00 AM ET