ESG

 
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Rethinking Value, Emerging Risks and Revealing ESG Leaders

Early February, the S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2021 was published - highlighting the sustainability leaders and key industry trends, which have emerged from the 2020 Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA). In addition, the Yearbook provides interesting reflections on the new challenges and trends brought about during the last year. This article gives a brief summary of the take-aways from the Yearbook, with a deeper view on rethinking value, and identifying and managing emerging risks.
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Getting the Most out of ESG Ratings: 5 Tips to Prepare for DJSI

Fueled by the rising investor interest in ESG and the demonstrated higher level of resilience of sustainable funds during the pandemic, smart companies are now sharpening their sustainability programs and performance for 2021 and beyond. ESG ratings are accelerating that journey, allowing companies to identify gaps in their approach. Healthy competition within industries, and increased levels of transparency are making it more difficult for laggards to hide. Companies invited for the Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), the questionnaire for selecting the constituents of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI), have only two months for bridging relevant gaps in time for the release of the new assessment, expected to open early April 2021.
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Sign up for IMD’s Winning Sustainability Strategies online program

Designed to integrate ESG in your corporate strategy, the Winning Sustainability Strategies online program from IMD Business School in Lausanne teaches how to build a strong business case for sustainability and how to develop opportunities for innovation. Due to its practical approach, the program has proven to be highly appreciated by executive and senior management level participants. Moreover, it is suitable for larger groups of corporate participants to obtain a more thorough understanding of doing well by doing good.
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In collaboration with S&P Global

ESG Acceleration Webinar: The Human Side of ESG

This webinar will be a deep-dive into the fast changing landscape of HR-related criteria in ESG ratings such as DJSI, MSCI and others. Next to trends and developments, there is special attention for the engagement of HR-departments. Our featured guest speaker is Edoardo Gai, Managing Director, Head ESG Benchmarking at S&P Global Switzerland who will share with us the latest news on the topic.
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ESG Equity Stories: Be Good & Tell It

As investors increasingly integrate environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in their decision making processes, companies need to cater to this information need. Developing and transmitting a clear ESG Equity Story is key in this: communicating about the firm’s ESG approach and performance in a coherent and transparent manner toward investor audiences. Finch & Beak has assembled a pilot benchmark as a probe for the current status quo, assessing 21 companies’ sustainability programs (‘Be Good’) and their ESG Equity Stories (‘Tell It’). A striking finding is that companies appear to engage in ESG ‘greywashing’ (antonym of greenwashing), by underleveraging their ESG performance in the communication towards investor audiences.
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Dow Jones Sustainability Index Readiness Assessment

ESG ratings are absorbing many resources. When in full reporting mode in Q1, you may run out of time and come across issues in your Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) process that you are not able to deal with at that very moment. For those eager to plan ahead and looking to maximally leverage their ESG performance, Finch & Beak developed a comprehensive Readiness Assessment for (future) participants of the DJSI and other ratings.
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Getting the most out of your participation to drive future performance

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Using DJSI to Accelerate ESG Performance

With the Dow Jones Sustainability Index 2020 results as a fresh starting point, in this session we'll dive into the details of how to use the Corporate Sustainability Assessment as a driver to accelerate ESG performance in your organization. Very practical guidance is coming from guest speaker Marc Boissonnet, Executive Vice President Corporate & External Affairs at Bureau Veritas. He will tell more about how his company achieved the status of DJSI Industry Leader for the global Professional Services industry in 2020 following a dedicated improvement journey throughout the organization.
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Outcomes of Finch & Beak's ESG Equity Stories benchmark study

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Effective ESG Equity Stories

During this webinar, we'll share the key findings from Finch & Beak’s ESG Equity Stories benchmark, which explores the state of how companies proactively communicate their ESG approach to investor audiences. The outcomes are complemented with an investor's perspective on effective ESG engagement between companies and capital markets coming from guest speaker Adrie Heinsbroek, Principal Responsible Investment at NN Investment Partners.
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Second Instalment of the ESG Acceleration Webinar Series

Join us for the second instalment of Finch & Beak's ESG Acceleration Webinar series, aimed at speeding up sustainability performance and building resilience in the decade to deliver - especially during these challenging times. In December, we'll share more practical insights on effective ESG Equity Stories, using DJSI to accelerate performance and #BuildBackBetter to take your sustainability program to the next level.
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