ESG

 
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Mature Materiality Management for Long-Term Shareholder Value

Over the last few years, the link between financial interest and companies’ effective management of ESG issues and risks has rapidly become more and more evident. We see an increasing number of cases where corporate loans are issued by financers such as ING, BBVA, and DBS Bank whereby interest rates are linked to sustainability performance as indicated by third-party ratings such as Sustainalytics or inclusion in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. These examples make the business case for an effective management of the right ESG issues extremely straightforward.
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Checking Your ESG Blind Spots under the ‘Duty of Care’

We can no longer deny it: no matter the industry, each company faces a wide range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks found both within the business operations and throughout the value chain that need to be identified, monitored and managed. Although the benefits of good ESG risk management seem obvious, there are still companies claiming that some of the most important ESG risks such as human rights or climate change do not concern them. What European lawmakers have shown in 2018 through the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive and the French “Duty of Care” law is that ESG risks affect all companies, albeit to a varying degree. In all cases, it is necessary for them to broaden the scope of ESG risks to avoid potential blind spots, and to be transparent towards stakeholders on the risks that are most prevalent.
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TBLI Conference Nordic 2018: Stockholm

Once again, the TBLI Group is curating the TBLI Conference Nordic hosted by Nasdaq in Stockholm, Sweden from November 8-9, 2018. The conference brings together impact investors, fund distributors, and asset owners, to network, explore opportunities and discuss the latest trends on ESG and impact investing.
DJSI 2018 Sustainability Stars

Are You Among This Year’s DJSI Sustainability Stars?

On 13th September 2018, RobecoSAM and S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. We are happy to announce that all our customers from eight different countries entered or continued their inclusion in the DJSI, of which four are now industry leaders. Among the companies that were newly added in this year’s Indices are Diageo, General Mills, Assicurazioni Generali, and BBVA whereas Henkel, BASF, and Bayer have been deleted from the index.
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Using Vectoring to Fast-Forward Your ESG Activities

European temperatures in the past summer months were not as exceptional as some might think. According to the UN weather agency, CO2 levels are at their highest in the last 650,000 years, and so are the average temperatures, with the world’s nine warmest years all having occurred since 2005, and the five warmest since 2010. With the battle for sustainability heating up, companies and executives need to develop a new sense of urgency, moving it from the realm of compliance to that of a key driver of performance and innovation, which requires embedding it deeply into their core strategies.
Next DJSI Expert Training

Co-Design our Next DJSI Expert Training

Following successful Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Expert Trainings in Amsterdam, Zürich and Barcelona, Finch & Beak is again planning to bring together global practitioners on ESG benchmarking to learn and exchange best practices with top level DJSI peers. In order to provide the most relevant program, we want to hear from you! Share your preferences so that we can address the most pressing questions during the training.
Driving ESG Performance

Access to Capital is Driving ESG Performance

Increasingly sustainability frontrunners are leveraging their position as leaders by making deals with their banks. Philips, Barry Callebaut, and Generali are recent examples of companies that have successfully engaged with their capital providers to develop facilities with innovative sustainable and green features. By linking interest costs to ESG performance such as targets on green investments or progress made on sustainability initiatives, a strong business case for sustainability is created. Analyzing the different ESG benchmarks is a useful first step to further understanding ESG performance, as well as monitoring progress, and guiding decision-making to further accelerate sustainability performance.
New DJSI MSA Methodology

New DJSI MSA Methodology Shakes Up 2018 Results

In June 2018, RobecoSAM announced the update for the Media and Stakeholder Analysis (MSA) which is an integrated part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) questionnaire for 2018 and onwards. The impact of this change is extremely significant in terms of both industry and company absolute scores. In this article we summarize the most important changes and how to explain this to your board.
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Dow Jones Sustainability Index Readiness Assessment

The summer months are an ideal time to reflect upon a busy start of the year and start planning ahead for 2019. When in full reporting mode, 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 benefit from your participation, we've developed a comprehensive Readiness Assessment for (future) participants of the DJSI.
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