ESG Ratings

The demand for public non-financial information on environmental, social, and governance issues is both maturing and booming. Companies often elect to participate in ESG ratings to showcase their sustainability efforts to their investors and other stakeholders and to improve their performance. Due to the proliferation of benchmarks and ratings and severe incompatibility between the different instruments, companies can become overwhelmed spending disproportionate amounts of their time on reporting at the expense of generating actual change. Streamlining the different ESG benchmarks is essential to increase ESG performance, monitor progress, and guide management decision-making.

 
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DJSI: Increasing Standards, More Transparency

Reflecting emerging issues and new frameworks, the 2021 Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) raised the bar on topics including diversity, equity & inclusion, climate scenario analysis, and biodiversity. Last December, S&P Global conducted a webcast on the Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) 2021 results and methodology. Download our free summary of webcast's highlights in the attachment of the article.
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How to Assess Your Own ESG Approach

In the first quarter of 2021 total assets in sustainable investment funds increased 19% to a high of almost $2 trillion. With the global ESG data market being expected to reach almost $1 billion in 2021, companies are well-advised to advance their ESG performance. This article provides four elementary questions to help you do just that. Using the accompanying ESG Acceleration Scan, you can perform the assessment for your own company.
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Introduction of transition-focused changes in the 2022 climate change questionnaire

Publication CDP Scores & A List 2021

CDP has announced companies’ scores to the 2021 assessments will be published on Tuesday the 7th of December 2021. On this day, the not-for-profit organization will also publish its annual A List, showcasing the companies that are leading on environmental transparency and action, based on their annual disclosure through CDP’s climate change, forests and water security questionnaires.
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ESG Ratings: Index, Impact or Both?

Just before the results of the 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI), were announced, Finch & Beak conducted an ESG survey among DJSI-eligible companies. In the attached report, you can find the main survey results. The overall conclusion from 143 respondents is that for most of the companies, the undesirable trade-off between index and impact occurs frequently due to mounting workloads to generate ESG data and the absence of standards. The report suggests solutions to avoid the 'reporting trap' by scoping sustainability performance as a supply chain challenge, avoiding over-instrumentalism by engaging closely with stakeholders, and selecting and prioritizing the right ESG benchmarks.
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ESG Learning in Action: 2021 Dow Jones Sustainability Index Results

On Friday the 12th of November, S&P Dow Jones Indices announced the results of the annual Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) review. Alphabet, Medtronic, bioMérieux, Warehouses De Pauw and Sika are new members in 2021’s DJSI Indices, while Nestlé, Dow and Danone have lost their spots in the World Index. As ESG transparency is increasing, activation of corporate sustainability programs is an essential factor for success.
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ESG Acceleration Webinar: Activating Your ESG Analysis

Following the publication of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index results for 2021, this upcoming webinar is focused how to leverage the learnings from ESG ratings, and build business value by using them as a tool for engagement and continuous improvement. Together with guest speaker Sam Khola, Director Corporate Responsibility & Sustainability at Liberty Global, we will take a fresh look at how to fine-tune ESG programs and smoothen their implementation.
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ESG Machete: Comparing Suitable ESG Data for Your Board

Spurred by regulation and investor interest, more companies than ever are reporting on core ESG topics by publishing integrated or separate corporate sustainability reports. Simultaneously, more than $1tn in total assets under management in funds are now abiding by ESG principles, and legislation is catching up. While investors and policy makers are becoming stronger advocates for ESG disclosure, companies struggle to strike the right balance between efforts and results. But how to make sure the right ESG ratings and performance analysis are used to inform senior management?
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How to Connect ESG Metrics to Your Executives' Remuneration

Be it under the pressure of stakeholders or to showcase commitment to sustainable business practices, an increasing number of companies have linked Economic, Social and Governance (ESG) metrics to their executive remuneration. While this is a valuable strategy to accelerate sustainability performance, doing so may present several challenges in the process from decision making to implementation. This article outlines the considerations to account for in the process and provides three tips for a successful integration of ESG targets in executive remuneration.
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Towards a Lean DJSI 2022 Process: Webinar Learnings

With S&P Global’s 2021 Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA) closing date approaching and the process towards it still fresh in our minds, Finch & Beak organized a webinar to assemble lessons and improvement tips for streamlining the 2022 CSA process. Guest speakers from three companies at different stages in their DJSI journey joined us to share their approach, successes and challenges, and their learnings on how to become more effective in ESG ratings.
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Share, learn, and exchange on how to become more effective in ESG ratings

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Towards a Lean DJSI 2022 Process

As the deadline for S&P Global’s Corporate Sustainability Assessment draws closer and the reporting season comes to an end, a 5-month long wait for the results is due. How can you put this time to good use?
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