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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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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Update: S&P Global's Extended its Invitation List for the CSA

S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), the basis for selecting companies into the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, is now accessible for a larger group of companies. Last month, S&P Global announced to even further extend the group of companies to over 10,000,  inviting companies that are of interest to the broader investment community. Finch & Beak is launching a special offer for companies to help them make the most of their (first) active participation in the assessment.
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Introduction to the Corporate Sustainability Assessment for companies invited for the S&P ESG Indices

ESG Acceleration Webinar: CSA For Rookies

During this practical and interactive webinar, Finch & Beak will break down the basics of S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment. The session is specifically designed as a training for companies that are invited for the S&P ESG Indices, for whom the online questionnaire process will start on the 1st of June.
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Telenet's Stakeholder-Driven Solution for Internet in Covid Times

As the world faced the global pandemic, our working and learning models were transformed, turning ourselves toward the telecommunication industry to ask for new digital solutions and reliable internet connections. At the same time, the digital gap became more apparent, leaving those who can’t afford internet access in a vulnerable position. Building on its adaptability and resilience during the early months of the Covid crisis, Telenet further strengthened its commitment to society and offered a new service to bridge the digital divide.
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European Real Estate’s Underleveraged ESG Opportunities

As sustainability-labelled financing is expected to surge in 2021, companies are gearing up to get their fair share of it. Real estate, an industry that is typically capital-intensive, has a particularly great opportunity to tap into this source of financing. European real estate companies, however, appear to be lagging behind on ESG performance compared to their global peers, and may risk losing out.
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ESG Essentials: Focused and Lean Reporting

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 balance between efforts and results. Focused and lean reporting combined with efficient responding to relevant external ESG rating requests can help to resolve this dilemma.
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Introduction to the Corporate Sustainability Assessment for newcomers

ESG Acceleration Webinar: CSA For Rookies

During this practical and interactive webinar, Finch & Beak will break down the basics of S&P Global's Corporate Sustainability Assessment and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). The session is designed as a training for companies that are participating for the first time in the assessment, or employees that have no prior personal experience with working on the CSA.
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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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