ESG Investing

 
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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, roughly one third of global assets under management are managed under an ESG strategy. While investors 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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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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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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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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ESG Transparency: Balancing Proactive and Reactive Reporting

Even though the surge for consolidation of ESG ratings further accelerated in 2020, companies are still stating to be overwhelmed by the sheer volume of ESG information requests they receive from capital markets. And as more than $1tn in total assets under management in funds are now abiding by ESG principles, investors’ needs for credible ESG information are not likely to slow down. Companies stand to benefit from taking a balanced approach between proactively driving their ESG Equity Stories forward while reactively responding to the ESG ratings that are most relevant to them in terms of richness and reach.
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How to effectively position your company’s ESG equity story towards investors and capital markets

ESG Acceleration Webinar: Building Effective ESG Equity Stories

Momentum on ESG in the capital markets continues to soar. Companies have a powerful opportunity to pro-actively tell their ESG equity story to their shareholders, and chances are you are underleveraging your own IR-platforms in doing so. During this 1-hour webinar, we'll dive deeper in the key elements of an ESG equity story and share key take-aways and best practices from our recent benchmark study. Moreover, guest speaker Isabel Green, Head of Investor Relations at Rolls-Royce, will give her practical insights on effectively communicating on ESG with the investor community.
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Maintain the Motion: ESG Acceleration Webinar Series

Finch & Beak launches the ESG Acceleration Webinar series: three webcasts in May 2020 aimed at speeding up sustainability performance and building resilience in the decade to deliver - especially during these challenging times. We'll be sharing practical insights on how to use DJSI, materiality and impact valuation to take your sustainability program to the next level.
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Materiality Matrix in Focus

Analysts are better able to assess fundamental risk and reflect it in stock prices when corporate disclosures are specific and avoid vague, abstract language. However, according to SASB’s State of Disclosure Report, companies used vague and non-specific language more than 50% of the time across ESG topics. Sustainability leaders such as DSM, Unilever and Barry Callebaut demonstrate that a focused materiality approach that is strongly allied to the company’s Enterprise Risk Management and aligned with its business strategy leads to better results, both for society and for shareholders. With only an approximated 30% of companies actually combining their materiality assessment with their Enterprise Risk Mapping, “StratESGy”, i.e. the alignment of business strategy with ESG factors, is still in its infancy.
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Prepare for the 2020 DJSI Questionnaire

On Wednesday 1 April S&P Global will open its annual Corporate Sustainability Assessment. This questionnaire is the basis for selecting the best-performing companies for the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI). Every year, S&P Global assesses over 7,500 companies around the world on industry-specific and financially material ESG topics. To be ready to start your required preparation, check out our summary of announced changes for this year's methodology.
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