Governmental and scientific news and insights on investor oriented environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data.

Institutional investors’ voting habits

Shareholders exert significant influence on the social and environmental behavior of U.S. corporations. Shareholders vote on social and environmental resolutions, which I refer to as ‘social responsibility resolutions,’ that are put forward at corporations. The success or failure of social responsibility resolutions influences the social and environmental behavior of those corporations. The largest shareholders are [...]

By | 2016-10-19T11:21:05+00:00 October 19th, 2016|Environmental, Firm Value, Governance, Investors, Risk|0 Comments

Wbcsd: Reporting matters – communicating on the Sustainable Development Goals

Reporting matters 2016 is the outcome of the fourth review of WBCSD member reports – including sustainability, combined and self-declared integrated reports – and covering 163 companies from more than 20 sectors and 35 countries. Obviously, the members of wbscd have a special profile, wherefore some of the results (e.g. frequency of review of sustainability report [...]

By | 2016-11-24T12:14:06+00:00 October 18th, 2016|Assurance, CSR, Indicators, Integrated Reporting, International, SDG|0 Comments

OECD launches Centre on Green Finance and Investment

Investment in the green economy needs to take place on a far greater scale over coming decades if we are to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the ambition of the Paris Agreement. In 2016, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has taken a major step to support these objectives by establishing [...]

By | 2016-11-24T12:14:08+00:00 October 15th, 2016|Financial, Firm Value, Investors, Risk, SDG|0 Comments

ESG for All? The Impact of ESG Screening on Return, Risk and Diversification

A large body of research has documented a positive relationship between different measures of sustainability — such as indicators of employee satisfaction and effective corporate governance — and corporate financial performance. Nevertheless, many investors still struggle to quantify the value of ESG to investment performance. To address this issue, the authors tested the effects of [...]

By | 2016-11-24T12:14:08+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Financial, Firm Value, Investors, Risk|0 Comments