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

Investors’ Attention to Corporate Governance

We develop a direct measure of investor scrutiny to assess the extent of governance-related research conducted by 97 mutual fund families in 3,706 companies, over a seven-year period. Our governance measure is based on the number of times each investor accesses each firm’s proxy and proxy-related SEC filings on EDGAR, over the months leading up [...]

By | 2018-06-28T12:45:58+00:00 June 28th, 2018|ESG, Governance, Investors|0 Comments

Which CSR Activities Are More Consequential? Evidence from the Great Recession

We exploit the Great Recession of 2008 to study how firms view corporate social responsibility (CSR). When confronted with an adverse exogenous shock, firms are forced to prioritize. Our results show that, during the Great Recession, firms do not lessen their overall CSR investments, suggesting that they recognize the importance of CSR. However, further analysis [...]

By | 2018-03-30T13:42:31+00:00 March 30th, 2018|CSR, ESG, Governance, Indicators, Investors|0 Comments

ESG Insight: New analysis of the Danish ESG reporting

ESG Insight was hired in 2017 by FSR - danske revisorer (Danish Auditor Association) to make an analysis of the status of the non-financial reporting for all the listed Danish companies with more than 500 employees. The analysis showed many interesting insights - one of them being that, in general, there is a need for [...]

By | 2018-01-13T12:52:26+00:00 January 13th, 2018|Environmental, ESG, Governance, Investors, Law, Social|0 Comments

Does gender diversity on corporate boards reduce information asymmetry in equity markets?

We examine the impact of board gender diversity on information asymmetry using a data panel of 531 firm-year observations of companies listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange in the period 2004–2009. To estimate the perception in the financial markets of the adverse selection that exists between informed and uninformed traders, we compute various market microstructure [...]

By | 2017-12-03T14:32:35+00:00 December 3rd, 2017|Governance, Investors|0 Comments

PRI publishes voluntary climate reporting indicators based on TCFD recommendations

Following COP23, the PRI has published new voluntary climate-related indicators in its Reporting Framework aligned with the Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations. As of the 2018 reporting cycle, signatories will be able to voluntarily report and disclose on 14 new indicators and six original indicators which have been updated following TCFD recommendations. [...]

By | 2017-11-27T18:45:27+00:00 November 27th, 2017|Environmental, Integrated Reporting, Investors|0 Comments

Corporate ESG Profiles and Investor Horizons

Questions and debate surround institutional investor preferences regarding the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) profiles of their portfolio firms. To address these issues, we examine changes in their portfolios and find that preferences for corporate ESG depend critically on investor horizons: Investors with longer horizons tend to prefer higher-ESG firms, while short-term investors prefer the [...]

By | 2017-11-18T13:02:40+00:00 November 18th, 2017|ESG, Investors|0 Comments

The Effects of Environmental, Social and Governance Disclosures and Performance on Firm Value: A Review of the Literature in Accounting and Finance

This paper not only attempts to survey the burgeoning literature on environmental, social and governance disclosures and performance and their effects on firm value, but its focus also lies on highlighting stylised observations coming from the most recent work that has not yet become part of the ‘conventional wisdom’ in the field. In addition, it [...]

By | 2017-11-18T13:01:08+00:00 November 18th, 2017|ESG, Firm Value, Indicators, Investors|0 Comments

MSCI: Out of Whack – U.S. CEO Pay and Long-term Investment Returns

Last year, MSCI asked whether pay packages given to U.S. chief executive officers reflected long-term shareholder returns and found they did not.1 The bottom fifth of companies by equity incentive award outperformed the top fifth by nearly 39% on average on a 10-year cumulative basis. That study looked at awarded pay — of which 60%-70% [...]

By | 2017-10-06T09:28:41+00:00 October 6th, 2017|ESG, Firm Value, Governance, Investors|0 Comments

Investment Professionals’ Use of Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosures

We conduct an experiment to examine investment professionals’ use of corporate social responsibility (CSR) disclosures when making personal investment decisions or investment recommendations to clients. We predict and find that investment professionals are more willing to personally invest and recommend investment to a client when a firm discloses positive CSR performance than when it makes [...]

By | 2017-09-01T09:07:36+00:00 September 1st, 2017|CSR, ESG, Firm Value, Indicators, Investors|0 Comments

Corporate Environmental Policy and Shareholder Value: Following the Smart Money

We examine the value consequences of corporate social responsibility through the lens of institutional shareholders. We find a sharp asymmetry between corporate policies that mitigate the firm’s exposure to environmental risk and those that enhance its perceived environmental friendliness (“greenness”). Institutional investors shun stocks with high environmental risk exposure, which we show have lower valuations [...]

By | 2017-09-01T09:04:03+00:00 September 1st, 2017|Environmental, Firm Value, Indicators, Investors|0 Comments