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

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+00:00September 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+00:00September 1st, 2017|Environmental, Firm Value, Indicators, Investors|0 Comments

Bank of America: ESG is the best signal we have found for future risk

Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) factors are too critical to ignore, in our view. In our earlier report ESG: good companies can make good stocks, we found that ESG-based investing would have offered long-term equity investors substantial benefits in mitigating price risk, earnings risk and even existential risk for US stocks – ESG would have [...]

By |2017-07-18T09:25:25+00:00July 18th, 2017|ESG, Firm Value, Investors, Risk, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Bloomberg and the TCFD – final recommendations

“Increasing transparency makes markets more efficient, and economies more stable and resilient.” —Michael R. Bloomberg, Chair of the TCFD To help identify the information needed by investors, lenders, and insurance underwriters to appropriately assess and price climate-related risks and opportunities for the companies, the Financial Stability Board established an industry-led task force: the Task Force [...]

To Disclose or Not to Disclose Climate-Change Risk in Form 10-K – Materiality and Cost of Equity

We examine the relation between managers’ decisions whether to disclose climate-change risk (CCR) in Form 10-K and firm risk. Ambiguity about the materiality of CCR and the SEC’s inconsistent enforcement of CCR disclosures cause uncertainty about whether disclosing CCR is mandatory or voluntary. We hand-collect data over a seven-year period from about 3,000 Form 10-K [...]

By |2017-06-28T21:07:50+00:00June 28th, 2017|Environmental, Firm Value, Investors|0 Comments

Corporate Social Responsibility Ratings and Financial Performance: An Analysis of Sub-Ratings in Europe

The overall objective of the study is to deepen our investigation into the CSR sub-ratings by measuring their impact on accounting and stock market performance by first using a “Prospective” approach in which the subsequent performance of the sample companies is predicted by their CSR sub-ratings in Vigeo. We then perform a “Retrospective” analysis which [...]

By |2017-06-09T20:59:12+00:00June 9th, 2017|CSR, ESG, Financial, Firm Value, Investors|0 Comments

Two Novel Indices of Climate-Related Financial Disclosure

Market-based solutions to climate change are widely advocated by financial actors and policy-makers in order to foster a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy. A first important limiting factor to this approach is widely recognized to be the imperfect information on investors portfolio exposure to climate related risks. While better disclosure of climate-relevant information is [...]

By |2017-06-01T09:12:55+00:00June 1st, 2017|Financial, Firm Value, Indicators, Investors, Risk|0 Comments

Harvard: Stock Price Synchronicity and Material Sustainability Information

We examine if, and under what conditions, disclosure of sustainability information identified as investor relevant by market-driven innovations in accounting standard-setting, is associated with stock prices reflecting more firm-specific information and thereby lower synchronicity with market and industry returns. We find that firms voluntarily disclosing more sustainability information, identified as material by the Sustainability Accounting [...]

By |2017-05-23T10:38:07+00:00May 23rd, 2017|ESG, Firm Value, Indicators, Investors, Risk|0 Comments

EY-analysis: Is your non financial performance revealing the true value of your business to investors?

EY member firms are able to conclude from several years of research of ESG reporting that there is a global trend toward increased interest in nonfinancial information on the part of investment professionals. But the question we continue to seek to answer is whether ESG information is, ultimately, influencing investor decisions. In each of the [...]

By |2017-05-23T10:34:49+00:00May 23rd, 2017|ESG, Firm Value, Indicators, Investors, Risk|0 Comments

Equity Market Diffusion and Resistance to Integrated Reporting

The International Integrated Reporting (IR) Framework (2013) identified providers of financial capital as its primary users. This research provides evidence from 22 mainstream UK equity market actors regarding the decision usefulness and diffusion of IR, as a reporting innovation, to them. Despite institutional-level support for IR, the interviews reveal that its use and diffusion to [...]

By |2017-05-23T10:30:02+00:00May 23rd, 2017|Integrated Reporting, Investors|0 Comments