Hong Kong skyline

14 January, 2020

Hong Kong companies ‘failing to integrate ESG’ into policies and planning

Hong Kong markets often draw the eye of global observers, but this time it's for the wrong reasons. A report says that companies in the territory have yet to integrate environmental, social and govern...
Extinction Rebellion, climate change

23 December, 2019

2019: The year in governance

It’s that time we when we look back on 2019 and try to make sense of it all, impose some meaning and shape on the issues as they unfolded throughout the past 12 months. One thing we won’t do, h...
sustainability committee, green boardroom

16 December, 2019

Global leadership on sustainability requires greener boards

By now all major companies have some sort of policy on sustainability and/or environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. There is mounting pressure on boards of directors from shareholders, cus...
EU NFRD review

10 December, 2019

European agreement on sustainable business taxonomy divides opinion

European institutions have taken a step closer to agreeing definitions of what constitutes green business activity. The end of last week saw the commission president and the European Parliament rea...
sustainability reporting, ESG, CSR

26 November, 2019

MSCI goes public with ESG ratings for 2,800 companies

For many companies, today will represent a new era of public exposure on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance.
revolutionary fist graffiti on wall representing social justice

6 November, 2019

When fighting social injustice clashes with shareholder demands

The idea that business leaders are unsympathetic to social, political and economic concerns is largely a myth. Indeed, many leaders care deeply about such issues, but the reality is that society’s d...
boardroom, board executives

25 October, 2019

New UK stewardship code puts focus on investor engagement

Investor engagement with boards and companies is set to come under much closer scrutiny following the release of a new stewardship code by the UK’s watchdog for corporate reporting and governance. ...
UN flag

21 October, 2019

UN treaty renews focus on the role of business in human rights

In recent week officials, diplomats and academics gathered at the United Nations in Geneva to debate the details of
smoke from coal-powered plant stacks

11 October, 2019

Better data and consolidated standards needed to drive ESG investing

When investors and their advisers gather there is a single recurring theme that arises again and again: environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. So it was in Paris this week as the gre...
stock market listings

4 October, 2019

Almost half of top investors have gone public with their ESG strategy

Investors are increasing their pressure on companies over environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, though their actual investment strategies may trail behind their publicly stated good inten...