CSR, corporate social responsibility

24 July, 2018

Follow the rules of corporate obligation, and reap the rewards

While it might be considered that the prime responsibility of company directors and managers is to grow the company, and thereby also grow the returns to owners and investors, this is ac...
Responsible investment, ESG

14 June, 2018

ESG: is it truly being integrated with investment decisions?

Reading the transparency reports submitted by signatories to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), it becomes clear that asset managers take widely different approaches in the integratio...
Michael Herskovich, BNP Paribas

28 May, 2018

An asset to responsible investment: Michael Herskovich, BNP Paribas

While other asset managers may make bigger headlines, BNP Paribas Asset Management’s record on integrating social and environmental factors into their decision-making makes others look like latecome...
sustainability, environment, ESG, ethics, inclusive capitalism

25 May, 2018

How business can recognise the true value of people and communities

We need to fundamentally change how we recognise the true value of business. Today only 20% of the market capitalisation of companies can be explained by financial assets like cash or real estate. ...
Audit stamp, audit quality, auditor reporting

10 May, 2018

‘Professional scepticism’ must be further embedded into audit firms’ culture

Greater consideration must be made by auditors into embedding a culture where integrity and professional scepticism are fundamental to their work, according to a new report by accounting watchdog the ...
Jane Diplock, IIRC

16 March, 2018

Paradigm shift: Jane Diplock, IIRC

Tipping points are sometimes hard to see when they’re actually happening. Much easier to spot them in retrospect, when the faultlines between the past and present are more easily defined. When it...
Katharina Latif, Allianz

2 March, 2018

Core strengths: Katharina Latif, Allianz

A team of “crazy experts” preoccupied with what was once deemed an “ivory tower topic,” the climate and sustainability unit at German insurance giant All...
digital communication, digital technology, digital boardroom

7 February, 2018

Sustainable business begins with digital boardrooms

There are many economic and political reasons why businesses adopt sustainability policies, from reducing the risk of reputational damage through to ensuring continuity of supply and, of course, adher...
time, change, corporate governance

22 January, 2018

Twenty-five years of the UK Corporate Governance Code

On December 17, 2010, Tarek el-Tayeb Mohamed Bouazizi, a street vendor, set fire to himself in protest at being harassed by the police in the provincial Tunisian city of Sidi Bouzid. In this act of de...
Japan, GPIF, ESG, investment, Tokyo stock exchange

2 January, 2018

Japanese companies face call for rapid improvement on ESG

The world's largest pension fund, the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan, wants to see its home market become the fastest-improving country on ESG rankings in 2018. GPIF's chief inv...