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Ready or Not, the Pandemic Informed ESG Trends for 2021, Including Stronger Board Management

The pandemic in 2020 shone a spotlight on how companies address environmental and social challenges, including what it takes to be responsive and adaptable when facing a crisis; the pandemic showed in particular how ready — or not — companies are in terms of risk and particularly climate change, according to research from S&P Global Ratings.

ESG Issues Shoot to Prominence This Year as 2020 Disruptors Linger

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues will gain prominence in 2021 as a litany of disrupters from 2020 linger, according to a new report from S&P Global Ratings. Over the past year, the global economy faced a string of compounding ESG-related issues — the pandemic, social injustice and extreme weather and wildfire events topping the list — which shaped how

Adaptation Projects May Worsen Vulnerability to Climate Change, Study Finds

daptation projects meant to reduce risk from climate change can sometimes create new sources of vulnerability in developing countries, finds a new study led by the University of Oxford and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Unless adaptation is rethought, the findings show, new projects are likely to repeat the same patterns that worsen vulnerability to climate change.

EPA and OSHA Improve System for Review of New Chemicals

The EPA and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have announced an agreement that advances collaboration and communication on the EPA’s review of new chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act. This memorandum of understanding provides a framework for coordination and communication between the two agencies regarding exposure to new chemicals in the workplace.

Consumers Consider Food Security as Concerning as Climate Change, Mars Study Shows

Seventy-three percent of respondents in a new study from Mars say they think Covid-19 will impact the viability of the global supply chain; more than 75% of respondents consider food safety a “top 10” global issue, and more than half (52%) think it is a top three global issue. These consumers say they think about food safety and food security

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