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Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance)

Investors May Increase Emphasis on CSR Reporting (but Beware of Overstating Your Performance)

In today’s climate of increased investor interest in the sustainability performance of companies, US organizations have a unique opportunity to send a positive message to investors, one that says sustainability is still a priority. In fact, as corporations like Disney, Apple, Google and General Electric pledge to continue to pursue … Read more »

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Despite Drought, Water Tech Investments Decline

Silicon Valley investors aren’t opening their pocketbooks for water and wastewater technology startups, despite California’s worsening drought and water restrictions imposed by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month. The New York Times reports new investments in water startups declined 39 percent last year to $358 million, with the number of … Read more »

Shell

Shell to Shareholders: Support Climate Change Disclosure

Shell has recommended its shareholders support a climate change resolution. In a letter to shareholders, the company says “Shell has a commitment to transparency.” The resolution, coordinated by ClientEarth, ShareAction and the Aiming for A Coalition, asks Shell to transparently: Stress-test its business models against the requirement to limit global … Read more »

Banking Industry Should Address Climate Risk, Report Says

The banking industry has not successfully integrated climate change risk into its long-term strategic planning, or understood the implications for its business operations, according to a report by Boston Common Asset Management. The report, Financing Climate Change: Carbon Risk in the Banking Sector, warns investors may unwittingly be investing in … Read more »

Web-Based ESG Ratings Portal Launched

S-Network Global Indexes, a New York-based developer of proprietary indices, and Thomson Reuters have launched a web-based portal for accessing environmental, social and governance ratings on more than 4,600 public companies. The ratings aim to provide investors with an objective and transparent scoring system for grading the ESG performance of … Read more »

Investors to Unilever, General Mills, 38 Other Companies: Adopt Sustainable Palm Oil Policies

Unilever, Kellogg, Dunkin Donuts and General Mills are among the companies facing pressure from investors to adopt policies that would ensure palm oil development does not contribute to deforestation, development on peatlands, or human rights violations. In an effort coordinated by Green Century Capital Management, a coalition of institutional investors … Read more »

‘Misguided’ Water-Risk Management at Largest Firms, CDP Says

‘Misguided’ Water-Risk Management at Largest Firms, CDP Says

A misguided approach to water-related risk management is business as usual at the world’s largest global companies such as BP, Bayer, Lockheed Martin, General Motors, Nestle, Walmart and Unilever, according to a CDP report released today. Instead of focusing on reducing water use, which CDP says threatens shareholder value and … Read more »

IR

Investors to IR Firms: Disclose Materiality Assessment Processes

To further advance integrated reporting (IR), businesses should close perceived or actual information gaps by disclosing their materiality assessment process, say investors. To understand the strengths and shortfalls of IR from investors’ perspectives, the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) asked its pilot program investor network to critique reports from its … Read more »

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Investment Firms Call for More Carbon Accounting

Institutional investors should start measuring, disclosing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with their investments and portfolios to reduce policy, regulatory and financial risks associated with these emissions, according to a briefing developed by the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) and a group of investors including Allianz, … Read more »

Rabobank

Banks Consider Natural Capital Risks

The Natural Capital Declaration — signed by the Rabobank Group, Pax World Management and about three dozen other financial institutions at last summer’s Rio+20 Earth Summit — has entered a new phase during which signatories will set about implementing the commitments laid out in the NCD. Four working groups, led … Read more »

Investors Double Support for Environmental and Social Proposals

Investors Double Support for Environmental and Social Proposals

Support for environmental and social shareholder proposals at US public companies more than doubled between 2005 to 2011, according to a study by the IRRC Institute (IRRCi). During this time frame, average support for these proposals grew from about 10 percent to more than 20 percent, it says. At the … Read more »

US Investors ‘Lag at Managing Climate Risk’

US Investors ‘Lag at Managing Climate Risk’

The Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) has published what it calls the first-ever global climate investment index showing how the world’s biggest investors, including pension funds, are managing climate risk, and no US firms rank in the top 10 (see chart). New York State Common Retirement Fund is the leading … Read more »