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Food Index Calls Meat and Fish Companies Worth $152 Billion “High Risk”

Food Index Calls Meat and Fish Companies Worth $152 Billion “High Risk”

A new food index analyzed 60 global intensive farming companies on health, environmental, and social issues and categorized 36 of them as “high risk.”

Investors Worth $5 Trillion Call Out Companies Over Human Rights Disclosure

Investors Worth $5 Trillion Call Out Companies Over Human Rights Disclosure

A new report from the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark (CHRB), which is backed by a $5 trillion investor coalition, calls out 28 companies for failing to provide human rights information.

Emerging Sustainability Accounting and Investment Methodologies Dig Deep

Emerging Sustainability Accounting and Investment Methodologies Dig Deep

Investors frequently assess companies based on their sustainability data, but corporations currently lack a standardized and widely accepted framework to share that information. As major fund providers like Vanguard, State Street, and BlackRock push for better ESG disclosures, new methodologies are emerging. One is an industry-specific disclosure framework from the … Read more »

Sustainability Accounting on the Rise: Q&A with SASB’s David Parham

Sustainability Accounting on the Rise: Q&A with SASB’s David Parham

What does the new wave of ESG accounting mean for corporate leaders? David Parham, deputy director of research at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, offers key insights.

Investors Anticipate Global Meat Taxes To Curb Emissions

Investors Anticipate Global Meat Taxes To Curb Emissions

A group of investors is predicting that governments around the world will soon start taxing meat products over environmental and health concerns. The Farm Animal Investment Risk and Return (FAIRR) Initiative explores this possibility in a new report to their investor members. Called “The Livestock Levy: Are Regulators Considering Meat … Read more »

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 »

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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 »

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