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Brand Watch: Rise of the robots as companies turn to AI to get their numbers right

Oliver Balch, (May 24, 2022)

With 93% of business leaders trusting AI more than humans to make sustainability decisions, tech solutions are big-hitting tools in the toolbox, reports Oliver Balch

ESG Watch: ‘Writing is on the wall’ for U.S. firms with SEC’s tough new climate reporting rules

Mike Scott, (Apr 27, 2022)

Mike Scott reports on how the requirement to report Scope 3 emissions will have far-reaching implications, even in the face of law suits from the likes of West Virginia

Melanie Kreis: ‘If we are serious about net zero, we need to know how much it will cost’

Mike Scott, (Oct 18, 2021)

Mike Scott talks to Melanie Kreis of Deutsche Post DHL in the first of a series of interviews with chief financial officers about their role in the transition to net zero

Asia battles to get to grips with the urban heat island effect

Jill Baker, (Sep 12, 2021)

Jill Baker reports on how a region at the forefront of climate change impacts is working to turn down the heat while addressing spiralling demand for energy-hungry air conditioning

To avoid climate-related litigation, organisations must ensure their house is in order

Stephanie Eaton and Michael Rawlinson QC and Samuel Cuthbert, (Aug 18, 2021)

COMMENT: TCFD recommends companies go beyond mere reporting and consider the financial implications and ramifications of climate change. Businesses ignore this advice at their peril, warn lawyers from Signature Litigation and 12 King’s Bench Walk

ESG Watch: Insurers and airlines begin to feel the heat over climate risk

Mike Scott, (Jun 29, 2021)

Mike Scott rounds up the latest ESG news, from the G7 meeting, to the launch of the Task Force for Nature-related Financial Disclosure

‘The UK’s Dasgupta Review shows how we can avoid financing our way to extinction’

Andrew Mitchell, (Feb 16, 2021)

COMMENT: Andrew Mitchell explains why solving the data gap is critical to unlocking a flood of money towards a nature-positive economy

‘The One Planet Summit for Biodiversity was just a start. We need to plug the finance gap for nature'

Nicky Chambers, (Jan 15, 2021)

COMMENT: Nicky Chambers of Global Canopy reflects on a pivotal week, when leaders and investors pledged a raft of new initiatives to scale up funding for nature-based solutions to climate change, from the Prince of Wales' Terra Carta initiative to the Natural Capital Investor Alliance

What companies can do to fix our broken food system

Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme, (Jan 5, 2021)

COMMENT: Viktoria de Bourbon de Parme of the World Benchmarking Alliance says greater transparency about the food sector’s environmental and social impacts is a critical first step towards transformational change

‘Where’s the climate science behind continuing to bankroll coal?’ NGOs demand

Mike Scott, (Dec 8, 2020)

Critics of the new science-based target for the finance sector say it doesn’t go far enough, while there are fears the EU's sustainable finance taxonomy will lack rigour. Mike Scott reports

Biden’s first steps spur audacity of hope for US climate action proponents

Diana Rojas, (Nov 30, 2020)

Even if Democrats fail to secure the Senate in January, there is optimism that the Biden administration’s commitment to addressing climate change is riding economic and financial tailwinds. Diana Rojas reports

BlackRock flexes ESG muscle with vote against P&G on deforestation

Oliver Balch, (Nov 19, 2020)

Oliver Balch talks to Ray Cameron, head of stewardship for the Americas, about the asset manager's new approach to demanding greater transparency from companies on ESG

‘If we don’t radically change how we do business in the next decade we will run out of time’

Peter Bakker, (Oct 30, 2020)

Comment: WBCSD’s Peter Bakker explains why the sustainable business organisation is raising the bar for ambition and action on climate change, nature loss and social equity, and giving its members two years to get into line

How to unlock the banking sector’s potential to address climate change

Maarten Vleeschhouwer, (Sep 25, 2020)

Comment: Maarten Vleeschhouwer of the 2° Investing Initiative and Antoni Ballabriga of BBVA look at how banks are responding to the challenge to play a central role in achieving the Paris Agreement goals

Boohoo and ESG’s emperor’s new clothes moment

Pendragon Stuart, (Sep 10, 2020)

Commentary: Pendragon Stuart of sustainability consultancy Sancroft explores the importance of environmental, social and governance ratings, the risk of greenwashing, and what to do about it

CDP reports 24% rise in companies looking for greater transparency in supply chains

Terry Slavin, (May 20, 2020)

Science-based targets and TCFD requirements in bail-out packages are helping to drive greater corporate disclosure. Terry Slavin reports

‘FTSE companies urgently need to raise their game on CO2 reporting’

Alexia Perversi and Andrew Jones, (Mar 18, 2020)

Alexia Perversi and Andrew Jones of Mazars say a recent study by the auditing firm casts huge doubt on the credibility and utility of carbon disclosures in year-end reports

CSR Cheat Sheet: Dire climate predictions endorsed by courts

Oliver Balch, (Mar 2, 2020)

In his monthly analysis of sustainability news, Oliver Balch reports on the decision of the UK Court of Appeal shooting down a third runway at Heathrow, Mark Carney’s green finance powwow and reasons to be cheerful about corporate climate action

Five sustainable business trends to watch for in a critical year

Lauren Compere, (Jan 22, 2020)

Lauren Compere of Boston Common Asset Management says companies and investors will have to urgently step up their ESG work on multiple fronts in 2020 and beyond

‘The TCFDs go to the heart of our job as a bank to assess risk’

Terry Slavin, (Dec 3, 2019)

Terry Slavin talks to ABN Amro’s Tjeerd Krumpelman about how the Dutch bank is using the recommendations on climate risk reporting to steer decision-making on sustainable lending