Communications & Reporting

ESG Watch: New net-zero standard aims to help investors mind the climate action gap

Mike Scott, (Oct 28, 2021)

With new reports out ahead of COP26 highlighting the need to pick up speed and ambition on driving down emissions, Mike Scott rounds up the latest developments by investors to rise to the challenge

Alexsandro Broedel: ‘Sustainability is part of the business model, not something that stands alone’

Mark Hillsdon, (Oct 26, 2021)

Mark Hillsdon speaks to the chief financial officer of Brazilian bank Itaú-Unibanco in the second part of our series on the role of CFOs in the race to net zero

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

ESG Watch: Airlines and chemicals sector feel weight of collective investor pressure

Mike Scott, (Oct 5, 2021)

In his monthly analysis of the latest sustainable investment news, Mike Scott reports on Climate TRACE, which aims to radically improve monitoring of emissions, and growing calls for more surveillance of ESG industry

‘Sustainable solutions exist for the two billion people who lack access to cooling’

Giles Bristow, (Sep 14, 2021)

Comment: Giles Bristow of Ashden urges impact investors to back innovators in the Global South who have developed affordable and effective alternatives to air conditioning

Europe grapples with its retrofit challenge

Mike Scott, (Sep 12, 2021)

The European Commission is calling for a 20-fold increase in renovation rates of existing buildings to help fuel a green economic recovery. Mike Scott looks at the critical role of banks and insurers in delivering its plan

ESG Watch: IPCC’s ‘code red for humanity’ lays out challenge for investors

Mike Scott, (Sep 7, 2021)

In this month’s round-up, Mike Scott reports on a new coalition to speed up Asia’s exit from coal, Ceres’s Ambition 2030 initiative, and increasing scrutiny of ESG, including probes into DWS in the US and Germany

Human rights impact of China’s ‘Going Out’ policy highlights challenges of a just transition

Golda Benjamin, (Aug 19, 2021)

COMMENT: The Belt and Road initiative has been hit by allegations of social and environmental abuses, despite Chinese commitments to the contrary. Golda Benjamin of BHRRC calls for more transparency, particularly from the country's financial sector

ESG Watch: 11 funds join UK greener pensions campaign

Mike Scott, (Jul 27, 2021)

In his monthly column Mike Scott analyses the latest developments in sustainable finance, from increasing pressure on pensions to align with 1.5C, to the growth in green bonds, and As You Sow's right-to-repair campaign at Microsoft

'G20 take note: the world needs a policy breakthrough on climate change’

Gunther Thallinger, (Jul 6, 2021)

Comment: Günther Thallinger of the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance is hoping that this week’s G20 meeting in Venice will make progress on carbon pricing, which he argues is the strongest tool to get us on track for net zero

How people and the environment are finally part of the balance sheet

Luka Mucic, (Jun 9, 2021)

Comment: Luka Mucic of SAP explains how the Value Balancing Alliance, whose members include BMW, Bosch, Michelin, SAP and Porsche, and the Big Four accounting firms, has cracked the code of putting a price on nonfinancial impacts

NGOs call for bioenergy to be removed from EU sustainable investment rules

Angeli Mehta, (May 30, 2021)

Green groups say the European Commission has listened to member-states rather than science in allowing biomass for energy. Angeli Mehta reports

‘The finance sector should be leading in race to net zero – instead it is a laggard’

Emily Kreps, (May 18, 2021)

Comment: Emily Kreps, CDP’s global director of capital markets, says financial institutions should insist that the companies they finance are prepared for the low-carbon transition

To engage stakeholders, ESG reports must go beyond data and get to the ‘why’

Carol Goodstein, (May 11, 2021)

COMMENT: Carol Goodstein explains how storytelling backed by data can be a vital tool in communicating a company's purpose to different audiences

'New EU directive means companies will have to be transparent about their climate impacts'

Richard Howitt, (May 4, 2021)

ANALYSIS: Richard Howitt, who originally proposed and negotiated the EU Non-Financial Reporting Directive, welcomes Europe’s move to align corporate reporting with the TCFDs in the draft Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive

ESG Watch: Net-zero ‘alliance of alliances’ points finance system in the same direction

Mike Scott, (Apr 28, 2021)

Mike Scott reports on how the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero has its work cut out, with two of America's biggest banks not taking part, and a new CDP report warning that finance firms are underestimating climate risk

'Time to get real about what it will take to finance net-zero'

Richard Roberts, (Mar 31, 2021)

COMMENT: Richard Roberts of Volans argues that deep and fundamental transformation will be needed to avert climate catastrophe

Asset managers need to look within when it comes to responsible investment

Peter Uhlenbruch, (Mar 23, 2021)

Comment: Peter Uhlenbruch of ShareAction warns that internal processes around training and financial incentives will need to be radically reformed if the industry is to meet the demands of the new EU sustainable finance disclosure regulation

ESG Watch: BlackRock’s Fink pushes on rapidly opening door with latest letter

Mike Scott, (Feb 21, 2021)

In his monthly column, Mike Scott analyses the latest developments in sustainable finance, from the ‘not-so-green’ recovery to Aviva’s tough stance on decarbonisation plans

ESG Watch: Investors urged to set science-based climate targets and join UN’s race to zero

Mike Scott, (Jan 25, 2021)

In his monthly column in the new Sustainable Business Review, Mike Scott analyses the latest news developments in sustainable finance, from the boom in ESG funds to biodiversity climbing up the investment agenda