ESG news

Post-Coronavirus sustainability-focused investment is the new normal

ECO comment: the author of this recent article in Forbes provides a concise summary of why ESG factors are likely to become more material for investors. “Going forward, there is the higher probability that markets and investors will focus more on the social costs, the environmental costs, human costs of economic activity.”

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EU Green Taxonomy agreement reached

ECO comment: An agreement has been reached regarding the EU Taxonomy on green investment. The taxonomy is intended to provide standardisation and prevent greenwashing in the industry. It marks an important milestone for the advancement of the Environment pillar.

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Exxon faces climate change fraud trial

ECO comment: Climate change may be the defining risk for oil and gas companies in coming decades. Exxon Mobil Corp. is now on trial for using two sets of books to hide the true cost of climate change regulations from investors. Do you consider ESG risks in your investment decisions?

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Climate change

ECO Comment: Confirmation that climate change is happening more rapidly than previously predicted and that the necessary adjustments and solutions are already crucial factors for investors to consider.

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PG&E

ECO Comment: Another corporate example indicating that neglect of environment and stakeholder considerations can potentially result in financial liabilities and poor performance for shareholders

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Nissan’s Governance Scandal

ECO Comment: The recent scandal provides an excellent case study on how ESG evaluation can help to raise awareness of a heightened corporate risk profile.

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ESG Investing

ECO Comment: This recent article in The Asset.com highlights increasing interest in ESG amongst investors in Asia. Our view is that ESG investing will rapidly spread from its traditional base in Northern Europe to be an important driver for equity returns on a global basis.

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