Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) recently introduced more methodology updates to its main ESG rating system, the ISS QualityScore (ISSQS). The system grades companies across Environmental, Social, and Governance pillars relative to their industry and region and based on hundreds of...Read This Article
The Dos and Don'ts of Sustainability Communications: Why Overstating, Understating, or Not Stating At All Are Major No-Nos When it Comes to ESG.
If we could offer companies only one word of advice on sustainability communications, it would be this: Transparency. But since we have the luxury of this article, allow us to elaborate. The point we want to make is that ESG...Read This Article
The SEC is taking a closer look at corporate sustainability reports, and, even though the disclosures in these communications are voluntary, investors use them to make decisions. That means the SEC is interested in what they have to say—and each CFO should...Read This Article
The SEC will likely soon require U.S. publicly traded companies to report metrics, management, and processes regarding climate-related risks. To prepare, CFOs and accounting teams’ reporting and infrastructure processes will need to become more robust as the level of rigor...Read This Article
By: Sarah Lockett, Director and Elizabeth Saunders, Partner Take these 4 steps toward an integrated board oversight model. Last year, we wrote about the importance of finding ESG a home, emphasizing the need to put it somewhere to overcome the...Read This Article
Sustainability, Corporate Social Responsibility, Corporate Citizenship, and ESG Impact Reports – collectively, we will call these Corporate Sustainability Reports (CSRs) – are a communications tool rating agencies have referenced for decades. Traditionally, CSRs were cordoned from financial reporting, and content...Read This Article
Suppliers Can't Ignore ESG Ratings Anymore: The EcoVadis Scorecard is Coming at You. And This One Has Teeth.
If you’re an ESG holdout either because you think the rules don’t apply to smaller, privately held companies or because you believe the SEC’s new regulations won’t ever really go into effect, it’s important to know that even if federal...Read This Article
For the better part of the last two years, financial media, law firms, and political activists have made repeated critiques of the ESG rating industry. The naysayers cite inconsistent methodologies, investor demands for underlying data as opposed to top line...Read This Article
Materiality assessments are a critical component of a robust ESG program, as they allow companies to justify their initiatives and efforts. Whether your company is conducting an inaugural materiality assessment or has completed a customized materiality assessment, you may be...Read This Article
Written By Delphine Robert, Senior Consultant & Martin Poveda, Director, Climate Risk Biotech companies and ESG disclosures naturally go hand in hand. After all, biotech companies have a social license to operate; their whole purpose is to find solutions to...Read This Article
The Trillion-Dollar Problem No Company Can Afford to Ignore: Why CFOs Must Take Their Spots on the Front Lines of Climate Risk Assessment
Risk management is nothing new to CFOs. As stewards of the Company’s financial health, these executives have long been responsible for managing, assessing, and mitigating different types of risk—including financial, operational, and geo-political threats—and for using risk analytics and risk...Read This Article
Following a thorough review from our team, we created a short-list of E&S topics that are most important to investors right now. We considered our most recent Software and Services materiality studies, investor surveys, and a review of the public...Read This Article