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WBCSD: Enhancing the credibility of non-financial information

World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) and PwC have released a new report focused on what investors need in order to make decisions that consider non-financial information – that is, information outside of financial statements including environmental, social and governance (ESG) metrics. The report, titled “Enhancing the credibility of non-financial information,” highlights that investors [...]

By | November 6th, 2018|New research|0 Comments

Harvard: The Price of Corporate Sustainability

Combining corporate sustainability performance scores based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) data with big data measuring public sentiment about a company’s sustainability performance, I find that the valuation premium paid for companies with strong sustainability performance has increased over time and that the premium is increasing as a function of positive public sentiment momentum. [...]

By | November 6th, 2018|New research|0 Comments

UNCTAD: Guidance on Core indicators for entity reporting on the contribution towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals

The objective of this Guidance is to provide practical information on how the core indicators could be measured in a consistent manner and in alignment with countries’ needs on monitoring the attainment of the SDG agenda. It is intended to serve as a tool to assist governments to assess the private sector contribution to the [...]

By | November 6th, 2018|New research|0 Comments

SSE: How securities regulators can support the Sustainable Development Goals

This report identifies five action areas where securities regulators can contribute to a more stable and resilient financial system that better supports the SDGs. These are: 1. Facilitate investment to support the delivery of the SDGs: Aid investment flows to towards achieving the SDGs via financial products. 2. Strengthen corporate sustainability-related disclosures: Improve the quality [...]

By | November 6th, 2018|New research|0 Comments

Analysis of the 50 largest Danish companies’ CSR reporting

FSR - Danish Auditors hired Center for ESG Research to investigate the usability of the CSR reports of the 50 largest Danish companies - listed as well as unlisted. The analysis covers both the robustness of the reports, the connotation between the business and the sustainability activities, and not the least the use of the [...]

By | October 12th, 2018|New research|0 Comments

Are Passive Investors a Challenge to Corporate Governance?

Corporate governance theories generally suggest that institutional investors could effectively improve the quality of governance through intervention and threat to exit. However, passive institutional investors such as index funds and ETFs lack the ability to exit and may not have strong motivation to intervene, thus lowering the quality of governance of the firms they heavily [...]

By | June 28th, 2018|New research|0 Comments

Yale University: Corporate Sustainability Metrics: What Investors Need and Don’t Get

While traditional socially responsible investors use Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) performance metrics to exclude “bad actor” companies from their portfolios, the new interest comes from those who hope to match or beat market performance benchmarks. The prevailing wisdom suggests, however, that corporate sustainability leadership only rarely translates into marketplace success and recent studies to [...]

By | June 28th, 2018|New research|0 Comments

Accountancy Europe & WBCSD: Responding to assurance needs on non-financial information

Non-financial information (NFI) provides a clearer picture of a company’s financial performance than only financial information. NFI is increasingly important for investors and other stakeholders, who ask for assurance on NFI as they want to know whether they can trust the reported information. Due to different levels of maturity in NFI reporting, professional accountants approach [...]

By | June 28th, 2018|New research|0 Comments

BlackRock vs Norway Fund at Shareholder Meetings: Institutional Investors’ Votes on Corporate Externalities

Do institutional investors engage with companies on corporate externalities such as greenhouse gas emissions? And if so, why? We study voting at shareholder meetings by two emblematic global investors: BlackRock, a major asset manager, and the Norway Fund, a responsible sovereign wealth fund. Our data cover 2014 and include the two institutions’ votes on 35,382 [...]

By | March 30th, 2018|New research|0 Comments

Consequences of CEO Paycuts

Boards sometimes cut a CEO’s pay following poor performance. This study examines whether such CEO paycuts really work. We identify 1,496 instances of large CEO paycuts during the period 1994-2013. We then create a propensity-score-matched control group of firms that did not cut their CEOs’ pay and employ a difference-in-differences approach to examine the consequences [...]

By | March 30th, 2018|New research|0 Comments