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The showdown continues: on one side we now see attorney generals in 19 states putting pressure on asset management firms that embrace “sustainable investment” or “ESG” policies that influence the various states’ public employee... Read full issue >
Consider the influence of the public sector employee retirement systems in the capital markets: the almost 6,000 pension plans (of states, cities, municipalities, etc.) cover about 15 million workers and families and manage... Read full issue >
The race is on, proclaims the United Nations, to create a Net Zero economy (same amount of greenhouse gas /GHG emissions removed from the atmosphere as produced). The UN climate change initiative defines a roadmap with targets... Read full issue >
A comprehensive legislative proposal designed to address climate change challenges and threats to the U.S. posed by global warming was passed by the U.S. Senate on August 7. The bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act, is... Read full issue >
Many companies are setting ambitious “Net Zero” GHG emissions goals to be reached by the Paris Climate Accord’s goal of 2050 (and some setting their goals even earlier). Are these widely-promoted goals realistic for the corporate... Read full issue >
What is it about an investable product – a mutual fund, an exchange traded fund (ETF) – that would qualify it as an "ESG," "green" or "sustainable" investment offering to retail or institutional investors? That’s a question... Read full issue >
No regulatory agency’s draft rule to address important issues can be expected to sail through and be warmly welcomed by all involved stakeholders. In March, the Securities and Exchange Commission released its draft rule for... Read full issue >
Remember the revisions to The Business Roundtable Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation (a mission statement) back in August 2019? The CEOs of the top 200 companies in the U.S. redefined “purpose” away from the 1997 statement... Read full issue >
Fitch Ratings, one of the “big three” credit risk rating agencies, is busy identifying “sector exposures to low-carbon transition risks,” with recently-assigned scores reflecting the rating agency’s view of the potential impact... Read full issue >
The Sixth Assessment Report (AR65) of the United Nations Intergovernmental Report on Climate Change (IPCC) is nearing publication later this year after being delayed for two years. These assessments, as presented in the final... Read full issue >