ESG

  • Abu Dhabi Exchange Joins UN Initiative on Fulfilling SDGs

    January 17, 2019

    The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange has announced that it has joined the UN Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative as part of its efforts to pressure companies to ramp up efforts to fulfill the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and engage in public reporting on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues.

  • Australian State Creates Penalty for Failure to File Labor Reports

    January 16, 2019

    Komala Ramachandra of Human Rights Watch applauds the Australian state of New South Wales for creating an “independent anti-slavery commissioner” and creating financial penalties for companies that fail to comply with an Australian national law requiring companies to file annual reports on their efforts to rid their supply chains of forced labor.

  • GRI Establishes Corporate Community on “Sustainability” Reporting

    January 16, 2019

    The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has established a GRI Community that will serve as a collaborative network of corporations, nongovernmental organizations, and “sustainability leaders” to support “peer-to-peer learning” among businesses to advance reporting on their efforts to embed the UN Sustainable Development Goals in their operations.

  • EC Sets out Draft Rules on “Sustainable” Investment Advice

    January 16, 2019

    Earlier this month, the European Commission (EC) published draft rules, which will go into effect upon the EU’s adoption of financial disclosure provisions on social and environmental issues, setting out how financial companies should consider the UN’s “sustainable development” agenda when advising clients on their investments.

  • Canadian Lawmakers Seek Corporate Labor Reporting Mandate

    January 15, 2019

    Samantha Beattie reports that Canadian legislators have followed the trend of recent legislation in the UK and Australia by introducing a bill that would require businesses to file annual reports on steps they have taken to rid their global supply chains of forced labor.

  • EU Council Agrees Position on Financial ESG Reporting

    January 11, 2019

    The Council of the EU recently agreed to a common position on requiring financial companies to disclose how they are integrating “environmental, social and governance” (ESG) impacts into their investment decisions and creating new benchmarks aimed at producing more information on the “carbon footprint” of investment portfolios.

  • NGO Rates European Asset Owners on Climate Action

    January 08, 2019

    The environmental activist organization WWF recently published a report rating European owners of large assets on their efforts to align their portfolios with the goals of the UN’s Paris climate pact, while calling for the creation of “harmonised frameworks” requiring climate disclosure in the investment industry.

  • ISO Promotes Use of Global Standards to Combat Climate Change

    January 08, 2019

    At a recent UN summit on climate change in Poland, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) hosted an event at which a group of “sustainability experts” emphasized ISO’s contributions to global standards seeking to “mainstream” efforts by companies and other organizations to combat climate change.

  • GRI Pushes for BHR-Focused Corporate Reporting

    January 03, 2019

    In a recent press release, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) described its ongoing efforts, including at the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights (BHR) in Geneva, to promote “sustainability” reporting as a tool to encourage corporate compliance with global BHR principles and establishment of BHR “due diligence” processes.

  • GRI Develops Global Standard on Reporting Tax Payments

    December 19, 2018

    As part of the global movement aimed at forcing businesses to pay their “fair share” of taxes to support social and environmental goals, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is launching an international standard to help companies publish, on a country-by-country basis, the taxes they are paying around the world.

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