If you missed our recent series of online panel discussions, you can catch up now on our YouTube channel: bit.ly/3NGbvtE
The discussions provide some excellent insights into these highly relevant topics - don't miss out!
▶️ Opportunity or Fad? ESG in an Age of Culture Politics
▶️ AI: Near-Term Applications & Implications
▶️ Ethics in Professional Services
O Brasil e a Agenda 2030: série de documentários da EXAME mostra o caminho até a COP28
Bitcoin Mining Sets the Bar for Sustainability: Over 50% Powered by Clean Energy Sources - New data released today by Daniel Batten, the co-founder of CH4Capital, revealed that Bit... - https://cryptonews.com/news/bitcoin-mining-sets-bar-for-sustainability-over-50-powered-by-clean-energy-sources.htm #sustainablecrypto #bitcoinmining #greenbitcoin #bitcoinnews #greencrypto #esg
Marrocos quer se tornar protagonista de produção de hidrogênio verde no norte da África
ESG é prioridade para 95% das empresas brasileiras: como se destacar nesse setor?
Settlement with Broadridge. They will allow shareholders time to make informed votes at their annual meeting. Their example will set a standard for virtual shareholder meetings https://www.corpgov.net/2023/09/settlement-with-broadridge-on-time-to-vote/ #corpgov #ESG #shareholders #shareholderrights #proxy #democracy $BR
Suvinil quer tintas mais sustentáveis e atuação social na comunidade
Desafios e responsabilidades: A ONU desde sua criação até a atualidade
Greenwashing-Skandal: Was die DWS-Millionenstrafe bedeutet
Die Deutsche-Bank-Tochter DWS muss 25 Millionen Dollar an die US-Börsenaufsicht zahlen. Der Vorwurf: Greenwashing. Einige Experten raten Anlegern nun, daraus Konsequenzen zu ziehen. Von Angela Göpfert.
ONLY ONE WEEK TO GO
Next Saturday we're launching this year's AfterClimate Net Zero snapshot, a high level overview of the #game industry's progress on #climate. If you're in Melbourne for Games Week, grab a ticket and get along – limited spots only!
Some features of the snapshot:
– Totals for the annual CO2 disclosures from the biggest games businesses in the world: Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Activision Blizzard, Ubisoft, Tencent, NCSoft, Netmarble, 37interactive, and MORE!
– New metrics on the average CO2 intensity of game development (in tCO2e per $M USD and per employee per)
– Year on Year stats showing who's emissions are reducing and who's are GROWING!
– Analysis of game businesses #TCFD disclosures & awareness of climate risk
Get a ticket and get along on the 30th of September!
Com óleo de licuri e jaboticaba, a L’Occitane busca seu plano “B” na Caatinga
AVAV 2023. To enhance shareholder value and accountability vote AGAINST Stephen Page and FOR item #6 to Declassify the Board at AeroVironment https://www.corpgov.net/2023/09/declassify-the-board/ #corpgov #ESG
Para Eletrobras, é possível levar desenvolvimento à Amazônia com a floresta em pé
Bruce Mehlman just released is latest card stack. They are always so insightful. Take a look!
Possibilities & Probabilities
A Dozen Questions for the next 13 Months
#brucemehlman #election #biden #trump #politics #senate #campaign #economy #AI #ArtificialIntelligence #china #ESG #conspiracy #culture #CultureWars
How Money Works has a good overview why #CarbonCredits are a corporate scam.
"carbon credits sold never actually removed any carbon from the atmosphere but they still let companies claim their high emissions products were carbon neutral"
3 visões sobre bioeconomia: qual a mais adequada para a Amazônia?
If you read only one thing today …
O princípe e o pequeno príncipe
Every weekend, we bring you some of the latest ESG, Sustainability and Business & Human Rights stories from around the world.
The source materials for the stories this week are:
Presidente da Apex diz que Brasil pode ser protagonista nos acordos climáticos internacionais
Hidrogênio verde: Organizações se unem para assinatura de acordo acelerador de mercado
"Queremos chegar na COP30 liderando pelo exemplo", afirma ministra Marina Silva em Nova York
The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has adopted amendments to the Investment Company Act “Names Rule,” which addresses fund names that are likely to mislead investors about a fund’s investments and risks.
Among others, funds with names suggesting a thematic investment focus, such as #esg factors (Environmental, Social, or Governance) need to follow an 80% investment policy.
O trabalho digno é fundamental para a Agenda 2030, afirmam presidentes do Brasil e EUA
John Kerry: Espero que Lula cumpra as promessas feitas aos EUA
"O trabalho digno é fundamental para a Agenda 2030", afirmam presidentes do Brasil e EUA
Dnešní "„Softwarové nástroje pro udržitelnost“ pro zákazníky a ve spolupráci s IBM. A správně vidíte i #esg. Umíme, kdybyste potřebovali.
Em Nova York, Brasil e EUA lançam iniciativa para promover empregos dignos
Em NY, Úrsula von der Leyen defende conexão climática entre Europa e Sul Global
Conheça três programas para colocar sua empresa no caminho do desenvolvimento sustentável
Last was an excellent talk by David Bilchitz on the fundamental rights and the legal obligations of business at the University of #Oxford. Bilchitz sets out a compelling approach for systematically determining corporate societal obligations, drawing from truly global legal traditions. Highly recommend https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=802WHcOAOlY (10/10) #law #ESG
Petrobras anuncia primeira gasolina carbono neutro no Brasil
Fernando Haddad: Brasil é uma plataforma para viabilizar o NetZero
<strong>Vorschriften für #ESG-Finanzen fordern Branche</strong>
Last week, the United Auto Workers (UAW), which represents employees of GM (General Motors), Ford, and Stellantis (that owns Jeep, Ram, Chrysler, ...
The UAW strike reveals tension between climate goals and union jobs. Just transition is needed in climate-exposed sectors including fossil-fuel producing and using ones.#climatechange #UAWstrike #Detroit #justtransition #labor #ESG #ShawnFain #Ford #GM #Stellantis
Climate Clashes With Labor: UAW Strike Reveals ESG Problems
A executiva que ajuda Selena Gomez a criar uma marca com propósito
Selena Gomez assina, mas essa executiva foi quem criou o storytelling
Some are trying to improve things with ESG investments. But even here, there is apparently a lot of push back from some sectors whose knee-jerk reaction is that ESG considerations should not even be taken into account when making investments.
For the cliffnotes version, see:
New York 🇺🇸 City comptroller Brad Lander has accused #BlackRock, the world’s largest money manager, of caving in to a “misinformed & shortsighted war against #ESG at the behest of special interests” https://www.ft.com/content/dfc22003-93cc-4a4a-bb94-ac80fa6a84d5
The EU has proposed new sustainability reporting rules affecting 49,000 companies in the bloc. This is a fourfold increase from the current number of entities required to disclose their environmental, social and governance (ESG) impacts1. It could create more transparency and accountability in the fashion industry but also pose significant business challenges and costs.
UAW President Shawn Fain has vowed to call strikes at General Motors (GM.N), Ford Motor (F.N) and Chrysler-parent Stellantis (STLAM.MI) if no deal is ...
Talks between the Detroit Three automakers and United Auto Workers union are nearing a Thursday night deadline to reach a deal on a new contract before a potential walkout by 146,000 U.S. autoworkers.#RSBI:SOCIAL-IMPACT #RSBI:WORKER-RIGHTS #RATI:SUPPLY-CHAIN #RATI:WORKFORCE #TOPNWS #AUT #AUTO #AUTOMV #BACT #BIZ #CARM #CARM1 #CMPNY #CYCP #CYCP08 #CYCS #CYCS08 #DISP #ESG #ESGSOC #INDG #INDG08 #INDS #INDS08 #JOB #MNGISS #PUBL #TOPCMB #WPAY #WEU #AMERS #US #IT #EUROP #BLUX #EZC #NAMER #NL #RSBI:LITIGATION #SUSTAINABLE-BUSINESS #EF:BUSINESS-WORLD-AT-WORK #LEGAL #REUTERS-LEGAL
US auto labor talks intensify near strike deadline
Do you want to know *exactly* how much CO2 the biggest games companies in the world emitted in the last 12 months?
Do you want to know just how aware and proactive about climate risks companies like Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Activision Blizzard, Take-Two, and many more are?
Then come along on Sat 30th October to our launch even for the 2023 Net Zero Snapshot!
And the same applies for all Google Mobile Services that Google provides with its version of Android!
#tech #DMA #DigitalMarketsAct #Google #Android #Apple #Amazon #Facebook #Meta #TikTok #Bytedance #GooglePlay #EC #EuropeanCommission #microG #AppStore #aptoide #UpToDown #APKmirror #APKpure #iOS #androiddeveloper #androiddevelopment #opensource #privacy #ESG #competition #eos #Murena #publicspaces #ospo
#tech #DMA #DigitalMarketsAct #Google #Android #Apple #Amazon #Facebook #Meta #TikTok #Bytedance #EC #EuropeanCommission #androiddeveloper #androiddevelopment #opensource #privacy #ESG #competition #eos #Murena #ospo #graphhopper #stadiamaps #MapLibre #QwantMaps #OsmAnd #OrganicMaps #OpenStreetMap #Mojeek #OpenReviews #Maptiler #NextcloudMaps #Leaflet
Coming soon in Ohio? ALEC's new raft of model legislation
* summer 2023: American Legislative Exchange Council unveils 23 model bills
* https://alec.org/tag/am-2023 😯 🤬
* upcoming agenda items in Ohio
* prohibitions on: ranked choice voting; state pension programs aimed at environmental/social investment
* discourage regulations on AI or social media
What is model legislation; why does it matter?
#Vanguard backed just 2% of environmental & social shareholder proposals this year because of a rise in the number of resolutions the asset management giant considered “overly prescriptive” & overreaching https://www.ft.com/content/4313afe4-1fee-447d-b05b-0c8c38cfbff1 #ESG
Every weekend, we bring you some of the latest ESG, Sustainability and Business & Human Rights stories from around the world.
The source materials for the stories this week are:
"To “confront” …“#wokecapitalism,” Jonathan Bunch, a longtime Leo deputy and now #Teneo board member…brought together a coalition of Teneans “working with…state attorneys general,…financial officers,…legislators, journalists, media executives and best-in-class public affairs professionals” to launch investigations, hold hearings, pull state investment funds and publish op-eds and news stories in response to…#ESG, policies at the corporate level."
#BlackRock, "The world’s largest #MoneyManager voted in favour of just 26 such proposals [on environmental and social issues] globally at companies’ annual meetings in the 12 months to June, equivalent to roughly 7 per cent of the total."
In 2022 it backed 22% of such proposals.
In 2021 it backed 47%.
General wage increases for part-time workers double the amount obtained in the previous UPS Teamsters contract - and existing part-time workers ...
U.S. workers at United Parcel Service (UPS.N) have ratified a new five-year contract, the Teamsters union said on Tuesday, closing the door on a potential strike that could have put timely Christmas deliveries in doubt and sent shipping costs soaring…#RSBI:WORKER-RIGHTS #MTPIX #CMPNY #CPAFR #CPAFR1 #CYCS #CYCS08 #DEPT #DISP #FRGT #INDS #INDS08 #JOB #MAILOD #PUBL #PXP #RET #RGEN #SHOP #SHOPAL #TPT #TRAN #AMERS #US #NAMER #RSBI:LITIGATION #SUSTAINABLE-BUSINESS #TOPNWS #TOPCMB #EF:BUSINESS-WORLD-AT-WORK #RSBI:SOCIAL-IMPACT #BACT #BIZ #ESG #ESGSOC #MNGISS
UPS Teamsters ratify contract, eliminating US strike risk
10 questions to ask suppliers for more sustainable tech
We read the ESG reports so you don't have to (reg wall)
About two-thirds of survey respondents said the anti-ESG movement will force firms to stop using that term in conversations with clients, but that they’ll continue to incorporate ESG metrics in their business. https://www.japantimes.co.jp/business/2023/08/15/economy/bankers-esg-hardwiring-into-finance/?utm_content=buffer245e4&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon&utm_campaign=bffmstdn #business #economy #banks #esg #finance
I recycle and do my best to conserve gas and electric, but I'm still really early in my journey of considering the impact of my work life.
That's why I've been trying to be more intentional with following people, hashtags, and organizations that talk about these things.
These are just a few ideas, I'm deeply interested in learning more so please share!
📝Kurz gebloggt: „Grüne ETFs sind derzeit oft einfach nur Greenwashing“ https://crunchtime2030.de/gruene-etfs-sind-derzeit-oft-einfach-nur-greenwashing/ #etfs #etf #esg
About fucking time!!!
"Commonwealth Bank’s Climate Update released this morning effectively rules out any lending to oil and gas projects, including some key infrastructure to new oil and gas fields, as well as ending funding from 2025 for fossil fuel clients without independently verified plans to cut all emissions – including from the end use of their coal, oil and gas."
Larry Fink’s Bet on Saudi Oil Money His Latest ESG Woe
BlackRock appoints head of Saudi oil giant Aramco to its board
Analysts say the move is about money, not optics
How about THESE optics?
Human rights in Saudi Arabia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_rights_in_Saudi_Arabia
https://persagen.com >> search: "Larry Fink"
blackrock AND aramco
"saudi arabia" AND ("lgbt" OR "human rights")
"Obstruction of responsible investment is starting to bite. A #Texas school district had to repurchase bonds at a higher #interest rate due to the state’s financial institutions blacklist. #Florida pensioners — first responders, firefighters and teachers — face potential losses of as much as $10 billion in returns. #Oklahoma, which banned state investment funds from working with companies that use #ESG policies, lost its bid to land a major Volkswagen battery factory.
This is a fun infographic showing how the AP1000, AP300, and eVinci reactors can help with providing energy and reducing carbon emissions.
> We are proud to be signatories of the United Nations 24/7 Carbon-Free Energy (CFE) Compact.
Read more from Westinghouse Nuclear: https://www.westinghousenuclear.com/about/sustainability?utm_campaign=ogsocial&utm_content=1690485924&utm_medium=social&utm_source=mastodon
The #oil🛢️industry as a whole is making plans to explore new sources of polluting #FossilFuels &, in the U.S 🇺🇸, intimidating stakeholders who have been moving towards environmental, social & governance #ESG responsibility https://www.aljazeera.com/opinions/2023/7/6/i-thought-fossil-fuel-firms-could-change-i-was-wrong
House GOP Joins the War on ESG, Brought to You by Big Oil
2 House Republicans who kicked off “ESG month” - GOP-led hearings intent on preventing companies f. responding to the climate crisis - have deep financial ties to fossil fuel industry
Republican backlash against ESG investing is part of manufactured crisis around “woke capitalism,” a conservative rallying cry embraced by GOP presidential hopefuls Ron DeSantis & Vivek Ramaswamy
Saudi 🇸🇦 #Aramco, the world’s largest #oil company, has become an unlikely beneficiary of funds earmarked for #ESG 'sustainable' investments thanks to a complex web of financial structures it used to raise money from its pipelines https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-07-11/saudi-aramco-getting-cash-meant-for-sustainable-investment-reveals-esg-loophole
This is a helpful history of where the anti-ESG frenzy is coming from
Right-Wing Groups Behind War on ESG
Report sheds light on state-level legislative attacks on the right’s newfound obsession
ESG: environmental, social, & governance principles
Over the past year the right has turned viciously against this once boring investing principle, devoting chyrons on Fox News to the threat of “woke capitalism”
The majority of them bear strong resemblances to model bills crafted or circulated by four influential #rightwing thinktanks: the American Legislative Exchange Council (#ALEC), the #HeritageFoundation, the #HeartlandInstitute and the Foundation for Government Accountability."
All have ties to #FossilFuel interests.
Rightwing war on ‘woke capitalism’ partly driven by fossil fuel interests and allies - https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jun/22/rightwing-war-on-woke-capitalism-industry-interests disgusting, but no surprise... #esg
Last was an amazing conversation w/Alexander Platt on institutional shareholder transparency & corporate governance on the Business Scholarship Podcast. Through Section 13f, large institutions have to make holdings public, which gives CEOs insight into whether their investors hold stock in their competitors. This leads to competition concerns, especially as large asset managers own more cos. Transparency isn't always a good thing. Highly recommend https://podcasts.google.com/u/1/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9waW5lY2FzdC5jb20vZmVlZC9idXNpbmVzcy1zY2hvbGFyc2hpcC1wb2RjYXN0/episode/aHR0cHM6Ly9waW5lY2FzdC5jb20vZ3VpZC85M2Q3MzM5MC1jY2I3LTRhOWUtYTE4Ny00NzRhYjBmMGZjZmM?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwjo44SH5tX_AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQLA (9/9) #antitrust #ESG
I’m reminded of that Star Trek: TNG clip where Quark finds out that the people of Earth irradiated their own planet on purpose.
Not only that, the people of Earth were so feckless at self-governance, that they also let irradiation weapons into the hands of psychopaths.
If and when humanity succeeds in not irradiating itself to death, that will be the ultimate underdog story.
As more and more money has sloshed into #ESG funds that are supposed to make money by investing in ethical, climate-friendly businesses, the idea of suing giant oil companies and other wreckers has grown more attractive. 18 months ago, *Businessweek* covered the nascent-but-growing phenomenon:
"After the acquisition, #Upfield redrew its climate roadmap from scratch. KKR also initiated a lengthy overhaul of Upfield’s operations."
This used to be profitable, but "Since 2018, revenue at Upfield has largely stagnated."
But the "anti-woke", anti-ESG moves backfire.
Why are we not surprised to find out who is fanning the anti-#ESG flames:
"The documents obtained by #InfluenceMap — which date back to the first attempts to craft anti-ESG legislation — reveal #FossilFuel companies’ role as the major driver in the fight against sustainable #finance."
It's possible that the turmoil over #ESG spreads to sectors outside #insurance. The threat of being labeled "anticompetitive" and accused of "collusion" would make companies think twice about declaring ESG principles.
Bis 2030 wollte #Amazon 50 Prozent seiner Sendungen CO2-neutral versenden und bis 2040 Netto-Null erreichen. Doch Amazon rechnete in seinen #CO2Fußabdruck wohl nur das reine #Transportgeschäft ein. Nun wurde das ehemalige Ziel gestrichen.
Companies are facing proposals from both sides of the political spectrum, dragging them into the increasingly fractious conversa-tions over environmental, social and governance issues. https://www.wsj.com/articles/shareholder-activists-drag-companies-into-u-s-culture-wars-775804cd #ESG
This past week, we saw the first US Congressional Hearing on #ESG, courtesy of the House Oversight Committee.
Over three hours, it was clear that both parties were talking past each other as ESG is ill-defined, confusing, and full of nuance. However, at the center of the conversation was the definition of fiduciary.
While the hearing was largely reported as a disjointed mess, a few callouts are worth examining....and for #FinancialServices firms, I predict this is a precursor of things to come.
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The Federal Reserve raised interest rates again today, and markets tumbled.
Rising interest rates are one factor behind a sharp reduction in investors putting money into funds that stress sustainability and other non-economic factors.
A corporate finance expert from @ufresearch looks into what's going on with #ESG investing: https://theconversation.com/fed-rate-hikes-recession-fears-and-political-backlash-leave-esg-investors-at-a-crossroads-203639
#Fed #News #InterestRates #Investing
Hele, dotaz, co vy, ehm, tedy vaše firma, a #ESG? Další zelené šílenství? Nebo to dává smysl? https://www.ecoista.cz/prilezitost-nebo-prusvih-firmy-zoufale-shaneji-specialisty-esg-zn-ber-kde-ber/
10 years ago today, more than a thousand garment workers died in when the Rana Plaza, a Bangladeshi factory, tragically collapsed.
Global brands and local companies pledged to do more to make sure the clothes sold in Western stories were produced in safer factories.
For a few years, things improved. But many of the worker-protection initiatives have been canceled or expired.
#SupplyChains #Sweatshops #FastFashion #ESG #TodayInHistory
On #Exxon framing the narrative:
"I think it's important to remember too, that they've been doing this for like over a hundred years. That's why they're so good at it." @amywestervelt
Find/follow wherever you get your podcasts.
True? False? The Fed is planning to launch a digital currency to spy on US citizens and control their purchasing abilities based an an “ESG agenda”. Only 20 hours left to stake at FACTLAND #thefed #ESG #factland https://demo.factland.org/claims/the-fed-is-planning-to-launch-a-digital-currency-to-spy-on-us-citizens-and-r1UiTmahJA
The six biggest banks on Wall Street are failing to live up to a key plank of their ESG commitments to stakeholders https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2023-04-12/wall-street-s-biggest-banks-failing-key-esg-test-in-fresh-study?utm_source=website&utm_medium=share&utm_campaign=twitter via @business #ESG #banking cc: @AlexandriaESG @MatthewSekol @psb_dc
Last was an incredible conversation with Jeffrey Hales on corporate governance, metrics, and stakeholder theory on the Stakeholder Podcast. Tons of great thoughts here on the importance and limits of publicly reported metrics, and this will only become more relevant as investors demand more clarity into the internal workings of firms. Highly recommend https://podcasts.google.com/u/1/feed/aHR0cHM6Ly9mZWVkcy5saWJzeW4uY29tLzI3NzI1MC9yc3M/episode/NDdlY2RiMWEtMGVhMC00MWE2LWFiMGQtYTgxZWIzMTc1NmNi?sa=X&ved=0CAUQkfYCahcKEwjw1ezKxZb-AhUAAAAAHQAAAAAQLA (10/10) #ESG #management #PeopleAnalytics
Join the Icebreaker One team next week for the webinar:
Understanding the E in ESG data
28 March 2023 2pm GMT
Hear from our researchers; Sheree Hellier and Emmanuel Coker, who are working to uncover the gaps in #ESG data, as well as defining the requirements for a framework for easily discoverable and accessible #netzero data.
Rui Nabeiro's from Delta Cafés or Mr. Rui, was a truly inspiring person who made his life and passion for #coffee an example for all Portuguese. Unique in its human qualities and values, it leaves us a legacy of generosity, empathy and closeness. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/delta-cafes_%C3%A9-com-profunda-tristeza-que-partilhamos-a-activity-7043164963686789120-Vnso #ESG #RIP
Machine-Augmented Humanity: Or How We Handed Loaded Firearms to Children, Turned the Safety Off, and Hoped for the Best
#5yrsago China’s mass surveillance and pervasive social controls are based on a rocket scientist’s advocacy for “systems thinking” https://www.science.org/content/article/revered-rocket-scientist-set-motion-china-s-mass-surveillance-its-citizens
#5yrsago Wells Fargo gives its CEO a $4.6m raise on flat earnings and more scandals https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/03/14/despite-woes-wells-fargo-gives-ceo-sloan-4-6-million-raise/
#1yrago Russian "#ESG" investments were always about financing invasions and murder https://pluralistic.net/2022/03/15/sanctions-financing/#profiteers