'Happily surprised': Private sector has taken ESG seriously
It is a misconception that private equity firms are not focused on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance, Apex ESG Ratings boss Andy Pitts-Tucker tells Ahren Lester, but many need help in collecting ESG data and turning it into action
The data provider hoping to put impact on the agenda
The CEO of Util argues that ESG data is flawed, and measuring a company's impact on the Sustainable Development Goals can add a new dimension. Christopher Marchant reports
ESG data: Less is more...
Taxonomies, reporting requirements, and data providers need to take a consistent, common approach, focussing on good rather than great, and embracing less being more, argues Simon Smiles
ESG Ratings in fixed income: A good start
ESG ratings should only be used as a first step when it comes to assessing issuers, a panel at Environmental Finance's ESG and Fixed Income 2020 conference heard. Ahren Lester reports
Is quantitative finance a good match for ESG?
Quantitative approaches provide speed, scalability, and cost savings, which can help process the deluge of ESG data, says Habib Moudachirou
Water webinar: With risk recognition rising, it's time to rethink resilience and adaptation
Water risk is beginning to receive greater attention, but it is time to press companies to disclose as well as consider the future opportunities. Ahren Lester reports.
A principled approach to impact
The Operating Principles for Impact are set to bring increased transparency to impact investing, the IFC's Neil Gregory tells Michael Hurley, on the first anniversary of their launch.
The ESG data files, part nine: Biodiversity - the new frontier
Various initiatives from the financial sector could make this a breakthrough year for biodiversity data, ahead of a hoped-for global agreement on conservation for the next decade. Graham Cooper reports
ESG Data Files, part eight: Infrastructure, continued
As well as considering the ESG credentials of an infrastructure project, investors should also consider resilience. Christopher Marchant reports
ESG Data Files, part eight: Infrastructure
With its broad scope from airports to hospitals, wind farms to oil pipelines, assessing ESG data in the infrastructure sphere comes with a wide array of challenges. Christopher Marchant spoke to experts in the sector about the ongoing push for in standardisation and disclosure.