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Upcoming Webinar: ESG data sourcing and management to meet your ESG strategy, objectives and timeline

Date: 11 June 2024 Time: 10:00am ET / 3:00pm London / 4:00pm CET Duration: 50 minutes ESG data plays a key role in research, fund product development, fund selection, asset selection, performance tracking, and client and regulatory reporting, yet it is not always easy to source and manage in a complete, transparent and timely manner….

Nature-linked Indexes Added to S&P Sustainability Benchmarks

S&P Dow Jones Indices has added another set of ESG-themed benchmarks to its roster, this time providing a gauge for nature-focused investors. The S&P 500 Biodiversity Index and the S&P Global LargeMidCap Biodiversity Index are intended to provide broad views of the impacts companies are having on nature and vice versa. The new suite follows…

AI Offers Banks Opportunity to Meet Sustainability Data Challenges: CGI

Banks would benefit hugely from the data gathering and management capabilities of artificial intelligence (AI) as they gird for new ESG regulations and obligations, according to business IT consulting group CGI. While AI also could help banks in their reporting and disclosure processes, the challenge would be in ensuring the technologies are trained on accurate…

GRI CEO Sees Innovation Lab Easing ESG Data Pain Points

If Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) chief executive Eelco van der Enden had any doubts that a Sustainability Innovation Lab (SIL) it recently co-founded in Singapore would attract interest, he only had to wait a few moments into its launch to find out. No sooner had a chat bot been activated for interested parties to inquire…

Change and Consolidation: The Coming Year in ESG

Last year saw some potentially game-changing developments in the ESG data and technology space, especially with regards reporting standards and regulations. It was also the year that ESG became a political football, prompting some investors to review their commitment to sustainability. In many ways, ESG came of age in 2023. The concentration of responsibilities within…

2023 in Review: Nature Finds a Way

The publication of the Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures’ (TNFD) reporting framework in September cemented biodiversity as a sustainability cause just as important as climate change. In a 152-page document detailing its recommended approach to disclosing the impact on nature of financial institutions’ activities, the TNFD codified a way to channel capital into reviving lost…

Ground-Breaking Standard Setter TCFD Given Warm Send-off

The king is dead; long live the king. At the end of this year the Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) will cease to exist but its operations will be continued by the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). The standard setter’s dissolution eight years after its creation has prompted a wave of reflection within the…

CUSIP Global Services Partners BeZero to Create Unique Identifiers for Carbon Credits

CUSIP Global Services, a provider of securities identification across capital markets, has partnered ratings agency BeZero Carbon to create identifiers for carbon credits. Unique CUSIP identifiers will be assigned to carbon credit projects listed on the major registries across the voluntary carbon market (VCM). This will make carbon credit trading more efficient as the market…

FCA Criticism of Funds’ SDR Approach Stirs Controversy

The UK regulator has criticised fund managers for failing to abide by interim guidance on ESG disclosures just days before it’s expected to announce details of a formal regulation. But the comments have been met with frustration and caution within the ESG data and technology community, with one practitioner arguing that the Financial Conduct Authority…

Webinar Review: How to Develop a Reporting Framework for ESG Disclosure Regulation

Financial institutions have been handed a golden opportunity to grow their business and add value for their customers from an unlikely source – ESG regulators. While banks and investors are under pressure to comply with a slew of new sustainability rules, the process is providing them with a treasure trove of data that can be…