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GRI Revises Universal Standards and Restructures Governance

Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has revised its universal standards to help subscribers better report on their ESG impacts. The revisions, the “most significant” update since 2016, incorporate human rights disclosures and have been carried out to enable firms to better respond to new regulations, particularly SFDR. The Netherlands-based sustainability standards setting organisation has also reshaped…

Why Both Asset and Investment Managers Need to Think Outside the Box on ESG Regulations

By Janine Hofer-Wittwer, CFA, Senior Product Manager, Financial Information at SIX. A landmark report from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has shocked nations on a global scale. The findings suggest that the world is likely to reach 1.5C of warming before 2040 as a direct result of human activity, calling the entire world…

UK May Place Data Vendors Under FCA Watch

The UK is considering placing ESG data vendors under the regulation of its financial watchdog in a bid to eliminate greenwashing and to make impact investing more transparent. The government said the Financial Conduct Authority may be asked to bring the companies under its purview because it was important to ensure the integrity of a…

New TCFD Reporting Guideline Updates Welcomed

The first update to the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures’ (TCFD) guidelines since their drafting in 2017 has been welcomed across the ESG ecosystem as an important step in bringing clarity and rigour to corporate disclosures. The new measures were published with the TCFD’s latest annual status report, which showed that the number of…

Keynote Video: Fireside Chat About Approaches for Delivering your ESG Data Strategy

In case you missed it, here was a great keynote from our speaker Suvrat Bansal, Founder of Stellar Data Labs – and former CDO at UBS Asset Management – discussing how to deliver your ESG data strategy at our recent Data Management Summit Virtual. Watch the replay here. To read in more detail about his…

Greenwashing Being Aided by Inconsistent Data, Say Experts

The growth of ESG data sources will be a powerful weapon in the battle against greenwashing, but a lack of consistency within datasets and the difficulty many companies face in providing enough intel is increasing opportunities for them to exaggerate their achievements, according to leading industry figures. Long-standing challenges such as standardisation of unstructured data…

Video: Keynote Fireside Chat: ESG – A Strategic Imperative

Watch this exclusive fireside chat with Dr. Kay Swinburne, Vice Chair of Financial Services at KPMG from ESG Briefing Virtual. Do you enjoy this content? Be sure to sign up as a member (it’s free) to get weekly updates and invites to ESG-related events and webinars.

Introducing ESG Insight… Your New Source of Data and Technology News for ESG initiatives

By Angela Wilbraham, CEO, A-Team Group. Welcome to ESG Insight, the brand new publication from A-Team Group. If you already know us, you’ll know that we’ve been tracking data and technology across the front- to back-office in capital markets for over 20 years now. It has become clear to us that the biggest (and possibly best) development…

A-Team Group ESG Handbook 2021 Details Environmental, Social and Governance Investing and Disclosure

A-Team Group has expanded its portfolio of industry-leading publications with the release of ESG Handbook 2021, a guide to Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing, disclosure, and product development. The handbook offers capital markets participants, data vendors and solutions providers extensive coverage of all elements of ESG, from an initial definition and note on why…

AxiomSL Integrates ESG and Financial Reference Data to Automate Sustainability Reporting

AxiomSL has released an Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) solution designed to automate compliance with sustainability and social impact reporting requirements being developed by the European Banking Authority (EBA), the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) and other regulatory bodies. The solution standardises the process of integrating ESG data attributes, such as counterparty exposures, climate…