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Trade Finance Innovation Opens Window for Supply Chain ESG Data

Capturing supply-chain sustainability data is elusively difficult but nevertheless is necessary to manage and mitigate ESG risk and also required as new regulations oblige companies – and their investors – to declare the impact their logistics services are having on the environment. The challenge has its root in the huge multitude of companies that comprise even a single supply chain. Mostly…

ISSB Rules Hailed for Bringing Data Clarity, Comparability

The first fruits of the International Sustainability Standards Board’s (ISSB’s) 18 months of work hammering out a set reporting rules that could be applied globally has been welcomed by participants in the financial data and technology industries. The body’s first two sets of disclosure standards, described as “ground-breaking” by the board’s chair Emmanuel Faber, have…

GLEIF Signals Intent to Join Global Project Designed to Digitise ESG Credentials of MSMEs

The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), and Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) have signed a statement of intent to embark on a collaborative initiative to develop digital Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) credentials for micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) worldwide. The initiative, Project Savannah, hopes to lower the…

Debut ISSB Standards May Usher New Era of More, Better ESG Data

Next week, the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) is due to release the first of its proposals for non-financial disclosures, an event that could usher a new era for ESG data and reporting. The ISSB’s creation by the IFRS Foundation at COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, two years ago offered the promise of a global framework…

Recorded Webinar: ESG standards and taxonomies – A progress report

The development of ESG reporting and disclosure standards and taxonomies has progressed rapidly over the past few years, yet there is still no certainty on whether there will ever be measures that can be applied on a global basis. The EU leads the way in terms of ESG investment and regulation, ahead of Asia-Pacific and…

Banks are Tackling Unique Challenges with ESG Data, Says CGI

Non-retail banks are wrestling with unique data requirements and challenges as they strive to build their ESG capabilities. A combination of factors including weak reporting standards and legacy technology is slowing wholesale lenders’ efforts to gather and use data needed to green their loan books and operations, according to IT and business consulting giant CGI….

Solving the Enterprise Data Challenge for Institutional Investors

Institutional investors are evolving under pressure from a range of emergent externalities that are prompting many to assume new roles and processes, some of which have traditionally been the preserve of asset managers. Enabled by data-led technology, they are making more direct investments and managing their portfolios in-house. At the same time, they are streamlining…

Asset Owners’ Group Extends Access to SDG Assessment Tool

As asset owners take more control of their investments, doing the kind of due diligence and research usually associated with asset managers, one group of participants is providing fellow institutions with a novel way to meet their ESG mandates and obligations. Amsterdam-based Sustainable Development Investments Asset Owner Platform (SDI AOP) has partnered with global index…

Sustainable Fitch Launches Regulations Tracker

Clients of Sustainable Fitch can now access its ESG Regulations and Reporting Standards Tracker, which seeks to bring transparency to changes in the global sustainability disclosures space. The service is offered with Fitch Group, which provides the data backbone of the tracker, enabling companies to stay up to date with changes to compliance obligations.

ESG Data and Tech Summit Report: Pivotal Year that Reshaped ESG

The past year was a pivotal one for ESG, with bold new regulations and political challenges emerging for market participants. But the biggest change may have come from financial institutions themselves as they signalled that sustainability had become fully embedded within their operations. No longer is ESG seen as simply an onerous obligation, it’s now…