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Free Digital Toolkit Helps Private Equity Integrate ESG

A free digital tool that helps private equity firms integrate ESG into their investment processes is hoped to boost the sustainability performance of a market to which financial institutions have huge exposure. The Investor ESG Toolkit was created by UK-based sustainability consultancy Sancroft to help PE firms identify how their investment and risk strategies stack…

TNFD To Unveil COP15 Influenced Iteration of Reporting Framework

The Taskforce for Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) is to release the latest version of its guide on how financial institutions should report on their biodiversity risks. The fourth iteration, due next month, is informed by the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) agreed at the COP15 in Montreal late last year. Target 15, of the GBF’s 23…

ESG Data Spotlight Shines on Sovereign Debt and its Challenges

The ESG lens is being focused on sovereign bonds, considered by many observers as the next frontier for sustainability data. The Assessing Sovereign Climate-Related Opportunities and Risks (Ascor) project has launched a framework for assessing government debt that it hopes will develop into a standalone tool. The organisation, which comprises asset owners and managers that…

Mizuho Bolsters ESG Data Capabilities as Japan Toughens Regulations

Japanese financial giant Mizuho Bank has upgraded its ESG data capabilities as the government in Tokyo tightens rules on sustainability reporting and after the bank was implicated in a greenwashing scandal. The financial services major has put in place a disclosures and data verification framework to help it assess the progress and credibility of net-zero…

Delivering on ESG Through the Cloud

By Shaun Hurst, Principal Regulatory Advisor for EMEA, Smarsh. ESG, the acronym that refers to the alignment of environmental, social, and governance performance and objectives with company practices and investor strategies, has evolved from being a ‘nice to have’ for companies and financial institutions to a concrete expectation. But with rising regulation, litigation and growing scrutiny…

How to Build an Efficient Enterprise ESG Data Strategy in Banking with Cloud and Machine Learning

ESG investing is now integral to financial institutions’ activities, motivated by client demands for sustainable investment options, regulatory obligations and a growing cultural shift towards ensuring that capital is allocated in order to do better for the planet and the people on it. Data is the magic dust that is enabling the translation of that…

Data Challenges Limit Muni Growth in ESG Portfolios, Says PRI

US municipal bonds have the potential for greater inclusion in ESG-themed portfolios but an absence of data on the impact investors have on the debt’s sustainability outcomes may be hindering their increased use. A report by the United Nations’ Principles for Responsible Investing (PRI) stated that many so-called munis are ideally suited to investors’ ESG-themed…

NatureAlpha Harnesses NGO Biodiversity Data to Help Investors

ESG analytics startup NatureAlpha has teamed with a global non-profit biodiversity project to help financial institutions harness biodiversity data so they can make more sustainable investment decisions. The UK-based company has incorporated the Integrated Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT) into its own analytics to provide a set of metrics that asset owners and managers can use…

US Banks to Undergo Climate Risk Stress Tests

US banks will have to undergo stress tests of their climate risk management and resilience practices under during an exercise organised by the Federal Reserve. The tests will be conducted by the end of July and will examine banks’ preparedness under their current climate policies and under a state of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

S&P and UN Creates Biodiversity Risk Framework for Investors

A nature-related risk assessment methodology has been devised by S&P Global’s Sustainable1 unit and the United Nations’ Environment Programme. The framework, which is aligned with the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures, will enable investors and companies to assess the biodiversity risks to which businesses are exposed and the impacts they are having on surrounding flora,…