The shifting nature of ESG commitments – from principle to evidence

This article explores the shift that has occurred in the investment industry as asset managers have evolved from making ESG commitments using a principle-based approach to an evidence-based approach. This shift has repercussions for both a) the impact asset managers can have on the sustainability challenges we face today; and b) how legitimate their ESG…

Festive wishes and cookbook from MJ Hudson

Season’s Greetings from MJ Hudson, with very best wishes from the whole team. Sustainability cookbook In anticipation of you finding yourself with some leftovers from your feasting, we also have a gift for you: a cookbook (including a turkey curry recipe). Each recipe has been created by our ESG & sustainability team to help those of…

Biodiversity & natural capital – the upcoming big theme in the investment world

While climate change has dominated ESG thinking thus far, biodiversity is quickly emerging as the next key focus for companies, asset managers, and asset owners. There is even a COP devoted to the topic, that currently takes place in Montreal. It refers to the abundance and variation among all life on earth, at the genetic,…

European Council approves CSRD: sustainability reporting requirements overcome final hurdle

The Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (“CSRD”) has now been approved by the European Council, the last legislative obstacle to becoming officially adopted into EU law. The new requirements are a revision of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (“NFRD”)1, which will apply to a broader scope of entities, expand the level of information to be disclosed and…

COP27 in short

The hosting of COP27 in the green city of Sharm El-Sheikh (Egypt) marked the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. From 6 to 20 November, COP27 held events, negotiations, and press conferences, hosting more than 100 Heads of State and Governments, over 35,000 participants and numerous pavilions…

Carbon footprint and the importance of Scope 3 emissions

Carbon footprint disclosures are becoming increasingly necessary as regulatory measures and market concerns push for transparent emissions accounting. The scope of reporting will soon be expanded to include supply-chain emissions (Scope 3), which typically constitute the bulk of an organisation’s footprint but can be challenging to reliably report. Our five-step guide distils the essential ingredients…

EU SFDR vs SEC rules: differences, similarities and why you should care

The EU and the US are implementing new rules to improve transparency on the climate impact of investments. While both plans were developed with the same idea in mind (improving understanding of climate risk and protection against greenwashing), the approaches chosen by each region differ significantly. Today’s economies are tightly interwoven, and fund managers may…

It’s only “greenwashing” if you don’t mean it

ESG matters for a lot of reasons. One of the most important is simply that it matters to the investors that allocate the money. It’s their capital and it’s important to them that it be invested responsibly. Frankly – I think it has always mattered – after all, how many LPs do you know that…

Call it what you want, you are already “doing” ESG

As you would suspect, the number of ESG-related marketing conversations that we have had with managers has increased exponentially over the past few years. And, of course, the range of views on the value of having an ESG-focused message is all over the place – from those “all-in” on one hand, to those still highly…

Don’t greenwash: fund managers must be careful how they talk about ESG

To greenwash, or not to greenwash? That is the question. Green, sustainable, ethical, responsible, environmentally-friendly… these are all words used by managers to describe their funds. As both investors and the wider world become increasingly concerned with sustainability, it is tempting to exaggerate a fund’s ESG credentials to attract more capital. This, however, is a…

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