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Understanding ESG
Elevating more women to the top ranks of companies is not just about equality; it is about performance. Women’s leadership and entrepreneurship plays a critical role in driving economic growth and creating jobs with positive social, environmental and climate spillovers
8 Mar 2023
Multilateral development banks’ refusal to support nuclear power plants has enabled Russia and China to become the world’s leading providers and funders of such projects. To accelerate the net-zero transition and reduce these countries’ global influence, shareholder governments must reconsider their outdated stance
6 Mar 2023
As part of its policy of active stewardship, Allianz Global Investors (AllianzGI) says it has continued to use its proxy voting power to hold directors accountable if their companies do not have credible net-zero targets in place, while regarding executive pay as a top area of concern.
22 Feb 2023
AXA Investment Managers is now including environmental, social and governance (ESG) targets in determining the remuneration of its senior executives, the firm says, adding that the move is part of its commitment to become net zero as a business and investor by 2050.
20 Feb 2023
Retail investors in Singapore are more likely to be interested in impact investing than their peers in other developed markets, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, and Australia, according to a new report.
20 Feb 2023
Women on company boards increase but regional difference remain, generally lower in Asia
17 Feb 2023
For any treaty to survive, the advantages it confers on all parties must outweigh the duties and responsibilities it imposes. The Indus Waters Treaty – widely considered the world’s most generous water-sharing pact – is nowhere near meeting that standard for India, and it is in Pakistan’s interest to remedy that
17 Feb 2023
With environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing becoming mainstream, the demand for professionals with relevant knowledge and skills required to integrate ESG factors into the investment process has surged. The CFA Institute, the global association of investment professionals, has seen growing interest among its members to acquire the Certificate in ESG Investing, which it launched in early 2021. And as concerns over greenwashing increase, interest in the qualification is expected to remain strong.
13 Feb 2023
The US Federal Reserve’s new “pilot climate scenario analysis” will rely on models that are likely to understate both the risks of climate change and the opportunities offered by the transition to net-zero emissions. Far from being mere technical details, such modelling flaws could lead to disaster
9 Feb 2023
Hanneke Smits long-time champion of improving gender diversity in workplace
8 Feb 2023
The supportive environment in 2021 that enabled issuers and borrowers to gain easier access to equity and debt capital markets to raise funds has completely disappeared last year. That’s how a senior banker described 2022 as deal volumes across G3 bonds and initial public offerings in Asia, outside of Japan and Australasia, plunged against a backdrop of rising interest rates, higher inflation, volatile commodity prices and elevated geopolitical tensions.
7 Feb 2023
Operating in Taiwan’s highly competitive market, Magi Chen, president and chief executive officer of E.Sun Financial Holding has steered her organization through a number of challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic to ongoing geopolitical tensions. Under her watch, the bank delivered a solid financial performance in 2021, including a record-high net profit of NT$20.6 billion (US$690 million) and the highest return on equity compared to local peers.
6 Feb 2023
Those who gathered in Davos for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting this year were not wrong to fear that globalization is in retreat for the first time since 1945. Though the economic case for free trade and deepening integration remains sound, it has always been missing a critical element
3 Feb 2023