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New benchmarks for ESG accountability

The measurement and management of ESG needs to shift from the current paradigm of self-definitions of sustainability according to founder of the Predistribution Initiative, Delilah Rothenberg. She says the World Benchmarking Alliance’s new initiative – the Financial System Transformation Benchmark –aims to address the critical gaps which may result in valuation methodologies and incentive structures changing.

A new era of ESG under Biden

Against all odds, there is an air of optimism in 2021. We have entered a new era in US politics, and the inauguration of the Biden-Harris administration brings renewed hope for sustainable investment, particularly climate policy. So what can investors expect?

How to avoid funding treason

The siege on the US Capitol has revealed asset owners may be investing in companies that work with or fund extremist groups. To protect their organisations, their stakeholders, and their savers from such risks, asset owners should consider revising their ESG frameworks to include disclosure and accountability policies on corporate political spending.

Rebooting responsible investment

Differentiating responsible investment quality among products, services and provider capabilities is mission-critical for investors dependent on the ‘real world’ outcomes that underpin future investment opportunities. But how do they do that? Susheela Peres da Costa suggests a functional framework for responsible investment.