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What Popular Media Gets Wrong About ESG

Everywhere you look people are talking about ESG. But in nearly every case, critics use the term inaccurately. The result? Stakeholders often talk past one another. Corporations aren’t sure what to prioritize and even worse, ESG is often hijacked for political ends. We explain the key differences between values-based investing, impact investing and ESG.

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SEC Proposes Additional Disclosures on ESG Frameworks from Investment Advisers

In May 2022, the SEC proposed additional disclosure rules for funds claiming to achieve a specific ESG impact. Under the new rules, these funds would be required to disclose the ESG factors considered in their investment strategy, as well as the metrics used to evaluate progress towards the fund’s objectives. How will your fund be affected? Read on for the fine print.

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3E Summary: SEC Releases New Climate Change Disclosures

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced a landmark proposal to advance and standardize disclosures related to climate change, requiring public companies to disclose certain climate-related risks in their statements and reports. Underneath the 500 page proposal, what does this mean for corporate issuers and investors? We pull out the fine print on today’s announcement and what this means for companies in 2022 and beyond.

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Understanding the ‘G’ in ESG: Moving Beyond Proxy Season

Companies are facing headwinds when it comes to board director reelection. In this environment, companies need to be proactive both with shareholder engagement and director preparation. How can your company increase shareholder engagement and promote board reelection? We share the key trends shaping our current environment then explore five strategies for the future.

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Understanding the Inflation Reduction Act: Key Attributes and Opportunities

In August 2022, President Biden signed the historic Inflation Reduction Act (“IRA”), the largest climate and energy bill ever enacted in the United States. Under the new bill, $369 billion will be invested in decarbonizing the U.S., through incentives for clean tech and corporate energy procurement. How can your business participate in these historic rebates and credits? Read our analysis here.

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Simplifying the Social ‘S’ Component of ESG

Defining the ‘S’ in ESG is not as simple as accounting for carbon output or measuring board representation. But categories like social capital, human capital and product innovation represent unique tools to assess both risk and opportunity for companies to generate long-term value. Looking for more information on how to quantify the ‘S’ for your business? Read on for 3E’s primer on measuring key social issues for your business.

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2022 IPCC Report: Corporate Considerations and Call to Action

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability report. This report draws attention to 127 key risks associated with climate change, and the urgency around taking adaptive measures to build more resilient infrastructure.

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Advancing the ‘E’ in ESG: Hands-On Strategies for Measuring, Communicating and Achieving Your Goals

The push toward net-zero carbon is putting a lot of pressure on corporations to step up ESG performance. But the link between environmental considerations and durable financial performance is not always clear. Join 3E’s Chad Spitler and a panel of experts on Thursday, 3/31 at 1pm ET for a conversation on strengthening the environmental (‘E’) component of your ESG strategies. This webinar is part of a three part series on learning pragmatic approaches to “E”, “S” and “G”.

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Setting the Narrative on ESG

The six most important lines from the 2022 State Street and BlackRock Annual Letters.

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The Case for the Corporate Climate Pledge

More businesses are taking the climate pledge: Net zero by 2040. Should your organization step up too? Below, in partnership with Broadridge, we share the case for signing onto the climate pledge and highlight proven strategies to make sure your organization is ready.

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Investing for Global Development

Our newest VIA3 rating is focused on global equity and this month’s webinar on how fund managers align their portfolios with the UNSDG’s. This conversation, rather than a technical look at how a fund comes together, will be a look forward at the changes these funds are making in the world.

UN Investor Summit Highlights

The storyline emerging from this year’s conference was the pressing need for companies to be proactive in engaging with investors.

BlackRock’s Engagement Priorities

BlackRock’s new engagement priorities address traditional areas of investor engagement such as governance, strategy and compensation alongside developing areas like climate risk and human capital management.

Investors Want to Engage on Sustainability-Are you Prepared?

The rise of sustainability as a governance imperative is inextricably tied to the growing influence of large institutional investors, particularly index funds, and the governance teams within them.

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Panel Talks Sustainability in Business, Effects of Climate Change

The Erb Institute, a collaboration between the Ross School of Business and the School for Environment and Sustainability, hosted an event to discuss how businesses can promote sustainability in their work

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CEO Chad Spitler Responds to Challenges in Applying SEC Names Rule

Letter submitted to the SEC to address the challenges raised in applying the Names Rule to the use of the term ESG in fund names.

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CEO Chad Spitler Discusses a Department of Labor’s Proposed Rule Change

CEO response to a Department of Labor proposed rule change affecting ESG investment funds.