If ESG is to live up to its potential, we’re still a long way from making it meaningful

In an article on The Conversation website, Marc Lepere, PhD Candidate in Political Economy at King's College London discusses many of the concerns about the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) label. Fortunately, there is hope for the future.   Green investing: the global system for rating companies’ ethical credentials is meaningless As the war in Ukraine … Continue reading If ESG is to live up to its potential, we’re still a long way from making it meaningful

Sustainability reporting is useful to employees, customers, citizens and governments to assess the impact and sustainability of an organisation’s activities

Sustainability reporting — sometimes also referred to as environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting — requires organisations to publicly report on a wide range of performance goals, not just profits. In an article on The Conversation website, David Cooper, Emeritus Professor of Accounting at the University of Alberta; Daniela Senkl, Assistant Professor in Accounting at … Continue reading Sustainability reporting is useful to employees, customers, citizens and governments to assess the impact and sustainability of an organisation’s activities

How to improve ESG accounting

ESG accounting is a mess. Competing initiatives mean there’s no uniform set of standards for measuring a company’s progress on sustainability. The good news is that a new initiative, the International Sustainability Standards Board, promises to do for sustainability reporting what the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) does for financial reporting — develop standards for … Continue reading How to improve ESG accounting

Sustainability criteria making it challenging for consumers and investors to make fully informed decisions

Rumina Dhalla and Felix Arndt from the University of Guelph in Canada write on The Conversation website about the confusion over what makes a company sustainable.   Sustainability rankings don't always identify sustainable companies British American Tobacco (famous for cigarettes), Coca-Cola (world-renowned for its sugary soft drinks) and Glencore (a British/Swiss mining company) were recently … Continue reading Sustainability criteria making it challenging for consumers and investors to make fully informed decisions

The climate crisis can never be solved by today’s free markets

Dominic Rushe writes on The Guardian website about the views of Tariq Fancy, the former chief investment officer for sustainable investing at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager. But for Fancy, who now runs the digital learning non-profit Rumie in Toronto, Canada, BlackRock’s move, and the ones it has inspired, contain a fundamental flaw: the … Continue reading The climate crisis can never be solved by today’s free markets

The WBCSD 7th annual review of corporate ESG reporting and disclosure finds 88% of member companies have improved their overall scores since 2015

Catherine Benson Wahlén writes on the SDG Knowledge Hub website of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) about the findings from the seventh annual review from the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) of corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) reporting and disclosure.   WBCSD Finds Corporate Reports Focus Most on SDGs 8, … Continue reading The WBCSD 7th annual review of corporate ESG reporting and disclosure finds 88% of member companies have improved their overall scores since 2015