|Both Republicans and Democrats recognise the need for and the stimulative benefit of infrastructure investment, particularly when fiscal spending is needed during recession. However, even before COVID-19, there was an urgent need for spending on American ...|
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|Understanding how climate change may affect the intrinsic value of a company is quickly evolving. Until recently, analysis focused on the impact of a company's operations on the environment. This has shifted to an assessment of a company's exposure ...|
|Many investors continue to struggle to effectively assess and incorporate climate change impacts into their company analysis. This is not without good reason. Climate-related risks (and opportunities) all carry a large degree of uncertainty about them ...|
|It seems everyone has experienced a code of conduct or business ethics training session that is unmemorable, generic and fails to resonate. The unintended consequence of such training is that it leaves employees jaded with management's intent, annoyed ...|
|There is increasing concern that the impacts of COVID-19 will exacerbate conditions causing modern slavery in supply chains, opening up investor and business risk as well as questions about compliance with Modern Slavery Act reporting. Earlier this week ...|
|The link between positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance and economic growth is not new. However, the heightened focus by market participants on value creation through sustainability is new and being driven in part by global trends ...|
|As Australia's largest employer of 1.4 million people, and its biggest industry, representing 13% of Australian gross domestic product (Property Council of Australia), the real estate industry has a tremendous opportunity to lead the way on addressing ...|
Only one in five victims of modern slavery are identified in Australia, meaning that identifying instances and exposures of modern slavery will be a key project for Australian organisations that fall under the Modern Slavery Act's reporting obligations, according to Informed 365.
Integration of material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment processes in fixed income and credit portfolios is "crucial" to risk management, according to Janus Henderson.
With material environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) issues increasingly demonstrating their impact on companies' ability to generate long term value for investors, fund managers are making the case that ESG can augment quality signals in strategies.
Editorial note: This piece is sponsored by T. Rowe Price Integrating environmental, social and governance considerations into emerging markets portfolios can assist investors in finding companies that outperform their peers. However, they also present challenges for managers that take ESG into consideration.
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