More companies reporting on SDGs, but quality lacking: RMIT

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 28 AUG 2020  |  NEWS
A growing number of ASX-listed companies are reporting on commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but the quality of disclosure "remains lacking," according to a new report from RMIT University and the United Nations Association of Australia.

Heritage Bank enacts environmental, social, governance policy

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 14 AUG 2020  |  NEWS
Mutual Heritage Bank has enacted an environmental, social and governance position statement that codify the bank's practice around sustainability issues, as well as opens the door to further products and services aligned with an ESG approach.

COVID-19 risks and impacts disclosure "unprecedented challenge": AICD

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 17 JUL 2020  |  NEWS
In a move to assist companies in reporting on the impacts of COVID-19, the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and CPA Australia have published a joint guidance on disclosure and ...

SASB, GRI announce collaborative workplan for further understanding

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 17 JUL 2020  |  NEWS
The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) and the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) have announced a collaborative workplan to drive understanding of how the standards can be used concurrently.

Insure Our Future calls for halt to insuring oil and gas projects

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 19 JUN 2020  |  NEWS
A coalition of global environmental NGOs is calling on the largest global insurers to halt insuring new oil and gas expansion projects and phase out insurance for oil and gas companies in order to meet a 1.5C global climate target.

Australian companies below global peers on reporting, targets: Refinitiv

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 19 JUN 2020  |  NEWS
Australian companies are "well below their global peers" in reporting and setting targets on carbon emissions, waste and water reductions, according to Refinitiv.

GRI to update three Universal Standards, seeks public comment

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 12 JUN 2020  |  NEWS
GRI is updating its Universal Standards to improve how reporting entities use the GRI standards to disclose impacts on economy, environment, and people.

Accounting bodies develop guidelines for disclosing to SDGs

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 5 JUN 2020  |  NEWS
The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CA ANZ) and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) have released a paper outlining recommendations on disclosing for the Sustainable ...

Climate action by regulators deferred, not denied: MinterEllison

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 22 MAY 2020  |  NEWS
The COVID-19 pandemic is not likely to halt regulatory and investor expectations around corporate progress on climate change risk, according to MinterEllison.

Pivot to virtual AGMs, communication offer opportunities: Redback Connect

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  FRIDAY, 22 MAY 2020  |  NEWS
Email is the primary communication channel for investor relations, but a push to virtual events as a result of COVID-19 offers new opportunities and benefits for companies to engage with shareholders, according to Redback Connect.