SGX-listed companies improving sustainability disclosures

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 20 MAY 2021  |  NEWS
Small cap companies listed on the Singapore Stock Exchange (SGX) have made the largest improvement in their sustainability reporting and disclosure in 2020, with all listed companies showing improvement overall.

Trustees squeezed by competing climate risk pressures

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 6 MAY 2021  |  NEWS
Super fund trustees are "squeezed" when it comes to managing climate risk, between members seeking divestment, regulatory guidance on managing climate risk, and proposed legislation that may limit access to proxy advisers, according to the chair of Spirit ...

Property fund inks multi-billion dollar sustainability linked loan

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 6 MAY 2021  |  NEWS
Australia's largest sustainability linked loan (SLL) has been inked, providing nearly $3 billion in finance linked to ESG improvements across a diversified property portfolio.

APRA emphasises "compounding effect" of climate change

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 22 APR 2021  |  NEWS
Financial risks of climate change can interact and compound other institutional risks including credit risk, market risk, and liquidity risk, APRA has emphasised in a new practice guide.

Using total portfolio management to gain China, ESG exposure

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 22 APR 2021  |  NEWS
Investors can use a total portfolio risk and active management approach to gain exposure to Chinese assets without a negative impact on overall sustainability profile, according to Willis Towers Watson.

ASX100 ESG underperformers in global manager's crosshairs

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 15 APR 2021  |  NEWS
One of the largest global fund managers will up the ante on companies by voting against directors of companies - including ASX100 companies - that are showing underperformance on material ESG issues.

Rainmaker tracks gender diversity of ESG super funds

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 8 APR 2021  |  NEWS
Super funds that display ESG characteristics on average have women comprising 40% of trustee positions on fund boards and 44% of executive teams, according to research from Rainmaker Information.

Women near parity in 2021 board appointments: AICD

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  MONDAY, 22 MAR 2021  |  NEWS
Women made up nearly half of listed ASX board appointments thus far in 2021, according to the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Measuring the gap between ASX board ethics, exec performance

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 11 MAR 2021  |  NEWS
Australian boards may be setting ethical values for companies, but routine actions by CEOs and other executives may not reflect those values, posing serious risks for companies, according to research published by the Actuaries Institute.

Setting the standards for diversity within funds management

RACHEL ALEMBAKIS  |  THURSDAY, 11 MAR 2021  |  NEWS
As companies in the financial services sector grapple with increasing diversity within their ranks as much as they focus on diversity in their invested companies, one global fund manager speaks to the steps it is taking to enhance their approach to diversity ...