ESG knowledge shared: April 2021

ESG knowledge shared: April 2021

Keep up to date with responsible investing in our monthly roundup of highlights – interesting events, articles we’re reading, podcasts and more.

Responsible investment is continuously evolving, driven by the research and insight that fuels new discussions. Keep up to date on your responsible investing knowledge using our external ‘top picks’ of content. See what content our team have enjoyed in the last month and access thinking across third party events, articles, video and more.

No Federal Taxes for Dozens of Big, Profitable Companies

In the latest update in the ongoing debate over whether and how to revise the US tax code, a study finds that 26 Fortune 500 companies – among them FedEx and Nike – paid no federal income tax for the past three years.

The climate crisis can’t be solved by carbon accounting tricks

Countries and corporations gear up to achieve net zero emissions by the middle of the century – but big issues remain. Professor and author Simon Lewis argues that disaster looms if big finance is allowed to game the carbon offsetting markets to achieve net zero emissions.

The Future we Choose

Christiana Figueres, former UN Secretary for Climate Change, and Tom Rivett-Carnac, senior political strategist for the Paris Agreement, call for action to tackle the environmental catastrophe we’re facing. They argue we can survive the climate crisis, and use this book to tell us how.

Plastic is part of the carbon cycle and needs to be included in climate calculations

Plastic pollution and climate change are two major environmental issues that often compete for attention. But they’re more closely linked than you might expect. Plastic is in fact part of the carbon cycle – so shouldn’t it be included in climate calculations?

Handbook for Nature-related Financial Risks: Key concepts and a framework for identification

More than half of global GDP is highly or moderately dependent on nature – think construction, agriculture and food & beverages as examples. Biodiversity loss as we are experiencing therefore poses financial risks. The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership has published a handbook for understanding and identifying nature-related financial risks.

A response from the PRI: We’re looking at how we can better support voting practices

Exercising voting rights is a powerful way to drive positive change within the ESG agenda. However, a recent industry study by Robeco and the Erasmus School of Economics revealed that US-based Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) signatories have “consistently” supported fewer environmental and social shareholder proposals at US companies than their non-signatory peers.

On our reading list – Caste

We’re looking forward to reading Isabel Wilkerson’s international bestseller that critiques the prejudicial systems that underpin modern society.
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