ESG knowledge shared: February 2022

ESG knowledge shared: February 2022

Keep up to date with responsible investing through our monthly roundup of highlights – articles we’re reading, podcasts we’re enjoying, useful videos 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.

Artificial intelligence

Coded Bias

This Netflix documentary investigates the bias in algorithms and artificial intelligence after a MIT Media Lab researcher uncovered flaws in facial recognition technology. It highlights the concern around the lack of legal structure and human rights violations with the technology.

Environment

Geospatial ESG

An ongoing challenge with ESG efforts is access to data. Data providers are continually developing solutions to improve insight. In this whitepaper, the World Wildlife Fund has partnered with the World Bank and Global Canopy to explore one of these potential improvements: the use of geospatial data within ESG, focusing on the environmental (E) aspect.

Climate change

We are all complicit in climate change — so we should all pay to fix it

Dieter Helm, Oxford academic and author of ‘Net Zero’, discusses cognitive dissonance, carbon pricing and what a sustainable economy would look like.

How do we solve bitcoin’s carbon problem?

The controversial cryptocurrency has long had its energy consumption compared to that of countries round the world, the latest comparison being Norway. Now banned in China and with other countries considering this too, experts disagree on whether its possible to ‘green’ this currency.

Diversity and inclusion

Financials score highest in gender equality index

Financial services is the highest scoring sector in the latest Gender-Equality Index (GEI) from Bloomberg, as overall a record number of firms disclosed diversity data.

Public health

The World's Next Big Health Emergency Is Already Here

Covid-19 has captured media attention for the past few years as the virus spread and claimed so far nearly 6 million lives. But another health crisis is already here and could claim 10 million lives by 2050: antimicrobial resistance.

Sustainable investing

Sustainable funds gain popularity in China

Data shows that actively managed equity funds are dominating China’s sustainable assets, with sustainable investing growing ever more popular since China announced its plans to build a greener economy in September 2020.

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