Sector Focus

Financials, Sector Focus
February 27, 2024

Student boycott of Vanguard highlights recruitment pressure on corporates over ESG

Many young people are choosing not to work for companies they believe have a poor record on environmental, social and governance issues
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Energy, Europe
February 26, 2024

Polish lawsuit puts board directors’ due diligence obligations in spotlight

Polish energy company Enea has received approval from shareholders to sue former management and insurers over a failed coal investment, in a case that shares...
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Ineos chemical plant port of Antwerp
Europe, Industrials
February 22, 2024

NGOs file new legal claim against Belgian ethane cracker

Allegations of potential cross-border pollution and an incomplete environmental impact assessment underlie new attempt to halt plastics project
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Energy, EU, Europe, Food & Farming, Policy & Regulation, Transport, US
February 16, 2024

In Brief: JPMAM and SSGA exit CA100+; IEA to set up security programme for critical minerals

The latest ESG policy and regulatory news JPMorgan Asset Management and State Street Global Advisors have confirmed to the Financial Times that they are leaving...
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Financials, Sector Focus
February 14, 2024

How companies are tying executive pay to environmental performance

Companies are increasingly building environmental performance metrics into their executive compensation packages
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Woman in a fast-fashion store
Retail & Consumer, Sector Focus
February 12, 2024

Could due diligence legislation end the fashion industry’s ‘pervasive lack of transparency’?

The global fast-fashion industry is detrimental to both the planet and people. Experts say voluntary initiatives have been ‘ineffective’ and legislation is the only way...
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ExxonMobil signage
Energy, Financials, Sector Focus, US
February 6, 2024

ExxonMobil sets ‘chilling’ precedent after suing shareholder climate proposal out of existence

Dutch investment activist group Follow This and investment adviser Arjuna Capital have withdrawn a shareholder climate proposal after ExxonMobil filed a lawsuit against them
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Toyota cars in showroom and logo
Europe, Policy & Regulation, Transport
January 26, 2024

Toyota’s ‘electrified’ campaign is ‘textbook case of greenwashing’, consumer watchdog says

Consumer watchdog Ekō has accused leading car retailer Toyota of greenwashing by labelling hybrid vehicles as ‘electrified’, but Toyota insists the label is accurate
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EU, Financials, Policy & Regulation
January 23, 2024

ECB urged to introduce ‘green’ and ‘brown’ interest rates after Macron appeal

Non-profit Reclaim Finance is among those echoing calls from French President Emmanuel Macron for variable borrowing rates that encourage green investment
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ING bank logo
Energy, Netherlands
January 22, 2024

ING faces climate lawsuit by Dutch non-profit behind landmark Shell case

ING has been given eight weeks to respond to an environmental group’s demands before a climate lawsuit is set to be filed in a Dutch court
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EU, Financials, Policy & Regulation, Sector Focus, US
January 17, 2024

ESG shareholder proposals have a future but are not the only route to change

Research shows US asset managers are withdrawing their backing for ESG shareholder resolutions, while support from their European counterparts is rising
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