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Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) news and investment research brought to you weekly covering major market trends and new research insights. With topics ranging from climate impact on investment portfolios, corporate actions, trending investment topics, and emerging ESG issues, hosts Mike Disabato and Bentley Kaplan of MSCI ESG Research walk through the latest news and research that is top of mind for the week. 

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Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) news and investment research brought to you weekly covering major market trends and new research insights. With topics ranging from climate impact on investment portfolios, corporate actions, trending investment topics, and emerging ESG issues, hosts Mike Disabato and Bentley Kaplan of MSCI ESG Research walk through the latest news and research that is top of mind for the week. 

    The Luxury of Love

    The Luxury of Love

    Valentines day is replete with marketing by luxury brands attempting to capture the eyes of anxious lovers wanting to do right by their partners during the holiday. But what can you know about the product you’re buying from a luxury company? Can you know where its raw materials are sourced? Or where that material is produced? And who’re running these luxurious companies? We discuss all this and more on this week’s episode of ESG now.
    Host: Mike Disabato, MSCI ESG Research
    Guest: Liz Houston, MSCI ESG Research

    • 15 min
    Cyber Catastrophe Bonds... Wait, What?

    Cyber Catastrophe Bonds... Wait, What?

    The stakes on data protection and privacy are only getting higher. Hacks, breaches and data leaks are becoming bugbears of the modern corporate world. Insurers offer products for cyber-related incidents, but in a complex, evolving risk landscape, there are a lot of asterisks. We take a look at the current cyber insurance market, and how insurers are de-risking their positions through cyber catastrophe bonds. 

    Host: Margarita Grabert, MSCI ESG Research
    Guest: Federico Darakdjian, MSCI ESG Research

    • 16 min
    The Audit World on Fire

    The Audit World on Fire

    Audit firms have been under scrutiny lately after scandal and concern have led some to worry the vital industry is in trouble. But to understand whether fears around an auditor are credible, one must understand how to assess auditor quality. In this episode, we teach you how to assess an audit firm, and answer the question that some are posing: is there a crisis in the audit industry?
    Host: Mike Disabato, MSCI ESG Research
    Guest: Jon Ponder, MSCI Carbon Markets

    • 13 min
    Going on a Boeing?

    Going on a Boeing?

    One door plug blowout, one emergency landing and zero injuries. For Boeing, quality checks and tailored governance structures aren’t adding up to a great safety record. But looking at the underlying ESG data might shed light on where things might be going wrong. 

    Host: Bentley Kaplan, MSCI ESG Research
    Guests: Mike Disabato & Harlan Tufford, MSCI ESG Research

    • 24 min
    Biodiversity 101

    Biodiversity 101

    Biodiversity is everywhere from food production to pharmaceutical drugs, so the biodiversity crisis puts both society and the global economy at risk. And while it is like the climate crisis in its cause, there are complexities and measurement difficulties that make the biodiversity crisis a distinct problem for investors to address compared to the climate crisis. On this episode we sat down with our colleague Arne Klug to understand where this complexity comes from and how can investors go about it when trying to include biodiversity in their investment practices.  
    Host: Gabriela de la Serna, MSCI ESG Research
    Guest: Arne Klug, MSCI ESG Research

    • 15 min
    Carbon Credits in 2024

    Carbon Credits in 2024

    The carbon markets have been a provider of hope and despair in the fight against carbon emissions. In 2023, there were concerns around whether the carbon credits being sold actually abated the amount of carbon they claimed to. Yet the market still has promise and changes are being made to the methodologies of carbon credit assessment organizations to address the problems uncovered in 2023. For the first ESG now episode, we sat down with our head of Carbon Markets at MSCI, Guy Turner, to understand how carbon markets actually faired in 2023, what they might look like in 2024, and why carbon credits and offsets will remain an important part of our world’s attempts to decarbonize.
    Host: Mike Disabato, MSCI ESG Research
    Guest: Guy Turner, MSCI Carbon Markets

    • 28 min

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