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, host Mike Disabato of MSCI ESG Research walk through the latest news and research that is top of mind for MSCI ESG Research clients and partners.
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The ESG Weekly: The carbon plans of tech, and the FinCEN Files
For climate week, we looked at the climate plans of four tech companies: Facebook, Alphabet, Apple, and Microsoft. And only one of them is committed to actually removing carbon from the atmosphere (which is crucial for combating climate change). And then we discussed the recent investigation that alleges five global banks have knowingly laundered USD 2 trillion for drug cartels, corrupt regimes, arms traffickers and other international criminals.
ESG Spotlight: Climate Scenario Analysis in the Financial Sector
As climate week kicks off in New York, we break down the basics of climate scenario analysis using the example of MSCI’s Climate Value at Risk model. Translating future climate impacts into direct financial consequences has been a key development in outlining the shape of climate risks for companies and their stakeholders.
The ESG Weekly: The Business of Disaster, and Apple's E‐Waste Problem
There have been a record amount of natural disasters in 2020 and there are certain companies that position themselves as the solution for recovery after a disaster. We discuss how those companies look and how they get the contracts to help out a community. And then we discuss why Apple decided not to respond to a UK inquiry on its electronic waste.
The ESG Weekly: COVID‐19 pushes the world into an awkward middle ground, and we revisit the quandary of fake news
A polarized election and social unrest have raised the stakes on content integrity for Facebook, Google and friends. Meanwhile the pandemic’s long‐term consequences may be a boon for gender diversity in Japan’s workforces, but a blow to cruise liners that are going nowhere slowly.
The ESG Weekly: Hurricane Laura wreaks havoc, Rio Tinto atones for damaging aboriginal heritage site and Microsoft mulls Tik Tok acquisition
September brings a change in season as companies navigate shifting ESG risks. Bonus cuts may not be enough for Rio Tinto to win back community trust, Microsoft could be biting off more user data than it can chew and more sophisticated risk maps highlight gaps in asset location data.
How human capital and corporate culture have evolved due to COVID‐19
We laid our cards on the table and predicted five trends that would reshape ESG investing in January 2020. But then fate played its COVID‐19 wildcard. In this episode, we take a look at how much things have changed, how much they haven't and how human capital risks may emerge in a post‐pandemic world.