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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, host Mike Disabato of MSCI ESG Research walks 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, host Mike Disabato of MSCI ESG Research walks through the latest news and research that is top of mind for the week.

    COPacetic in Egypt and Methane is a Low-Hanging Fruit

    COPacetic in Egypt and Methane is a Low-Hanging Fruit

    As COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh winds down, we talk to Oliver Marchand about his impressions from the conference. While staving off the worst effects of climate change is definitely getting harder, we also find some reasons for hope. Then we review an updated rule that is looking to clamp down on methane emissions from oil and gas wells in the US. The document is 504 pages long, but we promise a briefer precis.

    Host: Bentley Kaplan, MSCI ESG Research
    Guests: Oliver Marchand & Chris Cote, MSCI ESG Research

    • 22 min
    Bribery – Where ESG Risk and Externality Collide

    Bribery – Where ESG Risk and Externality Collide

    Glencore admitted to bribery in five African countries between 2011 and 2016. A £276 million payment ordered by a UK court highlights the financial risks of bribery. We take a look at the company’s broader ESG risks and how its operations create positive and negative externalities. And then, with COP27 in full swing, we walk through how climate change could affect the insurance industry.

    Host: Bentley Kaplan, MSCI ESG Research
    Guests: Sam Block & Cody Dong, MSCI ESG Research

    • 19 min
    Medicine, Chocolate and the ESG Data-verse

    Medicine, Chocolate and the ESG Data-verse

    One well-worn critique of ESG investing is that some companies with a high rating aren’t actually making the world a better place. We break down this conflation of ESG impact with financial risk by looking at the different sides of J&J and Nestle.

    Host: Bentley Kaplan, MSCI ESG Research
    Guests: Julia Giguere-Morello & Cole Martin, MSCI ESG Research

    • 23 min
    The Enigma of Tesla's ESG and Santos Pipeline Hits a Snag

    The Enigma of Tesla's ESG and Santos Pipeline Hits a Snag

    There’s much more to Tesla than electric vehicles. We tackle some apparent contradictions by looking at the company through four lenses: financial risk, environmental and social impact, climate risk and climate impact. And then, the rights of local communities prove to be a stumbling block for another Australian extractives company.

    Host: Bentley Kaplan, MSCI ESG Research
    Guests: Yu Ishihara & Gabriela De La Serna, MSCI ESG Research

    • 26 min
    Everyone Hates ESG

    Everyone Hates ESG

    What is ESG for? Why aren’t ESG ratings correlated between ratings providers? Is greenwashing a problem in the industry? Is ESG a scam? This week we define, in our words, what ESG investing actually is, and address some of the criticisms against the industry.

    Host: Mike Disabato, MSCI ESG Research
    Guest: Meggin Thwing Eastman, MSCI ESG Research

    • 15 min
    What To Do When Your Executive Bites Someone and Hurricanes

    What To Do When Your Executive Bites Someone and Hurricanes

    What does a board do if an executive bites someone on the nose? What about if they use corporate resources to stalk and intimate a blogger? What if an allegation against an executive is more serious and criminal chargers are brought against them? We break down what a company’s board of directors can do in these dastardly situations of executive misconduct, and what sort of structures might be useful for the board to reach quickly and effectively to any problems. Then, in the aftermath of hurricane Ian, we discuss the risks companies face due to from more intense and frequent hurricanes.

    Host: Mike Disabato, MSCI ESG Research
    Guest: Harlan Tufford and Katie Towey, MSCI ESG Research 

    • 23 min

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