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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.

    Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and the US Supreme Court

    Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and the US Supreme Court

    The US Customs and Border Protection agency released operational guidance for importing companies on how to comply with the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which was signed into law on December 23, 2021. The big ask for companies was for more supply chain transparency. We discussed what UFLPA means for the world’s economy and why supply chain transparency is still so difficult. Then we discussed the most recent ruling US Supreme Court ruling that limited the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.

    Host: Mike Disabato; MSCI ESG Research
    Guests: Miranda Carr, Liz Houston, and Mathew Lee; MSCI ESG Research

    • 23 min
    The Birds and Bees and the ESG

    The Birds and Bees and the ESG

    As biodiversity loss accelerates, companies and investors are under increasing pressure to act. But turning data into decisions is trickier than it seems. And after a bumpy ride for the EV start-up, ELMS files for bankruptcy and rings a cautionary governance bell. 

    Host: Bentley Kaplan, MSCI ESG Research
    Guests: Gillian Mollod and Yu Ishihara, MSCI ESG Research

    • 21 min
    Windy ESG Labels

    Windy ESG Labels

    Every fund manager with an ESG fund seems to be under routine but detailed examination by financial regulators into their use of “ESG” in said fund label or how they incorporate ESG in their investment process. We explore what this means for the industry and why it matters. Then, we discuss the current state of the wind energy industry, exploring the companies that are leading the chart for a cleaner energy world. 

    Host: Mike Disabato, MSCI ESG Research
    Guests: Mathew Lee and Nelson Lee, MSCI ESG Research

    • 19 min
    Carbon Markets 101

    Carbon Markets 101

    REPLAY! This week the voluntary carbon markets integrity initiative or VCMI launched a consultation to assess companies use of carbon offset credits and how they impact progress towards their climate targets. So we decided to replay our carbon markets 101 episode. It is a discussion around companies that use carbon markets and carbon offsets to meet their plans to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon markets, in the broadest sense, turn the power to pollute into a credit that can be bought and sold. They are marketed as one of the major pillars in combating climate change and are an important tool for investors to understand.

    Host: Mike Disabato, MSCI ESG Research
    Guest: Maximiliane Heidenblut, MSCI ESG Research

    • 20 min
    Cannon-Brookes Brokers a Deal with AGL

    Cannon-Brookes Brokers a Deal with AGL

    AGL Energy, Australia’s largest electricity generator and polluter, abandoned plans to spin-off its coal assets after tech billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes bought shares to help block the move. It was a continuation of a trend we are seeing: the offloading or spinning off of pollutive assets away from the parent company. We discuss AGL’s attempt, this offloading trend, and where the company goes from here.
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    ESG Trends: Private-Company Emissions Under Public Scrutiny
    MSCI’s Net-Zero Hub

    Host: Mike Disabato; MSCI ESG Research
    Guests: Elchin Mammadov, Harlon Tufford; MSCI ESG Research

    • 19 min
    Baby Formula Crisis and Australia Goes Green

    Baby Formula Crisis and Australia Goes Green

    Abbott Laboratories is having to answer difficult questions after the F.D.A found its Michigan plant to be “egregiously unsanitary.” The plant closed after four infants became ill and two died after consuming Abbott’s baby formula that was made at the plant leading to a national formula shortage. We discussed what happened and why product quality and safety is such a key issue in ESG analysis. Then, we discussed the Australia election results which were heavily influenced by climate change concerns.

    Host: Mike Disabato; MSCI ESG Research
    Guests: Namita Nair, Elchin Mammadov, Antonios Panagiotopoulos; MSCI ESG Research

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
104 Ratings

104 Ratings

aed7261 ,

very informative, good perspective on corporate governance

Love the show

Kiley551992 ,

Great source of weekly ESG content

Highly recommend for insight into timely ESG topics!

Miami ESG ,

Great source of ESG insight!

MSCI is a leader in the space and this podcast provides some great insight into the methodologies and thinking that goes into ESG investing and ratings. Love the podcast...you should have more managers and non-profits on to talk about ESG engagement with companies...like a Heidi Ridley🤷‍♂️

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