ESMA pulls back from ESG legislation for rating agency methodology

The European securities markets watchdog has identified a lack of transparency around methodologies of ESG ratings and providers, as well as insufficient granularity of data. 

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Minerva’s very own Paul Hewitt has been featured in the latest episode of a new podcast by Global Systematic Investors (GSI). Take a listen to Paul as he discusses Active Ownership for passive investors with journalist and investor advocate Robin Powell.

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nuclear, power plant

Members of the European Parliament have supported an objection to ensure nuclear and gas is kept out of the EU’s green investment taxonomy. 

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ASIC

ASIC issues greenwashing guidelines June 16, 2022 ASIC introduces guidelines to prevent greenwashing The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has introduced a set of guidelines to prevent large funds from greenwashing. In order to prevent greenwashing, ASIC’s guidelines ask that issuers of products, including superannuation fund trustees and responsible entities of managed funds, use […]

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SDG

SDGs will fail without private sector alignment: SDSN Report This week, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) published the seventh edition of its annual Sustainable Development Report, which includes the 2022 SDG Index, the 2022 International Spillover Index, and Dashboards. The report warns that “[f]or the second year in a row, the world is no […]

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ESG

SEC proposes new rules against greenwashing in ESG funds June 10, 2022 The proposal sets out three types of ESG funds and what they are required to disclose. The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has introduced a proposal aiming to standardise disclosures for ESG funds. As greenwashing continues to be a prominent issue within […]

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Executive Pay the most talked about issues in Corporate Governance

Fifteen investor-led resolutions that took aim at company policies ranging from mistreatment of workers to nondisclosure agreements, failed to pass after majority of Amazon shareholders voted against them.

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SEC forms climate and ESG taskforce

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) charged BNY Mellon Investment Advisor, Inc. for misstatements and omissions about ESG considerations in undertaking investment decisions for mutual funds they oversee.

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Consumer groups slam attempt to delay SRD II

A shareholder coalition has stated it will vote against TotalEnergies’ executive pay and sustainability and climate progress report after the company refused to include their resolution at its AGM.

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BHP faces shareholder anger over fossil fuel

Woodside Petroleum’s shareholders voted 98.66% in favour of a merger with BHP’s petroleum arm at the company’s AGM.

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