Human Rights, United Nations

Barriers to addressing human rights breaches in investment pipelines remain despite significant strides made over the past decade, a UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights report has found.

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NZFSPA

Minerva Analytics and our strategic partners at Solactive are proud to announce we are founding members of the Net Zero Financial Service Provider Alliance (NZFSAP).

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The Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has published the ‘Green Claims Code’, containing guidance principles to assist businesses in complying with consumer protection law and avoid making misleading environmental claims. A full review of misleading claims will be conducted by the CMA at the beginning of 2022.

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One in three applicants to the UK’s Financial Reporting Council’s (FRC) Stewardship Code did not meet the required standard, owing to shortcomings in evidence and relying too heavily on policy. 

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Many banks and investment funds have been included in an international treaty clamping down on private-sector human rights abuses.

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Board Gender Diversity in Europe

Some of the UK’s largest pension investors have collaborated to establish a formal, repeatable diversity assessment and improvement process.

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Data, Sustainability risks internal audit

Providers of data and ratings for environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors could come under an explicit international regulatory framework to ensure consistency, according to a new report from the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO).

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Australia, Parliament, JobKeeper

With Australian proxy season preparations now underway, the Australian federal authorities are looking to introduce a public register of companies that use the government’s JobKeeper programme. Debates around the proposed bill centre over the impact and fairness of Covid furlough support and a lack of corporate transparency over the uptake and use of wage subsidies.

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FCA

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has hit out at “poor quality” product applications for ESG funds and set out detailed guidance for fund managers.

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Biodiversity Briefing

Today, investors are increasingly aware that all forms of capital, including natural capital, contribute to long-term sustainable growth. To mark Earth Day 2021, Minerva published a Briefing on Biodiversity and Stewardship to help investors consider the role of natural capital in their investments.

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