COP26: A time for action Locked

COP26 is anticipated to be the most important Conference of the Parties since Paris in 2015. Nick Cottam investigates what’s at stake and the four goals that will define its success, or failure.

Global, UK

Investors require ‘proof over promises’ on ESG Locked

Environment Analyst presents a summary of our latest Sustainability Delivery Group (SDG) roundtable discussing investor priorities on ESG analysis and systemic action on climate change

Global, UK

Companies struggling with sustainability disclosure, finds Sphera Locked

Research by the ESG specialist indicates that despite mounting investor and stakeholder pressure, many organisations are struggling with disclosing sustainability progress and there is a gap between their intent and implementation. 

Global

Sustainability and purpose are business leader priorities, says McKinsey Locked

Global, UK

Reinsurance industry underestimating climate risk, says S&P Global Locked

An empirical scenario analysis undertaken by international ratings agency S&P Global has indicated that the reinsurance industry could be underestimating its exposure to climate risk by 33-50%.

Global, North America

Food and agriculture industry faces steep climb to sustainability Locked

World Benchmarking Alliance study highlights sector leaders and laggards

Global

Fintech study finds ESG ‘unfit for purpose’  Locked

Report highlights significant potential for greenwashing in ESG investing and lack of impact where SDGs are concerned

Global, UK

Insight: Changing landscape accelerates demand for ESG solutions Locked

The market for ESG solutions is advancing at breakneck speed as are the societal, regulatory and disclosure pressures. EA looks at how the ESG ecosystem is developing, including the varying approaches of different types of service provider, and considers how the agenda may evolve again in response to COP26 

Europe, Global

Accenture and WEF test companies for ‘sustainability DNA’ Locked

Half the companies showed low scores on embedding sustainability in management practices 

Global

Arcadis commits to science-based net zero Locked

Plan includes offsetting, switch to renewable energy for global operations and reducing business travel

Europe, Global

BCG strengthens carbon pledges on lessons learned through CV-19 Locked

Boston Consulting Group has strengthened pledges made last year to achieve net zero by 2030 and from then to become climate positive. BCG is also expanding its dedicated climate and sustainability client support capabilities and investments.

Global

Oliver Wyman launches online decarbonisation tool Locked

The Climate Action Navigator platform offers a ‘one-stop shop of specific, actionable decarbonisation solutions’ for the public and private sector

Global, North America

Not enough G20 firms committing to science-based climate targets Locked

Pressure is mounting on companies to commit to more challenging carbon-cutting targets ahead of major international summits

Global

Expert Opinion: The journey to net zero for food & agriculture - beyond target-setting Locked

CRA Sustainability’s Christine Delivanis discusses the unique challenges and opportunities for the food and farming industry as climate plans progress to implementation, and the steps required to achieve measurable improvement on ghg emissions

Global

What the low carbon economy transition means to ERM Locked

How the evolving needs of ERM’s key clients - particularly around the energy transition and decarbonisation - are informing the billion-dollar revenue global sustainability consultancy’s growth strategy and how its recent clutch of acquisitions are helping to meet those needs

Europe, Global, UK

Group of investment consultants launch global net zero initiative Locked

With $10tn of assets under advice, group commits to support the UN’s Race to Zero campaign

Global, UK

Study reveals circular economy’s role in nature protection Locked

A report from the Ellen Macarthur Foundation (EMF) has concluded that a circular economy can help halt and reverse biodiversity loss and support conservation efforts

Global, UK

Framework opens doors for nature-based solutions Locked

A new report from WWF claims to set out a “systemic enabling framework” for implementing, scaling up and mainstreaming nature-based solutions (NbS). 

Global

Companies adopt WEF’s stakeholder capitalism reporting metrics Locked

More than 50 companies have started incorporating the World Economic Forum’s Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics into their annual or sustainability reports since the initiative was launched in January 2020. 

Global

Engie Impact launches carbon intelligence platform Locked

French multinational utility group’s sustainability arm boasts the offering is ‘world’s most comprehensive’ decarbonisation suite

Europe, Global

Antea Group USA launches ESG advisory services Locked

Responding to market trends Dutch-owned environmental specialist expands service offerings

Global, North America

RepRisk: Making sense out of mountains of ESG data Locked

With its website boldly proclaiming RepRisk to be ‘the world’s largest ESG data science company’, Environment Analyst finds out from one of the sector's originators if the hyper attention on ESG lives up to the reality and how the company is differentiated in an ever-crowding marketplace

Europe, Global

EU leads on shared ESG standards Locked

Key European finance bodies and GRI are collaborating to create a common set of ESG reporting standards for 2024

Europe, Global

Pandemic year progress for SMEC & Surbana Jurong  Locked

Group CEOs reflect on latest financial and sustainability highlights for the Asia-Pacific consulting powerhouse with a focus on changes and challenges brought through CV-19, digital transformation, green finance, and growth in emerging markets

Asia Pacific, Global

Expert Opinion: Are greenwashing fears overstated? Locked

Greenwashing fear among investors is at an all time high. S&P’s Lori Shapiro explores how prevalent it is and how we can safeguard against it

Global, UK

The convergence of financial and societal value – and what it means for businesses Locked

As financial markets begin pricing ESG externalities into market value, businesses must make some difficult decisions. Charlie Johnson, principal at CRA Sustainability, explores the actions that business leaders can take to stay ahead of the curve and continue to create value for all stakeholders

Global

EcoAct helps global food firm on net zero journey Locked

Client and climate consultant together explore the drivers, challenges and complexities of translating Compass Group’s net zero ambitions into supply chain action

Global, UK

Lawyers find climate law loopholes Locked

Global climate laws are under-delivering on reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with net zero goals, according to ClientEarth

Global

KPMG business leader survey finds skepticism on ESG Locked

Only half of the CEOs of the world’s largest companies believe that their ESG programmes improve financial performance, a survey by the management consultant reveals 

Global

ESG shift prompts Deloitte’s internal climate learning programme Locked

Deloitte follows PwC - and other global consulting firms - in offering climate learning for all staff, as part of the mainstreaming of ESG and climate considerations in the professional services space

Global