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Green Weekly Insight: ESG Disclosure — From Chaos, Order?

Lack of alignment among ESG disclosure frameworks poses challenges for financial firms on what information to report; Signs of progress: ESG disclosure initiatives propose a common approach to rationalizing differing materiality concepts; Emissions disclosures on the rise; an impact accounting database of 1800+ firms highlights intensity of environmental losses

Weekly Insight: Surge in Flows to ESG Equities

Global ESG fund assets top $1.3 trillion in 2020—up by more than 50% from 2019 levels; Flows into ESG-dedicated equity ETFs have surged in recent weeks, anticipating a more active climate and ESG agenda in the Biden Administration; Voluntary carbon offset issuance reached record highs in 2020, largely driven by India, China, and the U.S.

Green Weekly Insight: Mind the (gender pay) gap

With increasing focus on the “S” in ESG this year, we spotlight gender pay gaps, a key topic for investors and for ESG scoring; Countries with fewer women in labor markets often have smaller gaps, since many of those women tend to be high earners; Trifecta of small gaps, high female participation, and access to leadership – Sweden, Norway, and New Zealand stand out; Men mostly work in higher-paid sectors, partly explaining the gap; while in some countries women should outearn, but don’t   

Green Weekly Insight: Charting Course: Mapping Transition Risk Tools

Climate transition risk assessment tools cover a growing range of scenarios, sectors and asset classes; However, modeling approaches and climate scenario assumptions are not always transparent—making comparisons difficult; Standardizing the output of these tools and models should help the interpretation of results and comparability; “Temperature alignment” metrics have become common in recent years, though skepticism about their usefulness persists

Green Weekly Insight: Voluntary Carbon Offsets—A Primer

Voluntary carbon markets have picked up in recent years, with offset issuances reaching record highs in 2019; Sharp rise in “offset retirement” volumes since 2016 highlights increased demand for voluntary carbon offset markets; India, China, Indonesia, Peru and Brazil are the largest suppliers of voluntary carbon offsets; Verified Carbon Standard is the largest voluntary carbon offset registry with a market share of some 75% among the four major registries

ESG Webinar Series: Banking the Future of Sustainable Finance

The Banking the Future of Sustainable Finance webinar was part of the IIF ESG Webinar Series, which was designed to promote understanding of the rapidly evolving landscape for ESG disclosure and to align efforts to measure and track climate finance.

ESG Webinar: Socio-Economic Dimensions of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Africa’s Response

This week's ESG Webinar provided insight into the social and economic development implications of the Covid-19 pandemic for Africa and presented a detailed review of how the continent has responded thus far. We also covered some of the specific challenges facing the continent at this time and highlighted some innovative aspects of Africa’s response.

Green Weekly Insight: Charting Course: Mapping ESG Data Providers

Amid rampant investor demand, the market for ESG data is set to top $750 million in 2020—over triple 2015 sales; ESG data providers cover a wide range of regions, sectors, and asset classes, and use differing methodologies and definitions; We note three overlapping categories of ESG data providers: market, ESG-exclusive, and specialized (e.g. climate); In the absence of mandatory disclosure, reported ESG data points vary substantially across countries and firms; Given still-patchy data availability, there is little correlation among ESG scores from different providers

ESG Webinar Series: Sustainable Finance Market Trends

Leon Saunders Calvert, Head of Sustainable Finance, Lipper and I&A Insights, Refinitiv, joined Sonja Gibbs, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance, Global Policy Initiatives at the IIF on this week's ESG Webinar to explore sustainable finance market trends. 

ESG Webinar Series: Assessing Financed Emissions in Investment and Lending Portfolios

Giel Linthorst, Director Energy, Sustainability, and Infrastructure, Guidehouse; Executive Director, PCAF, joined Sonja Gibbs, Managing Director and Head of Sustainable Finance, Global Policy Initiatives, at the IIF for this week's edition of the IIF ESG Webinar Series.



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