Inspiring change: positive stories in sustainability

The headline news from our Sustainability Reporting Performance reports this year was that corporate action on climate change is simply not happening fast enough. While this is sadly true, the purpose of our research is not to simply cast another cloud over the climate crisis. The objective is really to recognise the action that is … Continued

The planet and our progress in 2019

In the sustainability world we are not light on research and findings. It’s often hard to keep up and harder still to find time to read them all. So, we have summarised some of the most significant reports on the state of climate and sustainability to provide a snapshot of developments in the industry in … Continued

What do investors really want from climate change disclosures?

Hermes EOS is a leading stewardship provider with a focus on achieving positive change. Their dedicated team of engagement and voting specialists enable pension funds and other longer-term institutional investors to achieve their fiduciary responsibilities and be more active owners of companies. They work on behalf of investors from 12 countries who entrust them with … Continued

The order in disorder: Aligning environmental disclosure frameworks

The sustainability disclosure landscape is a bit of a maze for businesses. In fact, it has been a source of frustration to many organisations that there are so many requirements and expectations and the reporting burden to fulfil them all seems huge. In addition to this, there are so many different voluntary frameworks (each another … Continued

First steps towards mandatory TCFD reporting

The UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has announced that it will be making further sections of its reporting framework mandatory for its signatories in 2020. Specifically, this relates to the sections recently created to align to the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) on strategy and governance. This is a … Continued

Avoiding emissions in the value chain

In response to the call for a transition to a low carbon (and eventually net zero emissions) economy, more and more financial institutions are actively exploring ways to decarbonize their investment portfolios. The TCFD recommendations represent a commitment to better account for the risks and opportunities on the path towards a more sustainable global financial … Continued

Are carbon and climate reporting standards finally aligning?

For quite some time, people responsible for carbon, energy, climate change and environmental sustainability reporting have been required to grapple with an alphabet soup of reporting standards. The knock on impact of this has been that for many of these professionals, and therefore for the organisations they work for, the focus has been on reporting … Continued

TCFD: Where are we now?

In our 2018 Sustainability Reporting Performance report we identified that alignment with guidelines set out by the Task Force for Climate-Related Financial Disclosure was one of the main trends of improved strategy and governance across FTSE 100 companies. The TCFD Status report published last month confirms our findings. The latest report from the Task Force … Continued

The global environmental sustainability trends in 2018

For the past few years, the challenge that climate change represents at a global scale is seldom omitted from the starting paragraph of any sustainability-related article. Arguably already falling into this same stereotype, this blog aims to turn the table around and focus instead on the encouraging trends that have been identified in this year’s … Continued