50 global businesses—including Mastercard, Nestlé, and Unilever—announce commitment to transparency

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At Davos, the companies committed to publish information on 21 environmental, social, and governance metrics, from greenhouse gas emissions to diversity to taxes paid. As the world has grown more concerned with combatting widespread issues like climate change and social injustice, the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) movement has gained momentum to ensure businesses are doing their part, by transparently reporting to investors and stakeholders their positive and negative impacts on the environment and society, allowing those backers to make informed decisions about the companies they finance and support. Read Full Story

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How the B Corp movement is remaking business

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After a summer where two new B Corps went public, a new book outlines the growth of the responsible capitalism certification movement. There are now more than 3,500 B Corps in the world. These are companies that have been officially certified by nonprofit B Lab, for their commitment to not only pledging, but concretely showing, environmentally and socially beneficial business practices, public transparency, and the “legal accountability to balance profit and purpose.” B-Corps-to-be must pass a 200-question assessment that judges performance across five impact areas: governance, the environment, workers, customers, and community. Read Full Story

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‘ESG’ isn’t just about feel-good investing. It can be a framework for global accountability

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A focus on a single set of standards for environmental, social, and governance metrics could unlock more international investing. Sustainable investing has taken off in recent years, drawing dollars from more than just Patagonia-loving millennials. But there is a trouble in this apparent ethical asset paradise. With over 600 ESG frameworks in common use , the growing number of socially conscious investors still lack a single reliable source of information on where to put their hard-earned money. (Earlier today more than 50 business leaders said they signed on to ESG reporting standards established last year by the World Economic Forum.) Read Full Story

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5 things you need to know about the future of ESG reporting

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Financial regulators around the world are contemplating fixing the lack of common reporting standards about Environmental, Social, and Governance issues. Here’s what could change. Environmental, Social and Governance—or ESG—is the term that seems to be everywhere these days, which is largely the result of the considerable number of changes on the horizon that could impact every type of business. Read Full Story

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The ESG Case For Sovereign Bonds

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Since the publication of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s 2020 letter, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing has broken into the mainstream. Despite its size (103 billion USD), ESG investing has largely neglected the fixed income (FI) market, which remains dominated by sovereign debt. Investors who seek environmental and social outcomes (and can tolerate risk) should […]

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France is going to ban outdoor heating at restaurants

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Bring a blanket, because the heaters are an “ecological aberration.” Outdoor dining has been popular in France since long before the COVID-19 pandemic, but next year, it may be a bit more difficult to do when the weather turns less-than-ideal. The French government committed to banning outdoor heaters at restaurants and bars as part of a package of measures meant to make the country more environmentally friendly. Read Full Story

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The Definitive Guide to Online Reputation Management

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There are a lot of misconceptions about online reputation management. Some people think it’s just social media monitoring, while others believe it has something to do with public relations, and still others have no idea the impact it can have on sales. In this guide, I’ll explain the role of online reputation management in today’s digital age, explain why it matters, and outline 10 tips for improving and protecting your brand’s online image. Why Does Reputation Management Matter? Just a few years ago, the internet was very different. Companies didn’t engage customers, they just sold (or tried to sell) to a passive audience People could not express their voice in a powerful way, and the overall communication landscape was very “top down.” The situation has radically changed. Today, websites are no longer static brochures. User-generated content is a must. And regular interactions on social networks are vital to any business …

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