“Green Council Launches Innovative Online ESG Assessment Platform and Related Service” – Asia One – March 11, 2019

On March 11, 2019 Asia One reported that “Green Council today unveiled a new online evaluation platform — the Sustainability Assessment — for grading corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) maturity levels.

The innovative platform will allow companies to comprehensively assess their ongoing ESG contributions — recognising and encouraging sustainability practice in the corporate sector. The Sustainability Assessment was developed alongside PwC, which provided technical advice on the development of the system’s framework and methodology.

‘The Sustainability Assessment is a great new tool to help companies assess their own ESG practice. What this means is that executives can now accurately evaluate the ESG performance and maturity levels of their organisation in order to make thorough, clear comparisons to past performance — and to consider and make improvements where necessary,’ said Green Council CEO Linda Ho.”

You may read the article on the Asia One internet site.

“B3 Joins Global Stock Exchange Mobilization for Gender Equality” – B3 – March 8, 2019

On March 8, 2019 the Brazilian exchange B3 (formerly BM&FBOVESPA) participated in a global initiative to promote gender equality and announced that it had joined a program to promote gender diversity on boards.

According to a press release, “B3 held today the bell ringing ceremony in support of gender equality. Named Ring the Bell for Gender Equality, the event is a partnership of the Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) with the Global Compact, the UN Women, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), Women in ETFs (WE) and the World Federation of Exchanges (WFE). Its chief goal is to raise awareness on women’s economic empowerment and expand the opportunities in the private sector to promote gender equality and sustainable development.

More than 80 stock exchanges worldwide have joined the Ring the Bell for Gender Equality this year, thus contributing to the Sustainable Development Objectives (ODS) agenda, particularly the ODS 5, which aims to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls.

B3 also announced that it has joined the Gender Diversity on Boards program, a joint initiative of the Brazilian Institute of Corporate Governance (IBGC), the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and the Women Corporate Directors (WCD), whose mission is to enhance gender diversity on boards of directors.”

You may read the press release on the B3 internet site.