“Integrating ESG factors into sovereign risk assessment: why does it matter” – Beyond Ratings – July 13, 2017

On July 13, 2017 Beyond Ratings published a short article in which it analyzes recent research published by UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) about integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) into credit risk ratings.  The PRI report highlight that the challenge is the most complicated in terms of environmental risks and the impact on ratings.”

“Beyond Ratings has done extensive research to address these challenges and developed a proprietary scoring (“Sovereign Risk Monitor”) to assess sovereign creditworthiness while integrating Energy, Climate, and Natural Resource factors (ECR).”

You may read the article on the Beyond Ratings internet site.

Emerging Markets ESG’s SRI contact database tracks dramatic increase in number of events on ESG integration, SRI and sustainability reporting in 2017 – July 11, 2017

Today, July 11, 2017 Emerging Markets ESG publishes the 24th edition of its Updated Database of Contacts in the Field of Socially Responsible Investment (SRI).  The database – with current information as of June 30, 2017 – lists 52 awards, 2,103 conferences/events, 256 indices and 1,913 organizations, divided among the following 12 categories: Academia (95 institutions); Companies – Listed Companies (487); Exchanges (38): Financial Institutions (373); Governmental Organizations (77); Media (94); Networks (142); Non-Governmental Organizations (284); Private-Public Partnerships (18); Professional and Trade Associations (103); Rating and Research (173); and Standard-Setting Organizations (29).

The most striking feature of the 24th edition of the database is the huge increase in the number of conferences and events about SRI.  199 events were added to the database during the past six months, significantly more than in any previous time period since the database was launched in 2002.  The database now includes a range of events about ESG reporting for listed companies and courses on ESG integration for financial institutions – demonstrating the growing relevance of SRI to mainstream and niche financial markets.

Of the 2,103 conferences/events listed in the database, 573 took place in the US, 344 in the United Kingdom, 97 in Switzerland, 80 in Germany, 76 in France, 67 in the Netherlands, 63 in Canada, 52 in Australia, 34 in Belgium, 27 in South Africa, 22 in Singapore, 21 in Italy, 21 in Spain, 20 in China, 17 in Hong Kong, 16 in United Arab Emirates, 15 in Austria, 15 in India, 14 in Brazil, 14 in Sweden, 12 in Denmark and 12 in Mexico.  The distribution among these countries has remained consistent during the past decade.

The database lists 325 webinars, compared with 260 as of December 31, 2017; 232 webinars as of June 30, 2016; 208 webinars as of December 31, 2015; 183 webinars as of December 31, 2014; 140 webinars as of December 31, 2013; and 89 webinars as of December 31, 2012.

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