ESG issues in Beirut Blast

SVI start publishing today reports by Christina Lawandos on the current Lebanese situation from an ESG perspective. Christina is our contact in Lebanon, a local witness strongly engaged in sustainable topics. Unfortunately, what happened in Beirut has to do with very severe ESG topics: negligence, corruption, total lack of risk…

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Alphabet launches largest sustainable bond offering ever, but this new frontier is not without risks

The Covid-19 pandemic has boosted the offering of socially-related bonds, as underlined in our previous article (http://en.sustainablevalueinvestors.com/2020/07/15/social-impact-bonds-have-outpaced-green-bonds-during-covid-19-pandemic/). Sustainability bonds differ from pure Social Bonds insofar as their proceeds are used to support investments in both environmental and social initiatives. The latest news in the sector comes from Alphabet, Google’s parent company,…

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Boohoo received good ESG ratings despite exploitation of modern slavery in its supply chain

The Manchester-based online fast-fashion retailer Boohoo has launched an independent review of its domestic supply chain after the Sunday Times published an investigation affirming that workers manufacturing its products at a factory in Leichester were paid less than half the minimum wage set by the British law. Additionally, the company…

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The EU TAXONOMY for SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

Finance enables transformative improvements in industries all over Europe and globally. According to the OECD, globally, EUR 6.35 trillion a year will be required to meet Paris Agreement goals by 2030. Public-sector resources will not be adequate to meet this challenge, and mobilization of institutional and private capital will be necessary.  The EU Taxonomy categorizes…

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Why we need global Biodiversity Finance

Biodiversity is the infrastructure that supports all life on Earth. Our ecosystems thrive upon biodiversity and our natural capital is largely dependent on it. The unprecedented Holocene extinction, on a par with global warming, has led to a planetary emergency. Biodiversity depletion is an environmental disaster that is deteriorating at…

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Social impact bonds have outpaced green bonds during Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 has brought investors increasing attention on social matters and social-related risks. At the same time, organizations worldwide have been required leadership actions to address the challenges carried by the pandemic, such as job losses, increased death rate, raised pressure on health care systems. The need to mitigate such social…

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The EU and the US are rethinking their non-financial disclosure requirements and announcing a series of new ESG-related interventions

As announced under the bold European Green Deal, the European Commission has launched a public consultation on the review of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD). The NFRD sets out the rules for disclosing non-financial information by large companies as required by the Directive 2014/95/EU. The survey will remain open to…

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