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RepRisk becomes ESG provider on AWS Data Exchange

Monday, November 30, 2020 - 8:00am

RepRisk, a leading ESG data science firm that combines machine learning (ML) and human intelligence to identify and assess ESG risks, now delivers RepRisks Data Feed on AWS Data Exchange.

Key Points: 
  • RepRisk, a leading ESG data science firm that combines machine learning (ML) and human intelligence to identify and assess ESG risks, now delivers RepRisks Data Feed on AWS Data Exchange.
  • The inclusion of RepRisk data in AWS Data Exchange, a service that makes it easy to find, subscribe to, and use third-party data in the cloud via Amazon Web Services (AWS), allows subscribers such as data analysts, portfolio managers, and quantitative investors, streamlined access to relevant, daily-updated information on ESG and business conduct risks for financial decision-making.
  • We are thrilled to be working with AWS and are proud to be one of the first ESG data providers on AWS Data Exchange, said Alexandra Mihailescu Cichon, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing at RepRisk.
  • Joining AWS Data Exchange, a service that enables the discovery and procurement of third party data sets, is a significant milestone in that work and we are proud to be making in-roads for ESG in the alternative data landscape.

Scotiabank ranked highest in Financial Industry for Corporate Governance and Anti-crime Policy Measures by Dow Jones Sustainability Index

Thursday, November 26, 2020 - 3:12pm

TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2020 /CNW/ -Scotiabank is pleased to announce it has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the third consecutive year and is now ranked in the top 15 percent of participating financial institutions from around the world.

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  • TORONTO, Nov. 26, 2020 /CNW/ -Scotiabank is pleased to announce it has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) North America for the third consecutive year and is now ranked in the top 15 percent of participating financial institutions from around the world.
  • The Dow Jones Sustainability Index is considered the industry-standard for measuring environmental, social and governance practices.
  • Scotiabank also achieved high scores in Customer Relationship Management, Risk and Crisis Management, Environmental Reporting, Corporate Citizenship/Philanthropy, Financial Inclusion and Labour Practices.
  • Launched last year, the commitments articulate a goal of mobilizing $100 billion by 2025 to reduce the impacts of climate change.

Healthcare Realty Trust Announces Release of its Second Annual Corporate Responsibility Report

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 9:30pm

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (NYSE:HR) today announced the release of its second annual Corporate Responsibility Report covering Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives and accomplishments.

Key Points: 
  • NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Healthcare Realty Trust Incorporated (NYSE:HR) today announced the release of its second annual Corporate Responsibility Report covering Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) initiatives and accomplishments.
  • The report includes the Companys initial Key Performance Indicator (KPI) targets that are aligned with the U.N.
  • The Company also announced that it has expanded Carla Bacas responsibilities to include leading the Companys Corporate Responsibility initiatives.
  • In addition to the historical information contained within, the matters discussed in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties.

PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev Reports on ESG Performance Highlights at 2020 IFA High Level Forum

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 3:44pm

MOSCOW, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev delivered a report about the Company's progress in the the field of ESG at the 2020 High Level Forum hosted by the International Fertilizer Association.

Key Points: 
  • MOSCOW, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev delivered a report about the Company's progress in the the field of ESG at the 2020 High Level Forum hosted by the International Fertilizer Association.
  • Andrey Guryev, PhosAgro CEO and President of the Russian Association of Fertilizer Producers,told Forum participants and guests about PhosAgro's experience in this area.
  • In November 2020, Sustainalytics increased the Company's ESG rating from 43.5 to 26.9 during its regular review.
  • MSCI ESG Research, another reputable agency in the field, upgraded PhosAgro to BBB in August 2020.

PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev Reports on ESG Performance Highlights at 2020 IFA High Level Forum

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 3:41pm

MOSCOW, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev delivered a report about the Company's progress in the the field of ESG at the 2020 High Level Forum hosted by the International Fertilizer Association.

Key Points: 
  • MOSCOW, Nov. 25, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- PhosAgro CEO Andrey Guryev delivered a report about the Company's progress in the the field of ESG at the 2020 High Level Forum hosted by the International Fertilizer Association.
  • Andrey Guryev, PhosAgro CEO and President of the Russian Association of Fertilizer Producers,told Forum participants and guests about PhosAgro's experience in this area.
  • In November 2020, Sustainalytics increased the Company's ESG rating from 43.5 to 26.9 during its regular review.
  • MSCI ESG Research, another reputable agency in the field, upgraded PhosAgro to BBB in August 2020.

BMO Ranked Among Most Sustainable Companies on Dow Jones Sustainability Index - North America

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 1:00pm

The DJSI is a set of best-in-class benchmarks for investors who have recognized that sustainable business practices are critical to generating long-term shareholder value.

Key Points: 
  • The DJSI is a set of best-in-class benchmarks for investors who have recognized that sustainable business practices are critical to generating long-term shareholder value.
  • The DJSI ranks companies' sustainability performance across three dimensions Governance & Economic, Environmental, and Social Sustainability.
  • BMO earned the highest possible score in the areas of Customer Relationship Management, Financial Inclusion, Environmental Reporting and Social Reporting.
  • For more information on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, go to https://www.spglobal.com/esg/csa/indices/djsi-index-family .

Latest ESG Pulse Report Comments On ESG Rating Impact And COVID-19 Vaccine Hope As Second Wave Sets In

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 5:48pm

The latest edition of S&P Global Ratings' The ESG Pulse: COVID-19 Vaccine Hope As Second Wave Sets In published today reports that from April to September we took close to 2,100 ESG-related rating, CreditWatch, and outlook actions.

Key Points: 
  • The latest edition of S&P Global Ratings' The ESG Pulse: COVID-19 Vaccine Hope As Second Wave Sets In published today reports that from April to September we took close to 2,100 ESG-related rating, CreditWatch, and outlook actions.
  • In higher education, the ratings on 30% of entities have been affected by ESG factors over the six months to September.
  • Also worth noting is that some of the rating actions we took in September resulted from climate change and environmental factors.
  • In the six months, just 1% of structured finance issue ratings were influenced by ESG (solely due to COVID-19).

Ameren named Top Company for environmental, social and governance (ESG) leadership

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 1:15pm

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) is among the country's leaders for addressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, according to DiversityInc .

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  • ST. LOUIS, Nov. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) is among the country's leaders for addressing environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues, according to DiversityInc .
  • Factors that determined this inaugural specialty list include human capital metrics, talent and workplace programs and practices, corporate social responsibility and philanthropic programs, supplier diversity programs and practices, and leadership and governance practices.
  • We are honored to be recognized for the work that our co-workers are doing all acrossour company," said Gwen Mizell, vice president of sustainability and electrification at Ameren.
  • Ameren is also included on DiversityInc's 2020 Top Utilities , Top Regional Companies, and Top Companies for Board of Directors lists.

United Therapeutics Releases Its First Corporate Responsibility Report

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 11:00am

"Environmental sensitivity and corporate responsibility have been part of our DNA since our inception," said Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Therapeutics.

Key Points: 
  • "Environmental sensitivity and corporate responsibility have been part of our DNA since our inception," said Martine Rothblatt, Ph.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of United Therapeutics.
  • "In light of growing interest in ESG from investors and other stakeholders, we are pleased to share our corporate responsibility achievements in this inaugural report."
  • United Therapeutics developed its initial Corporate Responsibility Report with guidance from members of its Board of Directors and the frameworks provided by both the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB).
  • United Therapeutics plans to continue to report on its corporate responsibility efforts on an annual basis and plans to issue its next report around mid-year 2021.

New Financial Factors Regulation Blocks Participant Requested Investments

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 3:48pm

MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The Financial Factor Regulation from the Department of Labor requires that any investments designated for participants are based only on pecuniary factors of risk and return.

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  • MARLBOROUGH, Mass., Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --The Financial Factor Regulation from the Department of Labor requires that any investments designated for participants are based only on pecuniary factors of risk and return.
  • Investments requested by participants can no longer be accommodated since such requests are non-pecuniary by the standards defined in the regulation.
  • Originally proposed to affect only Environmental Social Governance ("ESG") investments, the final regulation covered every possible non-pecuniary factor that is used to select designated investments.
  • DALBAR, Inc. is inviting firms with retirement business to examine the possible impact of Financial Factors regulation and discuss strategies for compliance.