ESG News
Patrick Healy
September 21, 2022

UN Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022

Below is a link to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Report 2022. “The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2022 charts progress towards realizing the 17 Goals. It is a collaborative effort between the Department of Economic and Social Affairs and more than 50 international and regional agencies, based on millions of data points provided by

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Jamie Mitchell
November 4, 2021

Sustainability Principles and Objectives (SPO) Framework

The Sustainability Principles and Objectives (SPO) Framework is an ESG framework for late-stage private companies, companies preparing to go public, and early-stage public companies. The SPO Framework is designed to ensure that a company at this stage of development takes into consideration positive ESG outcomes, as well as the need to mitigate negative ESG factors,

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Jamie Mitchell
November 2, 2021

Net Zero Asset Managers initiative Progress Report

Net Zero Asset Manager Signatories now total 220 managing more than USD 57 trillion in assets under management. This means that more than half the world’s assets are now committed to achieving net zero by 2050 or sooner. Read the full progress report below, including Inherent’s commitment of 74% AUM to be managed in line

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Jamie Mitchell
October 28, 2021

2021 Global Investor Statement to Governments on the Climate Crisis

We stand at the beginning of a pivotal decade in which institutional investors and government leaders worldwide have the power to raise ambition and accelerate action to tackle the climate crisis. If we do not meet this challenge and change course immediately, the world could heat in excess of 3-degrees Celsius this century. To achieve

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Jamie Mitchell
August 6, 2021

Distressed Credit And The ESG Opportunity

Driving change is not always possible. The conventional wisdom regarding distressed credit investing is that the complex negotiations and fast pace of transactions at companies under duress thwart transitions toward sustainability and inclusion. Negotiating haircuts and covenants is already challenging, and the urgency of corporate distress amplifies the myriad difficulties of evaluating ESG, including inconsistency

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Jamie Mitchell
February 8, 2021

Boards Are Obstructing ESG — at Their Own Peril

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, Inherent Group Advisor Tensie Whelan, Clinical Professor for Business and Society at NYU Stern School of Business, posits that many boards have little ESG-related expertise and many do not even recognize the need to pay attention to material sustainability issues.   She concludes stating that ensuring good performance on

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Jamie Mitchell
October 6, 2020

PRI Publishes Third Quarterly Report on Credit Ratings Agencies’ Progress on ESG Factor Integration

The PRI aims to provide market participants with a comprehensive resource on ESG-related activities at Credit Ratings Agencies (CRAs). This quarterly report compiles CRA’s latest resources as a tool in market participants’ ESG integration process. It also allows CRAs to showcase their ongoing efforts to be more transparent about how ESG factor affect credit opinions

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Jamie Mitchell
October 6, 2020

ESG and the Earnings Call: Bringing the Metrics and the Narrative Together

Brian Tomlinson of CEO Investor Forum and Tensie Whelan of NYU Stern, Center for Sustainable Business and also an advisor to Inherent Group have some executive-ready recommendations for solving the problem of “two separate narratives” in corporate disclosure with “one telling how profitable a company is, and the other highlighting whether the company is good

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Jamie Mitchell
June 29, 2020

Proposed New ERISA Rule and Sustainable Investing

Forbes contributor Bhakti Mirchandani details the US Department of Labor’s proposed rule clarifying the application of the fiduciary duties of prudence and exclusive purpose under ERISA to pension plan sustainable investments in the article titled How To Read The Proposed New ERISA Rule And What It Gets Wrong On Sustainable Investing.  She notes “the Secretary

Michael Ellis
February 26, 2020

Generate Capital raises >$1B for sustainable infrastructure

Inherent Group’s portfolio company Generate Capital announced on February 4 that it has secured over $1 billion in funding. Participating investors included AustralianSuper, QIC, Railways Pension, and AP2 of Sweden. The funds will accelerate the company’s deployment of sustainable infrastructure in asset classes including battery storage, solar, energy efficiency, and electric vehicles.

Michael Ellis
February 5, 2020

Vital Farms’ industry-first traceability effort

Inherent Group’s portfolio company Vital Farms, in a pioneering initiative in food traceability, enables consumers to see (pre-recorded) 360-degree video of the pastures where the eggs from a given carton are laid. The effort comes amidst increasing consumer interest in understanding where their food comes from, which is particularly relevant in a vertical where claims

Michael Ellis
January 16, 2020

Ceres: BlackRock CEO letter on sustainable investing is a game changer

“BlackRock’s renewed promise to actively engage, and when necessary, vote against companies that are not making sufficient progress on sustainability and climate risk will help to build a more transparent capital market system.” -Mindy Lubber, CEO & President, Ceres

Michael Ellis
December 20, 2019

Goldman Sachs’ Commercially Driven Plan for Sustainability

David Solomon, CEO of Goldman Sachs, says the company is targeting $750 billion of financing, investing and advisory activity to areas focused on climate transition and inclusive growth. He also calls for governments to put a price on the cost of carbon. Mr. Solomon writes, “Looking ahead, the needs of our clients will increasingly be

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Michael Ellis
December 6, 2019

Shh! Companies are Fixing Accounting Errors Quietly

Companies are increasingly correcting accounting problems by quietly updating past numbers, rather than alerting investors and reissuing financial statements. A study finds that almost half of these  “quiet” revisions to SEC filings from August 2004 through 2015 met at least one of the guidelines for them to be considered “Big R” restatements that require alerts

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