ESG News

August 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 in defining and measuring ESG and lack of ESG data.  The conventional wisdom is wrong: lenders and sponsors are increasingly incorporating ESG in investment decisions, and distressed investors can harness restructuring to drive sustainability and inclusion and with it long-term value creation. Read more here.

July 2021

Inherent Foundation Is Hiring

Inherent Foundation is hiring its first Managing Director. The Foundation is committed to improving access to quality education, protecting the environment, and developing sustainable capital markets. It receives a portion of the profits generated by Inherent Group.

This first dedicated staff member at the Foundation will lead programmatic and grant-making work. Working closely with the Foundation’s Board, the MD will support the continued refinement and development of the Foundation’s grants, steward existing grantee relationships, and identify and qualify new opportunities.

For the job description and to apply, please click here:

February 2021

Boards Are Obstructing ESG — at Their Own Peril
Harvard Business Review

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 material ESG issues is not only a board’s fiduciary duty, important to investors and the public, and supportive of long-term strong financial performance; it is critical to a company’s relevance in a world increasingly suffering from ESG-related crises.  A sustainable corporate sector starts at the very top.  Read the full piece here.


October 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 and how research around ESG credit-relevant topics is improving. See the report here.

ESG and the Earnings Call: Bringing the Metrics and the Narrative Together
Shared Value Initiative

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 for people and planet.”  Read more here.

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