ESG News

June 2019

Companies See Climate Change Hitting Their Bottom Lines in the Next 5 Years
The New York Times

A recent study by CDP, formerly known as the Carbon Disclosure Project, reveals that some of the largest companies in the world expect climate change to pose a trillion dollar financial burden to their businesses. And, many of those effects are expected to be felt within the next five years.

ESG Ratings Face Skepticism Even as Loan-Market Importance Grows
Bloomberg

The impact of ESG ratings on companies' cost of capital is on the rise. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, $32 Billion in loans are now tied to ESG ratings. That's up from $3 Billion just two years ago. However, the data is still controversial and inconsistent, as the ratings don't necessarily reflect actual performance on ESG metrics.

May 2019

Shareholders Are Getting Serious About Sustainability; The Investor Revolution
Harvard Business Review

A 2017 study reported that companies with the highest ESG ratings outperformed the lowest-rated firms by as much as 40%. In 2018, Bank of America Merrill Lynch observed that "firms with a better ESG record than their peers produced higher three-year returns, were more likely to become high-quality stocks, were less likely to have large price declines, and were less likely to go bankrupt."

Starbucks, Dunkin Race Against Bans, Taxes on Disposable Cups
Bloomberg

Berkeley, California is requiring coffee shops to charge a 25-cent fee per disposable cup to encourage people to produce less plastic waste.

Yes, eating meat affects the environment, but cows are not killing the climate
The Conversation

Decreasing meat consumption will not have as large an impact on the environment as many believe. Meat production does not generate more greenhouse gases than the transportation sector, and the continuation of meat consumption is necessary to sustain the increasing world population.

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