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September 23, 2021
The notion that investors should use environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations to inform their decision-making is having a moment. This is undoubtedly a good thing but there is a risk that fundamental concepts—like the responsibility of business to respect human rights—may get lost in the process.
September 9, 2021
The increasingly widespread media coverage of surveillance and spyware technologies has put a spotlight on the role of private equity firms, including venture capital (VC) investors, in financing human rights abuses. How can VC firms meet their human rights responsibilities?
July 13, 2021
The International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) Foundation is exploring whether and how to set up an International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB). We discuss three opportunities and risks that businesses should know about the potential new sustainability standards.
April 15, 2021
Companies based in, doing business with, and with investors in the EU will need to pay attention to the EU Taxonomy and its impact on investments.
February 18, 2021
Companies and their leaders need to articulate ambitious transformation plans to navigate and participate in the push from “shareholder capitalism,” past “ESG shareholder capitalism,” and toward a just, sustainable, and thriving world.
December 14, 2020
The Biden administration will be facing a changed landscape in Asia. The choices the Biden-Harris administration make on issues like climate change and human rights will not only impact governments in the region, but how businesses in Asia navigate these issues.
October 7, 2020
Amid a wave of societal commitments to action on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and racial justice, investors are stepping up commitments and vowing to intensify engagement with companies on DEI.
April 22, 2020
One of the most important topics in corporate sustainability is the dramatic increase in attention by investors on the integration of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) considerations. How will the rise of COVID-19 affect ESG investing strategies both in the short term and the long term, and what does it mean for companies?
March 11, 2020
In the HERfinance Digital Wages program in Bangladesh, designed to support garment factories making the transition from cash to digital payrolls, we found a tangible connection between tailoring programs to women’s needs and an increase in women’s financial inclusion and empowerment.
March 5, 2020
More impact investors are slowly aligning their strategies to the push for greater gender equality and women’s empowerment. However, understanding on how to unlock the power of capital to support these commitments remains limited. Gender lens investing is a powerful new approach with the potential to change that.