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    (https://global.abb/group/en/sustainability/reports)

    InterAxS Global is pleased to be organising a roadshow for ABB (Asea Brown Boveri) to update investors on its sustainability strategy and practices.

    'As a technology leader in electrification and automation, ABB is at the core of accelerating the energy transition.  The company aims to enable a low-carbon society, preserve resources, and promote social progress for a net-zero future.  Their ‘Setting New Standards in Sustainability’ report was recently released, alongside a new Sustainability disclosure dashboard.

    • Date & time: Wednesday 15 May
    • Format: Virtual meetings (1-on-1s and small group meetings) between 09:00 and 16:15 (BST)
    • Company participants: Anke Hampel - Global Head of Sustainability & Ann-Sofie Nordh - Head of Investor Relations'

    Institutional investors who would like to meet with the company should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    A briefing webinar for ESG ratings agency analysts will also be held on 15 May - Details here

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    Research RFP: First Sentier Investors - Sustainable food systems research series - Climate risk and adaptation solutions report

    In commissioning this report, SII aims to contribute to filling this knowledge gap, providing investors with a starting point for considering climate risk impacts on food-related economic activities, adaptation opportunities, and engagement approaches.

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    Background

    In 2022, the IPCC report highlighted the increased risks to global food security which will follow the temperature increases beyond 1.5C. Growing vulnerability of global food value chains to climate risk has become apparent in the recent years, as frequent extreme weather events have been affecting agricultural production in many regions, with examples including: continuous drought and flooding leading to hunger crisis in the Horn of Africa, extreme rain and flooding damaging crops and increasing food prices in Pakistan in 2022, drought and high temperatures in 2023 and 2024 affecting crops in Southern Europe. Weather impact estimates predict that further reductions in crop yields might be significant.

    Stakeholder recognition of the critical importance of climate change impact on food value chains is growing: at COP 28, the final agreement acknowledged the vulnerability of food systems to climate risk and highlighted the importance of achieving climate-resilient agricultural production.

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    Report

    This report will provide a high-level, investor-relevant analysis of the impacts of extreme weather events and slow onset effects of climate change (e.g. temperature rise, sea level rise, land degradation ocean acidification) on global food value chains in the near, medium and long term, highlight key geographical supply chain vulnerabilities, discuss commodities which will be significantly affected and the resulting effects downstream, consider adaptation measures and challenges to their implementation.

    This report should cover the following elements:

    • Near-term, mid-term and long-term climate change risks across various elements of food value chain
    • Elements of company disclosure which would help investors to analyse material climate risks within food value chain
    • Key adaptation solutions for specific industries which would address these risks
    • Company engagement guide for different sectors comprising food value chain
    • The aim of the report will be to inform investors on the likely impacts of climate risk on global food value chain and enable them to engage with the portfolio companies forming part the global food systems to address and mitigate these risks. The report should also be of interest to a wider multi-stakeholder audience since it will be publicly available and widely disseminated.
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    Research Approach
    • Establish the exact scope of the report, along with literature and data to be used in discussion with SII
    • Provide an outline of the project and a timeline
    • Conduct research on the impacts of extreme weather events and other effects of climate change on the global food systems, highlighting the geographical supply chain vulnerabilities and commodities that are already being affected/most likely to be affected in the near, medium and long term; outline adaptation strategies that can be used by the market actors and key challenges to their implementation; provide an engagement guidance for investors with portfolio holdings in companies which activities might be affected
    Proposal Guidelines:
    • In your proposal, please include the following information:
    • Proposed research methodology
    • The proposed scope of the research
    • Proposed relevant publications to be used as literature review
    • Proposed report structure
    • Proposed timetable for execution of the project, including intended interaction with the Institute and report reviews. Please indicate the earliest project complication.
    • Proposed fees and costs
    • Short biographies or skills profile of the proposed team members
    Instructions:

    Please submit a proposal by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a cc to:

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    Proposed Timelines:
    • This RFP is issued on 08.05.2024
    • Any questions or feedback regarding the brief should be submitted by 17.05.2024
    • Answers to any questions will be provided by 22.05.2024
    • Proposal should be submitted to the Institute by 31.05.2024
    • together with availability for a 1 hour call to discuss the proposals in the week of 3.06.2024
    • Target for notifying the successful tenderer by 13.06.2024
    Project - Deliverable - Timeline (time from the inception)
    • Outline and plan for the work - 10 weeks
    • Desktop research raw data (summarized and structured way) - 18 weeks
    • First draft with analysis result - 22 weeks
    • Final draft with intro/recommendations, etc. - 26 weeks
    Legal:
    • The Institute’s standard Legal Contract for commissioned research will be used
    • The reports Intellectual property will belong to the Institute
    • The Institute will have the right to publish the research under its own brand
    • Attribution to the author(s) and their organisation will be given in the final report
    • The Institute will retain editorial control over the reports content
    • The authors should ensure the report contains no personal information, that any images included are licensed for their intended use and they have distribution rights for any third party references and data.
    Institute's use of the report and its content

    The Institute would publish the report on its websites (English and Japanese). In addition to that, the Institute may want to use parts of the content or produce new content based on all or parts of the work presented in the report.

    That could be shared with other 3rd parties and could include, but would not be limited to:

    • using charts and/or quotes in presentation prepared by the Institute
    • using charts and/or quotes in presentation prepared by her FSI and MUTB/MUFG staff
    • webinars to present and promote the findings of the report
    • presenting and promoting the findings of the report at conferences
    • publicizing the publication of the report with a press release
    • preparing e-mail notifications to promote the paper
    • writing blogs for our websites and/or articles for other media
    • using charts/ quotes from the report for posts on our linkedin account or using other text/material that introduces and promotes the paper on LinkedIn
    Invest advice and financial promotions:
    • The report must not include, or be capable of being construed as investment advice.
    • Ideally the report should not reference individual identifiable listed securities; explicitly or implicitly. Where this is unavoidable, any reference must be restricted to information in the public domain with appropriate citation.
    • The report must not constitute a financial promotion. Consequently any reference to FSI or MUFG products is prohibited
    Other:
    • The report could follow a similar style to previous reports commissioned by the Institute, but other formats are also acceptable as our priority is to use the most suitable style that achieves clear, simple and easy to follow messaging and maximize the use of visuals, tables, lists.
    • The report is intended for publication in the public domain
    • Please specify in your proposal if you are able to provide us with a finished formatted report, following the Institute’s style and branding
    • If the Institute retains responsibility for report design, the Institute will expect all visuals to be prepared and provided in a format that can be easily replicated by an external design/ typeset agency. This includes all necessary source data
    • The Institute will expect collaboration on developing infographics/visuals, if such are deemed effective and in support of the report messaging
    • The Institute will arrange for the report to be translated into Japanese for publication on the Japanese language version of the Institute’s website

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    Experian: Sustainability & SDG contribution roadshow (for investors & analysts) (21 May | 10 & 13 June | 31 July)

    Experian’s sustainability-focused investor roadshows this year will focus on how their innovative products help improve the financial health of millions of people around the world and support financial inclusion for underserved and diverse populations. It will also introduce their new positive social impact framework which will be used in future to quantify how many people their products are helping thrive on their financial journey.

    Sustainable investors and SRI/ESG analysts are invited to join meetings with company management to discuss:

    • an update on the company’s products and programmes for financial health which contribute to UN SDGs 1, 8 & 9.  (No poverty; Decent work & economic growth; Industry, innovation & infrastructure).
    • an introduction to the new positive social impact framework
    • wider aspects of the company’s ESG strategy and performance.

    Analysts and investors to join the following events on Experian’s regular sustainability / ESG roadshow:

    • Briefing call for ESG ratings agency analysts (Tues 21 May & 15:00 (London))
      • Company participants: Evelyne Bull (Director, Investor Relations) & Melissa Goncalves Ferreira (Global Head of Sustainability)
      • RSVP via SRI-Connect here or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • 1-on-1 and small group meetings for investors (10th and 12th June)
      • Company participants: Evelyne Bull, Charlie Brown (Company Secretary), Abigail Lovell (Chief Sustainability Officer), Melissa Goncalves Ferreira
      • RSVP This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    • Briefing call for ‘sell-side’ sustainability analysts Weds 31 July 15:00 (London))
      • Company participants: Evelyne Bull, Nadia Ridout-Jamieson (Chief Communications Officer), Charlie Brown
      • RSVP via SRI-Connect here or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    This briefing should be of interest and relevance to:

    • ESG research and ratings analysts covering the company and also to
    • analysts responsible for identifying sustainability thematic opportunities – notably social thematic opportunities and those related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

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    (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0957178723000322)

    Abstract

    In a changed scenario, characterized by great attention to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors, few industries feel the pressure more than utilities.

    The paper investigates, by employing a Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) model, whether including ESG factors increases the efficiency of utilities companies and whether banks, by considering ESG ratings when selecting utilities companies, succeed in optimizing their portfolio.

    Our findings signal that ESG factors neither improve utilities efficiency nor constitute a useful complementary criterion for credit lending managers, provide useful suggestions for managers, regulators and academics.

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    Britvic

    Britvic is a UK-based soft drinks company operating in five segments: GB, Brazil, Ireland, France and International to manufacture or distribute brands including Robinsons, J2O, Fruit Shoot, R Whites and Purdeys, Ballygowan, MiWadi, Club, TK, Cidona, Teisseire, Pressade, Moulin de Valdonne, Maguary, Bela Ischia and Dafruta.  The company also manufactures and distributes private label syrups and branded flavour concentrates.

    Sustainability issue focus

    On this roadshow, Sarah Webster (Director of Sustainable Business) and Steve Webster (Director of Investor Relations) will present on and answer the questions around Britvic’s approach to:

    • Driving down calories
    • Cutting Scope 1 and Scope 2 market-based carbon emissions
    • Pioneering dispense technology that delivers soft drinks ‘Beyond the Bottle’
    • Investments in our employees’ wellness and wellbeing
    • Other aspects of the company’s sustainability exposures and management

    Roadshow details

    Analysts and investors are invited to participate in the following events:

    • 1-on-1 meetings for investors (limited availability)
    • Four slots from 10:00 onwards on Thurs 20 June
    • RSVP ASAP by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    • Small group meeting for investors (limited availability)
    • 13:30 – 14:30 on Thurs 20 June
    • RSVP via SRI-Connect here or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    • Briefing call for ESG ratings agency analysts
    • 15:00 – 16:00 on Thurs 20 June
    • RSVP via SRI-Connect here or to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    ISS ESG: 2024 Global Outlook Report Identifies Key ESG Risks and Opportunities for Investors

    NEW YORK (January 30, 2024) — ISS ESG, the sustainable investment arm of ISS STOXX, today released its annual global outlook report, Actionable Insights: Top ESG Themes in 2024, to kick off its ESG Themes and Trends 2024 thought-leadership series. The new report draws on comprehensive ISS ESG data, with research and insights from ISS ESG’s financial research and sector leads, climate specialists, and regulatory experts to help investors identify key ESG risks and opportunities likely to impact their portfolios in 2024.

    Ten of the key global trends identified by ISS ESG that sustainable investors will likely be focusing on through 2024 include:

    • The European Union (EU) has adopted regulation that will, by the end of 2024, require some commodities and products that enter the European market to be deforestation free. This regulation may encourage heightened awareness of the economic and environmental impacts of land-use change and portfolios’ exposure to nature-related risks.
    • Rising demand for critical minerals as inputs for renewable energy is shaping mergers and acquisitions within the mining sector and encouraging public efforts to secure access to these minerals. Mining companies also face the challenge of decarbonizing their extraction activities.
    • Industrial sector companies generally perform poorly on the management of environmental matters in their supply chains. Nevertheless, companies may improve their supply-chain data disclosures in 2024, encouraged by the Recommendations of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD).
    • Digital health technology is dramatically expanding, a trend that creates both investment opportunities and cybersecurity and privacy risks. Investors may accordingly want to advocate that companies tighten their information security management systems and practices in the future.
    • Companies have been rapidly integrating generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) into their products and services, a process that might bring future liabilities. Although AI-related regulation is still developing, existing privacy and property laws already provide a foundation for potential liability.
    • In an uncertain macroeconomic environment, in which volatility, inflation, interest rates, and geopolitical risks are expected to remain elevated, alternative investments can provide investors with an idiosyncratic opportunity to generate alpha and to actively consider the Net Zero transition.
    • The complexity of climate change impacts, the global regulatory push for standardized climate-related disclosures, and the diversity of investment preferences mean that financial institutions will continue to demand climate scenario analysis tools. Wider adoption of climate scenario analysis means the methodology behind such analysis is likely to become more refined.
    • National and international regulations and standards have targeted PFAS chemicals because of these chemicals’ health effects. The EU may ban the chemicals by 2027, for example. Risks from regulation, lawsuits, and controversies may foster heightened investor concern about companies’ involvement in PFAS and exploration of alternatives to the chemicals.
    • Investors face the challenge of identifying which firms have superior ESG performance and linking that performance to the firms’ financial performance. ISS ESG offers ESGF, a rating that considers a firm’s ESG risks and opportunities along with its Financial Quality measured over time. ESGF can help investors navigate the volatile market likely in 2024.
    • Ensuring investors have sufficient information to evaluate ESG issues accurately is a top priority for global financial regulators. A diversity of regulatory approaches, however, raises the possibility of fragmentation among regulatory regimes, with disclosure standards lacking interoperability and compatibility. Although leading reporting standards developed by the International Sustainability Standards Board, the European Commission, and EFRAG became more aligned in 2023, sustainability reporting will likely remain fragmented in the future.


    Bonnie Saynay, Global Head of ESG Investor Research at ISS ESG, said: “Regulation, technology, natural capital, and climate change are among the major forces likely to shape the ESG investment landscape in 2024. Environmental concerns as well as the risks and opportunities raised by emerging and evolving technologies such as AI have encouraged regulatory and other legal responses. All these factors, combined, form the context for companies and investors in 2024.”

    Saynay added: “Our new report demonstrates how ISS ESG’s proprietary data and research team, with significant capital markets experience and sectoral expertise, help support investors in evaluating and prioritizing evolving ESG risks and investment opportunities.”

    To download a copy of the full report, please click here.

    About ISS ESG
    ISS ESG solutions enable investors to develop and integrate sustainable investing policies and practices, engage on sustainable investment issues, and monitor portfolio company practices through screening solutions. ISS ESG also provides climate data, analytics, and advisory services to help financial market participants understand, measure, and act on climate-related risks across all asset classes. In addition, ESG solutions cover corporate and country ESG research and ratings enabling its clients to identify material social and environmental risks and opportunities. For more information, please visit us at: www.iss-esg.com

    About ISS STOXX
    ISS STOXX GmbH, through its group companies, is a leading provider of comprehensive and data-centric research and technology solutions that help capital market participants identify investment opportunities, detect qualitative and quantitative portfolio company risks, and meet evolving regulatory requirements. With roots dating back to 1985, we today deliver world-class benchmark and custom indices across asset classes and geographies and serve as a premier source of independent corporate governance, sustainability, cyber risk, and fund intelligence research, data, and related offerings. Our products and services give clients the scale and leverage they need to grow their business more effectively and efficiently. ISS STOXX, which is majority owned by Deutsche Börse Group, is comprised of more than 3,400 professionals operating across 33 global locations in 19 countries. Its approximately 6,400 clients include many of the world’s leading institutional investors who turn to ISS STOXX for its objective and varied offerings, as well as companies focused on ESG, cyber, and governance risk mitigation as a shareholder value enhancing measure. Clients rely on ISS STOXX’s expertise to help them make informed decisions to benefit their stakeholders.

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    (https://www.robeco.com/en-int/insights/2024/04/power-play-sizing-up-transition-risk-for-electric-utilities)

    As the energy transition accelerates, it is easy for companies to make ambitious pledges. Robeco’s utility sector SDP model can help investors distinguish those which are actually credible.

    Summary

    • Electric utilities are carbon-intensive
    • Sector decarbonization pathways (SDPs) help assess transition risk
    • SDP models illuminate future leaders and laggards among electric utilities

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    (https://www.fairr.org/resources/reports/tackling-climate-nature-nexus)

    Livestock production is a significant contributor to the world crossing the safe operating space for the planetary boundaries.

    The negative feedback loops of exceeding planetary boundaries have already resulted in a range of environmental and financially material impacts for the livestock sector and the agri-food value chain. According to the Global Consultation Report of the Food and Land Use Coalition (FOLU) published in 2018, climate-related risks of the food system were valued at around USD $1.5 trillion, and this is even higher for nature at USD $1.7 trillion.

    Livestock production is a significant contributor to these risks, and the impacts are compounded by the interconnectedness between climate and nature. Understanding the nature of this interconnectedness is critical when designing sustainability strategies and transition plans for climate and nature. 

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    Dominic Lyle

    (http://www.planet-tracker.org/the-global-plastic-pollution-treaty-negotiations-what-financial-institutions-should-watch-out-for/)

    Planet Tracker: The Global Plastic Pollution Treaty negotiations  – what financial institutions should watch out for…

    Curbing plastic pollution will be on the agenda next week when Ottawa hosts the fourth round of negotiations (INC-4) to develop an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution, including in the marine environment, from 23rd to 29th April 2024.

    This is the next stage in the negotiations to develop a global plastics treaty before the end of 2024.

    Countries are expected to discuss the provisions of the revised Zero Draft – i.e. an initial attempt to gather high-level thoughts on an issue – as well as agree the rules of procedure.

    The latter has been by a small handful of countries to insist on a consensus-based approach for voting, therefore allowing a single country veto rather than permitting a majority-based system.

    This is not only making decision-making difficult as contentious issues are sidelined, but it also consumes valuable negotiating time.

    Currently, the Zero Draft contains several options that delegates are expected to use as a basis for negotiations, including the scope of the treaty, its implications and the means of implementation.

    Read our latest blog for the five main areas that financial institutions should keep in mind.

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    (https://planet-tracker.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/02/Ripple-Effects.pdf)

    Planet Tracker: Major Fashion Brands and Retailers Face Growing Water-Related Risks

    Major fashion brands and retailers, including Adidas, Gap, H&M, Inditex, Levi Strauss, Nike, PVH Corp., Ralph Lauren and VF Corp are facing significant physical, regulatory and reputational water-related risks, a new report from Planet Tracker reveals. 

    With water stress on the rise in key manufacturing regions, the report urges companies and investors to prioritise water risk management for long-term sustainability. 

    While the direct operations of these companies may seem to have low water-related risks, the report suggests that indirect impacts could pose significant threats to their operations. 

    Much of the apparel supply chain operates in areas of moderate to high water stress, with the situation projected to worsen in the medium-term, posing risks to sales and margins for brands and retailers.

    Financial institutions should consider water-related risks in their investment decisions and engage with companies to disclose water usage and risks while supporting strategies to mitigate these risks, such as setting Science Based Targets for water.

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