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Springtime in North America - a Time Featuring Corporate-investor Engagement and Proxy Voting on Critical Issues

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (4.16.2021)
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Springtime comes to the USA with the pretty flowers in bloom, trees budding, the onset of warmer weather -- and asset owners and their managers participating willingly or reluctantly in the peak months of corporate proxy voting season. Typically, the corporate issuer develops the resolution(s) for voting by the shareholder base – for example, election of nominees for the board and approval of the outside auditing firm. And then… there are the resolutions prepared by the shareholders, usually not to executives liking.

On Corporate Risk Strategy, Sustainable Actions & Outcomes - What's the Best Ways to Report on ESG to Stakeholders?

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (5.04.2019)
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Buzz… Buzzz… Buzzzzz! The current buzz among key stakeholders – investors, corporate boards & management, NGOs, government regulators, stock exchanges, ESG raters & rankers, ESG corporate disclosure standards and frameworks managers – is centered on “Quo Vadis”…where do we go from here!

Pre-crisis, Critical Event(s) / In Crisis! / Prevention, Mitigation - Where Will the World Act in the Context of Climate Change?

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (03.29.2021)
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At certain times, an unknown unknown may strike, rapidly triggering a serious crisis situation.  Think of a tsunami or earthquake.  Many other times the crisis situation occurs and there is a dozen, maybe dozens of precursor events or activities that over time if neglected set up the going over the cliff situation.  The G&A Institute team collectively has helped to manage literally hundreds of critical events or crisis situations over the years for clients.  We have seen many crisis situations over time -- but none with the scale of the dangers posed to humanity and planet by climate ch

Federal Policymakers & Regulators Embrace or Reject ESG / Sustainability Factors - a Complicated Story of To & Fro

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (3.19.2021)
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Federal policymaking and regulation with respect to investor risk and opportunity is a complicated story played out over almost a century.  The modern era of laws passed/rules adopted to implement got underway in earnest in 1933 and 1934 following the October 1929 “Black Tuesday” stock market crash and subsequent failure of Wall Street firms and banks. The Securities Act of 1933 and The Exchange Act of 1934 are the solid foundations of most of the investor protection laws and rules that have followed.

The United States of America Moves Forward with the Biden-Harris “Climate Crisis Agenda” for Federal Government Actions

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (3.12.2021)
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As he assumed the post of the highest elected public officer of the United States, President Joseph Biden characterized his [as the] “Climate Administration” and immediately (the fabled Day One actions) set out a very ambitious “climate crisis” policy agenda for action by the many arms of the Federal government agencies under his control. (Notably, all cabinet offices with their great reach.)

Are We Headed Toward a New Sustainability Standards Board To Harmonize Corporate ESG Disclosure? - Some Important Developments You Should Know About

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (03.04.2021)
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The public discourse about the current (and future) state of corporate sustainability / ESG disclosure and reporting continues to steadily expand, especially in Europe and North America, Asia, and other regions. What new or expanded accounting standards might be developed to create more harmony in corporate disclosures? To establish more comparability, standardization and credibility for public company reporting?

The Expanding Public Debates About the “What” & “How” of Corporate ESG Disclosure - Hundreds of Frameworks, Standards & Guidance Available Now - and the Growing Disclosure Fatigue Challenges for Both Reporters and Users

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (02.25.2021)
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Corporate sustainability / ESG reporting -- What to disclose? How to frame the disclosures (context matters!)? What frameworks or standards to use?  Questions, questions, and more questions for corporate managers to consider as ESG disclosures steadily expand.

There are now many more lively discussions going on about corporate ESG / sustainability et al public disclosures and structured reporting practices -- and the growing complexity of all this, resulting often in disclosure fatigue for practitioners!

“Sustainable Investing” or Just Plain “Investing” - Where Are We in 2021? Important Milestones Provide Answers...

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (02.19.2021)
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About Sustainable / or ESG Investing: We have traveled a far distance over the past four decades, beginning with “ethical” and “faith-based” and the more frequent “socially responsible investing” (SRI), morphing over time into “sustainable & responsible investing” (still SRI for the traditionalist) and on to “ESG investing”. And now to… how about “investing”? That is, just plain investing, as our friend and colleague Erika Karp, CEO of Cornerstone Capital Group has been long saying.

Eyes on Financial Accounting & Reporting Standards - IASB and FASB Consider “Convergence” & Separate Actions

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (2.12.2021)
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Investors Are Calling For More Non-Financial Standards for Corporate Reporting, Less Confusion in What is Now “Voluntary” Disclosure.

Data & Disclosure Matter Heading Toward the Net Zero Economy - Tell Us About Your Company's Strategy, Please

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (2.04.2021)
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Setting the Pace & Shaping the 2021 Sustainability Conversation

At the beginning of the calendar year, the CEO of the world’s largest asset management firms sends his annual “guidance” missive to the Chief Executive Officers of publicly-traded firms. Here is where we stand, here is what we expect, is the tone set by this global manager of investors’ assets.

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