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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.

US Transfer of Power to the Biden-Harris “Climate Administration” - With “Whole of Government” Approach

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (1.29.2019)
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On January 20, 2021, the transfer of power in the Executive Branch went forward, according to the Constitution of the United States of America, and President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris assumed the offices of the highest elected officials in the nation.

This will be the “climate administration,” President Biden has declared. And within a week a comprehensive “whole of government” approach was announced, with sweeping changes that present both risk and opportunity to the corporate community and the capital markets.

Picking Up Speed - Adoption of the FSB’s TCFD Recommendations…

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (1.21.2021)
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Countries around the world are tuning in and exploring ways to guide companies to report on ever more important climate related disclosures.  Embracing of the Task Force recommendations is a key policy move by governments.

After the 2008 global financial crisis, the major economies that are member-nations of the “G20” formed the Financial Stability Board (FSB) to serve a think tank and forum for the world’s leading developed countries to develop strong regulatory, supervisory, and other financial sector policies.

Looking Back At 2020 & Into 2021 - Disruptions, Changes, Consistency in Climate Change Challenges

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (1.11.2021)
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Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the great promise of the 21st Century – the Paris Accord. Can you believe, it is now five years on (260 weeks or so this December) since the meeting in the “City of Lights” of the Conference of Parties (“COP 21”, a/k/a the U.N. Paris Climate Conference). This was the 21st meeting of the global assemblage focused on climate change challenges.

The U.S.A. & the 2015 Paris Accord: Five Years On, the Largest Economy on Earth Promises to Return - With a Cabinet of Climate Change Champions Preparing for Action

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (12.21.2020)
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Seems like just yesterday we were celebrating the great promise of the 21st Century – the Paris Accord. Can you believe, it is now five years on (260 weeks or so this December) since the meeting in the “City of Lights” of the Conference of Parties (“COP 21”, a/k/a the U.N. Paris Climate Conference). This was the 21st meeting of the global assemblage focused on climate change challenges.

The Accounting Profession and Public Company Disclosure - How Far We Have Come With the Focus on Sustainability Matters!

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (12.18.2019)
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Looking back 90+ years to the 1920s, corporate financial disclosure was in essence, a joke. (Why, said one public company leadership, would we ever tell investors what our real financial condition is!)  Financial reporting was voluntary!   And then…came the 1929 market crash.

Corporate Sustainability Reporting: Changes in the Global Landscape - What Might 2021 Bring?

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (12.07.2019)
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Change is a-coming – quite quickly now – for corporate sustainability reporting frameworks and standards organizations.

Before the disastrous October 1929 stock market crash, there was little in the way of disclosure and reporting requirements for companies with public stockholders. The State of New York had The Martin Act, passed in 1921, a “blue sky law” that regulates the sales and trades of public companies to address fraud issues.

Big News: US SIF Report on US Sustainable and Impact Investing Trends 2020 Released

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (11.18.2019)
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As 2020 Began, $1-in-$3 of Professionally Managed AUM in the United States Had ESG Analysis and/or Portfolio Management Strategies Applied…US$17.1 Trillion Total

Every two years, since 1996, the influential trade organization for sustainable, responsible and impact investment (US SIF) conducts a year-long survey of professional asset managers to determine the total of USA-based assets under management (“AUM”) that have ESG analysis and/or portfolio management applied.

Watching the Major Stock Indexes - For Strong ESG Signals From the Corporate Sector

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (11.12.2019)
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Indexes – Indices - Benchmarks – these are very important analysis and portfolio management tools for asset owners and their internal and external managers.  We can think of them as a sort of report card; fiduciaries can track their performance against the funds they manage; financial sector players can develop products for investment (mutual funds, Exchange Traded Funds, separate accounts and so on) to market to investors.

Food! Will We Have Enough to Feed an Ever-Hungrier Planet? – Are Food & Ag Industries “Sustainable” – Let’s Explore…

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (10.30.2019)
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The United Nations projection is for today’s global population of an estimated 7.6 billion people to expand to a global population of 8.6B by 2030 and 9.8B by 2050...and then to 11.2 billion in 2100 (says the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs report, June 2017). Each year, says the UN, 83 million more people are added to the world’s population.

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