Nordic Certified ESG Analysts – Nordea speeding up, Danske Bank still in Pole Position and Norway still lagging! Lacking ESG competence is an important problem the asset management industry is facing in an environment being harder regulated and where expectations from the asset owners (clients) are increasing fast. The potential cost, through regulatory and reputational […]
Nordic Credit and ESG research – IG and HY bond issuers – A problem? The Nordic credit Market is large and active, both for Investment Grade and High Yield bonds. The latter is especially important in number of issuers with much lower average issue size compared to the larger continental Europe. Many of the companies […]
Impact – Corporates are undermining the SDGs by pretending in their reporting! For the ESG research season 2022 we started to systematically assess the quality of the SDG communication of companies. This is outside the pure ESG risk research process and can be considered as an Impact control. We wanted to measure how serious their […]
How the ESG* analyst should think – A green bond second opinion does not replace ESG research We discuss with many investors and are surprised that some of them think they do not need ESG risk and opportunity research for their green bond or social bond holdings. We also get this impression from some asset […]
ESG* Materiality is not constant! Some examples from war Conducting fundamental ESG risk research and ESG scoring quickly makes you realise that ESG Materiality is core to understand, including its dynamics. It is a challenging subject, representing a problem in too simple ESG research and ESG scoring methodologies. Approaches are differing with regards to the […]
150 Nordic ESG* research reports and ESG scorings – What we see out there? Looking back on 2021 corporate sustainability reporting and our ESG* research, what did we see, what do we suggest for 2022? What are the characteristics of our 150 ESG research reports library? We have just published 2 special reports that will […]
ESG* reporting – Is sustainability reporting running away from your sustainability strategy and ESG score?
ESG* reporting – Is sustainability reporting running away from your sustainability strategy and ESG score? With over 120 company ESG research reports and ESG scores made available to our clients, we see trends in sustainability reporting, for the good and the bad. As we are specialists in ESG research of the smaller companies and private […]
How the ESG* analysts should think – Are weak local communities only quasi-stakeholders unless NGOs enter the stage?
How the ESG* analysts should think – Are weak local communities only a quasi-stakeholder? Unless NGOs enter the stage? Most companies talk warmly about local communities in their CSR reporting. For many it is in reality a tick box exercise and often consist of financing local initiatives; a sort of payment to be allowed to […]
ESG* Reporting – How to split the “responsibility” of CO2 emissions for those financing a company – A suggestion for the banks and asset managers
ESG* Reporting – How to split the “responsibility” of CO2 emissions for those financing a company – A suggestion for the banks and asset managers Most banks state that their biggest impact on the environment is through the financing they do of other companies. But they are not the only source of financing of the […]
How the ESG* analysts should think – Dilemmas in the Nordic savings bank sector Many of the elements in this article are also very relevant for banks in general. When doing ESG research on this sector, there are a certain number of dilemmas the ESG analyst meets. Is this really having an impact? They say […]