(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Climate change is now affecting every country on every continent; disrupting national economies, affecting lives, communities and costing business dearly. We are all experiencing the significant impacts of climate change, from changing weather patterns to rising sea level and more extreme weather events.
FROM THE EDITOR
“Gender Equality” Bond Issue is Oversubscribed—by 20 Times
A $400 million “gender equality bond” issued by Australia’s QBE Insurance Group turned out to be beyond popular: applications of more than $8.25 billion were received for the offering. Adding to its “wow factor,” the QBE bond is the first-ever such bond to be issued in a G3 currency—US dollars, euro, and yen. “The funds raised will be invested in bonds issued by companies that have policies of supporting workplace gender equality,” reports Reuters, including those that have signed up to the United Nations seven principles on Women's Empowerment and entities referenced in the Equileap 2017 Gender Equality Report. The outsized interest in this gender-defined bond reflects the growing attraction for ESG-driven products by mainstream investors.
John Howell, Editorial Director
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(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainability drives innovation and value creation. But companies need better data to make sense of complexity and link sustainability with business performance. Every employee, team, department and business should know what they have done this week, month, quarter or year towards aligning strategy with sustainability.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) — From the standpoint of utilities, renewables are the new kids on the block, that they knew very little about until they moved in. The same can be said of many renewable providers.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Between now and 2030, the climate commitments made following the Paris Agreement are expected to realize over $23 trillion in investment potential in 21 emerging markets. Apart from the governments, more than a thousand large businesses have made ambitious climate commitments, and are putting their pledges into action by investing in low-carbon solutions.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) – In the last two decades, there has been a manifold increase in the number of reporting requirements and guidance documents related to corporate reporting on ESG issues as governments, nonprofits, stock exchanges and others look to companies for transparency on their sustainability performance. As a result, an increasing robustness is now seen in non-financial reporting among companies worldwide.
(3BL Media/Justmeans) - Michael Bloomberg, billionaire media mogul and former mayor of New York, said at a technology conference in Boston last month that Brexit is the “single stupidest thing any country has ever done” apart from the election of Donald Trump as US president.