Corporate Social Responsibility

COP 27 in Egypt: The United States Is Back at the Table

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (11.15.2022)
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The Top Stories in ESG this week are about the annual global climate meetings in Egypt – COP 27 (the Conference of Parties), convened by the United Nations. These meetings of about 200 sovereign nation’s leaders and other influentials began in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 (President George H.W. Bush was in his last year in office). The position of the United States has seesawed over the years in terms of exerting leadership or not. The welcome news for 2022 is that the U.S. is back at the table.

Council on Foreign Relations Proposes Agenda: “Renew America” & Strengthen U.S. Global Influence

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (11.01.2022)
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The United States of America is “in” the world and “of” the world. Where do we stand on global issues – where should we stand on policies and practices (and what should the U.S. “stand for”)?

As the COP 27 gathering nears (the Conference on Parties / U.N. climate talks), what are the concerns of the citizens of the U.S. – and what are the concerns of citizens of other nations about the U.S.? Most important, what should our top line domestic concerns be so that the U.S. is well positioned to continue to project influence abroad?

Going Green & Still Pumping Oil? The Challenges of Climate Change for Fossil Fuel Producers

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (10.15.2022)
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We were thinking the other day about the enormous challenges posed by climate change to our society -- and the resulting challenges of meeting ambitious goals being set by governments, the private sector, and investors to achieve a "net zero economy” by mid-century. That is not far away. And the pumping of millions of gallons of oil every day to meet the insatiable demands of society is not helping.

Watershed Year for Expansion of Corporate ESG Reporting

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (1.10.2022)
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Is the SEC moving forward on expanding corporate sustainability disclosure rules, or standing still with no real change to existing rules, or perhaps moving backwards on the initiative to expand ESG information for investors? Any day now we may find out when the proposed Climate Disclosure Rule’s fate is announced. Will that be before or after the mid-terms? Stay Tuned.

Republican State Officials vs. Wall Street Managers on ESG Investing

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (9.15.2022)
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The showdown continues: on one side we now see attorney generals in 19 states putting pressure on asset management firms that embrace “sustainable investment” or “ESG” policies that influence the various states’ public employee pension systems. The AGs claim that “an emerging trend of political initiatives [that address climate change] sacrifice their states’ pension plans from accessing “high quality” investments. (Read: the equities and fixed income securities of fossil fuel companies.)

The 1.25% of Employee Volunteers That Will Change Everything (and How To Find Them)

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The dirty little secret of corporate volunteering is that your employees are already volunteering…in their own lives, on their own time…but they’re probably not telling YOU about it. It’s unlikely you will ever identify and formally capture all those hours for your corporate employee volunteering statistics – and we’re not suggesting you try.

Invest or Divest in Oil, Gas & Coal Companies? - State & City Pension Plans Are the Battleground

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (09.01.2022)
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Consider the influence of the public sector employee retirement systems in the capital markets: the almost 6,000 pension plans (of states, cities, municipalities, etc.) cover about 15 million workers and families and manage about $4.5 trillion in assets of various classes.

5 Unexpected Benefits of Corporate Philanthropy

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Many businesses are inspired to start corporate philanthropy programs because of the potential positive impact they can make on local nonprofits and other charitable organizations. But plenty of companies are surprised to learn that corporate philanthropy, as a part of a corporate social responsibility (CSR) program, offers significant internal benefits as well. 

“Whole of Government” Climate Approach Moving Forward With U.S. Senate Climate Bill Passage

G&A's Sustainability Highlights (8.01.2022)
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A comprehensive legislative proposal designed to address climate change challenges and threats to the U.S. posed by global warming was passed by the U.S. Senate on August 7. The bill, called the Inflation Reduction Act, is awaiting a vote in the House of Representatives and an expected signing into law by President Biden. The Inflation Reduction Act also contains provisions for additional spending on healthcare, infrastructure, job creation, and vocational training for workers.

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