UK Government Launches New Taskforce to Tackle Greenwashing in Finance Sector


A 2020 Schroders poll of 650 institutional investors with more than $25.9trn in assets under management globally saw respondents citing greenwashing as the biggest challenge to improving – or delivering against – sustainability targets. A more recent survey of 4,600 individual investors by software-as-a-service firm 

Why the New CSRD Is Breaking Down the Walls Between ESG and Finance


By Andromeda Wood, Senior Director of Global XBRL Strategy, Workiva

The new proposals for the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) builds on the existing Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD) and will apply to all large companies and all listed companies in the EU. This means an increase from 11,000 who were subject to existing requirements, to nearly 50,000 that will need to follow detailed EU sustainability reporting standards.

ESG Issues Should Lie With Senior Executives

Investors and asset managers are calling for holding board members and senior executives accountable for the management of ESG issues. BlackRock, SSGA, and Vanguard are some of the asset managers who have highlighted the need for board accountability in ESG management. 

The Power of Transparency in ESG Data

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A new Workiva survey reveals awareness of environmental, social and governance (ESG) among all individual investors, is pronounced among younger investors and shows Millennial and Gen Z investors demand data transparency more than other age groups. Investors find it difficult to trust companies’ environmental disclosures while ESG data is becoming a larger consideration when deciding where to invest.

Half of Investors Struggle to Trust ESG Reports


By Ruby Flanagan

Investors noted a demand for ESG data they can trust, with 64% noting that they currently find it challenging to judge whether a company is doing the right thing and when asked if they found it difficult to trust what companies are disclosing in their ESG reports, only 10% of respondents disagreed.

CFOs: You Need More Than a Plan for ESG Data, You Need a Flywheel

by Kevin O’Connell, ESG Partner and Trust and Transparency Solutions Leader at PwC US and Steve Soter, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Workiva

It's Proxy Season, and All Eyes Are on ESG Reporting


Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) matters are getting more face time at annual shareholder meetings, with questions for CEOs and companies.
As proxy season rolls on, Workiva Senior Director of ESG Mandi McReynolds talks with Marty Vanderploeg of Workiva for a CEO’s perspective and with Financial Services Industry Principal Arthy Kumar for what individual investors can look for in a company’s sustainability reporting. 

Getting the Most Out of Your Parental Leave


At Workiva, our parental leave policy helps us attract and retain top-tier talent that is critical to our success. It also helps support the personal and financial needs of employees during a joyful but tough time of enormous transition.

However, the policy itself is only a piece of the equation to get the most out of this benefit. Each one of us is responsible for the other part: nurturing a culture that understands the importance of taking your parental leave.

All About ESG With Bob Hirth (Part 2)

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Bob Hirth, Steve Soter, Nick Renkoski

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Key Takeaways
Bob Hirth of Protiviti concludes our conversation about ESG reporting, making the case that finance teams would do well to be an early adopter and not a laggard.

The CSRD: Breaking Down the Walls Between ESG and Finance


There’s a lot to talk about in the European Commission’s proposals for a Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) that were shared on 21 April. I will explore some of its biggest talking points in a moment, but for now I’m going to start with a change that might seem trivial to some. The name of the directive. 


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