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Our ESG coverage includes specialist sub-categories for environmental and governance policies.

'Green finance' generally refers to the process of taking due account of environmental and social considerations when making investment decisions, leading to increased investment in longer-term and sustainable activities.

More specifically, environmental considerations refer to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the environment more broadly and the related risks (e.g. natural disasters). Social considerations may refer to issues of inequality, inclusiveness, labour relations, investment in human capital and communities.

The governance of public and private institutions, including management structures, employee relations and executive remuneration, plays a fundamental role in ensuring the inclusion of social and environmental considerations in the decision-making process.

All three components – environmental, social and governance (ESG) – are integral parts of sustainable economic development and finance.

In the EU's policy context green finance is understood as finance to support economic growth while reducing pressures on the environment and taking into account social and governance aspects. Green finance also encompasses transparency on risks related to ESG factors that may impact the financial system, and the mitigation of such risks through the appropriate governance of financial and corporate actors. European Commission Overview


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2019 Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)
2019-12-18 MEPs welcome EU summit climate goals but criticise lack of budget ambition
2019-12-13 POLITICO: EU fails to find unanimity on 2050 climate neutrality goal
2019-12-13 IPE: PensionsEurope, Efama positive on Green Deal, but ESG data still an issue
2019-12-11 European Commission: The European Green Deal sets out how to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050
2019-12-05 EURACTIV: EU banking regulator: ‘No green economy if we encourage banks to be insolvent’
2019-12-04 ACCA’s chief executive joins CSR Europe’s Call to Action for a Sustainable Europe by 2030
2019-11-29 European Parliament: Climate change should be Parliament’s first priority, according to citizens
2019-11-29 Updated bioeconomy strategy : Council adopts conclusions
2019-11-28 The European Parliament declares climate emergency
2019-11-14 BusinessEurope: Prosperity, People, Planet: European business priorities for the new EU cycle
2019-11-12 IPE: Reputational risk drives ESG at pension funds more than at other investors
2019-11-11 Financial Times: Central banks’ mandates allow them to tackle climate change
2019-11-11 Commercial Risk Europe: The changing shape of environmental regulation – a challenge for multinational businesses
2019-11-08 Financial Times: Central bankers are not climatologists
2019-11-06 Insurance Europe: Comments on sustainability taxonomy published
2019-11-06 BIS: Turning up the heat - climate risk assessment in the insurance sector
2019-11-05 Bruegel: How to make the European Green Deal work
2019-10-28 EurActiv: French financial sector poorly accounts for climate risks, says Bank of France
2019-10-24 ACCA: Digitalisation, SDGs & Future of Work: addressing tomorrow's skills and jobs challenges
2019-10-21 ECB environmental statement 2019
2019-10-15 Financial Times: Third of biggest banks fail to sign up to climate initiative
2019-10-10 ECA: European Environmental Economic Accounts - usefulness for policymakers can be improved
2019-10-09 BusinessEurope: EU trade unions and employers want ambitious EU industrial strategy
2019-10-04 IPE: Responsible investment surges in importance
2019-10-02 IIRC: SSE 10 years of impact and progress report - Charles Tilley Statement
2019-09-30 ACCA: Creating value and driving sustainability, accountability and the digital agenda through Public Sector Innovation
2019-09-27 Investment & Pensions Europe: Investors ‘still believe ESG investing limits returns’
2019-09-25 IFAC: Climate action in a climate emergency
2019-09-23 Speech by President Donald Tusk at the UN Climate Action Summit
2019-09-16 ECIIA´s Risk in Focus 2020: Hot topics for internal auditors
2019-09-12 ACCA: Public sector finance professionals seek a more radical future, but challenges lie ahead
2019-09-11 European Commission: The EU continues to lead the global fight against climate change
2019-08-29 CFA Institute: The Case for quarterly and environmental, social, and governance reporting
2019-07-31 IFAC: Global Ethics Board proposes changes to promote role and mindset expectations
2019-07-16 CDP: 70% of companies fail to disclose impact on world’s forests
2019-06-26 EuropeanIssuers unveils its vision: Competitiveness is the core for a Sustainable Europe
2019-06-13 Accountancy Europe: 10 ideas to make corporate governance a driver of a sustainable economy
2019-06-10 ISDA's O’Malia: Benchmarks and accounting
2019-06-07 EFAMA: Towards capital markets' long-termism: revised shareholder rights directive
2019-06-05 POLITICO: TCFD says climate-related financial disclosures are up, but not by enough
2019-06-04 Accountancy Europe: IAASB’s proposed strategy for 2020-2023 and work plan for 2020-2021
2019-05-31 Investment & Pensions Europe: UK regulator adopts rules to boost stewardship transparency
2019-05-27 ECIIA: Europe’s first Corporate Governance House established in Brussels
2019-05-16 EFAA: Accountants instrumental to micro-entities simplifying their accounting
2019-05-13 ACCA: No ‘quick fix’ available for effective risk management in organisations
2019-05-12 Financial Times: German governance must be fit for purpose
2019-04-30 ECGI: Corporate capture of blockchain governance
2019-04-30 UK Finance: SMCR: What comes next?
2019-04-26 FRC: JFAR’s latest risk perspective highlights the importance of changing trends to actuarial work
2019-04-18 BusinessEurope: Digital door finally open for EU companies
2019-04-16 ACCA: Global economic confidence bounces in Q1 but still points to economic slowdown
2019-04-15 ICAEW: Companies need to recognize the benefits of whistleblowing
2019-04-10 IFAC: Effective international organizations critical to solving global challenges
2019-04-10 ACCA: Machine learning will become a reality in the near future
2019-04-10 Insurance Europe: Monitoring bodies for GDPR codes of conduct must remain optional
2019-03-28 Accountancy Europe: The Business Insolvency Directive
2019-03-27 FRC publishes draft Plan and Budget 2019/20
2019-03-26 ESMA responds to EC consultation on update of reporting guidelines to reflect climate-related disclosures
2019-03-26 Accountancy Europe: Becoming multi-skilled professionals to address an avalanche of new data
2019-03-20 ICGN: Taking the long view on corporate governance
2019-03-19 ECGI: Activism pressure and the market for corporate assets
2019-03-18 ACCA focuses on the ‘big themes’ affecting the accountancy profession
2019-03-15 Accountancy Europe: Response on proposed international standard on related services 4400 (revised)
2019-03-15 Better protection of whistle-blowers: Council confirms agreement with Parliament
2019-03-06 Sustainable finance: Presidency and Parliament reach political agreement on transparency rules
2019-03-05 Ethical Boardroom: Capital allocation – a governance perspective
2019-03-04 BIS: High-level summary: BCBS Supervision and Implementation Group industry workshop on governance, culture and conduct
2019-02-25 ECGI: The neglected role of justification under uncertainty in corporate governance and finance
2019-02-25 Sustainable finance: Presidency and Parliament reach political agreement on low carbon benchmarks
2019-02-22 FRC: Accounting and audit 'no deal' letters
2019-02-05 ECGI: The End of “Corporate” Governance (Hello “Platform” Governance)
2019-02-04 IFAC: IAASB future strategy & work plan consultation
2019-01-31 ICGN comment on proposed revisions to the German Corporate Governance Code
2019-01-30 ECGI: Legal personhood and liability for flawed corporate cultures
2019-01-29 FRC proposes amendments to FRS 101 and FRS 102
2019-01-28 ACCA and IFAC launch global public financial management (PFM) series
2019-01-25 Better protection of whistleblowers: Council adopts its position
2019-01-21 BIS: Luís Máximo dos Santos: Corporate governance - importance and limits
2019-01-17 ECGI: Universal corporate governance
2019-01-16 ECB publishes single code of conduct for high-level officials
2019-01-10 ACCA highlights international trade concerns among SMEs worldwide
2019-01-07 IFAC: Accountants must seize opportunity to drive effective enterprise risk management
2019-01-05 Financial Times: UK stewardship code in line for significant overhaul
2019-01-04 IVSC: Consultation on valuation of non-financial liabilities

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