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Investors Need to Change the Climate Conversation With Companies

28 June 2022 - Companies act on what their investors prioritize. And companies have set climate goals given the focus of the global investor community on climate change goal setting. Yet, where the goals are disconnected from the business strategy, they do not materially change what companies prioritize, where they allocate capital and how they operate. Their behavior—and therefore their risk exposure and impact— does not meaningfully evolve.

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Climate Change Integration is Hard – Companies need resources; Investors need patience

21 June 2022 - Developing integrated climate and corporate strategy is not an easy task. While work between companies and their investors will take time, effort, and resources, peer-to-peer discussions and practical tools can guide the process towards better strategic integration.

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Net-Zero Business Success Requires Stated Strategy, Says Report

17 June 2022 - In order to strengthen their net-zero transitions, companies should articulate how targets fit into their future based on potential growth, showcase those targets in their strategic plans, identify benefits and risks, and establish accountability systems, according to a report from FCLTGlobal.

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The New Buybacks Playing Field

15 June 2022 - Buybacks are a recurrent topic of controversy, especially as guidelines seem to shift year to year and differ from country to country. In the US, the Biden administration put forth a new proposal, upping the ante after last year’s proposed 1% tax on buybacks (intended to raise billions in tax revenue). The White House’s most recent proposal would prevent executives from selling their shares for three years after repurchasing stock, in the hopes that this will quash the incentive to repurchase shares in the first place.

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Private equity can further ESG progress

2 June 2022 - “The lack of common standards for measuring ESG progress may be one factor inhibiting fund managers from offering ESG funds, as well as limiting their ability to effectively evaluate investment performance for both ESG and financial results. Research from FCLT Global - a nonprofit focusing on long-term value creation research and tools - shows that there are over 600 ESG frameworks that companies use to report nonfinancial performance and demonstrate long-term value creation.”

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Why the world is approaching an inflection point on climate investing

31 May 2022 - The world is approaching an inflection point on climate investing, says the Asia-Pacific chair of one of the world’s largest asset managers, with developments on standardised data and appropriate incentives that are speeding the pace towards net-zero emissions.

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Corporate Communications Do Not Reflect Climate Commitments, New Study Shows

31 May 2022 - Latest research from FCLTGlobal examines the climate and business disclosures of the world’s 100 largest companies

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Case Study: bp’s New Purpose Reimagining Energy for People and the Planet

31 May 2022 - Investors want to reward companies that demonstrate their ability to generate value and deliver real-world contributions to tackling climate change. That requires robust, well-rounded transition plans that are integrated with business strategy and a way for companies and investors to engage on those plans. bp outlines how they are engaging shareholders as they transform the company in response to the challenges and opportunities of the energy transition.

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Investor-Corporate Engagement, Strategy | Report

Sustainability or Strategy: Bridging the Gap Between Climate Change and Long-term Value Creation

31 May 2022 - New research suggests that companies could do more to bridge the gap between their climate change approach and their long-term value creation strategies.

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Another Davos is done. What did we learn?

27 May 2022 - Indeed, money needs to move much faster into decarbonizing the hardest-to-clean-up industries, from aviation to steel, while also supporting new, green technology. For some realist climate investors that may mean investing more in industrials, increasing the carbon footprint of their portfolios in the short term. Sarah Keohane Williamson, CEO of Focusing Capital on the Long Term, suggests the tradeoff is worth it. “Do you want a green portfolio or a green planet?” she asked.

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Davos CEO Roundtable Recap: Beyond Accounting to Investing in Stakeholders

25 May 2022 - FCLTGlobal hosted a CEO roundtable with our members and other business and investment leaders in Davos to discuss the implications of the rise of non-traditional corporate metrics and disclosures.

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Geopolitical Risk and Disruption: A Conversation Guide for Management and Board Directors

24 May 2022 - Geopolitical risk is currently front and center for executive management and boards. The war in Ukraine and accompanying geopolitical disruptions are an action-forcing event for nearly every multinational company and investor, regardless of the size of the business or portfolio at risk.

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