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Transparency and Impact: The Essential Principles of ESG

Douglas L. Peterson, President & Chief Executive Officer of S&P Global outlines why transparency matters now.

 
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Materiality Mapping: Providing Insights Into The Relative Materiality Of ESG Factors

Two dimensions of ESG materiality - stakeholder materiality and financial materiality - and how materiality mapping can evaluate the evolving and dynamic interactions between the two in a given sector.

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Investing in our Planet: The Journey to Sustainability with S&P Global Sustainable1

Invest in our planet is the focus of Earth Day 2022. We need to act boldly, innovate broadly, and implement equitably. It will take all of us to take action to preserve and protect our future. Listen to our leadership discuss how we will invest in our planet.

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The State of Climate Disclosure

Mandatory climate disclosures are now on the horizon in the U.S. after the Securities and Exchange Comission unveiled a long-anticipated climate disclosure rulemaking proposal. The U.S. joins a growing number of countries requiring companies to report their climate-related risk.

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S&P Global: Key trends that will drive the ESG agenda in 2022

What's driving the ESG agenda in 2022? Following the unprecedented market and policy momentum behind ESG in 2021, investors, corporate boards, and government leaders have raised expectations for progress on climate pledges in 2022. Alongside climate, biodiversity and other environmental concerns, social issues like diversity, equity and inclusion and worker wellbeing appear poised to remain in the spotlight. And rising demands for action will likely increase pressure for more accountability, greater regulatory scrutiny, and credible disclosure backed by better data. S&P Global outlines key ESG trends that we think will drive the conversation in 2022.

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What Came Out of COP26?

The 26th U.N. Climate Change Conference concluded on Nov. 12 after two weeks of deliberations between political and corporate leaders from around the globe on how to best combat climate change. The talks resulted in commitments for billions of investment in climate finance and to phase-out coal-fired generation in the coming decades, alongside an increased urgency to control greenhouse gas emissions to control global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

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Turning Words into Action at COP26

World leaders are gathering in Glasgow, Scotland for the 26th United Nations Conference of the Parties — a pivotal summit where governments and corporations are under pressure to act urgently on making their climate pledges a reality. Nations and companies around the globe have filled headlines with 2050 net zero targets, but near-term action, progress and accountability are sorely needed. S&P Global Sustainable1 is tracking major developments set to come out of COP26: the energy transition financing gap, the growing focus on natural capital, emissions from buildings, the role of carbon markets and much more. Bookmark this page for news, podcasts and data-driven thought leadership throughout the coming weeks.

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The Bridge from New York Climate Week to COP26

New York Climate Week brought together investors, business leaders and policymakers for increasingly urgent climate discussions. Climate Week is just the start of a busy autumn calendar of climate-related events, building to the U.N.’s much-anticipated COP26 conference in November. Stay tuned for more news, podcasts and data-driven thought leadership from S&P Global Sustainable1 as we track net zero goals, the energy transition, Paris alignment and physical risks from climate change in the run-up to COP26.

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Tracking ESG Regulation

Global sustainability policies are evolving rapidly. In the U.S., President Joe Biden has made climate change and environmental justice priorities of his administration. In the European Union, ESG regulations like the green taxonomy and the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR) are changing the way companies do business. S&P Global Sustainable1 tracks the trends, the costs and the outlook.

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Green Liquidity Moves Mainstream

As issuers' needs to finance their environmental, social, and governance (ESG) objectives rise and sustainable finance debt issuance accelerates, this should augur well for the future growth and stability of sustainable debt markets. But can we find compelling evidence of increased market liquidity and a greenium--a premium for sustainable debt--within these markets? Furthermore, as central banks continue to play a pivotal role in global markets, how important will future policy decisions be in bolstering the liquidity of sustainable debt markets?

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