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ESG Insider: CEOs lobby for carbon tax, green bonds face investor scrutiny

The ESG Insider newsletter compiles news and insights on environmental, social and governance developments driving change in business and investment decisions. Subscribe to our ESG newsletter, and listen to the latest ESG Insider podcast.

This week CEOs from 75 companies descended on Capitol Hill to lobby lawmakers on the need for a carbon tax. It is part of a growing trend of companies opting to weigh in on the issue after Democrats took control of the House this year and the conversation around climate change became active again in the halls of Congress.

Our newsletter this week also looks at how green-bond issuers are making a greater effort to assure investors that their money is being spent on projects or assets that benefit the environment. And Our Chart of the Week looks at global green bond issuance trends — and how the asset class is emerging as an option in Africa.

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More CEOs join ranks of companies lobbying for federal carbon price legislation

The heads of Dominion Energy Inc., PG&E Corp., Ford Motor Co. and Citigroup Inc. are among participants in the CEO Climate Dialogue initiative. The group has pledged to press for President Donald Trump and Congress to create a long-term federal climate policy based on principles that include a plan to reduce economywide emissions by at least 80% by 2050.

More green bonds are scrutinized as investors focus on climate risk

In the first quarter of 2019, 93% of green debt issued globally was certified by the Climate Bonds Initiative or reviewed by outside groups to ensure compliance with voluntary green bond guidelines from the International Capital Markets Association, up from 71% a year earlier.

Africa shows potential for green bond growth despite lack of structured markets

Africa is fertile ground for the green bond market given its huge infrastructure needs and its exposure to climate change, and even though a lack of sophisticated capital markets may act as a barrier for issuance, pockets of growth are appearing in a handful of African nations.

Environmental

ESG focus pressures coal, but could be a tailwind for first movers in sector

Coal becomes battleground in Australian election as environment meets economics

Equinor's shareholders reject three climate resolutions at annual meeting

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Power companies pull from oil, gas, other sectors to bolster board diversity

Upfronts 2019: CBS eyes more inclusion, addressable TV

Facebook shuts down some accounts, pages linked to Israeli company

Governance

Ethical lapses were top reason for CEO ousters in 2018, study finds

BP shareholders greenlight investor-led resolution to broaden climate reporting

Alliant shareholders pass political resolution; items at 3 other companies fail

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