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Welcome to the second e-newsletter of Responsible Company, the recently launched membership site for ESG content and events tailored to companies, a brand of Responsible Investor.What Responsible Company does:Member companies can publish their sustainability information to investors worldwide via Responsible Investor.We publish subject-based Smart Papers every month designed to outline and problem-solve ESG issues for you: saving you time and resourcesWe bring together the best corporate, investor, service provider and stakeholder speakers on practical webinars to discuss best practice responses to these ESG/sustainability subjectsCheck out Responsible Company’s Events and Content Calendar of forthcoming specialist company-focused ESG webinars and Smart Papers.
Over the past five years, PMI has made monumental progress in achieving its purpose of delivering a smoke-free future by replacing cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke. Its 2020 Integrated Report communicates how the fundamental transformation of PMI’s business, governance, performance and ambitious targets create value for its shareholders and stakeholders in the short, medium and long-term. The company continues to progress toward its mission to accelerate the end of smoking with aims to make its smoke-free products available in 100 markets in 2025, up from more than 60 today. Additionally, it has increased its ambition of the contribution of its smoke-free products to total net revenues of more than 50 percent by 2025, meaning that in five years, cigarettes account for less than half of PMI’s total net revenues. Further accelerating PMI’s transformation, PMI announced a new ambition this year of at least USD 1 billion in annual net revenues from ‘beyond nicotine’ products in 2025. Find out how PMI is progressing toward accelerating the end of smoking and download the report.Find out more
The Role of Natural Climate Solutions in Corporate Climate Commitments: A Brief for Investors is a first-of-its-kind engagement tool for investors to spur meaningful dialogue with companies on the role and use of natural climate solutions in delivering on those commitments. It provides clear guidance on how to facilitate engagements with portfolio companies and lays out expectations for climate disclosures—calling for transparency in critical steps along the way to net zero. 
In this full-length PDF version of an RI Long Read article, Duncan Austin argues that the need for net zero reveals there have been two interpretations of sustainability all along.Four decades after sustainability first emerged as a concept, we are witnessing a critical ‘net zero moment’. First gradually, and now suddenly, companies are making ‘net zero’ pledges to reduce carbon emissions in line with the Paris Agreement. This represents a substantial and welcome upgrade of ambition regarding climate change, but poses the obvious challenge. In March 2021, a survey by Standard Chartered found that 64 percent of senior corporate executives do not believe that net zero commitments are commercially viable, contradicting the longstanding ESG narrative that ecological sustainability is a ‘win-win’ – good for profit and planet.Download the PDF to read the article.
Responsible Investment Report from First Sentier Investors
Responsible Investment Report from Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking
Low-Wage Workers Lost Hours, Jobs, and Lives. Their Employers Bent the Rules — To Pump up CEO Paychecks.
The common pursuit of impact investors—to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return5—is well-understood. However, to impact investing newcomers and veterans alike, it is not always clear what that pursuit looks like in practice. What is it that impact investors do, in crafting investment strategies and in their day-to-day work, to generate positive impact? How can asset allocators and other stakeholders know whether those claiming to be impact investors are practicing what they preach?
Plastic has become embedded in nearly every facet of daily life due to its versatility and low cost of production. However, plastic pollution is also a major and growing environmental concern, as plastics are both abundant and ubiquitous in the environment.
There is a growing realization that combining index investing and sustainability engagement is not only possible but can reinforce and mobilize significant global assets under management to enable collaborative engagement. Passive investment has the potential to influence and achieve changes in corporate practices and strategies leading to real world impact through linking engagement to transparent capital re-allocation. This paper explores the evolution of ESG engagement and passive investing, especially the role of index providers in marrying passive investing and scalable engagement.

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