HomeRI ResourceResponsible InvestorESG Materiality: How Clear Metrics Can Filter the Noise

Responsible Investor in partnership with Factset

A US ESG disclosure bill introduced last September proposed that the SEC adopt rules defining ESG metrics for companies. It caused quite a stir. Critics said it would force the “SEC to do the impossible” (Responsible Investor, Jan 16, 2020: https://www.responsible-investor.com/articles/us-esg-disclosure-bill-inches-through-congress-but-faces-senate-hurdle).

But the bill is part of a fast-moving regulatory shift to push companies and investors to disclose ESG data so that markets and policymakers can evaluate the implications of tightening rules on economic/societal externalities. The EU Sustainable Finance Action Plan and the G20-backed Taskforce on Climate Related Financial Disclosure (TCFD) are just two large-scale examples of this.

At the same time, investors are looking for the ESG datasets that will help them manage risk and reward within this changing environment.

In this webcast, Responsible Investor, joined by FactSet and SASB, explore the question of defining ESG materiality in terms of what is required for reporting and what is valid for different elements of investment strategy.

Listen in to learn more about:

ESG reporting standards: What’s the ask? In which jurisdictions? What are the reporting challenges?
Defining ESG metrics for durable investment risk and performance use.
How can companies, investors, regulators, and vendors help define a sensible and sustainable path forward for ESG information?

Ali Van Nes, Senior Vice President, Senior Director, Regulatory Solutions, FactSet
Jeff Cohen, Institutional Product Strategist, SASB
Milla Craig, Founder & President, Millani Inc and Board Member, RIA Canada
Moderator: Sae Imamura, Events Leader, Responsible Investor

CATEGORIES: Governance INVESTMENT STYLE Governance: Corporate reporting Commentary: Policy & Regulation Investment Style: ESG