Financial Disclosures Task Force outlines its approach to climate change

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures set up by the Financial Standards Board has outlined the principles and objectives for its work. In its first report the Task Force said that despite a range of initiatives the existing climate-related disclosure remained fragmented and incomplete and there was only a limited number of reporting regimes focusing on the financial risks posed by climate-related impacts.… Read the rest

Railpen’s Head of Corporate Governance Retires

Railpen veteran, Frank Curtiss, who was most recently been its head of corporate governance, has retired. The pension fund has been at the forefront of active institutional investment and was one of the first to vote actively on its equity holdings in the UK and published a voting and corporate governance policy in 1992.… Read the rest

UK’s FRC consults on new audit enforcement regime

With the EU’s audit regulation and audit directive coming into force in June the UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) is consulting on its new audit enforcement procedure for audits of Public Interest Entities (PIE) – which include listed companies, credit institutions and insurance undertakings.… Read the rest

Survey of American institutional investors finds low take up of ESG criteria in investment decisions

There is a low rate of adoption of environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in investment decisions among North American institutional investors according to a survey conducted by OFI Global Asset Management and Pensions & Investments.

The survey found that 77% of the 240 institutional investors questioned did not use ESG criteria in their investment decisions, 6% said they were used to a significant extent and 17% said they were used to some extent.… Read the rest

SEC says Exxon and Chevron must accept climate change shareholder proposals at annual meetings

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has ruled that oil giants, ExxonMobil and Chevron, need to include shareholder proposals at their AGMs requesting information on the impact on their businesses of the policies on reducing carbon emissions and responding to global warming.… Read the rest