Important: The French government published its National Action Plan for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights
France is the 8th country to officially be committed in favour of corporate responsibility clauses on the respect of human rights based on the 3 pillars if the “Ruggie's Principles”. This French action plan published on April 26, 2017 by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs has been transmitted to the European Commission as a complement to the National Plan of priority actions on CSR development. To this day, 7 countries have published their plan: the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Litany and Sweden.
Investors can be catalysts in transition to sustainable biofuels
The use of commercially feasible advanced biofuels (derived from non-food crops) may help to reduce climate risks and avoid environmental and social conflicts associated with conventional food crop based biofuels, says the latest investor briefing released today by EIRIS, a leading global provider of ESG ratings and research to responsible investors.
The fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR), a leading European public pension fund, has selected EIRIS, the responsible investment research specialist, to analyse the extra-financial risks of the FRR’s global equity portfolio, including small and mid-caps, and its corporate fixed-income portfolio. EIRIS will assess the portfolios against the norms and principles enshrined in international conventions; for corporate involvement in anti-personnel landmines, cluster munitions, biological and chemical weapons; and assess the portfolios against governance criteria. Research will be undertaken annually and the results provided to the FRR’s Responsible Investment Committee.
Corporates remain engaged with sustainability following JSE 2013 SRI Index transition to public data
The number of JSE SRI Index constituents fell by only 4 to 72 yesterday as the Johannesburg Stock Exchange implemented its decision to require public disclosure of all relevant information and widened the underlying universe to 157 stocks. The transition to only public data in this year’s review raises the bar as part of the JSE’s continued focus on encouraging expanded sustainability disclosure by listed corporates. Research, completed on behalf of the JSE by global environmental, social and governance research provider EIRIS and its local partner, the Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa at the University of Stellenbosch Business School, suggests that the widening of the index to take into account small cap companies for the first time this year, also identified strong progress by small caps in a number of ESG areas.
EIRIS interviews reveal stock exchanges’ leadership on sustainability issues
Leading stock exchanges across the globe, including those in emerging markets, are increasingly at the forefront in developing sustainability initiatives. A report released today by EIRIS, a leading global provider of research into corporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance for investors, shares insights from stock exchanges on the implementation of such initiatives. Eleven stock exchanges were interviewed for the report, representing both established players and newcomers to sustainability. The report includes EIRIS’ recommendations to help stock exchanges realise effective sustainability initiatives in the future.