Sustainability-Linked Bonds: a new chapter in sustainable finance

 What are Sustainability Linked Bonds? Sustainability-Linked Bonds (SLBs) are defined as "any type of bond instrument for which the financial and/or structural characteristics can vary depending on whether the issuer achieves predefined Sustainability/ ESG objectives". SLBs are a complementary financing instrument to traditional green, social and sustainable bonds that provide flexibility on the use [...]

Navigating Transition Finance

Transition Finance is a necessary tool to ensure sustainability and prosperity for all. Green finance alone will not be enough to move the world toward a 1.5-degree trajectory. But, by allowing higher carbon emitters to secure financing to support their decarbonisation efforts, we can mobilise capital markets to accelerate the economy-wide changes needed for a [...]

VE Releases New Study on Emerging Risks in the European Insurance Sector

KEY FINDINGS Within the Insurance sector, Vigeo Eiris assesses three elements related to emerging risks; first, companies’ commitments to addressing these emerging risks; second, the reported investments dedicated to research on emerging risks; and third, the provision of insurance policies covering them. Within our 2019 - 2020 assessment of European Insurance sector: 41% of companies [...]

Vigeo Eiris Launches Enhanced Second-Party Opinion Service for Sustainable Bonds

PARIS - 24 JUNE 2020 - Vigeo Eiris (VE), a Moody’s affiliate and leading global provider of environmental, social and governance solutions has launched an enhanced second-party opinion (SPO) service for sustainable bonds. Featuring an updated impact assessment and a more intuitive, impactful format, VE’s enhanced service supports the integrity of the growing market for [...]

Human Capital: a key asset not yet fully appreciated by the financial industry

Human capital is defined by the OECD as “the knowledge, skills, competencies and attributes embodied in individuals that facilitate the creation of personal, social and economic well-being”. According to Vigeo Eiris methodology, which is rooted in international standards, such as International Labour Organization Conventions and Recommendations, UN Declarations and OECD Guidelines, human capital development [...]

From goodwill to eradication, how are companies tackling child labour in the supply chain?

The ILO’s conventions on Minimum Age and Worst forms of child labour recognize the duty of states and companies to deploy adequate measures to fight and eliminate child labour. Abolishing child labour is also an important facet of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda. The international community, through Target 8.7 of the SDGs, has made [...]

Protection of biodiversity: Companies need to take action as scores remain quite limited

Vigeo Eiris rates 1,257 entities on their commitment to integrate protection of Biodiversity into their sustainability risk management and their corporate social responsibility strategy and operation. The overall score appears quite limited (30.8/100) with a clear difference in term of countries, sector and size of the rated organisations. The player that gets the highest average [...]

Gender diversity in the workplace: baby steps but miles to go!

Innovative products such as “gender bonds”, aiming at pushing funds to invest in companies promoting working gender equality and women professional empowerment, have emerged on the market and met relevant success among investors. Non discrimination is a fundamental right which has been recognized in international norms and standards (ie. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, U.N. [...]

Social Dialogue: a corporate social responsibility ‘blind spot’

The companies were evaluated on the visibility and ownership of their commitments, the diversity of topics and the level of dialogue with employee representatives, their relationships with employee representative bodies, the resources allocated to social dialogue projects, as well as management teams’ ability to improve the quality and scope of information for social partners, and [...]

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