Covid-19 Moroccan Overview

  The global economic downturn has already impacted the Moroccan economy. Alongside the decline in economic activity, major trading partners like Europe and China are also facing economic headwinds. Forced to confront a health and economic crisis simultaneously, Morocco, like so many other economies, faces a daunting challenge of crisis management and recovery. In this [...]

Amazon Fires in a Global Context of Deforestation: need for increased Investor awareness

Investors & Asset Managers should be aware of the reputational and financial risks they are facing if they don’t take sufficiently into account this issue in their investment decisions. Moreover, the huge media coverage and focus on the Amazon region should not divert also attention from other vulnerable regions. On the other hand, engaging companies [...]

2019-09-24T15:47:53+02:00Opinion Column|

Vigeo Eiris publishes a new Opinion Column: “Oil sands: what does the future hold?”

Key Findings: - 23 out of 161 oil & gas companies included in Vigeo Eiris’ research universe were identified as having involvement in oil sands operations, the majority of which are North American. - Companies involved in oil sands production display weak to limited commitments to environmental issues, with the majority demonstrating increased GHG emissions. [...]

2018-05-22T16:42:54+02:00Opinion Column|

Ecosystem Services

The companies under assessment in Vigeo Eiris' paper display a significant overall level of transparency on the topic of biodiversity, but reporting on the specific issue of ecosystem services remains limited. The efficient and responsible management of ecosystem services is both a necessity and a business opportunity for companies, particularly those relying heavily on natural [...]

2017-11-16T16:35:51+01:00Opinion Column|

From COP21 to COP23: Developments in business and investments since the 2015 Paris Agreement

197 countries signed the agreement which became legally binding about a year later, after countries responsible for 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions ratified it. 169 UNFCCC members have ratified the agreement to date. Signatories agreed to keep the overall increase in global temperatures to below 2°C (beyond which, the impact of climate change is [...]

2019-07-02T01:20:26+02:00Opinion Column|

Sustainable Development Goals: challenges and perspectives for real estate companies with the 2030 Agenda

Opinion Column in English only The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2015 by the 193 Member States of the United Nations. These 17 goals set the '2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development' with 169 targets aimed at ending poverty, fighting inequality and tackling climate change over the next 15 years. In June 2017, [...]

2019-07-02T01:20:31+02:00Opinion Column|

Vigeo Eiris published a new Opinion Column: “Companies’ neglect of the challenges posed by growing use of nanomaterials”

This paper seeks to explore the issue of nanomaterials' impacts on human health and the environment, with a focus on sectors where there are evidences of applications in the market (Food, Luxury Goods & Cosmetics, Health Care Equipment & Services and Pharmaceuticals & Biotechnology). Vigeo Eiris assesses 376 companies' behaviour concerning the risks associated to [...]

2017-07-17T14:04:49+02:00Opinion Column|

Insurers and Climate Change Actions

An energy transition is first necessary in terms of environmental sustainability, but may also involve economic opportunities: for example, according to a study of New Climate Institute4 , if China, the United States and Europe would accomplish energy transition to renewable sources by 2050, they could benefit 3 million additional jobs by 2030, in addition, [...]

ICTs under scrutiny for breaching user privacy

On the one hand, they must abide by laws and administrative requirements in the countries where they operate. This means allowing access to theur infrastructures and databases containing private data of their clients as part of countries' exigencies linked with national security and the fight against global terrorism. On the other hand, the social responsibility [...]

2019-07-02T01:23:29+02:00Opinion Column|

Post COP21: How well companies & investors are positioned to respond to climate change 

Rating agencies, such as Vigeo Eiris, have responsibility to hold companies to account on how they address climate change risks and their development of energy transition strategies. As intermediaries between investors and companies, we too play a role in the process of the allocation of capital. All these stakeholder groups are vital in redirecting the [...]

2017-08-07T13:39:43+02:00Opinion Column|
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