Companies are facing a brutal assault from many fronts: Activist investors like Engine no. 1 has brought oil majors to its knees. Large institutional investors like BlackRock, Vanguard are pushing companies to up their ESG game. Customers are up in arms and are pushing companies through their role as shareholders in making their products andContinue reading “The Investor Relations Officer for a Net Zero World”
Materiality is a fundamental concept in accounting. A piece of information is material if it influences someone’s decision. According to the US SEC, if the information on a company is material, it should be disclosed if a reasonable person considers it important.Information that is material in one setting may not be material in another. Typically,Continue reading “The Evolution of Materiality: Double to Dynamic”
ESG issues are shaking up boards and CEOs. As a result, companies are increasingly considering tying CEO compensation to ESG issues. Some of the marquee companies that link executive compensation to ESG include Apple, McDonald’s, Rio Tinto, Royal Dutch Shell, and Unilever. European and British companies have taken the lead. According to a survey byContinue reading “Linking Executive Compensation and ESG: Navigating a Minefield”
Achieving net zero requires a shift to renewable sources of energy. There is another way that not many people talk about – energy efficiency. Unfortunately, improving the energy efficiency of products is not sexy enough (unlike a solar power plant!) to be talked about but is a crucial lever for net zero. There have beenContinue reading “Net Zero and Jevons Paradox”
Stranded assets are becoming a reality. Take the case of thermal coal. It is widely recognised that thermal coal is no longer a growth opportunity. This is coupled with the fact that debt financing grew sharply and leverage ratios have skyrocketed. A bulk of financing for thermal power plants has come from debt. With thermal power plantsContinue reading “Climate Bad Banks for Stranded Assets”
Governments have many policy options to curb carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and slow down global warming. There are a wide range of estimates of costs that these policies will impose on governments and taxpayers. If the government doesn’t do anything or do much, society will inevitably pay the price. According to a study by theContinue reading “Basics of Social Cost of Carbon”
The concept of Social Return on Investment (SROI) emerged from the work done by the Roberts Enterprise Development Foundation (REDF). Originally intended for large social enterprises, over time it has been fine-tuned to meet the requirements of various types of organisations. SROI is an outcomes-based measurement tool that helps organisations to understand and quantify theContinue reading “SROI: Tackling the Measurement Challenge”
Contracts, transaction and their record form the foundation of our economic, legal and political systems. They help protect assets and set boundaries of an organisation. They are critical to establishing the and verifying identities and chronicling events. They govern interactions among organisations, communities, and individuals. And, they guide managerial and social action. The digital transformationContinue reading “Blockchains and responsible business”
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