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(Bloomberg) Exxon Mobil Corp.’s recent board of directors shakeup is by most accounts a clear signal to corporate America that ambivalence and greenwashing will no longer be enough when it comes to addressing the climate crisis.
(Bloomberg) MPower Partners Fund will focus on investing in growth- to late-stage Japanese startups, with the rest going into earlier-stage firms overseas in areas like healthcare, fintech and sustainability.
(The New York Times) Under current rules, it is the index fund executives, not the millions of people who invest in them, who have the power to cast proxy votes. Those votes are the heart of a system intended to give investors a voice on crucial matters like how much the chief executive is paid…
(Financial Times) Facing pressure from investors and activists, Deutsche Bank for the first time broke down its targets across its businesses. The investment bank will have to account for €105bn of the green business; the private bank will be required to contribute €86bn and the corporate bank €30bn.
(RFK Human Rights) Data on companies’ social metrics may still be incomplete, but that shouldn’t prevent investors from screening businesses for labor and human rights violations. The key is to not let the perfect be the enemy of the good.
(Forbes) I am certainly no soothsayer, but I see trouble on the way for ExxonMobil’s board and management. Ladies and gentlemen, I hope you got your things together since there’s a bad moon on the rise.
(Forbes) For all the high-speed growth and innovation that venture capital is supposed to fuel, the industry itself isn’t structured for quick change. BLCK VC co-founder Sydney Sykes knows it first-hand. Since last summer, firms have reached out to Sykes for advice on changes they can make fast.
(Bloomberg) A small group of investors circulated a letter lambasting Barclays Plc for helping to raise hundreds of millions of dollars to build two privately owned prisons in Alabama — two years after the bank publicly vowed to cut financing ties with the for-profit industry.
(ESG Investor) Jeff Cohen, Director of Capital Markets Integration at SASB, explains how issuers can use sustainability disclosures to expand their funding options.
(Responsible Investor) Deliveroo: The worst IPO in history, with a side-order of ESG investor boycott. The Gig Economy is under scrutiny for legal and governance sustainability risks.