ESG Honestly

16 February 2024ESG Honestly

The end of greenwashing? From May, ESG investments in the UK will have to comply with a stricter set of anti ‘greenwashing’ rules. Several were announced by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) last November, and the watchdog is now taking a consultation...

ESG Honestly

22 November 2023ESG Honestly

Do firms with diverse boards achieve higher ESG ratings? A new study may have the answer. In the new trading environment of encroaching sustainability regulation, it is quickly becoming essential for corporates to demonstrate the strength of their board diversity and ESG...

ESG Honestly

25 October 2023ESG Honestly

Is Greenhushing a worrying new trend in sustainability? As greenwashing lawsuits become more prevalent, fewer companies are advertising their sustainable impacts and even their targets. Sustainability is increasingly at the top of many investors’ priorities, but the recent trend of ‘greenhushing’ could...

ESG Honestly: Cost-of-living crisis overshadows ESG

20 September 2023ESG Honestly

As the UK cost-of-living crisis continues to dominate both headlines and debates in Parliament, ESG considerations appear to have rapidly fallen down the government’s agenda. Environment Minister Zac Goldsmith’s resignation letter sparked concerns that the current crisis around domestic budgets has overshadowed...

Are ESG investors letting Big Oil off the hook?

27 June 2023ESG Honestly

Responsible investors espouse stewardship to encourage firms to embrace sustainability, but it seems either too weak or non-existent when it comes to fossil fuel firms The notion that good intentions and profits are mutually exclusive has eroded in recent years, but it...

Why there are questions marks about Tesla’s ESG performance

7 June 2023ESG Honestly

From darling of the transition to Net Zero to being unceremoniously ejected from the S&P’s ESG index and now facing angry letters from major shareholders, the wheels have well and truly come off Tesla’s sustainability ambitions. Following a series of catastrophes including...

ESG in Africa

20 April 2023ESG Honestly

The words ‘Africa’ and ‘sustainability’ are rarely uttered in the same breath. Yet there is a quiet ESG revolution occurring on the continent, and it is one that could soon grab the attention of many investors. For policymakers across Africa are waking...

Love it or loathe it, ESG is here to stay

24 March 2023ESG Honestly

ESG has grown in popularity, but current macroeconomic challenges are forcing some to reconsider the merits of its integration. The ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been a significant driver in this shift, forcing energy relationships to be redrawn. Cutting Western...

2022 ESG Round Up

18 January 2023ESG Honestly

Although the global shift towards ESG clearly outdates the year 2022, it is possible that we will look back on the events of the past twelve months as an inflection point in the principle’s trajectory. While in previous years, the concept of...

Women are leading the way in ESG investing

21 September 2022ESG Honestly

Recent studies have shown that women are the force driving ESG investment across financial markets. According to a Cerulli Associates survey, 52% of women would opt to invest in companies achieving positive social or environmental outcomes, compared to 44% of men who...

The peculiar growth of greeniums

12 August 2022ESG Honestly

The global push towards sustainability has expanded the investment universe to include a wide range of environmental, social and governance (ESG) linked vehicles. An increasingly important and growing asset class within this trend has been the issuance of green bonds, which operate...

The not very new imperfect truth about ESG

19 July 2022ESG Honestly

In late May, Stuart Kirk inadvertently made himself one of the most well-known bankers in the world. The former head of responsible investing at HSBC blurted his way into global headlines with a public tirade against the “unsubstantiated, shrill, partisan, self-serving, apocalyptic...

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