Sustainalytics' new Thematic Research report, 10 for 2018: ESG Risks on the Horizon, analyzes 10 ESG issues that could pose significant risks for investors in the year ahead. The issues, which fall under four broad themes, are summarized below.
Climate Change - The great low carbon transition is likely to affect the profitability of oil and gas firms. We examine the performance of the world's 10 largest publicly traded oil majors based on their GHG risk management capabilities.
Water Management - Chile's copper mining industry, the largest in the world, faces growing risks from water-driven community opposition. Our analysis shows the water and community risk management capabilities of the largest listed copper producers in Chile.
Consumer Protection - Financial services firms could experience increasing costs related to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect in May. We evaluate the data management capabilities of 10 large European financial companies.
Stakeholder Governance - As apparel production shifts from South Asia to Africa, where are the supply chain risks for investors? We assess over 115 firms on their supply chain standards and management practices.
This paper tackles the role inclusive businesses play in our economic growth. We shall also be tackling specific companies and their programs geared towards inclusive business and poverty alleviation. Lastly, we shall seek means on promoting this business model so that more would participate in this initiative.
MSCI ESG Research's latest Corporate Governance Country Report focuses on Corporate Governance in India. Our research finds concentrated ownership, related party transactions & succession planning represent key governance risks in India.
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The topics have been selected on the basis of ACCA’s sustainability research to date and although for these purposes have been separated out, we acknowledge that these topics are interrelated. As the scope of ACCA’s research broadens over time, it is expected that additional topics will be added to this list.
This paper serves as a reference for our key stakeholders, as well as a means of summarising the outcomes and conclusions of ACCA’s research activities.