Balancing Purpose with Profit: ESG in the Spotlight

July 3, 2019 All Industries ESG

With an increasing number of investors focusing on “intangibles” in their institutional analysis, Elena Basova, Senior Analyst at Nasdaq IR Intelligence, and Martyn Chapman, Head of Strategy for Nasdaq Governance Solutions, weigh in on how companies can best use an ESG framework to quantify their assets.

Are Corporations Required to Act Like Sociopaths?

August 13, 2019 All Industries ESG

The latest salvo in the debate over the role of the corporation in society was struck by Jamie Gamble, a former lawyer for the insurance company American Insurance Group during the financial crisis and beyond. He proposed in an essay that modern executives are “legally obligated to act like sociopaths,” because of settled law for most corporate charters that puts shareholder rights above employees, the environment, customers and the community at large.

Making ESG a Priority

August 13, 2019 All Industries ESG

Deciding on the right environmental, social and governance approach for your company isn’t easy. Investors expect directors and executive teams at publicly traded companies to understand environmental and social risks and opportunities, according to Martyn Chapman, head of strategy for Nasdaq governance solutions, in a recent video.

The Trouble with ESG

August 13, 2019 All Industries ESG

“ESG” investing sounds like a great idea. Who can argue with steering your company toward environmental, social and governance practices that reflect the greater good?

But for a company ready to formalize its commitment to ESG, the problem is defining what it means and what qualifies.