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Our ESG coverage includes specialist sub-categories for environmental and governance policies.

'Green finance' generally refers to the process of taking due account of environmental and social considerations when making investment decisions, leading to increased investment in longer-term and sustainable activities.

More specifically, environmental considerations refer to climate change mitigation and adaptation, as well as the environment more broadly and the related risks (e.g. natural disasters). Social considerations may refer to issues of inequality, inclusiveness, labour relations, investment in human capital and communities.

The governance of public and private institutions, including management structures, employee relations and executive remuneration, plays a fundamental role in ensuring the inclusion of social and environmental considerations in the decision-making process.

All three components – environmental, social and governance (ESG) – are integral parts of sustainable economic development and finance.

In the EU's policy context green finance is understood as finance to support economic growth while reducing pressures on the environment and taking into account social and governance aspects. Green finance also encompasses transparency on risks related to ESG factors that may impact the financial system, and the mitigation of such risks through the appropriate governance of financial and corporate actors. European Commission Overview


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2013 Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG)
2013-12-17 FRC proposes first annual update to the Reduced Disclosure Framework
2013-12-17 IESBA's Proposed Strategy and Work Plan, 2014-2018
2013-12-13 Member States mandate Presidency to negotiate on Directive regarding disclosure of non-financial and diversity information
2013-12-10 IIA supports release of International Integrated Reporting Framework
2013-12-09 IFAC: IAASB enhances standard for assurance engagements
2013-11-18 Responses to Philippe Maystadt's draft report "Should IFRS standards be more European?": EBA, EIOPA, ESMA, IFRS Foundation
2013-11-15 FRC proposes amendments to hedge accounting
2013-11-12 IMF Working Paper: International corporate governance spillovers - Evidence from cross-border mergers and acquisitions
2013-11-12 Philippe Maystadt presents his recommendations for enhancing the EU's role in international accounting standard-setting
2013-11-12 ESMA clarifies shareholder cooperation in takeover situations
2013-11-11 Fitch: German corporates most affected by new pension accounting
2013-11-10 VoxEU: Good corporate governance is bad for bank capitalisation
2013-11-08 ACCA: Global business services - Opportunity or risk for CFOs?
2013-11-06 FRC raises the bar for risk management
2013-10-24 IPSASB publishes ED on first-time adoption of accrual basis IPSASs
2013-10-21 IFAC: IPSASB publishes EDs 48-52 on accounting for interests in other entities
2013-10-21 IFAC: Roles and importance of professional accountants in business
2013-10-15 Responses to ESMA Guidelines on Enforcement of Financial Information: EBF, FEE
2013-10-10 ECIIA: European Commission strikes right balance on governance reform
2013-10-10 Lithuanian Presidency: Challenges of corporate governance discussed at 13th European Corporate Governance Conference
2013-10-09 IFAC and IPSASB represented at World Bank Group-IMF seminar
2013-10-02 IFAC: International donor initiative releases report assessing accountancy's global landscape
2013-09-23 IFAC: IESBA clarifies definition of "those charged with governance"
2013-09-23 IASB/Hoogervorst: Strengthening institutional relationships
2013-08-14 IFAC: Project and investment appraisal requires greater rigour
2013-07-25 ABI: Improving UK corporate governance and shareholder engagement
2013-07-19 ESMA: Consultation on accounting enforcement guidelines
2013-07-15 DBIS discussion paper: Company ownership - Transparency and trust
2013-07-03 IFAC: IAESB's new strategy to support revised international education standards
2013-07-02 ACCA: Strengthening relationships among accountancy bodies
2013-07-01 ACCA: Global forums look to the future
2013-07-01 FRC: New disciplinary arrangements for accountants
2013-07-01 IVSC: Consultation on valuation of derivatives
2013-06-21 FRC statement following publication of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards' Final Report
2013-06-18 FEE commented on the system of governance in preparation for Solvency II
2013-06-17 IFAC & CIPFA: Consultation on public sector governance
2013-06-12 FRC: Key facts and trends in the accountancy profession
2013-06-11 Sharon Bowles MEP: Union programme to support specific activities in the field of financial reporting and auditing for the period 2014-20
2013-06-10 ACCA: Public sector finances will play a critical role in preventing future crises
2013-05-30 FT: Miscalculation of the riskiness of banks' balance sheets
2013-05-29 President Van Rompuy: Strengthening public sector accounting for sound fiscal policies in Europe
2013-05-23 EuropeanIssuers' position relating to shareholders' vote on executive remuneration "say on pay"
2013-05-01 UK QCA revised Corporate Governance Code emphasises how good governance helps to deliver growth
2013-04-29 Risk.net: Banks fear loss of hedge accounting for CCP novations
2013-04-26 FRC/Haddrill highlights quality of corporate governance and financial reporting
2013-04-26 FT: Big Four accountants wield "undue influence" over UK tax system
2013-04-24 ECGI: Stock market returns, corporate governance and capital market equilibrium
2013-04-17 IFAC: IPSASB publishes Public Sector Conceptual Framework ED
2013-04-16 FEE comments on corporate governance framework in the EU
2013-04-16 FEE comments on IPSASB ED on the conceptual framework
2013-04-12 ACCA: Transparency on public spending
2013-04-10 FRC: Statement following Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards' report into failure of HBOS
2013-04-09 ACCA: New competency framework for complete finance professionals
2013-03-25 ACCA speaks at getstats event about gaps in public finance data
2013-03-25 EuropeanIssuers' response to the IOCV-IOSCO consultation on client assets protection
2013-03-19 Commissioner Barnier appoints Philippe Maystadt as Special Adviser to enhance EU's role in promoting high quality accounting standards
2013-03-19 IFAC: IESBA strengthens key sections of Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants
2013-03-13 IFAC: IES 5, Initial Professional Development–Practical Experience (Revised)
2013-03-13 ACCA: "We need a single set of accounting standards for the public sector to restore public trust"
2013-03-11 FEE: The public sector needs a single set of public sector accounting standards
2013-03-07 IFAC welcomes G20 focus on IPSAS and EC report on accrual-based accounting
2013-03-06 European Commission: Eurostat report on IPSAS implementation by EU Member States
2013-03-05 IFAC: Global accountancy leaders identify major themes for 2013
2013-03-04 IFAC: IPSASB encouraged by G20 delegates' focus on strengthening the public sector balance sheet
2013-02-26 IFAC: Integrating governance throughout an organisation helps achieve sustainable success
2013-02-21 FEE: The EC's proposal strengthens the EU Anti-Money Laundering framework
2013-02-19 IFAC: Outgoing CEO calls on Russian Presidency of G20 to advance adoption and implementation of IPSASs
2013-02-13 Ian Williams: EU Corporate Governance Agenda and its Action Plan
2013-02-13 ACCA: Whistleblowing laws and audit independence must be promoted to build trust in public services
2013-02-12 FASB: New projects in the PCC's agenda
2013-02-11 Luxembourg's Frieden seeks credible financial centre
2013-02-07 ECA: EU auditors to support democratic accountability of ECB
2013-02-07 IASB & IIRC formalise cooperation on work to develop integrated corporate reporting framework
2013-02-06 ACCA: New EU Action Plan on company law and corporate governance
2013-02-01 IASB/IFRS Foundation publishes feedback statement following public consultation on creation of the ASAF
2013-01-30 FRC: Consultation on implementation of Sharman Panel recommendations
2013-01-23 FT: UK Court refuses legal privilege to accountants
2013-01-16 IASB Submission to UK Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards
2013-01-11 EBF publishes joint EBF/ESBG/EACB letter on revision of 4th and 7th Accounting Directives
2013-01-07 ECIIA: Action Plan - EU Company Law & Corporate Governance
2013-01-07 FEE comments on IESBA Exposure Draft "Responding to a Suspected Illegal Act"

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