Social Responsibility


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    BSR puts spotlight on how companies engage on social issues with new guide

    The guide seeks to “meet the very real demand by business practitioners for resources, tools … to adequately respond to stakeholder demand for action on social justice matters.”

    By Feb. 28, 2024
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    Nasdaq board diversity rule challenge will be reheard en banc

    The case will return to the 5th Circuit with the context of the 2023 Supreme Court ruling that struck down race-conscious admissions at colleges.

    By Kathryn Moody • Feb. 27, 2024
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    Top 5 stories from ESG Dive

    This year is shaping up to be a formative one for ESG, both on the regulatory and financial front, with the SEC’s climate disclosure rule and the battle over shareholder rights and proposal approvals.

    By ESG Dive staff
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    Opinion

    A roadmap for corporate ESG reporting: eBay Chief Sustainability Officer

    The e-commerce platform’s chief sustainability officer, Renee Morin, explains how company executives can navigate the changing landscape of sustainability and governance. 

    By Renee Morin • Feb. 22, 2024
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    Push for climate policy and adaptation lead concerns at GreenBiz24

    More than 2,500 sustainability professionals flocked to Phoenix for the GreenBiz24 conference to hear the industry’s latest insights.

    By Feb. 21, 2024
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    GreenBiz24: US companies seek to understand EU CRSD impact

    While the process may be complex, it is important for companies to recognize they “are not starting from scratch,” Nado Saab, Mondelēz International’s director of ESG reporting told attendees.

    By Feb. 15, 2024
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    Democrats join push to stop climate funding from going to farm biogas projects

    The growing movement to capture methane from livestock waste only further encourages mass-scale industrial agriculture, a group of lawmakers said in a letter to the USDA. 

    By Sarah Zimmerman • Feb. 9, 2024
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    NFL vs. AFL: Common DEI opponent tries to tackle league’s Rooney Rule

    America First Legal filed a federal civil rights complaint alleging the league’s rule to increase its pipeline of diverse coaches is discriminatory.

    By Feb. 9, 2024
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    Legal chiefs, diversity officers view DEI differently, survey finds

    “The lack of alignment in the C-suite could pose new challenges for organizations in communicating and acting on their IE&D-related positions and values,” the Littler report said.

    By Lyle Moran • Feb. 2, 2024
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    The ESG industry outlook on 2024: Climate disclosure rules, proxy voting and more

    The upcoming year will determine how national and international regulation, shareholder rights and proposal approvals, and scope 3 reporting influence the ESG landscape.

    By , Jan. 30, 2024
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    Walgreens reports spike in scope 3, points to business travel and downstream transportation

    The retail pharmacy chain said it had reduced its overall carbon footprint by almost 25% compared to a 2019 baseline, despite a surge in scope 3 emissions.

    By Jan. 29, 2024
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    Global Reporting Initiative updates biodiversity reporting standards

    The standard for the first time includes increased transparency on impacts through the supply chain, as biodiversity loss is affecting every region of the world.

    By Jan. 26, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    2024 proxy outlook: What’s driving the ESG proposal approval dip?

    Major asset managers and a spate of anti-ESG proposals helped push approval rates down, yet even more ESG proposals are expected after a record 2023.

    By Jan. 25, 2024
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    Turning DEI policies into aspirations unlikely to stem bias lawsuits

    Companies face challenges from conservative anti-bias groups even after replacing explicit diversity, equity and inclusion goals with more broadly characterized aims.

    By Robert Freedman • Jan. 22, 2024
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    Anti-ESG crusader Vivek Ramaswamy drops out of 2024 presidential race

    The political newcomer ended his GOP White House bid after finishing fourth place in the Iowa caucuses and endorsed former President Donald Trump shortly after.

    By Jan. 17, 2024
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    Walmart to pay $60K over claim it did not promote woman with young children

    The retailer promoted an employee who did not have young children, amounting to sex discrimination, the EEOC alleged.

    By Ryan Golden • Jan. 17, 2024
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    What Congress’ new attempt to strengthen age bias laws means for employers

    The Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act would restore the “mixed-motive” test struck down by a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision.

    By Ryan Golden • Jan. 11, 2024
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    Neiman Marcus beats 2025 DEI goal, increases diversity across senior leadership

    The luxury retailer said it had increased diversity across leadership roles, vice president level and up, by 21%, and was adopting external standards to measure and advance workplace equity.

    By Jan. 11, 2024
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    Missouri’s bid to dismiss anti ESG-rules suit is denied

    The U.S. federal judge’s decision greenlights a lawsuit challenging two of the state’s ESG rules that affect financial institutions.

    By Jan. 10, 2024
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    Deep Dive

    4 ESG trends that set the tone for 2024

    It’s shaping up to be a big year for ESG with a packed SEC agenda, fights over corporate DEI efforts and shareholder rights and a focus on financing the net zero transition.

    By , Jan. 10, 2024
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    SEC rules Disney, Apple can’t dodge AI shareholder proposals

    The entertainment and tech conglomerates must vote on the AFL-CIO’s request for the companies to disclose their AI standards, setting the stage for more AI votes this proxy season.

    By Jan. 8, 2024
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    ESG to factor strongly in 2024 executive pay plans despite pushback: WTW

    Environmental, social and governance strategies are “here to stay,” consultants said. But U.S. company boards are also seeking a more tailored approach.

    By Ryan Golden • Dec. 22, 2023
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    Wyoming to require disclosure of the use of social investment factors

    The secretary of state adopted the rule because of ongoing concerns about ESG strategies negatively affecting state industries like coal and agriculture.

    By Dec. 20, 2023
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    Q&A

    How IBM’s Sustainability Accelerator’s latest cohort is tackling water management

    IBM Sustainability and Social Innovation Leader Michael Jacobs talks about the social impact program’s goals and how it uses its technology to improve environmental issues in vulnerable communities.

    By Dec. 19, 2023
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    Banks are excluded from EU’s human rights, due diligence regulation — for now

    Despite opposition to leaving financial institutions out, the final draft of the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive only states the sector may need to comply at a later date.

    By Dec. 19, 2023
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    Navy Federal sued over alleged mortgage disparity by race

    The credit union last year approved 48.5% of mortgage applications from Black borrowers, but 77.1% from White ones, CNN found. The gap drew comparisons to similar numbers from Wells Fargo in 2020.

    By Dan Ennis • Dec. 19, 2023