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Nov 16, 2022

Measuring Board Gender Diversity across S&P ESG Indices

According to numerous studies,1 having a gender-diverse board is a key indicator of good corporate governance.2 The gender diversity of a board of an investee company is also one of the mandatory sustainability indicators3 that financial market participants are required to assess and report on under the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR).4 Using the…

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Nov 15, 2022

Reversing the Entropy of Climate Change

According to the second law of thermodynamics, the state of disorder or chaos of a system, also known as entropy, increases over time, defining the so-called arrow of time. Applying this analogy to Earth, is the world headed into chaos as climate change unfolds? Not necessarily. Just as entropy can decrease if useful work is…

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Oct 11, 2022

Amid the Energy Rally, Tracking ESG Bond Index Performance

Year-to-date, global stock and bond market returns have been mired in red. The picture has been consistent across the various bond and equity sectors, except for Energy and Utilities stocks, posting YTD returns of 48.8% and 5.5%, respectively. Before this Energy rally, the iBoxx MSCI ESG Advanced USD Liquid Investment Grade (IG) Index was launched…

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Oct 11, 2022

S&P 500 Decarbonization: Drawing the Path to Net Zero

As reported in S&P DJI’s Climate and ESG Index Dashboard, climate indices can include both absolute and benchmark-relative goals. Absolute goals could include, for example, a certain target level of weighted average emissions among index constituents, while a relative goal might insist on an improvement in comparison to a benchmark such as the S&P 500®….

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Sep 6, 2022

Net Zero: Time Is of the Essence

This blog was co-authored by Reid Steadman and Fred Samama. At Glasgow’s COP26, banks, insurers and investors representing USD 130 trillion in private capital made a historic commitment through the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero (GFANZ) to achieve net zero emissions by 2050 at the latest,1 mirroring government pledges. The question remains how to…

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Aug 25, 2022

Clean Energy Demand Fueled by Inflation Reduction Act

On Aug. 16, 2022, President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law, which includes the largest ever climate-related investment by the U.S. federal government. Devoting USD 370 billion to climate and energy programs, the act commits the U.S. to a roughly 40% emissions reduction by 2030. This landmark bill is the latest example…

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Aug 24, 2022

Using Indices to Help Align ESG Goals and Values

Take a closer look at the importance of index construction and underlying data across the ESG spectrum with S&P DJI’s Ben Leale-Green.    

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Aug 8, 2022

Exploring the S&P 500 ESG Leaders Index – Goldilocks’ Choice of the S&P ESG Index Series

S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) launched the S&P 500® ESG Leaders Index in February 2022. The index sits within our S&P ESG index offerings, which has been designed to offer different solutions to reflect the wide range of ESG index investment needs. Sustainable investing continues to gain traction for a multitude of reasons—one being…

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Jun 29, 2022

The S&P ESG Dividend Aristocrats Index Series: One Year Later

Dividends have historically provided a significant source of returns.  A recent blog stated dividends have become an important source of household income for U.S. investors and accounted for 7.3% of personal income as of Q1 2022, climbing from 3.2% in 1980. Over the same period, interest income has declined in share from 16.2% to 9.2%….

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Jun 9, 2022

Introducing the S&P 500 ESG Dividend Aristocrats Index

Investors are increasingly aspiring to align their investment objectives with their personal and societal values. At the same time, dividends are at the top of investors’ minds, as monetary policies tighten globally and volatility in the financial markets increases. In light of these trends, S&P Dow Jones Indices (S&P DJI) recently launched the S&P 500®…

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