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Unseen Laborers: Addressing Modern Slavery in 2021

Apr 7, 2021
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Deconstructing ESG Ratings Performance: Risk and Return for E, S And G by Time Horizon, Sector and Weighting

Mar 30, 2021 GIESE Guido, NAGY Zoltan, LEE Linda-Eling

How are environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings constructed? Which indicators are the most important in assessing ESG characteristics? Does the answer vary by sector? This foundational paper examines the impact on financial performance of two types of ESG indicators: the individual E, S and G pillars scores and the underlying ESG Key Issue scores.  

Research Paper

CEO Pay from Start to Finish

Mar 22, 2021 TUFFORD Harlan

CEO Compensation: Paying Up for Mediocrity

Mar 22, 2021 Harlan Tufford

Are companies aligning CEO pay with long-term performance? Or, put another way, are directors incentivizing executives to drive the long-term success of the companies they run? We found evidence that pay and performance are misaligned for many U.S. CEOs.

Research Paper

ESG Indexes Through the Slump and Rally of 2020

Mar 19, 2021

Over the last year, we saw the stock market slump and rally. This provided a unique window to examine the performance of different ESG strategies. Many focus on how ESG indexes performed during the worst of the pandemic. But how did they fare for the entire year?


Women on Boards: The Hidden Environmental Connection?

Mar 8, 2021 Christina Milhomem

With social inequality gaining prominence ahead of the 2021 proxy season, investors and other stakeholders are increasingly vocal about the need for greater diversity in corporate boardrooms. How successful have boards been globally?


How Have Stocks Responded to Changes in Climate Policy?

Mar 1, 2021 Guido Giese, Zoltán Nagy, Bruno Rauis

To what extent has climate risk been priced into equity markets? Is there a “brown” discount and a “green” premium? Has this shifted over time? How can we model such risks as the world moves toward net-zero targets? We examine the financial impact of climate transition risk on global equity markets.

Research Paper

Foundations of Climate Investing: How Equity Markets Have Priced Climate Transition Risks

Mar 1, 2021 NAGY Zoltan, GIESE Guido, Rauis BRUNO


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