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The Effect of Legal Violations on Perceived Sustainability Performance

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 26, 2021 10:33:27 AM / by Bahar Gidwani

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Hundreds of companies violate US federal, state, and local laws each year. Do these transgressions affect how these companies are rated by ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance) experts? Using an excellent data set called Violation Tracker from Good Jobs First, we show there is a 52% correlation between the change in number of violations over a 15 month period and the change in our Leadership Ethics rating. This result suggests that corporate ESG managers need to keep an eye on their company’s legal problems. It may also indicate that those who use ESG ratings in their investment process could predict future changes in some areas of ESG ratings, based on violation patterns.

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How Does Corporate Behavior Relate to a Nation’s Soft Power

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2020 9:30:47 AM / by Bahar Gidwani

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Does Corporate Behavior Relate to a Nation’s Soft Power?

We have compared data on nations’ soft power from Brand Finance’s Global Soft Power Index with their ESG (environment, social, governance) ratings from CSRHub. A number of soft power indicators correlate well with the views of the other sources available to CSRHub. We also compared the soft power scores with the aggregate ratings of the perceived ESG performance of companies in these countries. The correlation here was poor. We share several reasons why corporate sustainability ratings may relate to a nation’s soft power score.

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Using ESG to Reduce the Risk in Your Supply Chain

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 17, 2020 10:07:44 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

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This is the second of a series of articles about the connection of supply chain and ESG, written by Sean Harley CEO and co-founder, LUPR Inc., and Bahar Gidwani CTO and co-founder CSRHub. Republished with permission from Lupr's website.

Are organizations responsible for the actions of their suppliers? While some executives might say no, in 2010 BP CEO Tony Hayward discovered that the courts—as well as the court of public opinion—say otherwise. The rig that famously exploded, killing 11 people and ultimately pouring millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, was actually operated by one of BP’s suppliers. But no one was impressed when Hayward tried to shift the blame to BP’s suppliers.

 
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Why ESG Needs to be on Supply Chain Managers’ Radar

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 10, 2020 9:48:24 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

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This is the first of a series of articles about the connection of supply chain and ESG, written by Sean Harley CEO and co-founder, LUPR Inc., and Bahar Gidwani CTO and co-founder CSRHub. Originally published on Lupr's website.

There was a time when all shareholders really cared about was returns. Was it doing a good job serving its markets? Likewise, consumers had a narrow focus as well. Were they getting the best product for the price?

In recent years, though, shareholders, consumers and much of the rest of the public have begun to recognize that how a company operates is also vitally important. Is the organization harming the environment? Do they treat their employees well? Are they ethical and transparent? And so forth.

That movement led to focusing the effort on operations and inspecting the suppliers as well. And thus, these issues need to be on supply chain managers’ radars, too…and ESG addresses them.

 
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CSRHub’s Bahar Gidwani speaking at 2020 Wall Street Green Summit

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

CSRHub CTO and Co-Founder Bahar Gidwani will 2020 Wall Street Green Summitagain be speaking at 2020 Wall Street Green Summit. The conference will take place virtually October 5th – 9th.


The Wall Street Green Summit was launched in 2002, making it one of the longest running events in the sustainability industry. Striving to develop the sustainable finance system for responsible investing, the summit gathers professionals and pioneers in the world of sustainability to discuss the many facets of the emerging "impact economy."

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CSRHub's Bahar Gidwani Speaking at BattleFin Virtual Discovery Days

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 28, 2020 12:35:40 PM / by CSRHub Blogging

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CSRHub CTO and Co-Founder, Bahar Gidwani, will be speaking at the 2020 BattleFin Ensemble & Discovery Days event. The conference will take place virtually September 29th - 30th, 2020.  

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CSRHub Announces Integration of Arabesque S-Ray Data into its Consensus Ratings

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 2, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

CSRHub is pleased to announce that it is now integrating data from Arabesque S-Rayâ into its consensus ratings. Using quantitative data techniques and a rules-based approach, Arabesque S-Ray provides technology that is used by some of the world’s largest investors, corporations and consultancies to assess the sustainability performance of listed companies globally. S-Ray data will now directly contribute to CSRHub’s sustainability analysis of more than 7,000 companies, and will enhance the ratings for all 36,000 companies that CSRHub covers.

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Do Political Donations Really Predict Corporate Behavior?

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 21, 2020 10:00:52 AM / by CSRHub Blogging

Goods Unite Us has spent thousands of hours vetting companies' political expenditures in federal elections. They will tell you about the donations made by the organization and its senior employees along with each company's exclusive Campaign Finance Reform Score. CSRHub measures the environmental, social and governance performance of thousands of companies by aggregating 700 sources to derive consensus ESG ratings.

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New Wave of ESG Demand

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 22, 2020 9:37:25 AM / by Bahar Gidwani

This past year of social and environment pressures (Covid-19, racism inequity, climate change, global risks) has created a new wave of demand for ESG data and insight. A growing number of corporates, professional firms and financial asset owners and managers are interested in ESG.

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