ESG-begrebet er den seneste tid blevet udsat for kritik fra flere sider, hvor fællesnævneren er, at ESG gør mere skade end gavn. Som beskrevet i sidste uges tema af ØU Samfundsansvar betragter dele af den amerikanske højrefløj erhvervslivets arbejde med ESG som udtryk for venstresnoet woke-kapitalisme. Modsat konkluderer det anerkendte tidsskrift The Economist, at ESG ikke for alvor rykker noget, men nærmere er udtryk for greenwashing. Erik Alhøj, direktør for Engagement International, byder generelt kritik af ESG velkommen, men han betragter størstedelen af den nuværende kritik som ekstrem politisk og specifik amerikansk.Read More
Engagement International works for many institutional investors and ensures that the companies in which they invest comply with international standards for sustainability and accountability. The controversial companies are being influenced in a more sustainable direction through active ownership. Read more in the Nordic Business article by Flemming Østergaard, covering the interview with Erik Alhøj, CEO of Engagement International.
Electric utilities are among the main contributors to the global GHG emissions due to their reliance on heavy use of fossil fuels. Consequently, the strength of their commitment to achieving net-zero in accordance with the Paris Agreement, as well as credibility of their decarbonisation strategies are of vital interest to the global community and investors. However, in general the last five years brought no significant change in emissions from the top contributors to the climate change in this sector. Out of 30 biggest emitters, 12 (40%) have increased their scope 1 and 2 emissions since signing of the Paris Agreement.Read More
The world’s largest oil and gas companies have a main role to play in transition to a net zero emissions economy. Our bi-annual engagement dialogues with 16 of them shows some positive steps forward in terms of climate commitments, target setting and implementation of strategies. However, during the last five years the total direct emissions from the most emitting oil and gas companies increased by 12%.Read More
Climate change has become the most important ESG issue for institutional investors, corporations, cities, and nations. And “Net Zero” is the new narrative to describe the ambition of being aligned with the Paris Agreement or 1.5-degree goal. All around the world, thousands of organizations are committing themselves to achieve the state of “Net Zero in 2050 or sooner”, where they achieve an overall balance between emissions produced and emissions taken out of the atmosphere.Read More