Tag: ESG

Credit risk, stranded assets and the environment: S&P Global Ratings’ Mike Wilkins contributes a chapter to a major new Routledge study

With ongoing advances in sustainability, the risk of being unable to monetise ca​r​bon assets grows by the day. A new book from Routledge, Stranded Assets and the Environment: Risk, Resilience and Opportunity, explores the ramifications of asset stranding across various sectors of the global economy. Mike Wilkins, Head of Sustainable Finance at S&P Global Ratings, …

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Newly formed S&P Global Ratings Sustainable Finance Team hosts media reception

On 17 April 2018, S&P Global Ratings marked the launch of its Sustainable Finance team. At a reception in central London, the team, which includes members from North America, hosted specialist and tier one agencies. The Sustainable Finance Team is a cross-practice, dedicated team of S&P Global Ratings analysts who cover environmental, social and governance …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Mark Button considers how environmental risk impacts insurer credit ratings in YouTalk Insurance

In the wake of severe weather events – for example, 2017’s particularly destructive Atlantic hurricane season – climate-related risk is rising on the global agenda. In light of this, lenders and institutional investors are increasingly interested in how S&P Global Ratings incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks and opportunities into its insurer credit ratings …

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Commerzbank’s Ruediger Geis sets out a blueprint for a sustainable economy in Trade Ready

In an article for Trade Ready, Ruediger Geis, Head Product Management Trade at Commerzbank, shows how banks can lead the way to sustainable trade – pointing to education, standards and guidelines as important milestones.

Infrastructure Investor reports on the key takeaways from Natixis Infrastructure Day

As part of Paris InfraWeek 2017, last month’s Natixis Infrastructure Day in Paris attracted a multitude of institutional investors, banks, policymakers and developers to discuss their views on the key trends and challenges of today’s global infrastructure market. As reported by Infrastructure Investor, the two main discussions of the day focused on the increasing risks …

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SRI Connect interviews Michael Wilkins on S&P Global Ratings’ sustainability engagements

Michael Wilkins, Managing Director, Environmental & Climate Risk Research, speaks to SRI Connect about the likely future trends in sustainable finance, including the rating agency’s sustainability engagement and increased focus ESG factors. “There is growing momentum in the fight against climate change on all levels and across the world”, he says, “demonstrated by China’s notable …

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S&P talks to Handelsbanken about the connection between credit and ESG risk

Talking to Handelsbanken, Marcus Nystedt, Director, explains how he is increasingly aware of the growing attention to, and materiality of, environmental and climate risk for the creditworthiness of corporates and financial services. Moreover, having released a new Green Evaluation tool in the spring of 2017, Nystedt discusses its aggregate scoring mechanism and S&P’s increasing presence …

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Commerzbank awarded for its “significant contribution to sustainability” by Global Trade Review

The bank was highlighted in the magazine’s “Leaders in Trade 2016 Awards”. Ruediger Geis, Commerzbank’s Head Product Management Trade, comments: “We’re pleased to be recognised for our efforts in the sustainability field, and particularly honoured to be included among such high-calibre nominees. This award is testament to our dedication to corporate responsibility, strong sustainability standards, and …

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S&P Global Ratings’ Michael Wilkins tells Partnerships Bulletin that standardisation is crucial with the emergence of new green financing instruments

In 2016, green bond issuance doubled to US$82.6 billion from 2015 levels, and this year, S&P Global Ratings expects that the green bond market will reach the milestone of over US$100 billion of issuance worldwide in a single year. However, investment of some US$90 trillion is needed over the next 15 years to achieve global …

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S&P examines the rise of responsible investing in Global Capital

Mike Wilkins, managing director of infrastructure finance at Standard & Poor’s (S&P), talks to Global Capital, about responsible investing and the increasing use of the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) approach. He goes on to explain that while S&P have the tools in their methodology to account for environmental and climate risk, they are continuing …

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