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    1. More Women in the Boardroom Equals a Better Business

      More Women in the Boardroom Equals a Better Business

      The most recent corporate gender diversity survey by Moody’s Investors Service found that 29% of corporate board seats in North American and Europe were held by women in 2022, a 5% increase over two years ago, reported CNBC . In America, women occupy 27% of board seats, up from 22% in 2020. The benefits of having greater gender diversity has been linked to better credit ratings for companies and better performance with higher returns...

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    2. Engine No. 1, Famed Activist Investor, Believes GM Will Lead Electric Vehicle Transition

      Engine No. 1, Famed Activist Investor, Believes GM Will Lead Electric Vehicle Transition

      The activist investment firm in the news earlier this year for ousting existing Exxon board members in favor of its own environmentally focused replacements has spoken out in favor of GM’s transition towards electric vehicles. Engine No. 1 believes that GM has the means to successfully lead the combustion engine industry in its transition to electric vehicles, reports The Wall Street Journal . Engine No...

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    3. ESG Activists Are Calling for Greater Board Diversity

      ESG Activists Are Calling for Greater Board Diversity

      Companies are reconfiguring their businesses to obviate any fallout from potential liabilities through greater adherence toward environmental, social, and governance principles. As they prep, the issue of diversity could be a major sticking point. Investment demand has shown that the ESG theme is quickly gaining traction...

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    4. Positioning ESG Portfolios in the Next Administration

      Positioning ESG Portfolios in the Next Administration

      With a highly volatile political environment, investors are re-evaluating their portfolios, and rightfully so. But nowhere does this re-evaluation make more sense than in ESG. Strategies focused on environmental, social, and governance factors are likely to be affected not just by short-term economic implications, but the longer-term policy goals of a Biden administration...

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    5. Executive Compensation Voting During the Pandemic

      Executive Compensation Voting During the Pandemic

      Executive compensation is a perennial engagement topic for the State Street Global Advisors Asset Stewardship team. We believe that executive compensation presents risks, such as creating perverse incentives, as well as opportunities, such as demonstrating a commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) priorities...

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