Key Themes

  • A recent UN report highlights the “gap” between emissions reduction pledges and the overall aim of the Paris Agreement. A US think tank has suggested how the United States might achieve a path to carbon neutrality, while US regulators continue to act despite the United States starting the withdrawal from the Paris Agreement.
  • Credit agencies, banks, investors and regulators continue to analyze ESG risks and opportunities as the global proliferation of interest in ESG continues.
  • ESG stewardship pressure mounts, with a significant action being brought against ExxonMobil.
  • NGOs/civil society are putting pressure on banks (e.g., RBS) to improve their ESG performance.
  • Green finance and voluntary ESG-related initiatives continue to thrive.
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