The year looks to be a complicated one for those involved in sustainability and finance. Grant Harrison, Director & Senior Analyst, Sustainable Finance & ESG, GreenBiz took a long look at the tea leaves in his analysis for GreenBiz recently.
His focus for 2022 was to keep a forensic watch on the “substantive actions from the ESG ecosystem of institutional investors, ratings agencies, corporate reporters and financial institutions that yield measurable progress in line with their lofty, and commendable, commitments”.
His primary themes were the growth of greenwashing, the sad lack of ESG competence in boardrooms, ESG funds facing increased scrutiny and the demands for talent with ESG know-how in companies everywhere.
He also cited the recent optimism shown by our CEO and founder Helle Bank Jorgensen. “Why? Because not only are boards seeking formal training on ESG competence (which her organization offers), but asset managers and proxy advisers are starting to do the same. I share her optimism and, given some recent challenges, I’m especially curious to track how the major ratings and rankings firms develop similar competencies.”
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