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Are ESG ratings a true reflection of a robust ESG strategy?

by Daphne Biliouri-Grant There is no question that environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings are an important part of the implementation process of ESG considerations. ESG ratings have been established in order to measure how a company is perceived to be performing on a range of ESG issues both for internal reporting purposes, as well …

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Accountability and Transparency: why integrity should be in the core of your business

by Daphne Biliouri-Grant Defining integrity within a corporate context is not that different from what people understand it to be on a personal level. Integrity is about having a strong moral compass and within an organisation this translates in adherence to a moral code that is reflected through accountability and transparency. Both accountability and transparency …

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How a robust ESG strategy can help win the war

by Daphne Biliouri-Grant The international community has condemned Ukraine’s invasion by Russia and over the past week there has been a furore of actions from governments and international organisations demonstrating solidarity with Ukraine. While the implementation of economic sanctions has been perceived as the preferred foreign policy tool to apply pressure on Russia and Belarus …

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Discussing the importance of ESG integration in the strategy of an organisation

An interview with our ESG Senior Advisor, Daphne Biliouri-Grant Q: There are three core pillars comprising ESG, but is there one key pillar that is more important and/or easier to include in your corporate strategy, especially if you are just starting your ESG journey? When we are discussing the three pillars of ESG, it is …

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Recognising the need for ESG oversight at board level

by Daphne Biliouri-Grant There is no doubt that 2021 has seen an increased emphasis in the importance of ESG considerations for the business community and the significance of integrating ESG policies and practices within the business strategy of companies. However, despite the growing interest and the increased need for strong ESG knowledge base and expertise, …

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ESG – A driver for transformational change

by Daphne Biliouri-Grant Interest in sustainability has been growing for decades and terms, such as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) and more recently Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) issues, have been gaining momentum over the past couple of years within the business community. Today ESG issues are considered mainstream concerns due to …

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Strong ESG performance minimises risk: the unquestionable link between security and ESG

by Daphne Biliouri-Grant Traditionally, making the connection between ESG considerations and security was not at the forefront of how security professionals dealt with managing risk. ESG concerns were not a priority within risk assessments as they were often perceived as long-term risks with no material impact on the current security level of a company. However, …

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The emergence of ESG considerations as an integral part of a robust corporate strategy

by Daphne Biliouri-Grant Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations have been gaining momentum over the past couple of years within the business community. This is due to a cultural shift driven by the climate emergency and the pandemic crisis that has increased public pressure and an evolving regulatory framework. Today ESG issues are considered mainstream …

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SUB. The Black Sea: Energy, Maritime and Military Tensions Risk Further Confrontations in the Black Sea in 2022

Key Takeaways  The Black Sea region remains one of the most active arenas for geopolitical confrontation in Europe and Eurasia, with mounting tensions between Russia, Ukraine and the West fuelling the risk of an escalation in 2022 and beyond. The recent Black Sea tour by US Secretary of State Lloyd Austin on the back of …

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SUB. Aggressive Military Posturing Increases Risk to Regional Trade

Key Takeaways An uptick in military activity and political rhetoric has shown Beijing’s increasingly assertive stance on Taiwan this month. President Tsai Ing-wen (Democratic Progressive Party, DPP) of Taiwan is unlikely to seek moves towards formal independence in the remainder of her current term; however, Tsai firmly rejects Beijing’s unification proposal under the “one China, …

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