This week in ESG news: Google integrates climate features into its consumer product suite; KPMG plans major investments to boost ESG solutions & capabilities; GRI unveils a major update to sustainability reporting standards; BlackRock gives index investors proxy-voting participation; Moody’s launches location-based climate risk scores for cities, states; Accenture says companies are setting climate goals, but not on track to meet them; Dow commits $1 billion/year to decarbonize its assets; ESG & decarbonization top list of risks for global mining execs; Moody’s report highlights climate risk to bank loan portfolios; a new platform for private markets ESG reporting, and more.

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Sustainability Goals, Initiatives and Achievements

KPMG to Invest Over $1.5 Billion to Boost ESG Solutions, Provide ESG Training to all Employees

Google Integrates Climate-Focused Sustainability Features into its Consumer Product Suite

World’s Leading Metals & Mining Companies Commit to Net Zero Emissions Goal

Dow to Invest $1 Billion per Year to Decarbonize its Business

Accounting Organizations Commit to Net Zero Goals

Airlines, Aircraft Manufacturers Commit to 2050 Net Zero Aviation Vision

Mars Sets Sights on Supply Chain Emissions, Links Exec Pay to Climate Action

Reporting and Disclosure

GRI Launches Major Update to Sustainability Reporting Standards

S&P Global, Hamilton Lane Launch ESG Reporting Platform for Private Markets

Leading Private Equity Players Collaborate on ESG Data and Reporting

ESG Services and Tools

Moody’s Launches Climate Risk Scores for Global Cities, States, Urban Areas

MSCI Launches Platform Enabling Institutional Investors to Manage and Monitor Climate Risks and Goals

Government & Regulators

Global Business Leaders Urge G20 to Strengthen National Climate Goals in New Campaign

ESG Investing

Activist Investor Engine No. 1 Invests in GM, Praises Company’s Leading Position in the EV Transition

BlackRock to Give Investors Ability to Participate in Proxy Voting

Phoenix Group to Slash Emissions of £250 Billion Investment Portfolio in Half by 2030

Fidelity Launches New Clean Energy and Electric Vehicle-Focused ETFs

Sustainable Finance

General Mills Launches $500 Million Sustainability-Linked Bond, Ties Interest to Emissions Goals

Energy Transition

Adani Green Energy Acquires 5 GW Renewable Portfolio in India from SoftBank, Valued at $3.5 Billion

Infrastructure Investor I Squared Launches Energy Transition Investment Platform

Delta Signs $1 Billion Sustainable Aviation Fuel Agreement

Exec Appointments

Blackstone Appoints Amisha Parekh as Global Head of ESG for Private Equity

LOIM Appoints Head of Climate and Environmental Solutions, Looks to Expand Climate and Nature-Based Investment Offerings

Apollo Hires Dave Stangis for Newly Created Chief Sustainability Officer Role

Societe Generale Appoints Hacina Py Chief Sustainability Officer

Reports, Studies & Surveys

Accenture: Companies are Ramping Climate Goals, But Vast Majority Not on Track for Net Zero

Moody’s Warns on Climate Risk Impact on Bank Loan Portfolios

EY Survey Finds ESG, Decarbonization Top the List of Risks & Opportunities for Mining & Metals Industry

FTSE Russell: 8 in 10 Global Asset Owners Implementing or Evaluating Sustainable Investments

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