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  • 2011/09/30
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CA Cheuvreux helps listed companies successfully tackle the increasing importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in their communication

The economic crisis has shown that financial indicators alone cannot fully capture a company's risk profile. CA Cheuvreux has thus published a new Pocket Guide to summarise the increasingly high expectations of investors for transparency from listed companies with regards to their Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues.
The main objective of this innovative guide for financial markets is to help corporates make their extra-financial disclosure more transparent and pertinent to fulfil the expectations of a new generation of investors. The latter want to have the means to integrate ESG criteria when stock picking — be this for reasons of social responsibility, or merely to enhance their financial discipline.
This Pocket Guide's publication comes against a backdrop of converging initiatives (at the national, EU and G20 levels) in favour of standardising the social and environmental reporting of organisations.
This guide highlights the need for listed companies:

  • to continue to improve the accuracy and pertinence of their extra-financial communication;
  • to adapt this disclosure further to the trends and changes in behaviour among asset managers;
  • to engage in proactive dialogue with investors on their sustainability performance;
  • to improve the market's understanding of the reality and fundamentals of listed companies, beyond their purely financial aspects.

This Pocket Guide, the second in the series, is one of a number of services for listed companies developed by CA Cheuvreux's Corporate Access team, who are committed to adding value and creating events to bring together listed companies and investors from around the world.