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    • Does looking at ESG add alpha? An independent view of the evidence
      Does looking at ESG add alpha? An independent view of the evidence Jessica Ground, Global Head of Stewardship, Schroders, and Rochester Cahan, CFA, Empirical Research Partners LLC Recorded: Jun 15 2016 3:00 pm UTC 46 mins
    • The conversation about ESG investing is gaining traction across markets. Clients no longer ask 'do you have an ESG strategy?' but rather 'do ESG high scores result in outperformance?' Collaborating with Empirical Research Partners, this webinar will showcase their findings on ESG, what factors show the strongest correlation and how they think asset owners and fund managers should be taking this forward.

      Jessica Ground, Global Head of Stewardship, Schroders will be joined by Rochester ‘Rocky’ Cahan, CFA, the U.S. Portfolio Strategist at Empirical Research Partners LLC. Mr Cahan joined the firm in 2013 to focus on a broad spectrum of research topics ranging from bottom-up stock-selection to top-down macroeconomic analysis. In addition to his highly regarded practitioner research, Mr. Cahan has published a number of academic articles in top journals including The Journal of Empirical Finance, The Journal of Banking and Finance, and The Journal of Portfolio Management. Mr. Cahan received a double degree in Mathematical Physics and Finance from Massey University in New Zealand in 2003, and is also a CFA charterholder.

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    • ESG Quarterly: Engaged and Engaging
      ESG Quarterly: Engaged and Engaging Hosted by Jessica Ground, Global Head of Stewardship Recorded: Feb 1 2017 4:00 pm UTC 39 mins
    • Join Schroder's ESG Team for this new webinar series aimed at bringing you the Team's latest research highlights. This session, we will present the findings from our Global Investor Study related to ESG, including which counties and demographics are most engaged, and what challenges does this create for investors. Next, we will turn to our recent Global ESG engagement activity and run through our recent research on US Corporate Governance trends, with insights into our pre 2017 AGM season engagement topics. Finally, we will discuss our cutting-edge research on the Emerging Markets where we have been doing some focused work engaging on bribery and corruption.

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    • Climate Risk Reporting
      Climate Risk Reporting Daniel Brooksbank, Editor, Responsible-Investor.com Recorded: May 12 2016 3:00 pm UTC 58 mins
    • The battle of the resolutions – focus on ExxonMobil:
      • Can an informal alliance of global investors achieve their aim of establishing a new set of norms around climate risk reporting and disclosure?
      • With European investors and corporations broadly backing calls for improved climate risk reporting and disclosure, is this the moment we will see North America come on board?
      • Will this resolution end the apparent inconsistency by asset owners and asset managers who vote for climate risk resolutions when supported by management but not when companies resist?

      • Patrick Doherty, Director of Corporate Governance, NYS Office of the State Comptroller (USA)
      • Edward Mason, Head of Responsible Investment, Church Commissioners (UK)
      • Anne Simpson, Investment Director, Global Governance, CalPERS (USA)
      • Helen Wildsmith, Stewardship Director - Climate Change, CCLA Investment Management (UK)•
      • Shanna Cleveland, Senior Manager - Carbon Asset Risk Initiative, Ceres

      Stockholder Proposal Regarding Report on Climate Change Impact Assessment is Item No 12 on the ballot at ExxonMobil’s AGM on 25 May. It has been co-filed by England’s Church Commissioners and the New York State Common Retirement Fund in the US. This transatlantic partnership is a first for the Church Commissioners.

      The resolution asks ExxonMobil to improve its annual reporting on climate risk and to disclose to investors how resilient the company’s portfolio would be if efforts to restrict warming to 2° were successful. In an article written by Edward Mason for Responsible Investor link, he explains that their resolution doesn’t ask ExxonMobil to change its house view that the 2° target will be overshot. It simply asks them to report on how the business would fare were the Paris Agreement to be implemented. It is the same request for reporting on portfolio resilience that the “Aiming for A” shareholder resolutions made of BP and Shell in 2015.

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    • Saving Water (and Money!) in Manufacturing and the Supply Chain
      Saving Water (and Money!) in Manufacturing and the Supply Chain Liese Dallbauman, PhD, LEED AP, Senior Mgr. Water Stewardship, PepsiCo Recorded: Apr 21 2010 8:00 pm UTC 38 mins
    • PepsiCo’s four-stage ReCon (resource conservation) program focuses on understanding energy and water use at the plant level and beyond. The first stage of ReCon focuses on understanding resource utilization at the plant level. The ReCon toolkit includes a Water Profiler, which identifies and quantifies major water users and their associated costs. Another component of the toolkit is an online Diagnostic, which determines whether best practices are being followed. The Profiler and Diagnostic are used together to identify and prioritize conservation projects.

      ReCon Water was introduced at six PepsiCo-owned manufacturing sites and one supply chain partner site in 2009. The savings opportunities identified at those sites totaled over one billion liters of water, corresponding to energy and water savings of nearly $725,000.

      This presentation will describe the ReCon process and the ReCon Water toolkit, as well as examples of the savings found at snack and beverage plants.

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    • Water Neutrality:Global Water Stewardship for Largest Beverage Co
      Water Neutrality:Global Water Stewardship for Largest Beverage Co Denise Knight, The Coca-Cola Company Recorded: Apr 21 2010 3:00 pm UTC 40 mins
    • Water is the main ingredient in all of The Coca-Cola Company's beverages and is essential to its manufacturing processes. Water also has broad implications for the company’s supply chain as a key component in the production of sugar, citrus, coffee and other ingredients. It is also vital to the sustainability of the communities that the company serves. Reducing water scarcity, enhancing water quality and addressing the water needs of local communities are direct and vital business concerns.

      Over the last ten years, the company's evolution in water stewardship has been significant: from a major reputation crisis in 2002 involving communities and government authorities in southern India to a 2007 call for corporate “water neutrality,” TCCC has developed and continues to evolve one of the more sophisticated water stewardship programs in the private sector.

      However, true sustainability as it relates to water will involve more than “neutralizing” the volume of water that the company uses. This is because fluctuations in the amount and quality of water available to a given community or ecosystem play an important role in sustaining the diversity and proper functioning of river ecosystems and watersheds.

      This presentation will profile Coca-Cola's experience over the past ten years providing a glimpse into the company’s commitments and an appreciation of the complexity of true water stewardship:

      • Plant performance (water use efficiency, water quality, wastewater treatment)
      • Watershed protection (source assessment and protection)
      • Sustainable communities (helping enable access to clean drinking water and sanitation)
      • Global awareness and action (helping mobilize the international community to drive global awareness and action to address water challenges)

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