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TOPIC IN FOCUS: ESG
  • Climate change presents significant risk for the insurance industry on both sides of the balance sheet, and KBRA offers a new metric to help investors dimension an otherwise amorphous aspect of climate risk to specifically move beyond assuming the level of credit risk is related to total emissions.
  • Insurers can play a leading role in closing the protection gap by helping people plan to reduce the risk of disasters before they strike, and by providing financial help after, said Denis Duverne, chairman, Insurance Development Forum, and chairman of AXA, in an exclusive interview with Insider Engage.
  • As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine intensifies, the international conflict is disrupting global energy supply chains since Russia is one of the world’s largest oil exporters.
  • As Russia’s invasion of Ukraine intensifies, companies in the US, EU, and other regions are facing increasing stakeholder pressure to restrict services and product sales in Russia. In response, a growing number of corporations have taken measures to halt business there. Global corporate action on the Russia-Ukraine conflict underscores the growing role consumers are playing in international policy.
  • For a long time diverse-owned companies have faced a number of challenges when it comes to accessing capital, however business diversity programs are making this a thing of the past, enabling diverse-owned companies to expand their network and unlock potential business opportunities.
  • Over the past two years US insurance companies' interest in integrating economic, social and governance (ESG) factors into their investment strategies has grown significantly.
  • Carbon emissions reduction targets are often important goals for major cities today, with municipalities and local governments across the globe coming up with individual or joint plans based on existing mechanisms or ones that reflect the circumstances and priorities of a particular city.
  • The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) issued a “call for evidence” on February 3 as it begins a formal review of the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) ratings market in the European Union (EU).
  • President Joe Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law on November 15, investing $550 billion above baseline levels (the equivalent of approximately 1% of GDP) in US infrastructure over the next five years.
  • There has been a great deal of debate about what it will take for individual companies to reduce their carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. Many argue that either a carbon tax or cap-and-trade program is the most viable option. Some even maintain that such policies should include all greenhouse gases (GHG), including methane and nitrous oxide.
  • This KBRA report is a follow-up to a research publication on KBRA’s general approach to incorporating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors in KBRA’s credit rating process across corporate, financial, and government (CFG) ratings, which we describe as ESG Management. While our previous publication provided a broad overview of KBRA’s ESG Management approach, this report focuses on the potential influence of ESG topics on KBRA’s analysis of corporate ratings. It is important to note that this research is not methodology. KBRA’s cross-sector ESG methodology can be found here.
  • Low interest rates and market volatility have pushed insurance asset managers into less familiar territory during the pandemic. Though appetite for alternative asset classes and responsible investing seems here to stay.
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