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Sustainability & ESG

Sustainability and the supply chain have been under the magnifying glass for some time now: Witness the fashion and textile industries where the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Dhaka, Bangladesh, killed more than 1,100 workers at five garment factories.

Transactions

The SPAC boom is on everyone's lips – investors, regulators and the media. A SPAC (“special purpose acquisition company”) is a shell company created for the sole purpose of raising funds from investors in an IPO, with the aim of acquiring or merging with a private company within a two-year period.

Sustainability & ESG

Capital markets are rewarding companies that explicitly account for ESG factors – and they’re also punishing organisations that get ESG wrong. While Deliveroo’s share price suffered a nearly 30% nosedive on its first day of trading, other businesses get away with lighter financial reactions from the market.

Corporate communications

The ‘new normal’. A phrase that burned out in record time, going from bright new thing to cliché before anyone had worked out what it meant. But now, a full 12 months after lockdowns put normality on hold, the future is becoming much clearer.

Financial communications

Investor relations (IR) professionals have discussed the idea of digital IR for as long as we can remember. In the dot com bubble, this meant monitoring investor chat rooms. In the early noughties that meant the IR website got an overhaul. In the 2010s, that meant a focus on webcasting and video content. There has been little real change to the cadence of communications or conventional investor targeting, media monitoring and engagement programs.

Sustainability & ESG

Investment fund managers may succumb to exhaustion when confronting the tiresome array of frameworks, standards, and criteria to use if they want to align their operations and investments with accredited environmental, social, and governance principles.