Topic Archives: Reporting

August 12, 2020Corporate Form, Measuring, Reporting

SASB and GRI Team Up to Tackle the Opaque Landscape of ESG Reporting

The year 2020 was already predicted to be a year of heightened focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics for public companies—and that was before the COVID-19 pandemic and widespread protests galvanized by the Black Lives Matter movement increased the call for corporate discussion and action on topics ranging from operational resilience and risk ...›

August 11, 2020Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

ESG Goes Mainstream: How “Return First” PE Funds Can Factor ESG Considerations into Their Investment and Portfolio Management Strategies

Considering environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors when making an investment is no longer solely the province of “impact-first” investors—those who prioritize social or environmental impact above return on capital—but has become, to one degree or another, the norm among private equity (PE) funds. As the calls from both investors and consumers for companies to ...›

July 1, 2020Measuring, Reporting

COVID’s Impact on PBC Fiduciary Duties: Understanding Director Obligations in an Economic Downturn

In August 2019, a group of nearly 200 chief executives issued a statement, arguing that the role of corporations should be redefined from solely maximizing shareholder value to also “invest[ing] in their employees, protect[ing] the environment and deal[ing] fairly and ethically with their suppliers.” Making that shift is hard when boards of directors are subject to ...›

June 25, 2020Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impactful Conversations: An Interview with Rodney Foxworth at Common Future

In this episode of Impactful Conversations, Michael Santos, a social-enterprise- and impact-investing associate in Morrison & Foerster’s San Francisco office, interviews Rodney Foxworth, the CEO of Common Future. Based in Oakland, California, Common Future tackles wealth inequality nation-wide by focusing on the needs of communities that have been the most negatively impacted by injustice, extraction, and exploitation. ...›

Maintaining Impact Through M&A

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to make capital markets, including venture capital, an uncertain source of financing, founders and boards of impact businesses may increasingly look to M&A and other strategic alternatives to assure their survival. Mergers, business and asset sales, large-scale technology licensing, as well as other strategies should all be on the table. ...›

November 7, 2019Corporate Form, Reporting, Resources

Voices in Sustainability: Interview with Susan (Suz) Mac Cormac

ClientSmart interviewed Morrison & Foerster’s Suz Mac Cormac, chair of the firm’s Social Enterprise and Impact Investing and Energy practices, about the Business Roundtable’s adoption of a new “Statement on the Purpose of a Corporation.” The statement changes the definition of the purpose of a corporation to include not just shareholders but also stakeholders: customers, ...›

October 1, 2019Measuring, Reporting, Resources

Suz Mac Cormac Speaks at Climate Week NYC 2019

MoFo Impact’s Suz Mac Cormac spoke on a panel at Climate Week NYC 2019 covering “Facilitating Investments Towards a 1.5˚C Future: How Can Companies Harness Investment Opportunities and Leverage Portfolios for a Net-Zero Future?” The panel covered investment strategies needed to ensure a sustainable and equitable path to net-zero emissions is delivered at an accelerated ...›

October 1, 2019Funding/Financing, Measuring, Reporting

Impact Links: Climate Week 2019 Announcements; UN Global Compact and Accenture Releases CEO Study on Sustainability; Caltech $750 Million Donation to Environmental Research; Invesco Study on Socially Responsible Investing; LeapFrog Reveals Independent Audit Results; Alternative Proteins Seek to Disrupt Seafood Industry; AI and Weather Data Are Helping Brands Battle Food Waste; The Future of Sustainable Fashion

Significant commitments, partnerships, and new research projects worth trillions were announced during Climate Week 2019. The United Nations Global Compact and Accenture released findings from their CEO study on sustainability, which draws on insights from more than 1,000 CEOs. Caltech announced a $750 million donation aimed at scaling research on environmental sustainability and climate research. ...›