Risks and opportunities across the Brazilian water value chain
Voluntary Compliance and Responsible Investment The Ecotrade initiatives aim to meet fiduciary capitalist expectations on Corporate Sustainability. The process of establishing an internal benchmarking on corporate sustainability best practices will result from the convergence and consolidation of important voluntary ESG initiatives: The Dow Jones Sustainability Index1 directly addressed to capital market investors; The Equator Principles2 as an ESG standard for project financing; The Global Compact3 ; the UNEP Finance Initiative4 as a Financial and Insurance industries commitments on the Environment & Sustainable Development initiatives and The Principles for Responsible Investment5 . In 2003, the IFC6 and ten world-leading banks announced a new self-regulation mechanism to guide project finance decisions called The Equator Principles, to create a benchmark for the financial industry on managing social and environmental issues in project financing. Since then, banks are conditioning industrial credit to a specific triple-bottom-line compliance framework adoption by its clients. Now, seventyfinancial institutions from twenty-eight countries have adopted the Equator Principles. These financial institutions operate in over 100 countries. As a result, the Equator Principles have become the project finance industry standard for addressing environmental and social issues in project financing globally. The United Nations Global Compact is also a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed in aligning their operations and strategies with ten universally self-regulatory accepted principles in the areas of human rights, labor, environment and anti-corruption. From the shareholder value creation perspective, the Down Jones Sustainability Group Index (DJSGI) represents a breakthrough on the Corporate Governance journey into sustainability. For the first time, performance-oriented corporate governance mechanisms for corporate sustainability’s market-rating were frameworked. The DJSGI then established a global benchmarking on corporate sustainability. It has made possible visualizing the investors’ willingness to diversify their portfolios, by investing in companies committed to the concept of corporate sustainability. It clearly evidenced the investors’ choice to pay a premium for the responsible companies’ stocks as well.
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