Information Technology: Software, Media and Telecommunications
Digitalization is the source of this century’s disruptions. Whether communicating, socializing, working or consuming, software and the media are increasingly ubiquitous in our daily lives. Although Information and Communications Technology (ICT) present new problems for society, particularly in terms of respect for privacy, its widening use can also be a strong vehicle for sustainable development solutions. ICTs can drive economic development and widen access to knowledge, particularly in developing countries. These technologies also have strong potential for developing ecological and/or social innovations, such as smart cities, smart grids, smart buildings and access to health services, all of which are tools that can help us move towards sustainable development in our society.
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As sustainable investment is confirmed both as a crucial need and a growing trend, climate and ESG1 corporate disclosures remain on top of regulators and investors’ agenda. The European Union (EU) is currently revising its requirements for corporates sustainability disclosure (Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive or CSRD). International bodies, the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) and International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), are aiming for a climate disclosure “building block” to align practices at the global level. In June, the US Securities and Exchanges Commission (SEC) finalized a public consultation on corporate climate disclosures, to which Mirova responded. We share below our views that we have conveyed to the SEC and across various jurisdictions and initiatives (the EU, TCFD2…) in order to build robust, meaningful and useful frameworks for corporate climate and sustainability disclosure.
This methodology document aims to clarify how Mirova establishes minimum standards and sector exclusions in the sustainability analysis of companies.