ESG Impact
Market participants are focusing more on the potential for environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues to affect investment decisions and to assist in the development of a more sustainable economy.
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  • SECTOR COMMENT
    19 May 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    The pandemic will be a defining event for many societal, business and credit trends. We expect low interest rates for several years, causing governments to increase fiscal stimulus with uncertain long-term consequences for banks and insurers, an acceleration of consumer and business migration to digital processes and services, and a stronger social aspect in corporate strategy.

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    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    05 May 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Global green, social and sustainability bond issuance totaled $59.3 billion in Q1 2020, 32% lower than Q4 2019, as the economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis began to spread.

    SECTOR COMMENT
    23 Apr 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    A number of North American investor-owned and public power utilities are taking steps to mitigate the impact of monthly bills on customers hurt by the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Although these proactive measures will temporarily weaken near-term cash flows, they will help reduce social and governance risks faced by utilities.

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    PODCAST
    14 Apr 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Robard Williams and Swami Venkataraman discuss their review of Moody's private-sector rating actions that cited ESG risks as a material credit considerations.
    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    14 Apr 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    We cited ESG risks as a material credit consideration in 33% of our 7,637 rating actions for private-sector issuers in 2019. Of the rating actions citing ESG risks, 88% mentioned governance issues, 20% referred to social issues and 16% cited environmental issues. In many cases, these ESG considerations were key drivers of the rating action.

    SECTOR COMMENT
    13 Apr 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Incoming data in the US is beginning to capture the extent to which the coronavirus shock is likely to weigh on the economy. Unlike past recessions, where the repercussions to firms’ earnings and to households’ incomes materialized over several quarters, this time around the income and employment shocks are upfront and immediate.

    COMPILATION
    06 Apr 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    This special edition of ESG Focus explores how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting credit markets globally. Featured articles include, 'Coronavirus pandemic: The importance of ‘S’ in ESG' and more.

    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    18 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Rated packaging companies are limited when it comes to viable alternatives for plastic packaging and reconciling numerous sustainability initiatives.

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    VIDEO
    18 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Andrew Davison and Ram Sri-Saravanapavaan from the ESG team discuss key trends and considerations that will affect individual sectors in 2020, as set out in our annual outlooks.
    SECTOR PROFILE
    10 Feb 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    A summary of the key ESG considerations impacting individual sectors as discussed in our 2020 Outlooks. As we discuss in our 2020 Outlook for Global Credit Conditions, ESG factors are increasingly manifesting as credit considerations in many sector outlooks

    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    17 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    EM issuers in exposed sectors and regions will therefore encounter growing pressure to adapt their business models and undertake investments to reduce or mitigate underlying ESG exposures. Those that are constrained, or show a lack of preparedness, in addressing ESG risks may find it more difficult to raise or refinance debt.

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    PODCAST
    12 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    James Leaton and Khalid Husain of the ESG team discuss how we use scenario analyses to assess the credit implications of carbon transition and physical climate risks. ​​​
    SECTOR IN-DEPTH
    10 Mar 2020|Moody's Investors Service
    Carbon transition and physical risks will have increasing relevance to credit analysis. We expect a more pronounced decarbonization trajectory and more frequent and volatile extreme weather in the future. Because of the wide range of possible outcomes, we use climate scenarios to help assess the credit impact for rated issuers.