Future FirstSM Insights

Powering success today and safeguarding the future

If there had been any doubts about the importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, they have been laid to rest. A global pandemic has had devastating effects on societies and economies, while climate change produces extreme weather events with increasing frequency.


Still, key questions remain about how companies can address ESG issues effectively. In the Future FirstSM Insights series, industry experts share their perspectives on the most urgent issues for investors who want to make a positive impact on people and the planet.

Our Latest

MAY 2022

How Issuers and Investors Can Find Common Ground on ESG

BNY Mellon’s latest research, on ESG-focused discussions, helps identify and address potential disconnects between issuers and investors as they interact. We take on two essential topics: disclosure and engagement.

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MARCH 2022

Tackling the TCFD Challenge

Companies across industries and geographies have increasingly added sustainability to their C-suite agendas in recent years, as stakeholders including investors, employees, regulators and customers have highlighted it as a priority. As these issues have gained importance, the merits of adopting the TCFD guidelines have become more evident. 


A Data-Driven Approach to Responsible Investment

BNY Mellon analysis shows that the data needed to measure environmental, social and governance (ESG) themes and impact are not universally considered to be fit for purpose.


ESG Data and Regulatory Challenges in a Fast-Changing World

Institutional investors need to better understand the impact of ESG factors on their portfolios and ensure they have effective regulatory reporting processes in place.


Retail ESG Products Show Substantial Growth from a Small Base

ESG assets still make up only a fraction of the assets in mutual funds, ETFs and separately managed accounts, but they are showing significant growth.


Helping Investors Understand Climate Risk

A climate-risk scenario analysis can help investors better align their investment decisions to their responsible investing preferences and risk appetite.


Why Fixed Income Is Relevant for Responsible Investing

A focus on ESG risks and sustainability factors could help investors build fixed-income portfolios that can target both financial and sustainability targets with greater precision.