Zicklin Bright Index

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The Zicklin Bright Index (ZBI) is a ranking established in 2023 that seeks to classify companies demonstrating notable human rights awareness into tiers. Researchers evaluate corporations in a specific region based on their publicly available information, self-disclosure, and gross revenue. Importantly, the ZBI does not measure direct human rights performance but rather emphasizes transparency and disclosure practices as fundamental social goods.Read More

In our ‘hyper-polarized’ political climate, 20% of the S&P 500 is now doing this

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(Outlet: MarketWatch) Watchdog and Wharton center release their latest study that tracks companies’ disclosures of political spending. According to the latest study co-authored by that organization, the Center for Political Accountability in Washington, D.C., and the Zicklin Center for Business Ethics Research at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, a growing number of S&P 500 companies have made the effort to earn the highest scores from a watchdog organization that’s focused on transparency in corporate political spending.Read More

ESG Under Fire in US State Capitols

(Outlet: Financial Times) This past weekend we read with interest The Economist’s deep dive into environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing. The central argument is that ESG “is deeply flawed”; that it is riddled with greenwashing and has become “an unholy mess that needs to be ruthlessly streamlined”. Those who have been around this space for a while know there is a good bit of it that is indeed in need of a good pruning.Read More