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‘EU’s sustainable finance rules undermine climate goal,’ claim experts

The European Commission’s planned new rules on sustainable finance could undermine the bloc’s climate change goals, according to an open letter signed by Professor Chendi Zhang, Director of the Business School’s new Exeter Sustainable Finance Centre.

Professor Zhang is among 123 scientists urging the European Commission to address a “critical oversight” in the proposals, part of the so-called European Green Deal, which they argue are incompatible with its target of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Read more ...

Green and social policies help firms weather COVID-19 crash

Businesses with strong environmental and social credentials are more resilient in times of economic crisis, according to research into the COVID-19 stock market crash.

Chendi Zhang, a professor of finance at the University of Exeter Business School, and his co-authors measured the performance of US stocks in the first quarter of 2020, in which the financial market saw its fastest ever collapse due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more ...

End of the annual report as we know it? Researchers set out future of corporate reporting

How can companies make their annual reports meet the information needs of investors and other stakeholders more effectively?

This is one of the questions addressed in The Future of Corporate Reporting, a discussion paper published by the Financial Reporting Council, with an independent literature review by academics from the University of Exeter Business School. Read more ...