D&IESGNeuGroup News
January 13, 2022

Ripples Into Waves: Progress with ESG, D&I and Impact Investing

NeuGroup members using corporate balance sheets to help companies do good continue to up the ante. HP treasurer Zac Nesper has a trending post on LinkedIn promoting an interview he did with Global Finance about HP’s award-winning sustainability bond framework. In the post and the interview, Zac is kind enough to cite a discussion he led in November at a NeuGroup for Tech Treasurers (aka Tech20) meeting with Joachim Wettermark, treasurer of Salesforce, the first software company to issue a…
Cash & Working CapitalESGTechnology
January 4, 2022

NeuGroup’s Top Five 2021 Insights

Reassessing finance organizations under new leadership tops the list of 2021 insights.By Joseph NeuBefore we plunge full throttle into the new year, I wanted to distill what struck me as the key takeaways from 2021, our second year of accelerated change and pandemic-fueled challenges. 1. Questioning the way things have been done. The pandemic encouraged transformational thinking as many legacy business processes and delivery models did not perform well during lockdowns nor in a work-from-home environment. Covid-19 also sparked a new…
CryptoESGTreasury Management
December 29, 2021

Best of NeuGroup Insights, Second Half of 2021

Stories that stood out included posts on cryptocurrency, the effect of ESG on credit ratings, Google’s innovation with SAP, an in-house fintech and a pair of video interviews. Review and reflect. Our final email of 2021 is a baker’s dozen of best posts from the last few months—selected for their topicality (ESG, cryptocurrency, NFTs), detailed descriptions of finance teams meeting challenges (complex spin-offs, post-merger integration, recruiting talent) and focus on key trends in treasury and beyond (right-time finance for FP&A,…
Capital MarketsComplianceESG
December 15, 2021

Treasury’s ESG Angst Over Auditors and Credit Rating Agencies

Upper management wants ESG audits to be merged with overall financial audit, to some members’ dismay.Assistant treasurers (ATs) mulling renewals of their companies’ revolving credit lines next year compared notes in a recent meeting session on ESG-related issues, as those factors increasingly play a role in credit decisions—even if it’s unclear precisely how. One concern: There’s a push to merge ESG-related auditing with the overall financial auditing typically done by a Big Four accounting firm, a move the ATs frowned…
November 17, 2021

A Closer Look at China’s Approach to Tech Through an ‘S’ in ESG Lens

An expert on China shares how tech firms should prepare to navigate the Chinese government’s recent pivot.By Joseph NeuSome Western observers are quick to see a Chinese Communist Party crackdown on technology companies as a reaction to the rising power of tech giants. But you can also view it through a social lens that aligns with the equity and inclusion goals of many global corporations. Seen this way, it may be more of a China-specific approach to a global trend…
Capital MarketsESG
November 17, 2021

Weighing the Impact of Inflation and ESG on Tech Credit Ratings

Credit rating agencies sit down to weigh in on hot topics with Tech20 treasurers at the annual breakfast panel.Each year, members of NeuGroup for Tech Treasurers sit down with tech sector analysts from S&P, Fitch and Moody’s to discuss their pressing questions for the credit rating agencies. This year’s conversation revolved around the hot topics of inflation and ESG. One important takeaway: there’s not much for tech companies to worry about (yet). The chief lending officer at meeting sponsor BNY Mellon moderated…
Capital MarketsESG
November 10, 2021

Extra Credit: Energy Companies Issuing Debt from Green Subsidiaries

Bonds issued by energy company transition business units are preferred by debt investors who screen for green.Bonds issued by entities within energy companies that are focused on low- or no carbon emission projects and technology are far more likely to appeal to some asset managers than debt issued by the holding company. That takeaway emerged at a recent meeting of NeuGroup for Oil & Gas Treasury sponsored by Societe Generale during a session that featured two debt investors, one representing…
Capital MarketsESG
November 3, 2021

Drilling for Clarity on How ESG Factors Influence Credit Ratings

Oil and gas sector analysts are scrambling to explain to energy companies the link between ESG scores and credit risk.The momentum behind ESG mandates and the conviction that companies committed to sustainability represent better investment risks have put pressure on ratings agencies to reconcile traditional credit ratings with ESG scores. This reconciliation has become more challenging as the agencies themselves begin to offer ESG scores or ratings as well as sustainability assessments. One approach is to explain in more detail…
October 18, 2021

Treasury’s Need for an ESG Filter to Keep the Focus Where It Belongs

Tech treasurers in Asia discuss ESG priorities with Goldman Sachs Asset Management. Members of NeuGroup for Asia Tech Treasurers heard insights on treasury’s growing role in the accelerating efforts of corporates to promote sustainability through environmental, social and governance (ESG) initiatives at a recent meeting sponsored by Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM). Among the key takeaways: Figuring out what matters and what doesn’t to investors and other stakeholders diving into the ESG pool is critical for treasurers facing pressure to innovate and manage…
ESGRisk Management
September 30, 2021

Environmental Scrutiny: Internal Audit Takes Stock of ESG Goals

As ESG initiatives grow, audit teams work to ensure companies meet their publicized targets. At recent NeuGroup meetings, internal audit heads discussed taking the first steps at integrating ESG into their audit plans, conducting tests to ensure alignment with public statements on environmental goals. Though only a handful of members currently have ESG in their audit plan, others recognized the need and are kickstarting the process to get out ahead.ESG goals “can become a sales pitch,” one member said, adding he…