waterstechnology: 9/11: the promise we’re trying to honor

As a company, Risk Waters was 14 years old on the day it lost nearly a tenth of its workforce in the World Trade Center attacks. Twenty years on from the devastation wrought that day, they set out to honor colleagues by building an enduring memorial, sharing memories from the loved ones of staff who lost their lives, as well as their colleagues and those involved in the company’s response. Read more.

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Measuring Social Impact: Defining the “S” in ESG

As investor interest in ESG (environmental, social, governance) continues to climb, it’s important to consider the quality of ESG data and how it is created. In particular, the social element of the initialism seems particularly hard to define and quantify as it spans employee diversity, human rights, animal testing, and consumer protections. How are data providers, aggregators, and ratings agencies meeting this challenge?

This session will discuss:

  • A definition of ESG, especially social factors
  • What puts a company “on the side of the angels” as far as the “S” is concerned?
  • The recent history of demand ESG information and how data providers have responded
  • The use of AI to assess companies against ESG parameters – how much weight is given to the “S” factor?
  • How this sector/practice is expected to grow and evolve as the less easily measured “S” is better abled to be captured/measured?

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International Exchanges are Growing Their Businesses in Asia: How Are They Doing It?

International exchanges are increasing their participation in Asia organically, as well as through partnerships and acquisitions. The participation is taking place in various forms: ICE Futures Singapore (tradable) Micro Asia Tech 30 Index futures contracts, SIX’s ADX Digital Asset Exchange partnering with SBI; Cboe’s regional acquisitions and extended trading hours for volatility (VIX) instruments. The participants will discuss:

What / who prompted the need for this product/venue?
Who do these instruments appeal to institutional, retail?
Do any of these instruments trade outside Asia hours?
How will the data be sold/distributed: as part of (existing) global exchange feeds, as independent feeds?
What future initiatives in Asia/Pacific can we expect from international exchanges: acquisitions, organic growth?

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