This week in ESG news: Record breaking deals in sustainability-linked finance; S&P Global opens up free access to ESG scores; 18 new companies pledge to achieve net zero emissions by 2040; Ford goes all-in on electrification in Europe; Goldman Sachs issues its first sustainability bond; Refinitiv launches ESG AI-based news monitoring and analytics tool; Climate Action 100+ announces targets for proxy voting action; and more.

See below for the highlights of the past week, and get all your ESG news at ESG Today:

Sustainability Goals, Initiatives and Achievements

The Climate Pledge Adds IBM, Johnson Controls, 18 Other Companies to Net Zero by 2040 Initiative

3M to Invest $1 Billion Towards Achieving New Climate, Water Goals

IBM Targets Net Zero Emissions by 2030

LSEG Becomes the First Global Exchange to Commit to Net Zero, Launches Transition Bond Segment

Burt’s Bees Launches Sustainability Initiatives, Including Net Zero Plastic to Nature Goal

Ford Commits to All-Electric Passenger Lineup In Europe by 2030

Sustainable Finance

AB InBev Makes History with Largest-Ever Sustainability Linked Revolving Credit Facility

Carlyle Launches $4 Billion ESG-Linked Credit Facility Tied to Board Diversity Targets

Goldman Sachs Issues its First Sustainability Bond in $800 Million Offering

Energy Transition

Orange Signs Renewable Energy Supply and Management Deal with ENGIE

Lightsource bp Continues Growing Solar Portfolio with 845MW Acquisition from Iberia Solar

ENGIE and Equinor Partner on Low Carbon Hydrogen Development

ESG Services and Tools

Guest Post: ESG Data, Reporting, and Management are Ripe for Digital Disruption

S&P Global Provides Free Access to Company ESG Scores on New Webpage

Refinitiv Launches Sustainability News and Social Media Monitoring and Analytics Tool

S&P Global Adds 400 Data Points to Inform Company ESG Scores

Investor Engagement

Climate Action 100+ Flags Key Shareholder Climate Votes for 2021 Proxy Season

Rio Tinto, Glencore Take Climate Plans to Shareholders

Funds and Investors

Amundi Expands EM Green Bond Offering With New Energy Transition Focused Fund

Apollo, Carlyle, Warburg Pincus Join The Board Diversity Action Alliance

Pension Group Calls for Coordinated Industry and Government Approach on Climate and ESG

LGIM Adds to Sustainable Fixed Income ETF Family with Launch of New Green Bond Fund

Exec Appointments

Vanguard Creates New Senior ESG Role, Hires Fong Yee Chan to Lead ESG Strategy in UK, Europe

Channel Capital Advisors Appoints Daouii Abouchere Head of ESG and Sustainable Finance

Barbara Baarsma Appointed CEO of Rabobank’s New Carbon Credits Bank

Wilmington Trust Names Steve Norcini New Head of Sustainable Investing

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