This week in ESG news: IPCC report adds urgency to the climate fight; Nasdaq’s diversity disclosure rules approved by SEC; EY highlights ESG lessons for boards from proxy season; Google parent Alphabet allocates billions to green & social investments; Diligent launches ESG data and reporting solution; HSBC the first bank to join Walmart’s access to capital initiative; Mercer expands its sustainable investment team; Johnson Controls & Apollo Global partner on sustainable buildings solutions; Blackstone commits up to $500 million to solar tech company Array; FedEx Ground expands its electric truck fleet, 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

HSBC Joins Walmart Initiative to Improve Access to Capital for Minority and Diverse Suppliers

Johnson Controls Partners with Alternative Investor Apollo to Launch Sustainable Buildings Solutions

Carrier Cuts 68 Million Tons from Customer Emissions, Ties Exec Comp to ESG Goals

LG Targets Emissions from Use of Fridges, Washing Machines, Air Conditioners

Berkshire Hathaway’s Forest River and Lightning eMotors Enter $850M Zero Emission Bus Agreement

PSEG Unloads Fossil Generating Assets

Government & Regulators

DOE Awards $45 Million for Solar Manufacturing and Grid Technologies Projects

Reporting and Disclosure

Nasdaq Receives SEC Approval for Board Diversity Disclosure Proposal

ESG Services and Tools

Diligent Acquires Accuvio, Launches ESG Data and Reporting Solution

S&P Global Platts New Low Carbon Metal Spreads Aims for Transparency into Decarbonization Value

Cority Launches Sustainability Cloud Solution to Track and Manage ESG Performance

ICE and risQ Launch Data Service to Assess Social Impact of Investments

Platts Launches Carbon Credit Assessments for Avoidance and Removal Projects

ESG Investing

Nomura to Identify Sustainable Bonds Using NLP Technology

Hartford Funds Launches its First ESG ETF, with Half the Carbon Footprint of its Benchmark

Refinitiv Launches Diversity & Inclusion-Focused Index on JSE

Energy Transition

Blackstone Backs Array’s Solar Industry Consolidation Plans with $500 Million Commitment

FedEx Ground Expands Electric Fleet with Order of Zero Emissions Trucks from Xos

Mitsubishi Electric Acquires Distributed Energy Resources Solutions Provider Smarter Grid Solutions

Bill Gates-Backed Battery Storage Tech Company Ambri Raises $144 Million

Sustainable Finance

Google Parent Alphabet Allocates $3.5 Billion Sustainability Bond Proceeds

Cabot Closes $1 Billion Credit Facility with Pricing Tied to Emissions Performance

PNC Taps Diverse Broker Network for Inaugural Social Bond Issue

Exec Appointments

Robeco Appoints Rachel Whittaker to Head Sustainable Investment Research Team

Mercer Expands Sustainable Investment Team, Appoints Sarika Goel Global Head of SI Research

AIG Appoints Drew Schechtman Head of ESG Strategy for Investments

Reports, Studies & Surveys

Landmark IPCC Report Warns Climate Threshold Nearing, Urges Action by Government, Businesses

EY: Proxy Season Reveals Growing Investor Action on Climate and Diversity

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