This week in ESG news: McKinsey launches energy and materials sector decarbonization hubs; PwC sees 10x growth in ESG practice; Salesforce launches carbon marketplace; HSBC to exit thermal coal investments; GSK set sustainability requirements for suppliers; Walmart invests over $1 billion in renewables, sustainable buildings & circular economy; $1.2 trillion fund asks all portfolio companies to set net zero goals; ECB to use climate scores to decarbonize €387 billion bond portfolio; JetBlue orders sustainable aviation fuel made from captured CO2; ASICS launches low-carbon emissions sneakers, 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 to Exit Coal Investments

Amtrak Pledges to Reach Net Zero Emissions Across Network by 2045

Amazon Partners with Matt Damon’s to Provide Water Access to 100 Million People

Blackstone Commits to Hire 2,000 Refugees Across Portfolio

GSK Unveils Sustainability Requirements for Suppliers

ASICS Launches Low-Carbon Emissions Sneaker

Comcast Pledges to Double Energy Efficiency of Network by 2030

Walmart Allocates over $1 Billion to Renewable Energy, Sustainable Buildings, Circular Economy

Government & Regulators

ECB Introduces Climate Scores to Decarbonize €387 Billion Corporate Bond Portfolio

ESG Services and Tools

McKinsey to Invest $100 Million in Energy Sector Decarbonization Practice

ServiceNow Launches ESG Data Management and Reporting Solution

Measurabl Launches ESG Advisory Services for Real Estate

Fitch Launches ESG Ratings for Labelled Bonds Covering ESG Performance, Impact & Outcomes

Cority Acquires ESG Software and Advisory Services Provider Reporting 21

ESG Investing

AXA IM Launches €500 Million Nature-Based Solutions Strategy

Norway’s $1.2 Trillion Oil Fund Asks all Portfolio Companies to Set Net Zero Goals

HSBC Launches Global Circular Economy Fund

Sustainable Finance

S&P Slashes Sustainable Bond Forecast on Worsening Market Conditions

Private Equity & Venture Capital

S&P Global, Novata Partner to Provide ESG Data to Private Markets Investors

ESG Risk Management Software Provider Datamaran Raises $13 Million

Mirova Raises €1.6 Billion for Energy Transition Fund

Energy Transition

JetBlue Orders 25 Million Gallons of Sustainable Aviation Fuel Made from Captured CO2

Whirlpool to Reach 100% Renewable Energy for U.S. Operations with New VPPA with Engie

Amazon Solidifies Position as Largest Corporate Renewable Energy with Over 70 New Solar & Wind Projects

P&G Announces its Largest Solar Energy Deal to Date with Engie

Mercedes-Benz to Build Windfarm to Cover 15% of Electricity Needs in Germany

Air Canada Orders 30 Electric Aircraft from Heart Aerospace, Capable of 200 km of Zero-Emissions Flying

Carbon Markets

Salesforce Launches Carbon Credit Marketplace

Nasdaq-backed Puro.Earth Launches Pre-Paid CO2 Removal Certificates to Help Scale Carbon Removal Market

TD Securities Launches Carbon Advisory Business

Exec Moves

HSBC Announces Series of Senior Sustainable Finance & Climate-Focused Hires

PwC Appoints Will Jackson-Moore as Global ESG Leader, Anticipates 10x ESG Revenue Growth

Barclays Names Marie Freier as Global Co-Head of Sustainable and Impact Investment Banking

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