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Understanding the evolving needs of long-term investors: University of Cambridge Study

Over the past year we at BNY Mellon have been actively supporting the development of a market-leading research initiative with the University of Cambridge to explore the evolving relevance of material non-financial information. This has involved coordinating growing interest in the study across many organizations worldwide, including the CFA Institute, the SEC Professional Reporting Group, IASB and PRI, among others. In the lead-up to the launch, multiple advisory councils, including those of asset owners, academics and prominent global corporate issuers advised the lead Cambridge academic to ensure the project will be on point and of market significance.

I’m excited to announce that we have finally reached the survey phase of this research that may help identify gaps in the flow of material non-financial information from companies to investors. This research is intended to identify possible gaps between information provided by corporate issuers and investors’ expectations and provide actionable insights on how companies can better position themselves to attract investment. Three groups, Asset Owners, Asset Managers and Corporate Issuers, are being surveyed in order to:

• Identify commonalities and disparities in the supply of and demand for enhanced non-financial disclosure
• Refine what materiality means in the emerging area of reporting of non-financial information
• Clarify and systematise the materiality of non-financial information

The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete for those who are familiar with their institutions’ understanding and use of ESG and other nonfinancial information. 

Here is the link to the survey:

If you have any questions please contact:

Anya Kharlamova
Global Investor Relations Advisory, Depositary Receipts

Published: 22 February, 2016