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MSCI Says ESG Indexes May Eventually Outsize Traditional Indexes

As it currently stands, MSCI has 37 ESG-related gauges versus 1,000 for traditional stock and bond indexes, but expect that disparity to change over time. Remy Briand, head of ESG at MSCI, expects assets under management following the company’s ESG gauges will likely double in 2020, according to a Bloomberg Green report.

UN PRI: Support Sustainable Companies Through the Coronavirus Crisis, Even if it Means Sacrificing Returns

The UN PRI has issued a statement on the ongoing global Coronavirus crisis, in which it urges investors to support sustainable...

CBI’s Sean Kidney: COVID-19 could teach us how to better respond to the climate change challenge

Join us for the latest Ethical Intelligence Podcast with Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) CEO Sean Kidney, in which we delve deep...

Shipping and the ‘S’ in ESG

In the second of our three-part ESG in Shipping series, Tony Foster, CEO and Chief Investor Officer of Marine Capital, explores the social...

World Economic Forum Releases Framework to Help Business Identify ESG Factors for Long-Term Resilience

ESG factors with financial impact on a company can change over time; identifying these factors before they arise is important for...

Over 80% of Companies Remain Off Track for a 2˚C World

The Transition Pathway Initiative’s annual State of Transition report assesses 238 energy, industrial and transport companies on their projected emissions intensity or ‘Carbon Performance’....

Matrix IDM Incorporates ESG Data

Matrix IDM, a solution provider to asset owners and managers, today announces the latest release includes as standard the ability to...

Iliana Lazarova Joins Pension Protection Fund as ESG Analyst

Renewable energy expert Iliana Lazarova has joined the UK's £32 billion Pension Protection Fund, a statutory fund in the United Kingdom,...

Ethical Intelligence Partners with Reuters on ESG Investment Summit 2020, Launches First Webinar

Ethical Intelligence is delighted to partner with Reuters for the inaugural ESG Investment Summit Europe, taking place in London on May...

Adam Morton is Appointed Chair of UK’s Sustainable Aviation Coalition

Morton takes over from Neil Robinson, corporate affairs director at Manchester Airports Group (MAG), who helped guide the coalition toward its landmark...

Norwegian Pension Fund Manager Calls for Improved ESG Disclosure

A report from Norges Bank Investment Management – manager of the €1 trillion Government Pension Fund of Norway – has called...

Eurex Enables global ESG Investing with MSCI Indices

Following the worldwide trend towards responsible investing, Europe's largest futures and options market has expanded its ESG segment to markets outside...

ESG in Shipping: ‘E’ is for Environment

This week we are delighted to welcome Tony Foster, CEO and Chief Investor Officer of Marine Capital, a specialist institutional marine infrastructure...

Australian Regulator Finally Outlines Plans for Climate Risk Guidance

The Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) has published a letter to all regulated institutions outlining plans to develop a prudential practice...

Wells Fargo Asset Management Launches Municipal Sustainability Fund

Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) this week launched the Wells Fargo Municipal Sustainability Fund, the latest innovation in its bid to...

JP Morgan Jumps on the Climate Change Bandwagon

In February, JPMorgan Chase became the latest big name to jump on the ESG ship, pledging US$200 billion towards advancing the...

INSIGHT: Get ready for the EU Green Taxonomy with Impact Cubed’s Arleta Majoch

“Sustainability creates the opportunity for a lot of beautiful storytelling – imperfect as the taxonomy may be, it addresses a real need...

EIB Partners with UNEP on Climate and Environment

The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) have joined forces to deepen their cooperation to enhance...

BBVA AM Appoints Alberto Gómez-Reino as Head of Sustainable Investment

BBVA Asset Management, the investment arm of Spanish bank BBVA Group, has promoted Alberto Gómez-Reino to Head of Sustainable Investment and...

Rio Tinto Pledges US$1 billion to Climate Change Targets

Rio Tinto, one of the world's largest metals and mining corporations, this week announced plans to invest around US$1 billion over...

UK Investors to Increase Socially Responsible Investment Exposure

Almost half of UK investors (48%) expect to increase their environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments over the next three years,...

Bain Ups ESG Game With EcoVadis Acquisition

Boston-based consulting giant Bain & Company entered the ESG race this week with a minority acquisition in EcoVadis, a provider of business sustainability...

George Crowdy Joins Royal London From Janus Henderson

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) has picked George Crowdy to manage its new Global Sustainable Equity fund, poaching him from Janus...

ESG Integration: How Fiduciary Managers Stack Up

Pension schemes are now legally required to document their approach towards managing material non-financial risks - and from October 2020 will...

ESG A New Growth Frontier for Global Asset Managers, Says Moody’s

The rise in ESG investing reflects a shifting consumer preference that has the potential to drive exponential and enduring growth in...

Fitch Ratings: German 2030 Climate Package May Become Green Law Blueprint

Fitch Ratings suggests that the German Federal Government's sweeping package of climate policy reforms could become the blueprint for an intermediate...

The Road to Glasgow: COP26 Private Finance Agenda Launches in London

The Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, launched the COP26 Private Finance Agenda at the Guildhall in London today...

Invesco Launches First Sterling Corporate Bond ESG ETF

Invesco has launched the first sterling corporate bond ETF in Europe that incorporates environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria. In 2019,...

INSIGHT: How Blockchain Can Maximise the Potential of ESG Initiatives

JUAN MIGUEL PEREZ, CEO and Co-founder of Finboot, discusses how blockchain can support corporate sustainability by providing traceability to measure...

Helena Fung Joins FTSE Russell as Head of Sustainable Investment, Asia Pacific

Helena Fung has joined FTSE Russell as Head of Sustainable Investment, Asia Pacific. In this newly created role, Fung will be...

Credit Suisse Appoints Phineas Glover Head of APAC ESG Research

Credit Suisse has appointed Phineas Glover as Head of ESG Research for Asia-Pacific, based in Sydney, Australia. Glover joined the bank in April...

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Coronavirus Will Realign Investors’ Priorities

The deadly virus is a stress test, of sorts, for the challenges of climate change, says Market Watch. The crisis points to the potential of a new normal that’s better for our climate future as investors reweight their portfolios in light of current events.

The coronavirus outbreak is terrible news for climate change

It appears increasingly likely that the global coronavirus outbreak will cut greenhouse-gas emissions this year, as deepening public health concerns ground planes and squeeze international trade. But, warns Technology Review, the situation could complicate the challenges of climate change at a point when it was crucial to make rapid strides.

BNP Paribas emits governance-centered ESG index

By focusing on the G, the Governance part of ESG, French asset manager BNP Paribas has issued an index-tracker certificate, which selects companies based on their G-force, says Investment Europe.

Aussie super funds get heat over climate change stance

The bushfires that devastated huge swaths of Australia over the past six months have left the engagement policies at the center of the superannuation industry's efforts to address climate change risks under growing scrutiny, says Pensions & Investments.

BlackRock Commits $50bn to COVID-19 Relief Efforts

The first tranche of US$18 million in funding has been deployed to food banks and community organisations across America and Europe working directly with vulnerable populations. In Asia since January, BlackRock has provided support to Give2Asia, where its funding earlier this year supported the Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital.

Morningstar research explores how fund families support ESG

The growth of ESG investing has contributed to a greater focus on corporate elections, known as proxy votes. These votes have taken on a new level of importance for investors globally, as the proxy voting process is used as a tool for effecting governance changes and a visible indicator of how investment fiduciaries are positioning themselves on sustainability issues, says Morningstar.

BlackRock Releases 2020 Stewardship Priorities

BlackRock has released its Engagement Priorities for 2020 outlining its roadmap for investment stewardship this year. The Priorities also further BlackRock’s commitment in January to make sustainability its new standard for investing.

ESG Funds Might Soon Have to Prove to SEC They’re Actually ESG

The US Securities and Exchange Commission wants to know whether money managers are engaging in false advertising by saying funds are devoted to doing good when the reality is much murkier, reports Bloomberg.

MSCI Says ESG Indexes May Eventually Outsize Traditional Indexes

As it currently stands, MSCI has 37 ESG-related gauges versus 1,000 for traditional stock and bond indexes, but expect that disparity to change over time. Remy Briand, head of ESG at MSCI, expects assets under management following the company’s ESG gauges will likely double in 2020, according to a Bloomberg Green report.

AI and its Influence on ESG Data

A new report from Greenbiz and Trucost evaluates the fivefold growth in corporate sustainability reporting over the past decade, and looks at how automation and artificial intelligence are being leveraged to both generate and evaluate ESG data.

Ping An Insurance to stop financing high pollution industries

Ping An Insurance Group has become the first major Chinese asset owner this year to openly declare that it will stop financing high pollution and high energy consumption industries as part of its efforts to combat climate change and become an active global influencer in the ESG space, according to The Asset.

BlackRock expands iShares ESG ETF range

BlackRock has expanded its range of sustainable exchange traded funds (ETFs) with three new products for investors looking to manage long term risks relating to ESG factors, reports Investment Europe.

New research highlights strong correlation between ESG factors and developed markets sovereign spreads

A new Federated Hermes study conducted with Beyond Ratings, ‘Pricing ESG risk in sovereign credit, part II’, reveals a meaningful relationship between sovereign ESG scores and CDS spreads in developed markets, according to Institutional Asset Manager.

Coronavirus Reduces China’s CO2 Emissions by 25%

Measures to contain coronavirus have resulted in reductions of 15% to 40% in output across key industrial sectors, according to an analysis from Carbon Brief.

Jobs bonanza in stewardship and sustainable investing teams

The world’s biggest asset managers have embarked on a hiring spree across their stewardship and sustainable investing teams, as fund houses tap into growing demand for ESG investing, says the Financial Times.

UBS AM’s ESG ETF range passes €10bn mark

UBS Asset Management has seen its sustainable ETF range pass €10bn assets under management (AUM), a sign of the increasing demand for ESG products, says ETF Stream. The firm launched its first ETF with an ESG tilt in 2011, the UBS ETF MSCI World Socially Responsible ETF (WSRUSA) which became the first ESG ETF listed in Europe to pass the €1bn barrier last July.

Critical Resource, ERM join to tackle ESG risks

London-based Critical Resource and global sustainability consulting firm Environmental Resources Management ERM, have joined up in a deal that is a significant development in terms of the market for ESG and sustainability consulting services, says

FCA announces proposals to improve climate-related disclosures by listed companies

The new rule will require all commercial companies with a premium listing to either make climate related disclosures consistent with the approach set out by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) or explain why not. The FCA will consider consulting on extending this rule to a wider scope of issuers.

2019 was a breakthrough year for ESG investors

Record assets flowed into ETFs that provide exposure to stocks based on ESG considerations in 2019, reflecting a growing desire on the part of investors to add sustainability considerations to their investment portfolio, says FTSE Russell.

Largest Barclays’ Shareholder Protests Against CEO

Sherborne Investors, Barclays' largest shareholder, has come out strongly against the renomination of James Staley to the Board of Directors of Barclays PLC due to his connections with disgraced hedge fund manager and convicted abuser Jeffrey Epstein, says Markets Media.

PensionDanmark publishes audited ESG figures

PensionDanmark said it has become the first pension provider in Denmark to include figures on its own environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance in its annual independent auditor’s report – a move its leader believes others will follow, according to IPE.
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