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Industry News: ESG5

Fear Mounts that ESG Funds are in Danger of Mis-Selling Investors

2019-01-22

MoneyObserver: Almost all (97%) of advisers surveyed said they were either ‘very concerned’ or ‘fairly concerned’ about the potential for clients becoming aggrieved that their money is invested in a firm deemed unethical, despite being labelled as an ESG investment. In recent years, environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment products have exploded in popularity. The problem, however…

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Asset Owners’ Climate-Change Advice

 2019-02-06

Top1000funds: A comprehensive guide to climate change, written by asset owners for asset owners, gives practical steps for trustees and pension fund managers who are framing their activities on climate change...

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Guide - Climate Change for Asset Owners

Green Finance: Financing Environmental Benefits

2019-02 

IPE: Today, it is often about climate finance, for climate change mitigation or adaptation measures. The financing can come from both private and public sources. It is not only about discrete asset classes, but about cross-cutting activities such as risk analysis. One of the best-known facets of green finance are green bonds...

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"We want gender diversity": Institutional Investors Tell Alternative Investment Firms

2019-02-07

Opalesque: Institutional investors in the alternative investments industry are driving efforts to improve gender diversity at the funds and portfolios they invest in. However, recruiting, retaining and advancing women is still the biggest challenge, finds KPMG's sixth Women in Alternative Investment's report…

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The Challenge of Putting ESG Into Practice

2019-02

IPE: During a climate-change debate at the IPE Real Estate Global Conference in Milan last year, fund managers and investors effectively called on the real estate industry to provide better data on the energy efficiency of buildings. A number of certifications, such as BREEAM and LEED, already exist, but they tend to gauge how efficient a building could potentially be, rather than how efficient they are in practice...

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BP Board Will Back Shareholder Push to Align Goals with Paris Climate Agreement

2019-02-03

MarketWatch: Oil major BP PLC’s board said Friday it will back a shareholder resolution at its annual meeting this year that would force the company to align its business strategy with the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Climate-Concerned Investors Turn Heat up on Global Food Giants

2019-01-29

BusinessGreen: In some quarters 2019 has already been labelled the 'year of the vegan'. From vegan sausage rolls to climate-friendly diets, barely a day has gone by without some news of how meat-light meals are better for consumer health and the planet.

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Bondholders Must Start Playing Hardball with Climate Offenders

2019-01-31

ShareAction: ShareAction’s new report, titled “Sleeping Giants – Are bond investors ready to act on climate change?” is based on 22 in-depth interviews with asset managers, asset owners and other corporate bond market professionals to explore their attitudes to engaging with issuers about climate change.

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Impact Investing: Feeling the Effects

2019-01

IPE: At the beginning of 2019, CBRE Global Investors announced it had held a first close for its debut social and affordable housing fund in the UK. The CBRE UK Affordable Housing Fund raised about £250m (€220m) from 13 UK institutional investors, The Big Society Capital.

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Morningstar Launches New Low Carbon Risk Index Family

2019-01-30

Guru Focus: Morningstar, Inc. (Nasdaq: MORN), a leading provider of independent investment research, today announced the Morningstar Low Carbon Risk Index Family, a new group of indexes that provides diversified exposure to equities across regions and emphasizes companies aligned with the transition to a low-carbon economy. Powered by Sustainalytics' Carbon Risk Ratings, the indexes are created through an optimization process that targets low portfolio-level carbon risk and fossil fuel exposure.

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