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Industry News: ESG5

Curbing Global Warming is Essential to Investors and the Planet: Mercer

2019-04-09

Advisor's Edge: The firm published a report that models three different scenarios, examining the impact of average warming of two, three and four degrees Celsius over three timeframes (to 2030, 2050 and 2100). For both investors and the planet, limiting warming to 2°C is ideal, the report found.

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Trillion-dollar Investor says Hitting Climate Goals will Cost Less “than we had feared”

2019-04-11

Quartz: Legal & General Investment Management is one of the world’s largest investors, with more than £1 trillion in assets. LGIM announced that it has built its own energy-transition model to guide companies it invests in to align with climate goals set under the Paris climate agreement.

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Asset-specific Climate Risks to Improve Investor Analysis – Report

2019-04-04

Pensions & Investments: The report, "Getting physical: Scenario analysis for assessing climate risks," uses new tools and data to articulate the potential impact on different U.S. asset classes, including municipal bonds, utilities, commercial real estate and commercial mortgage-backed securities.

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Guest Viewpoint: Manuel Adamini, Sean Flannery, Toby Heaps and Eloy Lindeijer

2019-04

IPE: The green bonds market has grown from nothing to about $500bn (€443bn) outstanding in just a decade. Hundreds of issuers have offered thousands of deals now coming from about 50 countries. This is a global phenomenon. 

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Long-term Matters: Lessons for Climate Action 100+

2019-04

IPE: Climate Action 100+ (CA100+), the engagement focused collaboration with the strapline ‘global investors driving business transition’ now numbers 323 investors and appears to be hitting its stride.

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ING’s Quest to Turn 'Sustainable Finance' into just … Finance

2019-04-08

GreenBiz: The $5.2 billion water technology Xylem disclosed the execution of a new $800 million loan meant to finance ongoing investments in its business. It’s not the size of the loan that’s significant — it’s the terms that guide how it will be paid back.

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Global Sustainable Investments Rise 34 Percent to $30.7 Trillion

2019-04-01

Bloomberg: Global socially responsible investments grew by 34 percent to $30.7 trillion over the past two years, lifted by Japanese pension funds, retail investors everywhere and broad, growing concern about climate change.

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Impact Investment Universe Grows to $502bn

2019-03-31

Financial Times: The global impact investment market is worth more than half a trillion dollars, according to the most comprehensive study to date of one of the fastest-growing areas of asset management.

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Global Impact Investing Network Publishes Standards Guide

2019-04-03

Opalesque: The Core Characteristics, which have been developed with input from leaders across the impact investing industry, will help investors understand the essential elements of impact investing, define the credibility of their practices, and consider the quality of the practices of potential investment partners.

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Navigating the Complexities of Social Impact Bonds for the SDGs

2019-04-04

UNDP: The potential of social impact bonds (SIBs) to contribute to an estimated US$2.5 – 3 trillionin annual investment for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has attracted increased attention over recent years.

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