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…
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...
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…
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.