The Wall Street Journal: S&P Dow Jones Indices, a unit of S&P Global Inc., is launching an environmental, social and governance version of its S&P 500 index to meet increasing investor demand for sustainable-investment vehicles based on U.S. equities, the company said.
Advisor's Edge: Investing in lumber relates to multiple SDGs, including climate action, infrastructure, and sustainable consumption and production, she said in a Feb. 21 interview.
Morning Star: Neuberger Berman, a private, independent, employee-owned investment manager, announced that it had completed the implementation of the main recommendations of the Financial Stability Board's Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure (TCFD).
Financial News: Goldman Sachs is offering hundreds of new female recruits a one-year trial on its trading floors in an attempt to shake up its male-dominated workforce.
Top 1000 Funds: The $214 billion fund for California teachers has been a leader on D&I in the investment industry, demonstrated through gender parity in its investment team and the publishing of an annual report on diversity for the past 10 years.
Advisor's Edge: Global inflows into environmental, social and governance (ESG) ETFs are steady month over month, with US$730 million making their way into these investments in January, according to London-based research firm ETFGI.
Economist: Sustainable investing, once a niche area of interest, has moved into the mainstream. Earlier this month a survey showed that 75% of American asset managers say their firms offer sustainable-investing strategies, which focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Almost 90% of fund managers think it is no longer just a fad. Young investors are driving the surge in interest: more than three-quarters of high-net-worth millennial and Generation Z investors have their assets reviewed for ESG impact.
TMX: TMX Group announced that Canada's premier equities exchanges Toronto Stock Exchange and TSX Venture Exchange have joined the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative to promote sustainability performance and transparency in capital markets.
Knight Foundation: Research across a multitude of fields and industries has identified the potential economic and social benefits of diversity. Yet the asset management industry continues to struggle with a lack of diversity. Research studies and articles have consistently documented the low level of representation by women and racial/ethnic minorities among asset managers. Analyzing and exploring diversity in the asset management industry is vital given its sheer enormity and the wealth it generates ($69.1 trillion in assets under management and $99 billion in profits in 2016).