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ESG picks up steam

July/August 2019 (magazine)By Maria Teresa Cometto

 Italian pension funds have been late starters in embracing ESG principles but they are catching up fast 

Editor's Notes: A radical ambition

July/August 2019 (magazine)By

Last month’s three doorstop reports from the EU’s 35-strong technical expert group (TEG) on sustainable finance have the potential to radically repurpose capital markets.

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ESG: Greenwashing under scrutiny

July/August 2019 (magazine)By

The term ‘greenwashing’ was reportedly coined by US environmentalist Jay Westerveld in 1986 in an essay about hotels’ practice of putting up notices in hotel rooms to encourage guests to reuse towels. He accused them of making false claims about being environmentally responsible since they only adopted such practices when they reduced costs.

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The origin of ESG indices

June 2019 (Magazine)By

What does the proliferation of sustainable benchmarks mean for passive ESG investing?

ESG: Evolving non-financial reporting

June 2019 (Magazine)By

This month, the European Commission is due to release guidelines on climate-related reporting by companies.

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ESG: The missing dimension in risk management

April 2019 (Magazine)By

Embedding ESG into the investment process will be in the long-term financial best interest of beneficiaries 

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Long-term matters: Lessons for Climate Action 100+

April 2019 (Magazine)By Raj Thamotheram

Fund management is a pretty opaque profession, and no aspect more so than the way investors hold the management of investee companies accountable

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ESG: Code could boost engagement

April 2019 (Magazine)By Elisabeth Jeffries

Loopholes in the revised Stewardship Code under consultation in the UK may mean it fails to realise its full potential for raising engagement with investee companies.


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SEC highlights proxy voting rules, guidance amid ESG debate

Fri, 23 Aug 2019By

SEC provides guidance to fund managers about proxy voting responsibilities and to proxy advisory firms about anti-fraud rules


Disabled workers’ scheme switches to ‘cheaper’ passive strategy

Thu, 22 Aug 2019By

The €8.5bn PWRI is also aiming to expand its responsible investing strategy and has added to allocations to green bonds and its ‘inclusion portfolio’

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​Including ESG in fixed income ‘boosts market efficiency’, says Norway’s GPFN

Mon, 19 Aug 2019By

Folketrygdfondet chiefs argue that responsible management of fixed income portfolios gives more holistic view of companies

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PRI gains 500 new signatories in 12 months

Fri, 16 Aug 2019By

500 organisations became signatories to the Principles for Responsible Investment in the 2018-19 period; 69 were asset owners  


ESG roundup: UK ‘economics of biodiversity’ review kicks into gear

Thu, 15 Aug 2019By

Plus: The US Securities and Exchange Commission is to consider whether or not to publish guidance about the use of proxy advice in the shareholder voting process

All ESG News

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Chart of the Week: Equity returns drive LGPS investment gains in 2018-19

Fri, 16 Aug 2019By

Local authority funds for Lancashire and Kensington & Chelsea reported the strongest returns among LGPS funds, as alternatives investors also posted double-digit gains

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Fixed income, rates, currencies: Nervousness abounds

July/August 2019 (magazine)By Caroline Hay

The weak US non-farm payroll (NFP) data for May, far below forecasts, sent rates falling and stocks rising, on the supposition that it raised the likelihood of interest rate cuts from the Federal Reserve. On the other hand, while risk markets cheered the prospect of easier money, the hardline approach taken by the US towards China, and China’s uncompromising responses are raising investor nervousness.

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€6.8bn chemical company scheme decides against consolidation

Thu, 27 Jun 2019By

PDN says it is optimally prepared to address developments in the changing Dutch pensions sector


​AMF makes first direct forestry investment with €1bn deal

Tue, 25 Jun 2019By

Deal covers 317,000 hectares of Swedish forestland and includes 15-year supply contract

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​AP1, AP4 say draft rules on illiquid assets must go further

Tue, 25 Jun 2019By

Swedish state pension buffer funds call for increased flexibility around alternative investments, despite new rules in effect since 1 January

All Alternatives News


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