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esg takes root

Special Report: ESG takes root

November 2018 (magazine)By

One in every four professionally managed dollars is now invested sustainably according to some definition, with a total of $22.9trn run in this way overall

Do asset managers have what it takes?

November 2018 (magazine)By

Integration is high on the agenda for most asset managers. What does it take to build truly sustainable portfolios?

Getting engaged

November 2018 (magazine)By Gill Wadsworth

Index managers are using their size and heft to influence corporate behaviour

Around the world in ESG

November 2018 (magazine)

An update on ESG initiatives across the globe 

Low-carbon indices: Work in progress

November 2018 (magazine)By

Providers acknowledge low-carbon indices are imperfect, but argue they are an invaluable tool

Fixed income: Will it be E, S or G?

November 2018 (magazine)By David Turner

The three components of ESG investing in fixed income – environmental, social and governance – cannot be maximised simultaneously. Investors must decide which to emphasise

In search of a gold standard

November 2018 (magazine)By Elisabeth Jeffries

University research network seeks to cut through the noise of ESG data

Accounting standards: It’s all about perspective

November 2018 (magazine)By Elisabeth Jeffries

Does IFRS 9 help or hinder long-term investment?

Who’s doing what in ESG

November 2018 (magazine)

From investor organisations, to disclosure developers

Green growth at heart of EU agenda

November 2018 (magazine)By Elisabeth Jeffries

A taxonomy for sustainable investments is a key element of expert proposals

Investor Profile: Japan Government Pension Investment Fund

November 2018 (magazine)By Florence Chong

GPIF’s 100-year perspective places ESG at the heart of its world view

Quantifying external factors

November 2018 (magazine)By

A Mumbai-based advisory firm is promoting alternative measures to quantify added value

Climate change mitigation is a good investment

November 2018 (magazine)By ,

International support is needed to reverse the vicious circle of climate vulnerability and higher cost of capital in developing countries

Making impact investing more investor-friendly

November 2018 (magazine)By

Impact investing – investing in a way that delivers both attractive financial returns and measurable social or environmental benefits – has come a long way in the last decade.

Walking the walk

November 2018 (magazine)By

In the past, fund managers would not necessarily spring to mind when thinking of ways to tackle climate change. Yet we are increasingly seeing more and more investors on the environmental frontline

Gender balance: what’s your excuse?

November 2018 (magazine)By Raj Thamotheram

 Investors should accept that there has been more than enough time to sensitise boards. Now is the time for brave leadership

The very real limits of ESG integration

November 2018 (magazine)By

Just because asset managers consider ESG measures in investment decisions, it does not mean they give them much weight

ESG hedge funds: a contradiction in terms?

November 2018 (magazine)By

ESG hedge fund sounds like an oxymoron. The goals of absolute returns and the ideals of sustainable investing appear to be in opposition – self-contradictory, even

ESG is hot – handle with care

November 2018 (magazine)By

ESG is a relatively new but powerful idea. However, to avoid misunderstandings, it is time to engage more thoughtfully on how it is used by investors and regulators


Fearless Girl

Investors remain unconvinced on financial benefits of diversity

Wed, 22 May 2019By

Some major asset owners are concerned that focusing too much on workforce diversity could put them in breach of their fiduciary duty

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Sustainability accounting standards investor group expands

Wed, 22 May 2019By

NBIM, Brunel Pension Partnership and Canadian pension funds among 15 new members of advisory group

Solar panels

€5.9bn Dutch green bond deemed ‘expensive’

Wed, 22 May 2019By Sameer van Alfen,

APG, PGGM, SPOV and Cardano were allocated €411m collectively, from a total of €5.9bn raised by the first AAA-rated sovereign green bond

Traditional houses of Amsterdam, Netherlands

PGGM to increase impact investments through private equity funds

Tue, 21 May 2019By Frank van Alphen

The asset manager has found that innovative companies are usually too small for direct investment to be suitable

Photo of arm across a desk to signify a meeting, giving advice

SSGA presents ‘game-changing’ ESG scoring system

Tue, 21 May 2019By

SASB-based transparent system incentivises companies to improve practices and reporting of environmental, social and governance issues

Afsluitdijk, Netherlands

Dutch asset managers positive ahead of sovereign green bond debut

Mon, 20 May 2019By

Dutch state Treasury Agency poised to tap the market with a 20-year bond for a target volume of €4bn-€6bn

Roger Phillips, chair, LGPS Scheme Advisory Board

LGPS investment costs hit £1bn as cost code sheds light on fees

Thu, 16 May 2019By

Public sector pension funds in England and Wales reported higher investment costs after a new code of transparency started to take effect

Old Port in Helsinki, Finland

​Ilmarinen backs BlackRock US ESG exchange-traded fund with €750m

Wed, 15 May 2019By

Finnish pension insurer co-developed the ETF as part of a shift towards responsible investments in its €47bn portfolio


ESG roundup: Another investor culls tobacco firms

Tue, 14 May 2019By

Also: AP7 hails climate change actions by German firms RWE and BASF to address lobbying concerns 

Extinction Rebellion protesters outside the PLSA's Local Authority Conference in Swindon

Climate change protesters disrupt pensions conference

Tue, 14 May 2019By

Extinction Rebellion representatives press government minister to scale back LGPS’ investments in fossil fuels

US dollars

ESG roundup: PE manager claims record with $700m impact fund

Fri, 10 May 2019By ,

LeapFrog attracts European pension funds, asset managers and insurers for impact fund; Finnish pension insurer Varma backs human rights campaign

ExxonMobil oil rig

Church fund to vote against entire Exxon board over climate change

Thu, 9 May 2019By

Church of England’s £8.3bn endowment fund joins forces with New York public pension fund to increase pressure on oil giant

London crowd

People moves: Santander appoints UK pensions chief [updated]

Thu, 9 May 2019By IPE Staff

Santander, ATP Real Estate, AP1, The Carlyle Group, PineBridge, PIMCO, Majedie, Link Asset Services, Law Debenture, Scottish Widows, Solactive

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