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January 16

Regulation Investors should join forces to demand better sell-side research

A new survey draws attention to widespread flaws in sell-side research. But the advent of MiFID II may provide an opportunity for investors to push for change, write Steve Waygood and Anita Skipper.

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CalPERS’ Real Assets Program to Purchase Stake in Wind Farms

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Deutsche Asset Management integrates corporate scores on exposure to catastrophic climate events in industry first

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October 2017

Innovation BNP Paribas Asset Management announces launch of Parvest Green Bond

BNP Paribas Asset Management (‘BNPP AM’) is extending its SRI offering with the launch of Parvest Green Bond, using a proprietary integrated engagement approach to identify investments expected to have the most positive environmental (...)

October 2017

Interview Philippe Goubeault : « More than twenty percent of our total reserves are managed through a process based on non-financial criteria »

According to Philippe Goubeault, CFO of Agirc-Arrco, Responsible finance has become an essential part of its investment policy. As a result, all their request for proposals now include an SRI part.

October 2017

Interview Christian Carrega : « In the case of the Préfon-Retraite insurance contract, investment decisions comply with an SRI filter »

According to Christian Carrega, CEO of Préfon and President of Préfon-Distribution, in the case of the Préfon-Retraite insurance contract, investment decisions comply with an SRI filter and insurers that invest directly in securities pay attention to the rating of (...)

October 2017

Interview Fiona Reynolds : « The idea that sustainability equated to diminished returns has been steadily eroded with numerous studies »

Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director of the PRI (United Nations) gives us her point of view on SRI in the investment world. According to the idea that sustainability equated to diminished returns has been steadily eroded with numerous (...)

September 2017

Interview Julien Bras : « We have about one hundred securities, with 89 % of our assets invested in green bonds »

According to Julien Bras, co-fund manager of the Allianz Green Bond fund, the strategy invests primarily in green bonds issued by companies, government agencies and supranational entities...

August 2017

News CalPERS Expands Engagement for Greater Diversity on Corporate Boards to More Than 500 U.S. Companies

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has sent letters to 504 companies in the Russell 3000 Index regarding diversity on their board of directors. The letters outline the growing evidence that board diversity has a positive economic impact on business (...)

July 2017

Strategy Swiss Re among first in the re/insurance industry to integrate ESG benchmarks into its investment decisions

Swiss Re announced that it has already consistently integrated ESG considerations into its investment process since the start of 2017.

July 2017

News BlackRock completes final close of largest global wind and solar fund

BlackRock Real Assets has completed the final close for its Global Renewable Power II fund (“GRP II”) with $1.65 billion in commitments secured from 67 institutional investors in North America, Europe and Asia...

July 2017

News Natixis announces Mirova has entered into exclusive negotiations with Althelia Ecosphere

The projected acquisition of Althelia Ecosphere (“Althelia”) by Mirova is intended to create a European platform dedicated to natural capital investing and give investors access to investment solutions addressing major global environmental challenges such as climate change, (...)

June 2017

Innovation Solactive and Candriam team up to launch the Factors Sustainable Index Family

Solactive and Candriam have joined forces to launch the Solactive Candriam Factors Sustainable Index Family offering exposure to companies with sustainable and responsible investing criteria as determined by Candriam’s SRI screening (...)

June 2017

News ISS Announces Acquisition of Investment Climate Data Advisory Division of South Pole Group

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), the leading provider of end-to-end corporate governance and responsible investment solutions to the global financial community, today announced the acquisition of the investment climate data division of South Pole Group which (...)

June 2017

Note ESG may entice investors to save more – Natixis Global Asset Management

The rising importance placed on environmental, social and governance investing may be the key driver in getting more individual investors, across generations, to invest more or even start planning for retirement, suggests new findings from Natixis Global Asset Management’s (...)

June 2017

News CalPERS’ Climate Risk Reporting Proposal Passes at Exxon Mobil

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s (CalPERS) climate risk reporting shareowner resolution passed today at the annual shareowner meeting of Exxon Mobil.

May 2017

News Export Development Canada prices third Green Bond, responding to rising global interest in climate financing

Export Development Canada (EDC) priced USD 500 million 1.625% Fixed Rate Green Bond due June 1, 2020. The lead underwriters were HSBC, J.P. Morgan and SEB. This offering is scheduled to close on June 1, 2017.

May 2017

News CalPERS Urges Investors to Vote for Climate Change Reporting at Occidental Petroleum

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is calling fellow shareowners of Occidental Petroleum, the international oil and gas company, to vote in favor of a proxy ballot resolution requiring the company to report on environmental risks and opportunities (...)

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Innovation VIS Essential Investments introduces VIS EFW Efficiency Index

VIS Essential Investments, an independent specialized financial boutique based in Switzerland, announces today the launch of VIS EFW Efficiency Index, tracking the performance of 150 OECD-listed companies based on their capacity to capture growth linked to Energy, Food and (...)

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Innovation MSCI Launches Innovative Family of Low Carbon Indexes

Indexes licensed by Amundi for the creation of index-tracking solutions. Leading asset owners, AP4 and FRR, plan to use new indexes as benchmarks for passive mandates...

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Interview Christian Carrega : « In the case of the Préfon-Retraite insurance contract, investment decisions comply with an SRI filter »

According to Christian Carrega, CEO of Préfon and President of Préfon-Distribution, in the case of the Préfon-Retraite insurance contract, investment decisions comply with an SRI filter and insurers that invest directly in securities pay attention to the rating of (...)

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Interview Fiona Reynolds : « The idea that sustainability equated to diminished returns has been steadily eroded with numerous studies »

Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director of the PRI (United Nations) gives us her point of view on SRI in the investment world. According to the idea that sustainability equated to diminished returns has been steadily eroded with numerous (...)

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Interview Philippe Goubeault : « More than twenty percent of our total reserves are managed through a process based on non-financial criteria »

According to Philippe Goubeault, CFO of Agirc-Arrco, Responsible finance has become an essential part of its investment policy. As a result, all their request for proposals now include an SRI part.

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Interview Julien Bras : « We have about one hundred securities, with 89 % of our assets invested in green bonds »

According to Julien Bras, co-fund manager of the Allianz Green Bond fund, the strategy invests primarily in green bonds issued by companies, government agencies and supranational entities...

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Strategy Swiss Re among first in the re/insurance industry to integrate ESG benchmarks into its investment decisions

Swiss Re announced that it has already consistently integrated ESG considerations into its investment process since the start of 2017.

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Innovation Amundi launches the first index funds and ETF in Europe tracking the MSCI Low Carbon Leaders indexes

Amundi is further developing its “Low Carbon” offering with the launch of three innovative funds in Europe: two open-ended index funds: the Amundi Index Equity Global Low Carbon and the Amundi Index Equity Europe Low Carbon. These funds replicate the MSCI World Low Carbon (...)

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News AG2R - La Mondiale: winner of the 2011 responsible investor award

The aim of the Responsible Investor Award is to reward institutional investors who have stood out as responsible investors through their actions over the previous twelve months.

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News Deutsche AM enters ESG corporate bond ETF market

Deutsche Asset Management (Deutsche AM) has created a fixed income ETF to provide investors with environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)-focused exposure to the euro-denominated corporate bond market.

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Innovation Solactive introduces global gender diversity Index Licensed to UBS

Solactive, the German multi-asset index provider, is launching the Solactive Global Gender Diversity Index which will be licensed to UBS. The index enables investors to integrate a gender-focused perspective in their investment strategies by choosing companies from a global (...)

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Innovation Jupiter launches pioneering multi-asset ecology fund

Nearly 30 years after launching one of the first funds to focus on environmental investing, Jupiter brings another pioneering product to market with the launch of The Jupiter Global Ecology Diversified SICAV fund. The new Fund invests across the asset class spectrum and is (...)

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Innovation Solactive launches Sustainable Development Goals World Index

Solactive announces the launch of the Solactive Sustainable Development Goals World Index – a new index which enables investors to gain exposure to companies that have been identified as making a significant contribution...

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News Rhodia launches a photovoltaic solar power facility project with SolaireDirect and OFI Asset Management

This facility will be one of France’s largest solar power projects installed on the roof of an industrial building...

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News CalPERS Urges Investors to Vote for Climate Change Reporting at Occidental Petroleum

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is calling fellow shareowners of Occidental Petroleum, the international oil and gas company, to vote in favor of a proxy ballot resolution requiring the company to report on environmental risks and opportunities (...)

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Interview Yves Chevalier: "The FRR aims to decarbonise the majority of its equity indices portfolios"

According to Yves Chevalier, Executive Board member of the "Fonds de Reserve pour les Retraites - FRR", the fund aims to decarbonise almost all of its equity index portfolios. Currently, its outstanding assets involved in decarbonization are estimated at about 1.1 billion (...)

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