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March 24

Innovation BlackRock launches Green Bond Index Fund as investors seek exposure to environmentally positive investment solutions

BlackRock has launched a Green Bond Index Fund, responding to the growing demand from investors for this fast-growing part of the fixed income market. BlackRock is one of the leading asset managers in the Green Bond market, with extensive experience of managing Green Bond (...)

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ENGIE successfully issues its second Green Bond of €1,5 billion

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BlackRock completes sustainable equity ETF range with launch of Japanese equity fund

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March 8

News Norges Bank has decided to exclude 10 companies based on the product-based coal criterion

The exclusions follow Norges Bank Investment Management’s third round of analysis of companies that may be affected by this criterion. The exclusions comprise all companies’ unlisted subsidiaries that issue bonds. The exception is green bonds, or subsidiaries that are deemed (...)

February 27

News ERI Scientific Beta makes comprehensive carbon reporting available free of charge for all indices

ERI Scientific Beta has announced an expansion of the Scientific Beta platform’s analytics capabilities, available with immediate effect from February 2017. Notably, within the context of ERI Scientific Beta’s environmental initiatives, the carbon metrics, have been extended (...)

February 22

News Natixis Asset Management pledges commitment to carbon neutral strategy

Natixis Asset Management aims to be one of the main players in a more sustainable capitalist economy and this responsibility applies not only to its operations as an asset manager, but also to the way the company runs on a daily (...)

February 16

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.

January 25

News Agence France Trésor announced the successful launch of the first French sovereign green bond

Today, Agence France Trésor announced the successful launch of the first French sovereign green bond with a maturity of 22 years. The Green OAT 1.75% 25 June 2039 issuance amount was €7bn, making it the largest and longest-dated green bond ever (...)

January 12

News Amundi Energy Transition completes its first energy transition-related financing transaction

Amundi Energy Transition (AET), the asset management company jointly owned by Amundi and EDF, has completed the acquisition of a majority interest in a portfolio of gas-powered cogeneration plants from Dalkia, a leading French energy services company and EDF subsidiary. This (...)

January 2

News AFT will maintain its flexible and innovative issuance strategy in 2017 with the launch of a green OAT

In a 2017 market environment where the ECB sustains quantitative easing throughout the year, Agence France Trésor will continue to adapt its issuance policy to market developments. AFT will continue its policy of adjusting issuance to investor demand during the year to (...)

December 2016

News Unigestion selected by Kirstein A/S to subadvise new fund with reduced CO2 emissions

Unigestion, the boutique asset manager with scale, was recently selected as subadvisor of K Invest Low Carbon Global Equity fund, co-developing the low carbon approach with Kirstein A/S, a leading financial consultant in Denmark. The fund aims to achieve above average (...)

December 2016

News Meridiam reaches financial close in Turkey for Elazig integrated health campus PPP project with the first investment grade and social project bond enhanced by EBRD and MIGA

Meridiam, a leading global investor and asset manager specializing in public and community infrastructure, announced today that it has reached financial close for the Elazig Integrated Health Campus PPP Project.

November 2016

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 (...)

November 2016

News CalPERS Joins Global Sustainability Benchmark for Real Assets Program

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) announced external real estate managers within the Fund’s Real Assets Program will begin reporting into GRESB, formerly the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark, in (...)

November 2016

News Solactive AG and oekom research win competition to develop a sustainable equity index for the Federal State of Berlin

Solactive AG, the German multi-asset index provider specialized in the creation of customized financial indices, and oekom research AG, a leading expert in ESG research and analysis, have been selected by the Federal State of Berlin to support its long-term divestment (...)

November 2016

News Mirova and Natixis AMas well as 17 other international investors seek an unlimited moratorium on oil and gas activity in the Arctic high seas

This statement is directed to oil and gas companies that have been involved in oil exploration in the Arctic, as well as Arctic Council members.

October 2016

News Luxembourg and the EIB pioneering in the field of innovative climate finance to support high impact climate action projects

The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the European Investment Bank launch the Luxembourg-EIB Climate Finance Platform, aiming to mobilise investments for projects with a strong impact in the fight against climate change...

October 2016

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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Interview Philippe Desfosses : "Since inception, the board of ERAFP has decided to put in place a 100% ISR investment policy"

"This is why we are also very committed against global warming" said Philippe Desfossés, director at ERAFP.

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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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Note The SRI, does it transform itself when it applies to new asset classes ?

Apply the SRI outside the traditional securities (equities and corporate debt), is it not such a good idea, especially within the times and/or an irrelevant hegemonic order ?

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News Unigestion makes strong commitment to carbon reduction with Montreal Carbon Pledge

Unigestion, the boutique asset manager with scale that focuses on guiding its clients with risk-managed investment solutions, has signed the Montreal Carbon Pledge, an ambitious collaboration between the United Nations-supported Principles of Responsible Investment (PRI) and (...)

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News World Bank and Nomura Promote Socially Responsible Impact Investing in Japan through World Bank Sustainable Development Bonds

The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD), rated Aaa/AAA, and Nomura Securities Co., Ltd. announced the launch of three World Bank Sustainable Development Bonds designed for Japanese retail (...)

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Opinion Portfolio decarbonisation: making sure tomorrow never dies

The need to de-carbonise portfolios seems to have been broadly accepted, and many initiatives have been launched by investors on this topic: the Portfolio Decarbonisation Coalition, the Montreal Pledge, and events such as the Climate Finance Day, to name only a (...)

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News Natixis Asset Management pledges commitment to carbon neutral strategy

Natixis Asset Management aims to be one of the main players in a more sustainable capitalist economy and this responsibility applies not only to its operations as an asset manager, but also to the way the company runs on a daily (...)

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Interview Philippe Desfossés : « Our SRI approach has two advantages, the absence of sectorial bias and investment in all sectors »

Philip Desfossés, Director of ERAFP (Establishment of additional retirement of civil servants), the first French public pension funds, introduces their 100% SRI management and their Best In Class approach ...

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Interview Stéphane Voisin: «A Pioneer in 2005, CA Chevreux’s SRI research is now reaping the rewards of its expertise!»

Stéphane Voisin, Head of SRI Research at CA Cheuvreux, discusses the importance of social responsibility issues in the current economy.

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News CalPERS to Divest from Manufacturers of Assault Weapons Illegal Under California Law

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) Board of Administration today directed its investment staff to divest from investments in manufacturers of assault weapons that are illegal for sale in the state of (...)

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Strategy Reducing your carbon footprint with the Low Carbon 100 Europe THEAM Easy UCITS ETF tracker

According to Sébastien Denry, Investment Specialist ETF at THEAM, the Low Carbon 100 Europe THEAM Easy UCITS ETF tracker, created in 2008, provides immediate access to major European companies at the cutting edge of their sector in terms of reducing CO2 (...)

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News Solactive AG and oekom research win competition to develop a sustainable equity index for the Federal State of Berlin

Solactive AG, the German multi-asset index provider specialized in the creation of customized financial indices, and oekom research AG, a leading expert in ESG research and analysis, have been selected by the Federal State of Berlin to support its long-term divestment (...)

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Opinion Unresolved ESG issues persist in Canadian oil sands industry

During a recent visit to Canada, for the annual UN PRI signatory conference, I took the opportunity together with a few other investors to visit the oil sands operations in the Alberta region. What I heard and saw there made me realise that the Canadian oil sands industry (...)

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News AFT will maintain its flexible and innovative issuance strategy in 2017 with the launch of a green OAT

In a 2017 market environment where the ECB sustains quantitative easing throughout the year, Agence France Trésor will continue to adapt its issuance policy to market developments. AFT will continue its policy of adjusting issuance to investor demand during the year to (...)

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Strategy Responsible Investing: Does It Pay to Be "Bad"?

A quick glance at long-term data is enough to conclude: "Sinful" businesses can outperform more responsible investments. However, as a recent Credit Suisse study indicates, "sin" definitely is not the only way (...)

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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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