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April 25

News IFC, Amundi to Create World’s Largest Green-Bond Fund Dedicated to Emerging Markets

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Amundi, a leading European Asset Manager, today agreed to create the largest green-bond fund dedicated to emerging markets—a $2 billion initiative that aims to deepen local capital markets and expand financing for climate (...)

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

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

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March 9

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

BlackRock is expanding its European sustainable exchange traded fund (ETF) range, with the launch of a fund offering exposure to Japanese companies with the highest environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings.

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...

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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 BlackRock expands sustainable ETF range with the launch of two new iShares

BlackRock announces the launch of two sustainable equity exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to address growing investor demand for long term, socially-responsible investments. These funds broaden the firm’s ESG and impact product offer that includes active funds, index funds and (...)

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Innovation BlackRock launches Sustainable Euro Bond Fund as investors seek ESG exposure

BlackRock has launched the BSF Sustainable Euro Bond Fund. With the launch, BlackRock is responding to the growing demand for investments incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors.

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Interview Jean-Sébastien Debusschere : « The philosophy of the fund is to purchase and operate the forests around the world. »

Jean-Sebastien Debusschere, CIO of Fourwinds Capital Management explains the strategy of its fund focused on an original approach: forest investment.

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Innovation Deutsche Bank finances two high power photovoltaic solar parks in Italy and Spain

Deutsche Bank played an instrumental role in making the construction and acquisition possible of two high power photovoltaic solar parks in Italy and Spain through its Asset Finance & Leasing (AFL) business.

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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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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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People Moves Helena Viñes Fiestas joins BNP Paribas Investment Partners as co-head of SRI research

In reinforcing the research team, she will manage all the analysis and research dedicated to SRI theme funds which favour investments in companies providing solutions to environmental or social issues.

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News Desjardins Global Asset Management chooses Mirova for delegated management of a green bond fund

Mirova, an asset management company dedicated to responsible investment, is announcing today that it was selected by Desjardins Global Asset Management to provide delegated management of an international green bond fund, the Desjardins SocieTerra Environmental Bond Fund, for (...)

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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 (...)

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News Mirova finalize the closing of its third renewable energy fund, with 350M€ commitment

Mirova, Natixis Asset Management’ responsible investment manager, announced the final closing of its renewable energy fund Mirova-Eurofideme 3, with 350M€ commitment, well above its 200M€ target when launched.

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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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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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Note Launch of green bonds

The term «Green Bonds» is more frequently used to describe a market that should mature very fast in order to deal with numerous requests for investments in the field of green infrastructure projects.

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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 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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