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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.

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

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

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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...

September 2016

Strategy Climate change : a challenge for equities ?

According to Anne-Claire Abadie, Portfolio Manager - SRI, Allianz Global Investors, Climate change is a reality we can no longer ignore. In the wake of the COP21 held in Paris last year, assets owners and investors are now wondering about the possible impact of this new (...)

September 2016

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.

August 2016

News CNP Assurances and Meridiam announce the closing of the Meridiam Transition, a pioneering new fund specialized in long-term investments in the energy transition

Meridiam and CNP Assurances announced today the closing of the Meridiam Transition fund, with 425 million euros raised in six months from French institutional investors. This fund will finance and support infrastructure projects dedicated to environmental and energy (...)

August 2016

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 (...)

July 2016

Note Alternatives managers split on the benefits of ESG, finds Unigestion

Unigestion, the boutique asset manager with scale that focuses on guiding its clients with risk-managed investment solutions, has again surveyed the hedge fund and private equity managers it invests in to track their attitudes to (...)

July 2016

Interview Christian Carrega: "Today, we look at all the asset classes under SRI prism"

According to Christian Carrega, CEO of Préfon, despite the actual fad, looking at all the asset classes under a prism ISR is an additional way to provide security for our affiliate investments.

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Opinion Big thoughts on little loans through mezzanine tranche of microfinance CLO structure

Not all microfinance creates positive social benefit, so a robust research process is critical to ensure that benefits will be achieved. The social responsibility of the lending process is an essential check in reducing financial risk and delivering more sustainable (...)

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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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Innovation Mirova Green Bond - Global, the first green bond

Mirova, a subsidiary of Natixis Asset Management dedicated to responsible investment, has received the Novethic Green Fund Label 2015 for its fund Mirova Green Bond - Global. Mirova Green Bond - Global has thereby become the first green bond fund awarded the Novethic (...)

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News Solactive and South Pole Group launch Solactive Low Carbon Bond Index

Following the successful launch of its low carbon equity index family, Solactive AG in collaboration with South Pole Group sets the bar for fixed income low-carbon index solutions with its new Solactive SPG Euro IG Low Carbon Bond (...)

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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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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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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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Strategy Climate change : a challenge for equities ?

According to Anne-Claire Abadie, Portfolio Manager - SRI, Allianz Global Investors, Climate change is a reality we can no longer ignore. In the wake of the COP21 held in Paris last year, assets owners and investors are now wondering about the possible impact of this new (...)

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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 CNP Assurances announces its key measures to promote energy and ecological transition

As a responsible investor, CNP Assurances has announced, on the occasion of the Novethic Annual Event and in the run-up to COP 21, the publication of the carbon footprint of its equity investments portfolio and its reduction target. It has also announced its decision to (...)

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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 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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News New financing under the Investment Plan for Europe: Ginkgo 2

Building on its first vehicle, instigated by the Edmond de Rothschild Group in 2010, Ginkgo announces the first closing and launch of its second fund, Ginkgo 2, which targets the sustainable remediation of brownfield sites in urban (...)

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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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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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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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