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December 1

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.

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Solactive introduces global gender diversity Index Licensed to UBS

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CalPERS Joins Global Sustainability Benchmark for Real Assets Program

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November 10

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 7

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 24

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 10

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 12

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 2

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 24

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 3

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 26

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 25

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.

July 21

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 (...)

July 18

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.

July 13

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 (...)

July 8

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 (...)

July 6

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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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 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 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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Innovation AfDB and Nomura Announce Sales of Food Security Bond

The African Development Bank (AfDB), a leading multilateral development bank, rated Aaa/AAA/AAA, and Nomura, Asia’s global investment bank, have finalized the terms of secondary distribution of AfDB’s food security bonds to Japanese retail (...)

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News CalPERS Shortens Period to Review Tobacco Divestments

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s (CalPERS) Board of Administration (Board) today reaffirmed its decision to review the System’s tobacco divestments, and shortened the time period for review to six to nine (...)

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Note The factors that determine the carbon price: an econometric analysis

Emission allowances are both physical and financial assets. As for any asset, it then becomes possible to study the potential gap between the value observed on the market and the value dictated by fundamentals…

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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 Euronext and Vigeo create a new esg index dedicated to companies from emerging market countries

Euronext, the primary exchange in the Eurozone, and Vigeo, the leading European agency in Corporate Social Responsibility ratings, will launch a new ESG Index on the 22 June 2015: Euronext-Vigeo EM 70.

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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.

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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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