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February 22

Strategy The implementation of ESG in portfolios and the evolution of ESG reporting

We continue this series with Tomas Hildebrandt, Senior Portfolio Manager at Evli, and Janne Kujala, Head of Nordic Equity, to discuss implementation of responsible investments across funds and investment spaces.

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BIS launches second green bond fund for central banks

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ETFGI reports assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs listed globally reach a new milestone of US$187 billion at end of 2020

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January 25

News BBVA expands its recently established ‘Quantitative Investment Strategies’ Business with Paris Aligned and Climate Transition Indices by Solactive

Leading Spanish bank BBVA issued its ‘Quantitative Investment Strategies’ (QIS), a business focusing on the design, manufacturing, and distribution of investment strategies via self-created indices aimed at end investors.

January 25

Opinion Laggards, electric vehicles and energy storage: The outlook for the climate transition in 2021

Jaime Ramos Martin, portfolio manager of Aviva Investors’ climate transition strategy, and Rick Stathers, Aviva Investors’ climate lead, look at three themes that will shape the outlook in 2021.

January 20

Note Water risk: what COVID-19 has taught us about ignoring systemic risks and what to do about it

For the past decade, WWF has been asking, “why are water crises continually ignored despite featuring on the WEF risk list year after year?” We know water crises are happening, we know the impact is substantial, and we know the risks are worsening, yet nobody is (...)

December 2020

News Nascent Social Bond Fund Sector Faces Implementation Challenges

Dedicated social bond funds, such as the social bond strategy announced recently by Amundi, may face heightened single-name concentration risks as a result unless they have latitude to invest in a wider array of instruments than just social (...)

December 2020

Innovation BlackRock Unveils New Offering to Power Investors’ Transition to Net Zero Emissions

“Aladdin Climate" Sets New Standard in Providing Investors Actionable Security-Level Data on Climate Risk. New Partnerships with Sustainalytics and Refinitiv Add to ESG Data Indicators Available Through Aladdin

November 2020

Video Estelle Ménard : « What is Responsible Investment? »

What is Responsible Investment? The answer from Estelle Ménard, Deputy Head of Thematic Equity Management at CPR Asset Management, in video.

November 2020

Video Frédéric Samama : « What is Impact Investing ? »

What is Impact Investing? The answer of Frédéric Samama, Chief Responsible Investment Officer at CPR Asset Management, in video.

November 2020

Video Vanessa Cottet : « What is the definition of Responsible Investing at CPR AM ? »

What is the definition of Responsible Investing at CPR AM ? The answer of Vanessa Cottet, Marketing & Communication Manager, in video.

November 2020

News European Union EUR 8.5 billion single tranche bond issue due 4th July, 2035

The European Union (“EU”), rated AAA/AAA/Aaa/AA/AAA by DBRS, Fitch, Moody’s, S&P and SCOPE (positive outlook for S&P, stable for the other rating agencies), today issued a €8.5 billion single tranche social bond due in July 2035. This was the third EU transaction under (...)

November 2020

News LafargeHolcim successfully launches first sustainability-linked bond for EUR 850 million

LafargeHolcim today priced a EUR 850 million sustainability-linked bond with a coupon of 0.5% maturing in 2031. With this first bond of its kind in the building materials industry, the company is confirming its sustainability leadership in the (...)

November 2020

Opinion Central Banks: leading the path towards Impact Investing

According to Frédéric Samama, Chief Responsible Investment Officer at CPR AM, the fact that Central Banks are putting these issues on their agenda sends a signal that all corporates are increasingly evolving into an environment in which these themes are becoming (...)

November 2020

News Solactive Acquires Minority Stake in Green Financial Technology Platform Spark Change

Solactive announces the acquisition of a minority stake in Spark Change. Inflows in ESG linked investments are at their all-time peak, and more investors are well-disposed towards integrating ESG factors into the investment (...)

October 2020

Opinion When is ‘green’ really green?

Green corporate bonds are growing in popularity, but it can be tricky to figure out just how green these investments really are. How do you know when ‘green’ is really green and not just a catchy name of the bond?

October 2020

News Credit Suisse Advances Institutional Sustainability Initiative Through Partnership with Equilibrium

Credit Suisse is pleased to announce that it has achieved another milestone in fulfilling its institutional commitment to sustainability. Credit Suisse Asset Management will partner with sustainability infrastructure and (...)

October 2020

News Société du Grand Paris successfully launched its fifth and sixth Green bond issuances

On Wednesday 07th October 2020, Société du Grand Paris successfully launched its fifth and sixth Green bond issuances under its Green EMTN programme, for a total amount of EUR 6bn split over two distinct tenors: EUR 3bn at 10-year (0% coupon) and EUR 3bn at 40-year (0.7% (...)

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People Moves BNP Paribas Asset Management expands its ESG commitment through appointment of Head of Stewardship for the Americas

BNP Paribas Asset Management (‘BNPP AM’) announces the appointment of Adam Kanzer as Head of Stewardship, Americas, within its Sustainability Centre. Based in New York, Adam joined on 19 October and reports to Helena Viñes Fiestas, BNPP AM’s Global Head of Sustainability (...)

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Innovation Lombard Odier Investment Managers launches Climate Transition strategy

Lombard Odier Investment Managers (“LOIM”) is expanding its high-conviction sustainable equities offering with the launch of a Climate Transition strategy, which captures opportunities across all sectors, created by the urgent need to transition to a net-zero economy, and (...)

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Product After Green bonds, Water bonds

As part of World Water Week, which took place from 26 to 31 August 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden, the World Bank announced the launch of a series of bond issuances to raise awareness on water for the world of finance.

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News Total and IFPEN Team Up to Accelerate Carbon Reduction R&D

— IFP Energies Nouvelles (IFPEN) and Total announce that they signed a strategic R&D partnership yesterday, that includes an agreement to endow a chair at the IFP School, on carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and technologies to curb CO2 emissions. The roughly (...)

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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 (...)

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Innovation CPR Asset Management launches “Social Impact” fund dedicated to tackling inequalities

CPR Asset Management, the thematic equities arm of the largest European asset manager Amundi, has launched a fund dedicated to tackling social inequalities, adding to CPR AM’s €10 billion thematic equities range.

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News CNP Assurances publishes its 2019 report on responsible investment and announces its withdrawal from tobacco

With an investment portfolio of more than €300 bn, CNP Assurances continues to strengthen its responsible investor approach to take into account the impact of its investments on society and the environment. In its report on responsible investment, the Group details its (...)

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News BBVA expands its recently established ‘Quantitative Investment Strategies’ Business with Paris Aligned and Climate Transition Indices by Solactive

Leading Spanish bank BBVA issued its ‘Quantitative Investment Strategies’ (QIS), a business focusing on the design, manufacturing, and distribution of investment strategies via self-created indices aimed at end investors.

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Interview Jean-Philippe Médecin : « The CNP’s subordinated green bond issue was a great success »

CNP Assurances has successfully launched its first subordinated green bond issuance. Jean-Philippe Médecin, the director of the prop trading and financing department at CNP Assurances, gave us more details.

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Opinion Central Banks: leading the path towards Impact Investing

According to Frédéric Samama, Chief Responsible Investment Officer at CPR AM, the fact that Central Banks are putting these issues on their agenda sends a signal that all corporates are increasingly evolving into an environment in which these themes are becoming (...)

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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 Credit Suisse issues inaugural Green Certificates of Deposit

Credit Suisse today announces the successful inaugural issuance under its green finance framework, raising USD 200 million in proceeds in the form of green Yankee Certificates of Deposit (“YCD”).

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People Moves BNP Paribas Asset Management appoints Jane Ambachtsheer as Global Head of Sustainability

BNP Paribas Asset Management announces the appointment of Jane Ambachtsheer as Global Head of Sustainability. Jane will report to Frédéric Janbon, CEO and Head of Investments of BNP Paribas Asset Management. She will join on 27 August and will be based in (...)

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Innovation NYSE Euronext and EasyETF launch European low-carbon index...

...and ETF managed by BNP Paribas Asset Management, in partnership with AgriSud, GoodPlanet.org and WWF

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News Norges Bank has decided to exclude the companies IJM Corp Bhd, Genting Bhd, POSCO and Daewoo International Corp from the investment universe of the GPFG.

Norges Bank has decided to exclude the companies IJM Corp Bhd, Genting Bhd, POSCO and Daewoo International Corp from the investment universe of the GPFG. The companies are excluded based on an assessment of the risk of severe environmental (...)

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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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