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November 26

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 (...)

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

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Central Banks: leading the path towards Impact Investing

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November 11

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 27

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 27

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 8

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% (...)

October 8

News JPMorgan Chase Adopts Paris-Aligned Financing Commitment

JPMorgan Chase & Co. (“JPMorgan Chase” or the “Firm”) said today that it is adopting a financing commitment that is aligned to the goals of the Paris Agreement (“Paris”). As part of its strategy, the Firm intends to help clients navigate the challenges and capitalize on the (...)

October 2

Innovation Credit Suisse raises USD 212 million for the first impact fund dedicated to ocean health

Credit Suisse, in partnership with Rockefeller Asset Management (RAM), has launched the first impact fund to address ocean health in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 14 – “Life below Water”. The fund has raised USD 212 (...)

September 15

Interview Charlotte Alliot: « Index and Futures Euronext ESG 80 allow investors to invest in the 80 best performing ESG and best energy transition score listed companies in the euro zone »

According to Charlotte Alliot, Head of Institutional Derivatives, Euronext, the index ESG 80 improves the overall ESG score by 16.1% and the energy transition score by 26.2% compared to its benchmark…

September 8

Opinion German Government to introduce concept of Green Twin Bonds

After the Netherlands and Sweden, Germany has become the third AAA-rated country to issue a green government bond. The German government also announced its commitment to building a full green yield curve, next to its conventional yield (...)

July 15

News The Investment Implications of Climate Risk – An Investment Manager’s View

July 9

News CNP Assurances publishes its first report on the use of funds raised by the green issue of November 2019

In June 2019, CNP Assurances was the first European issuer in the insurance sector to publish a framework document for the issuance of green bonds.

July 6

Interview Thierry Dissaux : “Yes, we use Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) criteria”

According to Thierry Dissaux, Chairman of the French Deposit Insurance and Resolution Fund (FGDR), for its next call for equity offers, the FGDR should select an ETF equity index excluding companies with controversial governance and those with a significant share of their (...)

July 2

News CNP Assurances adopts a definitive plan to exit thermal coal by 2030 in European Union and OECD countries, and by 2040 in the rest of the world

A year to the day following the Paris financial marketplace declaration for green and sustainable finance, CNP Assurances has adopted a definitive thermal coal exit plan : through this, it is committed to achieving zero exposure to thermal coal in its investment portfolio by (...)

June 22

News Nomura Leads First Green Bond Offering by NTT Finance

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc., today announced that it has priced a three-year Green Bond issue valued at 40 billion yen for NTT Finance Corporation. Nomura acted as bookrunner and green bond structuring agent for the (...)

June 16

News The energy group Snam issues its first transition bond

This Italian gas transport group has just issued in June 2020 a transition bond, a bond intended to support the transformation of carbon-intensive industries.

June 16

News CNP Assurances sets up a governance arrangement of Artificial Intelligence ethics

As a responsible insurance provider, CNP Assurances announces it has appointed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) Ethics manager and set up a pluri-disciplinary and open committee, in charge of placing human values and ethics at the centre of any AI (...)

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Innovation BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research Launches Green Bond Index

The index is designed to track the performance of debt issued by quasi-governments and corporations where the proceeds of the issue are to be used solely for projects and activities that promote climate or other environmental sustainability (...)

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Interview Charlotte Alliot: « Index and Futures Euronext ESG 80 allow investors to invest in the 80 best performing ESG and best energy transition score listed companies in the euro zone »

According to Charlotte Alliot, Head of Institutional Derivatives, Euronext, the index ESG 80 improves the overall ESG score by 16.1% and the energy transition score by 26.2% compared to its benchmark…

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News Nomura Leads First Green Bond Offering by NTT Finance

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc., today announced that it has priced a three-year Green Bond issue valued at 40 billion yen for NTT Finance Corporation. Nomura acted as bookrunner and green bond structuring agent for the (...)

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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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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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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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Innovation BIS launches green bond fund for central banks

The Bank for International Settlements (BIS) has launched an open-ended fund for central bank investments in green bonds. Responding to a growing demand for climate-friendly investments among official institutions, the BIS’s green bond fund initiative helps central banks to (...)

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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 (...)

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News BlackRock completes final close of largest global wind and solar fund

BlackRock Real Assets has completed the final close for its Global Renewable Power II fund (“GRP II”) with $1.65 billion in commitments secured from 67 institutional investors in North America, Europe and Asia...

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Note ESG bucks the trend of declining growth among world’s largest asset managers

The pace of change within the investment industry is accelerating, under pressure from regulatory activity, fee compression and the high cost of technology. Amidst this change, there is growing appreciation among fund managers of the importance of sustainability and of (...)

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Interview Yann Duvaud-Schelnast : "Our entire portfolio - whether on listed or non-listed asset is subject to an ESG analysis / review"

According to Yann Duvaud-Schelnast, Head of Sustainable Investment, innovation and governance at Allianz France, the subject of carbon occupies a key place to date in the insurer’s ESG strategy.

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Interview Thierry Dissaux : “Yes, we use Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) criteria”

According to Thierry Dissaux, Chairman of the French Deposit Insurance and Resolution Fund (FGDR), for its next call for equity offers, the FGDR should select an ETF equity index excluding companies with controversial governance and those with a significant share of their (...)

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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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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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Innovation AfDB launches 3-year USD 500 million Inaugural Green Bond

The transaction was placed with 36 investors including the Third Swedish National Pension Fund, AP4, BlackRock, CalSTRs, Calvert Investment Management, Inc, Nordea Investment Management, Pictet Asset Management, Praxis Intermediate Income Fund, State Street Global Advisors (...)

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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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