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December 3

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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CNP Assurances joins the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance and commits to a carbon-neutral investment portfolio by 2050

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Societe Generale accelerates its commitments in favour of a responsible ecological transition

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November 27

News CNP Assurances successfully launches its first subordinated green bond

As a player in the transition to a decarbonised economy, CNP Assurances is pleased to announce the successful launch on 20 November 2019 of its first subordinated green bond, maturing in July 2050, with early redemption options from July (...)

November 25

News MSCI ESG Research makes MSCI ESG Ratings of over 2,800 companies publicly available

In recognition of growing momentum and interest from a diverse range of stakeholders in ESG investing, MSCI ESG Research LLC, announces today it will make its MSCI ESG Ratings publicly available...

November 25

Innovation Solactive releases new Euro IG Corporate Index with ESG Integration developed by SD-M

ESG remains the big topic in the year of 2019 since more and more investors emphasize this exciting and future-oriented topic. The ESG incorporation methodologies are manifold, and for each purpose, ETF providers and asset managers can find their (...)

November 22

News World Bank and Credit Suisse partner to focus attention on sustainable use of oceans and coastal areas – the “Blue Economy”

The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD rated Aaa/AAA) issued a USD 28.6 million 5-year Sustainable Development Bond as part of ongoing efforts to raise awareness for the vital role fresh and saltwater resources play for people, (...)

November 18

News EIB to stop funding most fossil fuel projects, but leaves the door open for more gas infrastructure

The European Investment Bank (EIB) today adopted its new energy lending policy, which would see it end funding to most new fossil fuel projects from the end of 2021 - in a big step forward in the campaign for a fossil-free (...)

November 7

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 (...)

November 7

News Euronext Launches New Euronext Green Bonds Offering

Euronext announces the creation of a new Euronext Green Bonds offering across its six regulated markets. The initiative, which was launched today at Climate Finance Week in Dublin, is operated out of Euronext Dublin, the group centre of excellence for Debt, Funds and ETFs, (...)

October 21

News Nomura Acts as Bookrunner on Social Bond Offering for Miraca Holdings

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc., today announced that it has priced five-year, seven-year, and ten-year social bond issues valued at 10 billion yen, 5 billion yen and 5 billion yen, respectively, for Miraca (...)

October 18

Innovation Solactive licenses Smart City and Smart Factory Indices to Amundi

According to a forecast of the United Nations, more than 68% of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050, and smart technology can help to tackle the challenges emerging from this trend of rapid urbanization...

October 10

Innovation Solactive launches the Solactive ARC ESG Big Data Europe Index

Solactive announces the launch of the Solactive ARC ESG Big Data Europe Index, which was developed with ARC Responsible Investment earlier this year, and is designed to track the performance of European stocks with a high consensus Environmental, Governance, and Social (ESG) (...)

October 7

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 (...)

October 3

News Sustainability of investments: efforts still to be made

During a conference organized by the European Institute of Financial Regulation (EIFR), several experts emphasized the important role to be played by investors in order to organize the transition to the zero carbon (...)

October 3

News Enel launches the world’s first "general purpose SDG linked bond", succesfully placing a 1.5 billion U.S. dollar bond on the U.S. market

Enel Finance International NV has placed on the capital market the world’s first bond linked to the achievement of a sustainable objective, part of the Group’s corporate strategy and in line with Enel’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) of the (...)

October 2

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 (...)

September 24

News DWS Supports Drive Towards Climate Resilient Infrastructure Investments

DWS Group, along with more than 30 other institutions, supports the Coalition for Climate Resilient Investment (CCRI). The goal of the CCRI is to transform infrastructure investments by integrating climate risks into the decision-making process, driving a paradigm shift (...)

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Interview Climate change: from fantasy to reality

Global warming has been an issue for many years now. It is often regarded as a long-term challenge. That is certainly true, except that the “long term” is now close at hand, and climate change’s economic impact can already be measured in several major (...)

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Innovation Solactive releases new Euro IG Corporate Index with ESG Integration developed by SD-M

ESG remains the big topic in the year of 2019 since more and more investors emphasize this exciting and future-oriented topic. The ESG incorporation methodologies are manifold, and for each purpose, ETF providers and asset managers can find their (...)

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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 Pierre Valentin ; “We have placed SRI at the heart of our investment philosophy”

According to Pierre Valentin, chairman of Ecofi Investissements, except for wealth management Ecofi’s entire range of open funds is 100 % SRI this year, whether it for equity, bond, money market or multi-asset funds.

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Interview Simon Bond : “Our European Social Bond Fund is carefully managed with a mix of maturities to offer daily liquidity”

According to Simon Bond, Threadneedle (Lux) European Social Bond Fund manager, the fund aims to balance three key elements: clear social impact, daily liquidity and financial return with a similar risk/return profile as a regular investment grade (...)

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News Enel launches the world’s first "general purpose SDG linked bond", succesfully placing a 1.5 billion U.S. dollar bond on the U.S. market

Enel Finance International NV has placed on the capital market the world’s first bond linked to the achievement of a sustainable objective, part of the Group’s corporate strategy and in line with Enel’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (“SDGs”) of the (...)

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People Moves Credit Suisse invests in sustainable finance franchise with appointment of Global Head of ESG Strategy

Daniel Wild will join the Group’s Impact Advisory & Finance department from RobecoSAM

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Interview Guillaume Abel : “SRI is becoming THE relevant fund management”

According to Guillaume Abel, head of business development of La Banque Postale Asset Management (LBPAM), SRI is becoming THE relevant fund management. LBPAM plans to launch a Green Bond fund to come in 2019 and the creation of tailor-made SRI model portfolios to monitor the (...)

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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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Opinion Scope welcomes European Commission’s Action Plan on sustainable finance

The European Commission’s sustainable finance plan is a step forward, in the view of Scope Public Finance. This contribution outlines Scope’s views on the distinct nature of ESG and sovereign risk, their areas of overlap, and next research (...)

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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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News The Netherlands issues its first green bond

The Netherlands has issued a green bond at 20 years. This is the first green bond rated AAA in the world. Demand for this issue has reached 21 billion euros.

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Innovation GSAM Launches Emerging Market Equity ESG Portfolio

Goldman Sachs Asset Management (“GSAM”) has announced the launch of the Goldman Sachs Emerging Markets Equity ESG Portfolio (the “Portfolio”). The Portfolio seeks to provide investors exposure to emerging market companies which GSAM believes demonstrate strong environmental, (...)

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News Natixis announces Mirova has entered into exclusive negotiations with Althelia Ecosphere

The projected acquisition of Althelia Ecosphere (“Althelia”) by Mirova is intended to create a European platform dedicated to natural capital investing and give investors access to investment solutions addressing major global environmental challenges such as climate change, (...)

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Innovation US Vegan Climate ETF off to a promising start, trading over $4m worth of shares in its first day on the New York Stock Exchange

Last week’s launch of the world’s first vegan-friendly and climate-conscious exchange traded fund (ETF) by Beyond Investing has seen strong initial take-up.

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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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