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May 25

Strategy Should you care about biodiversity ? Investors have a role to play in habitat and species protection

Biodiversity is in the spotlight nowadays as previous international agreements expire, making 2020 a year of assessment and target-setting for politicians, legislators and businesses. What exactly is biodiversity and why is it (...)

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Total is exploring quantum algorithms to improve CO2 capture

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Post-Covid recovery packages must quicken the pace to net-zero carbon emissions

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May 12

News Emerging market green bond issuance hits $52 billion in 2019 and can help weather shocks, Amundi and the IFC reveal in new report

Need for green investments is crucial: current pandemic shows responsible investors in emerging markets can collaborate with issuers through green bonds to unlock long-term capital and help issuers become more resilient for shocks to (...)

May 4

Innovation BlackRock Launches its First Impact Mutual Fund Advancing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The portfolio is comprised of companies that map back to the firm’s proprietary impact themes including increasing access to quality education and affordable housing, advancing healthcare innovation to help with societal challenges such as the current COVID-19 pandemic, (...)

April 28

Strategy ESG and climate: When credit becomes sustainable

Those investors who have opted to incorporate ESG and climate issues into their portfolios will emerge from the crisis with even greater faith in their convictions and all the keener to take more action for the future. New investors will undoubtedly soon join the movement to (...)

April 16

Opinion Sustainability themes present multi-year opportunities

If we look back to the start of the year, climate change was very much at the top of the investor agenda, said Charlie Thomas, Head of Strategy, Environment & Sustainability. However, it’s fair to say that COVID-19 has knocked it off the top spot, and rightly so, as it (...)

April 6

Opinion Social bond market responds to the coronavirus crisis

The coronavirus outbreak is a social issue that threatens the well-being of the world’s population. With ther ICMA Social Bond Principles published in 2017, the past few years has seen the bond market develop products that address social issues, with $59 billion issued to (...)

April 3

News Nomura Completes Acquisition of Greentech Capital Advisors, Rebranded as Nomura Greentech

Nomura Holding America Inc. today announced the completion of its acquisition of Greentech Capital, LLC (“Greentech”), a leading boutique investment banking firm focused on supporting clients across sustainable technology and (...)

April 2

News African Development Bank launches record breaking $3 billion “Fight COVID-19” Social Bond

The African Development Bank (AAA) has raised an exceptional $3 billion in a three-year bond to help alleviate the economic and social impact the Covid-19 pandemic will have on livelihoods and Africa’s economies.

March 26

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.

March 18

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 (...)

March 11

News Manifesto Social Impact - CPR AM

Climate change, food challenge, education, sustainable urbanization,… the challenges of the 21st century are considerable. For several years, CPR AM has been committed and innovated to offer you investment solutions providing financial responses to these major challenges of (...)

March 10

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.

March 3

News IFC Invests $200 Million in Standard Bank of South Africa’s Green Bond Issuance

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, invested $200 million in The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited’s green bond placed on the London Stock Exchange today. It’s Africa’s largest green bond and South Africa’s first offshore green bond issuance, which will increase access to (...)

February 24

News Germany set for first green bond with innovative structure but little scope for higher issuance

Germany (AAA/Stable) is set to enter the sovereign green bond market in the second half of 2020 as part of a longer-term strategy to shift debt towards green alternatives. Future issuance depends on the government’s willingness to move to a green (...)

February 6

Innovation MSCI launches solution enabling investors to assess exposure to climate risk

MSCI Inc., a leading provider of critical decision support tools and services for the global investment community, has today launched a solution to help investors assess their exposure to climate related risks and (...)

January 28

Opinion Why 2020 will be the year Europe’s pension schemes engage with ESG

Pension schemes have struggled to get to grips with environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. However, 2020 is likely to be the year when the growing pressure from regulators to address these issues becomes an (...)

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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 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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Strategy Responsible Investing: Does It Pay to Be "Bad"?

A quick glance at long-term data is enough to conclude: "Sinful" businesses can outperform more responsible investments. However, as a recent Credit Suisse study indicates, "sin" definitely is not the only way (...)

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News Emerging market green bond issuance hits $52 billion in 2019 and can help weather shocks, Amundi and the IFC reveal in new report

Need for green investments is crucial: current pandemic shows responsible investors in emerging markets can collaborate with issuers through green bonds to unlock long-term capital and help issuers become more resilient for shocks to (...)

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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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News Meridiam announces the closing of the reopening of its Africa fund at €546 million, 2.5 times its initial size

Launched in 2015, for an initial amount of €207 million, the initial commitment has already been fully invested two years before the end of the investment period. At the end of this closing, it is now 2.5 times bigger than at the (...)

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News Nomura Completes Acquisition of Greentech Capital Advisors, Rebranded as Nomura Greentech

Nomura Holding America Inc. today announced the completion of its acquisition of Greentech Capital, LLC (“Greentech”), a leading boutique investment banking firm focused on supporting clients across sustainable technology and (...)

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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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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 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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Innovation World Bank Issues a 5 million USD Callable Step-Up Green Bond

The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development, IBRD, rated Aaa/AAA), announced a USD 5 million 10-year callable step-up green bond. This green bond was lead managed by J.P. Morgan (JPM) which has underwritten $565 million in IBRD green bonds to (...)

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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 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 (...)

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

CNP Assurances is among the first French institutional investors to sign up to the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, an unprecedented initiative supported by the United Nations aimed at strengthening and accelerating commitments to implement the Paris (...)

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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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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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