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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…

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German Government to introduce concept of Green Twin Bonds

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

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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 (...)

June 2

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 (...)

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 (...)

May 18

News Total is exploring quantum algorithms to improve CO2 capture

Total is stepping up its research into Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies by signing a multi-year partnership with UK start-up Cambridge Quantum Computing (CQC).

May 12

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

Government recovery plans must lay the foundations for an irreversible shift to a resilient, net-zero and inclusive world economy.

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 (...)

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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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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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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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News ISEAL’s First Infrastructure Standard: SuRe® – The Standard for Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure

Infrastructure development in cities is key to fighting climate change and fostering sustainable development. Cities need to become more inclusive, resilient and sustainable as stated by Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Number (...)

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News Mirova Eurofideme 4 hits first close at 250M€ to support the energy transition in Europe

Mirova, the leading asset manager dedicated to sustainability investing and affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers, held 250M€ first close for Mirova Eurofideme 3 in late October.

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News Nomura Leads First Green Bond Offering in Japanese Chemical Industry

Nomura Securities Co., Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nomura Holdings, Inc., today announced that it has priced a five-year Green Bond1 issue valued at 5 billion yen for Kaneka Corporation. Nomura acted as bookrunner and green bond structuring agent2 for the offering, (...)

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News Mirova obtains the new “Energy and Ecological Transition for Climate” label for its three funds

Mirova, an asset management company dedicated to responsible investment, today announced that the Mirova Environmental Europe Equity Fund, Mirova Green Bond– Global and Mirova-Eurofideme 3 funds have been awarded the new “Energy and Ecological Transition for Climate”, audited (...)

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News Rhodia launches a photovoltaic solar power facility project with SolaireDirect and OFI Asset Management

This facility will be one of France’s largest solar power projects installed on the roof of an industrial building...

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Strategy Reducing your carbon footprint with the Low Carbon 100 Europe THEAM Easy UCITS ETF tracker

According to Sébastien Denry, Investment Specialist ETF at THEAM, the Low Carbon 100 Europe THEAM Easy UCITS ETF tracker, created in 2008, provides immediate access to major European companies at the cutting edge of their sector in terms of reducing CO2 (...)

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Innovation Solactive launches Low Carbon Index Family

Solactive AG in collaboration with South Pole Group has launched a low-carbon equity index family. The low-carbon index family will cover global and regional exposures to carbon, and aside from the liquid benchmark, offer a smart beta version for investors focusing on income (...)

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Innovation Avanza to release Gender Equality Index Tracker following Solactive Equileap Index

Solactive announces that Avanza, a digital platform for savings and investments, released the AVA Gender Equality Tracker utilizing the Solactive Equileap Europe Gender Equality Index, which selects the top 75 European companies leading in the field of gender equality based (...)

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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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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.

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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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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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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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