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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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German Venture Capital Firms Introduce Sustainability Clause

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Will climate risks be incorporated into cost of capital calculations under Solvency 2?

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December 2019

Interview Bertrand Alfandari : « We have broadened our range mainly by adding equity and bond ETFs with an ESG approach »

BNP Paribas Asset Management and Bertrand Alfandari, Head of ETF Business Development want to continue to be one of the leading ESG ETF providers in Europe and believe that it is important to support its client expectations in this field, both in the equity and bond (...)

December 2019

News BlackRock achieves a $1 billion record first close for its third-vintage global renewables fund

BlackRock Real Assets has achieved a US$1 billion first close for its Global Renewable Power III fund (“GRP III,”) with commitments from over 35 institutional investors in North America, Europe and Asia.

December 2019

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.

November 2019

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 (...)

November 2019

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

The day before the Climate Finance Day, which will be held in Paris on 29 November, and ahead of COP 25, which takes place in Madrid from 2 to 13 December, Societe Generale reaffirms its commitments in favour of a responsible ecological (...)

November 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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 2019

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) (...)

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News New Climate Endowment to be launched to commit long-term capital for the Green Industrial Revolution

a group of international investors and entrepreneurs have announced the launch of a Climate Endowment as an urgent response to the Climate Crisis and to the European voters’ outcry for a Green Revolution.

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People Moves Amundi announces the appointment of Stanislas Pottier as Chief Responsible Investment Officer.

Stanislas is now Chief Responsible Investment Officer at Amundi. Previously he was Global Head for Sustainable Development at Crédit Agricole SA since September 2011 and a member of the Group’s Management Committee since (...)

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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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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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Opinion MSCI: Five Key ESG Trends to Watch in 2019

MSCI ESG Research has issued its 2019 ESG Trends to Watch Report, which identifies five key ESG trends in 2019 and the potentially overlooked costs and opportunities underlying these themes...

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Interview Bertrand Alfandari : « We have broadened our range mainly by adding equity and bond ETFs with an ESG approach »

BNP Paribas Asset Management and Bertrand Alfandari, Head of ETF Business Development want to continue to be one of the leading ESG ETF providers in Europe and believe that it is important to support its client expectations in this field, both in the equity and bond (...)

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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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Innovation Euronext in partnership with Goldman Sachs will launch a green index

The Euronext CDP Environment France EW index will be exclusively licensed to Goldman Sachs, who will use the index as the underlying for structured products for sale in the interbank market in France.

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Interview Bruno Servant & François Garreau : « Climate change and its consequences is a major challenge for the insurance industry and its business model »

According to Bruno Servant, CIO, Generali France and François Garreau, in charge of CSR, Generali France, as institutional investors, insurance companies have to take long term positions to manage risks in coherence with the long term horizon of its (...)

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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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Interview Héléna Charrier : “Dialogue is the first lever of decarbonisation for investments in the companies financed”

According to Héléna Charrier, director of responsible investment projects at Caisse des Dépôts, Caisse des Dépôts and its subsidiary Bpifrance also want to support the decarbonisation of their investment portfolios in unlisted (...)

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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 BlackRock achieves a $1 billion record first close for its third-vintage global renewables fund

BlackRock Real Assets has achieved a US$1 billion first close for its Global Renewable Power III fund (“GRP III,”) with commitments from over 35 institutional investors in North America, Europe and Asia.

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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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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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