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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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December 2017

News CalPERS’ Real Assets Program to Purchase Stake in Wind Farms

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System today announced that it has entered into an agreement to purchase an 80 percent cash equity interest in Rocky Caney Holdings LLC, which owns two wind farms, the Caney River facility in Elk County, Kansas, and the Rocky Ridge (...)

November 2017

News Deutsche Asset Management integrates corporate scores on exposure to catastrophic climate events in industry first

A ground-breaking approach to climate risk management has been developed by Deutsche Asset Management in partnership with California-based climate intelligence advisory firm Four Twenty Seven.

October 2017

Innovation BNP Paribas Asset Management announces launch of Parvest Green Bond

BNP Paribas Asset Management (‘BNPP AM’) is extending its SRI offering with the launch of Parvest Green Bond, using a proprietary integrated engagement approach to identify investments expected to have the most positive environmental (...)

October 2017

Interview Philippe Goubeault : « More than twenty percent of our total reserves are managed through a process based on non-financial criteria »

According to Philippe Goubeault, CFO of Agirc-Arrco, Responsible finance has become an essential part of its investment policy. As a result, all their request for proposals now include an SRI part.

October 2017

Interview Christian Carrega : « In the case of the Préfon-Retraite insurance contract, investment decisions comply with an SRI filter »

According to Christian Carrega, CEO of Préfon and President of Préfon-Distribution, in the case of the Préfon-Retraite insurance contract, investment decisions comply with an SRI filter and insurers that invest directly in securities pay attention to the rating of (...)

October 2017

Interview Fiona Reynolds : « The idea that sustainability equated to diminished returns has been steadily eroded with numerous studies »

Fiona Reynolds, Managing Director of the PRI (United Nations) gives us her point of view on SRI in the investment world. According to the idea that sustainability equated to diminished returns has been steadily eroded with numerous (...)

September 2017

Interview Julien Bras : « We have about one hundred securities, with 89 % of our assets invested in green bonds »

According to Julien Bras, co-fund manager of the Allianz Green Bond fund, the strategy invests primarily in green bonds issued by companies, government agencies and supranational entities...

August 2017

News CalPERS Expands Engagement for Greater Diversity on Corporate Boards to More Than 500 U.S. Companies

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System has sent letters to 504 companies in the Russell 3000 Index regarding diversity on their board of directors. The letters outline the growing evidence that board diversity has a positive economic impact on business (...)

July 2017

Strategy Swiss Re among first in the re/insurance industry to integrate ESG benchmarks into its investment decisions

Swiss Re announced that it has already consistently integrated ESG considerations into its investment process since the start of 2017.

July 2017

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...

July 2017

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, (...)

June 2017

Innovation Solactive and Candriam team up to launch the Factors Sustainable Index Family

Solactive and Candriam have joined forces to launch the Solactive Candriam Factors Sustainable Index Family offering exposure to companies with sustainable and responsible investing criteria as determined by Candriam’s SRI screening (...)

June 2017

News ISS Announces Acquisition of Investment Climate Data Advisory Division of South Pole Group

Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (“ISS”), the leading provider of end-to-end corporate governance and responsible investment solutions to the global financial community, today announced the acquisition of the investment climate data division of South Pole Group which (...)

June 2017

Note ESG may entice investors to save more – Natixis Global Asset Management

The rising importance placed on environmental, social and governance investing may be the key driver in getting more individual investors, across generations, to invest more or even start planning for retirement, suggests new findings from Natixis Global Asset Management’s (...)

June 2017

News CalPERS’ Climate Risk Reporting Proposal Passes at Exxon Mobil

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System’s (CalPERS) climate risk reporting shareowner resolution passed today at the annual shareowner meeting of Exxon Mobil.

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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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