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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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May 2017

News Export Development Canada prices third Green Bond, responding to rising global interest in climate financing

Export Development Canada (EDC) priced USD 500 million 1.625% Fixed Rate Green Bond due June 1, 2020. The lead underwriters were HSBC, J.P. Morgan and SEB. This offering is scheduled to close on June 1, 2017.

May 2017

News CalPERS Urges Investors to Vote for Climate Change Reporting at Occidental Petroleum

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) is calling fellow shareowners of Occidental Petroleum, the international oil and gas company, to vote in favor of a proxy ballot resolution requiring the company to report on environmental risks and opportunities (...)

May 2017

News Reinvestment Fund Issues $50 Million in Impact Investment Bonds

Oversubscribed, CDFI Bond Demand Affirms Interest in Socially Responsible Outcome at Competitive Market Rate

April 2017

News IFC, Amundi to Create World’s Largest Green-Bond Fund Dedicated to Emerging Markets

IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and Amundi, a leading European Asset Manager, today agreed to create the largest green-bond fund dedicated to emerging markets—a $2 billion initiative that aims to deepen local capital markets and expand financing for climate (...)

March 2017

Innovation BlackRock launches Green Bond Index Fund as investors seek exposure to environmentally positive investment solutions

BlackRock has launched a Green Bond Index Fund, responding to the growing demand from investors for this fast-growing part of the fixed income market. BlackRock is one of the leading asset managers in the Green Bond market, with extensive experience of managing Green Bond (...)

March 2017

News ENGIE successfully issues its second Green Bond of €1,5 billion

To support its ambitious development strategy in renewable energies and energy efficiency, ENGIE issued its second Green Bond of €1,5 billion. The Group reaffirms its commitment and determination to play a leading role in the development of green (...)

March 2017

Innovation BlackRock completes sustainable equity ETF range with launch of Japanese equity fund

BlackRock is expanding its European sustainable exchange traded fund (ETF) range, with the launch of a fund offering exposure to Japanese companies with the highest environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings.

March 2017

News Norges Bank has decided to exclude 10 companies based on the product-based coal criterion

The exclusions follow Norges Bank Investment Management’s third round of analysis of companies that may be affected by this criterion. The exclusions comprise all companies’ unlisted subsidiaries that issue bonds. The exception is green bonds, or subsidiaries that are deemed (...)

February 2017

News ERI Scientific Beta makes comprehensive carbon reporting available free of charge for all indices

ERI Scientific Beta has announced an expansion of the Scientific Beta platform’s analytics capabilities, available with immediate effect from February 2017. Notably, within the context of ERI Scientific Beta’s environmental initiatives, the carbon metrics, have been extended (...)

February 2017

News Natixis Asset Management pledges commitment to carbon neutral strategy

Natixis Asset Management aims to be one of the main players in a more sustainable capitalist economy and this responsibility applies not only to its operations as an asset manager, but also to the way the company runs on a daily (...)

February 2017

News Deutsche AM enters ESG corporate bond ETF market

Deutsche Asset Management (Deutsche AM) has created a fixed income ETF to provide investors with environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG)-focused exposure to the euro-denominated corporate bond market.

January 2017

News Agence France Trésor announced the successful launch of the first French sovereign green bond

Today, Agence France Trésor announced the successful launch of the first French sovereign green bond with a maturity of 22 years. The Green OAT 1.75% 25 June 2039 issuance amount was €7bn, making it the largest and longest-dated green bond ever (...)

January 2017

News Amundi Energy Transition completes its first energy transition-related financing transaction

Amundi Energy Transition (AET), the asset management company jointly owned by Amundi and EDF, has completed the acquisition of a majority interest in a portfolio of gas-powered cogeneration plants from Dalkia, a leading French energy services company and EDF subsidiary. This (...)

January 2017

News AFT will maintain its flexible and innovative issuance strategy in 2017 with the launch of a green OAT

In a 2017 market environment where the ECB sustains quantitative easing throughout the year, Agence France Trésor will continue to adapt its issuance policy to market developments. AFT will continue its policy of adjusting issuance to investor demand during the year to (...)

December 2016

News Unigestion selected by Kirstein A/S to subadvise new fund with reduced CO2 emissions

Unigestion, the boutique asset manager with scale, was recently selected as subadvisor of K Invest Low Carbon Global Equity fund, co-developing the low carbon approach with Kirstein A/S, a leading financial consultant in Denmark. The fund aims to achieve above average (...)

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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, (...)

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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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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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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 Nordea launches the Global Gender Diversity Fund

Nordea launched a fund that will capitalize on the growing evidence of gender balance within a company being positive for earnings. The Global Gender Diversity Fund will invest in companies that actively seek to improve the gender balance. This increases the likelihood of (...)

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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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Kiosk Alternatives to financial markets investments

The financial investment is not limited to financial markets assets and the current uncertainties obviously feed such thoughts. Indeed, there are many investment vehicles that could create value in a portfolio.

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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 ETFGI reports Assets invested in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPs listed globally reaches a record US$25 Bn at the end of January 2019

ETFGI reported that Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) ETFs and ETPs listed globally gathered net inflows of US$730 million during January. Total assets invested in ESG ETFs and ETPs increased by 9.97% from US$22.47 billion at the end of December, to a record (...)

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News Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management has confirmed its engagement with the SRI market

According to Pierre Nebout, Co-head of European equity management at EDRAM, this program represents the interests of a growing number of shareholders and combines a long track record with an expert understanding of French (...)

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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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Opinion Fair trade, angel or demon ?

As citizens movements connect politically and economically, fair trade talks about itself. A fair and equitable trade, what is more decent in appearance ? But in order to determine the fair part of trade, we need beforehand to determine what we mean by this (...)

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Regulation EIOPA investigates how ESG and climate risks will be included in Solvency 2

In March 2018, the European Commission adopted an action plan to integrate sustainable finance within the financial system. For this purpose it asked EIOPA and ESMA to submit proposals on how to take ESG and climate risks into account under Solvency 2 and the Insurance (...)

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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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