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EU Commission issues guidelines to strengthen CSR reporting - news

By Vikas Vij — Non-Financial Reporting (NFR) is an effective way for businesses to integrate sustainability into their decision-making processes. NFR can help companies identify critical...

East Capital’s new Sustainable Emerging Markets Fund leverages proprietary ESG for alpha - news

By Roger Aitken — East Capital, an independent asset manager specializing in emerging and frontier markets that manages €2.7 billion (c.$3.08bn/£2.38bn) in public and private...

London Stock Exchange’s ESG reporting guidance responds to investors - news

By Roger Aitken — The London Stock Exchange Group (LSEG) has issued guidance through its Global Sustainable Investment Centre that sets out recommendations for good practice in...

ESG factors drive stronger performance in emerging markets equities - news

By Roger Aitken— Investing in emerging markets (EM) equities with high environmental, social and governance (ESG) ratings leads to “better performance” when adjusted for...

ESG trends to impact capital markets in 2017 - news

By Vikas Vij —The beginning of 2017 marks an inflection point for institutions that want to invest for the long-term. Investors and policy makers have increasingly advocated against...

UK VCs focus on ESG-driven investments - news

By Vikas Vi — A Venture Capital Trust (VCT) is a type of publicly listed, tax-advantaged investment fund in the UK, designed as a way for individual investors to gain access to VC...

The Shareholder Revolution? - news

by Adam Woodhall — At the recent The Crowd  event, the title was "The Shareholder Revolution?" . The question mark was particularly important because, as was made...

Companies driving progress on UN SDGs - news

by Vikas Vij — The world’s current rate of action may not be enough to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. To reach the goals, the private sector,...

Extel’s 14th SRI & Sustainability Survey highlights need to do more  - news

by Roger Aitken — This year’s annual WeConvene Extel and UK Sustainable & Finance Association (UKSIF) SRI & Sustainability survey reveals that while almost 40% of asset...

Standish Mellon joins climate bond partnership intensifying ‘sustainable investing’ commitment - news

by Roger Aitken—Standish Mellon Asset Management (‘Standish’), a BNY Mellon investment boutique with around $158 billion (£121bn, €143bn) of assets under management,...

ESG risks should be disclosed: environmental groups petition Securities and Exchange Commission - news

by Brian Collet — All companies should disclose the environmental, social and governance risks of their activities to aid investors in making choices. This recommendation has been...

Brexit could be bad for the environment - news

By Reynard Loki — A new report by Sustainalytics, a sustainability research and analysis firm, suggests that Brexit could prompt British companies to slack off on green schemes, which...

Singapore Stock Exchange Launches Sustainability Indices - news

by Vikas Vij - Investors increasingly want access to information on ESG factors in order to evaluate listed companies. Leading global stock exchanges now recognize that corporate disclosure on...

KKR portfolio companies get new green solutions platform - news

Interview by Kelly Eisenhardt As Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues continue to grow in importance for mainstream investors, KKR’s pioneering environmental initiative...

Morningstar launches new sustainability rating for sustainable investors - news

Morningstar has introduced a new sustainable investing initiative, the Morningstar Sustainability Rating for funds. This rating will help investors evaluate mutual and ETF funds that invest in...

Reporting in Europe breaks new ground - news

This year the first directive mandating non-financial corporate disclosures is due to take effect across the EU which breaks new ground in corporate reporting requirements. Elisabeth Jeffries...

Stricter compliance policies required to end forced labour - news

Around the globe, desperate and poor people are still being sold or forced into slavery. Whether in fishing, agriculture, construction or other work, these men, women and children are ending up...

Environment tops CSR agenda in Japan - news

The Tokyo Foundation, an independent, Japanese, not-for-profit think tank that works on policy proposals for both the public and private sectors recently reported on the growing importance of...

EIB-backed initiative boosts climate conscious investing - news

The European Investment Bank (EIB), BNP Paribas and Vigeo have launched Tera Neva, a sustainable investment initiative which allows investors to align their financial objectives with their...

BlackRock launches Impact World Equity Fund fusing ‘social and financial’ goals - news

The launch mid this October of the BlackRock Strategic Funds’ (BSF) Impact World Equity Fund, a liquid UCITS fund that aims to invest in “measurable” social and environmental...

Channel NewsAsia ranks top performing companies for sustainability - news

Regional broadcaster Channel NewsAsia and its partners, CSR Asia, and Sustainalytics, have announced the list of top performing Asian companies for the 2015 Channel NewsAsia Sustainability...

ESG factors gaining recognition for boosting business performance - news

Successful shareholder engagement on environmental and social issues helps companies improve both their financial performance and governance, showing that involvement that is “less...

'Critical disconnect' between IFAs and responsible investment revealed - news

A survey of 400 global Independent Financial Advisors (IFAs) has shown that many fail to even discuss responsible investment with their clients. Research from Alquity, the responsible...

Clear-cut link found between ESG disclosure and business performance - news

New research has found a definitive link between ESG disclosure and business performance. The analysis by responsible investment manager Alquity and Cass Business School of over 4,400 listed...

Two-thirds of UK investors ignorant of ESG performance of their investments - news

A new study reveals that almost two-thirds of investors don’t know whether the activities of industries or companies they are investing in are ethical or not. According to the survey...

Sustainalytics buys ESG Analytics reinforcing commitment to leveraging product innovation - news

The acquisition of ESG Analytics AG, a Zurich-based provider of web-based solutions that assists asset managers and owners to analyse and manage environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk,...

Cecil the lion and the big data revolution - news

‘Big data’ has been one of the buzz phrases of the last five years and has already spawned an analytics industry worth $125bn. But is it all hype or does it have the power to...

EIRIS partners with Brazil’s SITAWI and bolsters Latin American presence - news

EIRIS, a leading environmental, social and governance (ESG) research provider, revealed this August that Brazil’s innovative social and sustainable finance specialist SITAWI had joined...

Many happy returns - news

Alquity was founded in 2010 by Paul Robinson , to offer investors a more responsible way to invest by achieving strong returns whilst putting something back and creating a Virtuous Circle of...

Pirelli revs up sustainability rating - news

Pirelli has been named as the leading automotive supplier in an assessment for the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Based on the DVFA's (Deutscher Verband der Finanzanalysten) published...

MSCI names new head of ESG research - news

Antti Savilaakso has joined its MSCI ESG Research Inc. team as European Head of ESG Research at MSCI Inc, a leading provider of research-based indexes and analytics. Based in London,...

Put the ‘S’ back into ESG, says NAPF - news

Companies should be including data on their workforces in their corporate reporting in order to give investors greater insight in to their business model, says a new discussion paper from the...

Workforce ‘missing piece of reporting jigsaw’ says NAPF - news

Companies should be including data on their workforces in their corporate reporting in order to give investors greater insight in to their business model, says a new discussion paper from the...

Nathan Fabian leaves IGCC for PRI - news

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has named Nathan Fabian as Director of Policy. He will take up his new role on 30 June 2015. Fabian joins the PRI after six years as ceo of...

Solactive oekom Ethical Low Volatility Index launched as BNP Paribas takes licence - news

Solactive AG (‘Solactive’), a German index provider head-quartered in Frankfurt that develops, calculates and distributes tailor-made indices globally, launched its Solactive oekom...

3BL Media acquires UK-based CSR publisher of Ethical Performance - news

3BL Media, LLC, a corporate communications platform exclusively dedicated to the distribution of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability news and content, has acquired Dunstans...

Scotland to host inaugural Global Ethical Finance Forum - news

Hosted by the Scottish Government, the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) in September is being hailed as an historic initiative, in conjunction with the Islamic Finance Council UK (IFC UK) and...

Just how transparent is your data? - news

The type of information provided by corporate sustainability reports, and in non- financial disclosures varies widely. Investment analysts or other report users may believe they are reading...

Banks warned over ESG risks of palm oil investments - news

Environmental and human rights groups have sent a global alert to several banks over their investment in Golden Agri-Resources (GAR), one of the world's largest palm oil companies....

Global sustainable investing assets balloon 61% to reach $21.4trn - news

The global sustainable investment market grew substantially over a two-year period between 2012 and 2014 in both absolute and relative terms according to ‘The Global Sustainable Investment...

inside investment Time shortening between ESG issues emerging and market reaction - MSCI - news

A report from MSCI ESG Research, a provider of research and analysis of the environmental, social and governance-related (ESG) business practices of companies globally, has suggested that that...

RepRisk releases latest Most Controversial Companies report - news

RepRisk, the provider of business intelligence on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks, has released the fifth edition of its Most Controversial Companies (MCC) Report. The data...

US SRI investing assets surge 76% - news

The US SIF Foun-dation’s latest biennial trends survey titled ‘Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends 2014’, marks the tenth edition of the report...

Digital planet poses challenges to society but offers ‘extraordinary potential’ - news

  In the first of a two-part Amity Insight research paper by Ecclesiastical Investment Management Limited (‘EIM’) titled ‘Digital Planet: A brave new world for...

ESG factors now integral to investment process, says Aviva - news

In its second biennial survey of global asset managers on environment, social and governance (ESG) issues, Aviva Investors’ multi-manager research team has found that there is widespread...

European SRI market’s growth signals change in investor mindset - news

The sixth biennial Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study from the European Sustainable Investment Forum (EUROSIF), the leading pan-European Sustainable and Responsible Investment (SRI)...

ESG factors having stronger effect on consumer attitudes - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI...

Banks beware: consumers rate ESG factors as high as service levels - news

Corporate performance on environmental, social, governance and ethical grounds can have a strong effect on how consumers feel about their bank or wealth manager. Indeed, a new Ipsos MORI survey...

Growth of SRI shows new level of maturity, says EUROSIF - news

EUROSIF, the European Sustainable Investment Forum, has unveiled the findings of its 6th Sustainable and Responsible Investment Study, first published in 2003. The Study highlights the scale of...

Colombia’s Bolsa de Valores joins UN’s sustainable stock exchange initiative - news

The announcement on 22 July 2014 that the Colombian Stock Exchange (Bolsa de Valores Colombia (BVC)) is partnering with the United Nation’s (UN) Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE)...

Coming of age: the new sustainability math - news

Last week, I went surfing for the first time with my 10-year-old son Evan. Not wanting to be outshined or embarrassed, I spent more time then I care to admit reading up on websites proclaiming...

Kepler Cheuvreux scoops SRI & sustainability title in Extel survey - news

Independent European financial services firm, Kepler Cheuvreux, reconfirmed its status this July as the leading local broker in Europe in the Thomson Reuters Extel/UKSIF SRI & Sustainability...

Alexander takes chair at UKSIF - news

The UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF) has welcomed Lesley Alexander as its new chair. Lesley, ceo of HSBC Bank Pension Trust (UK) Limited, will replace Martin Clarke...

London Stock Exchange joins UN’s SSE - news

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) Group is to partner with the United Nations Sustainable Stock Exchanges (SSE) initiative, joining nine other exchanges in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia to...

Leading investment institutions make case for responsibility - news

There is significant untapped potential for investors to exert a positive influence on the economy, environment and society, by practising responsible investment, according to a new report...

Impact investment comes of age - news

The proponents of impact investing believe that we are witnessing a seismic shift in investment behaviour. Miranda Ingram reports   It is hard to imagine what the past fifty...

ESG factors gaining momentum with investors says AXA - news

Clients are increasingly asking for the monitoring and assessment of environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks in their portfolios according to a report published by AXA Investment...

Unilever's Lifebuoy campaign achieves dramatic results - news

Incidences of diarrhoea have dropped from 36% to just 5% in the Indian village of Thesgora as a direct result of Unilever’s soap brand Lifebuoy’s ‘Help a Child Reach 5’...

RobecoSAM expands SI expertise - news

RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, has appointed Lucas van Berkestijn (right) and Cécile Churet (far right) as Sustainability Investing...

GRI vs IIRC vs SASB: no synergy, no leadership - news

Elaine Cohen, ceo of Beyond Business Ltd, discusses the current state of play in reporting frameworks   We are witnessing a leadership battle for ownership of sustainability...

Socially responsible investment prognosis set positive for 2014 - news

The year 2014 is “unlikely to see the spectacular equity returns” enjoyed during 2013, but it will be a year in which assets in a logical manner can be managed, according to Amy...

BMS market takes first step with FTSE4Good - news

The market for breast milk substitutes is a highly contentious ethical area, especially for investors. The FTSE4Good criteria for the category – launched last year – is an attempt...

Winning partners - news

A PhD or Doctorate is a research degree, designed to demonstrate research competence, mastery of a subject area and to develop original insight – pushing the boundaries of knowledge, just...

New kids on the block at Global Child Forum - news

Inger Ashing has joined Global Child Forum as executive director. She was previously deputy head of the government agency Swedish National Board for Youth Affairs and serves as chairman of the...

Turkish stock exchange to launch sustainability index - news

The Turkish stock exchange, the Borsa Istanbul, is to partner with EIRIS, the global responsible investment research provider, to develop the BIST Sustainability Index, which will be...

ESG analyst Vigeo new sustainability focuses - news

ESG analyst Vigeo has published two new sustainability focuses; one on the extractive industries – Extractive industries and the challenges of implementing the Voluntary Principles in Weak...

Unilever’s Lifebuoy expands infant life-saving programme - news

Unilever’s soap brand, Lifebuoy, is to expand its Help a Child Reach 5 campaign. The campaign, which was launched earlier this year, sets out to end preventable deaths of children under 5...

Unilever’s Lifebuoy expands infant life-saving programme - news

Unilever soap brand, Lifebuoy, is to expand its Help a Child Reach 5 campaign. The campaign, which was launched earlier this year, sets out to end preventable deaths of children aged under 5 by...

Peter Webster elected to PRI council - news

The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has announced the results of its annual election of signatories to the PRI Advisory Council and Peter Webster, ceo of EIRIS, a leading global...

Report sets new benchmark for corporate sustainability in Africa - news

The UN Global Compact and newspaper group Financial Times have produced the first benchmark for CSR in Africa. The joint initiative, the Africa Sustainability Barometer, gauges the state of...

Sweden proves world's most sustainable country - news

RobecoSAM’s new study has found Sweden to be the most sustainable country in the world. The study, which evaluates 59 countries (21 from developed and 38 from emerging markets) on a...

CalPERS launches sustainability factor SRI database - news

The California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) and its academic partners have launched a searchable database of more than 700 academic studies on sustainability...

‘Sin stocks’ still main ESG focus for many investment funds - news

Only a minority of common investment funds (CIFs) consider issues outside of the traditional 'sin stocks' of tobacco, alcohol, gambling, military and pornography, according to the EIRIS...

Institutional integrity... - news

Three quarters of companies targeted in an investor engagement aimed at improving disclosure and understanding of companies’ anti-corruption risk management have significantly improved...

Investors encourage participation in UN’s ‘PRI for Rio’ global initiative - news

As investors across the globe are increasingly evaluating companies’ ability to address environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) opportunities and challenges, a coalition of 34...

IHRB guide calls for effective integration of human rights risk in investments - news

A new guide from the IHRB will help investors work with companies to ensure they have the systems and know-how to deal with human rights risks, Margaret Wachenfeld, director of legal affairs at...

Dujardin joins Sustainalytics - news

Sustainalytics has hired Loic Dujardin as a director of the research products team. Loic formally joins the organization on May 1, 2013 and will be based in the firm’s Singapore office....

AXA develops ESG framework - news

AXA Investment Managers has developed a framework for analysing sovereign debt portfolios according to ESG criteria. Following publication of its own research study, Sovereign debt investing:...

UKSIF in drive to convince investors of long-term benefits of active ownership - news

While fund managers have often been the focus of those looking for more sustainable investment approaches, UKSIF chief executive Penny Shepherd tells Mike Scott how their attention is moving to...

European Parliament backs law on non-financial reporting - news

The European Parliament has adopted a resolution to require EU businesses to introduce non-financial disclosure as part of a wider emphasis on using CSR as a driver of economic recovery....

Sustainable investing takes off in Asia - news

Sustainable investing has become a significant force in Asia, with 130 of the region’s fund managers using sustainable approaches to build investments, worth $74bn (£47bn,...

EuroCharity teams with VRS to launch ESG report - news

EuroCharity has partnered with Valuation & Research Specialists (VRS) to launch an ESG Metrics Report service for its corporate members. The service will offer stakeholder briefings on...

ESG ‘increasingly decisive’ in private equity purchases - news

Many businesses have halted mergers and acquisitions because of their target companies’ poor ESG performance, a new report reveals. And the study, commissioned by the UN-backed...

Sustainability principles drive New Zealand’s farming power house - news

Farmland is an inflation-proof, defensive asset that has performed well during periods of stagflation. The farming business is also, by definition, inextricably linked with sustainability,...

Once bitten, twice shy: how unexpected risks are concentrating investors’ minds - news

Data is the unglamorous foundation on which investment decisions are built. And the increasing availability of reliable ESG data is giving investors more powerful risk-assessment tools,...

Move to cloud computing promises major CO2 cuts - news

China’s bourgeoning industrial and commercial sector could cut CO2 emissions by 1.9m tonnes a year – the equivalent of removing 700,000 vehicles from China’s roads – by...

Supply chain labour issues ‘a reputational timebomb’ - news

More than a third of companies appear uninterested in supply chain labour conditions, despite the increasing risk the issue poses to corporate reputation and the threat of boycotts and other...

Sophisticated strategies underpin surging growth of European SRI market - news

Europe’s SRI growth is outperforming the market, with investors adopting a wider and more sophisticated array of investment strategies, says the European Forum for Sustainable Investment...

New recruits at FTSE ESG unit - news

Kevin Bourne and Gordon Morrison have joined FTSE Group’s new Environmental Social Governance (ESG) Service Unit, Kevin as MD and Gordon as head of a new ESG Analytics team. The unit will...

US proxy set to stay central to corporate engagement – despite better dialogue - news

Shareholder dialogue with US corporations is improving but Timothy Smith, of Boston-based Walden Asset Management, tells Robert Kropp that filing resolutions will remain a crucial element of...

EU presses to have ESG profile of retail investment products published - news

An EC proposal for retail investors to be informed about how ESG concerns are taken into account in their investment has been welcomed.   Eurosif believes that the EC’s...

Comprehensive reporting law adopted by France - news

Companies either headquartered in France and which operate there will be required to comply with a CSR reporting mandate.   Article 225 of the Grenelle II Act is one of the most...

A duty of business: to protect human rights - news

Harvard professor John Ruggie has been toiling on behalf of the UN since 2005 to devise a framework for ways in which businesses should manage their interactions with the lives they affect. Are...

Shareholder engagement driving corporate change - news

Margaret Thatcher loved to talk up the shareholder democracy – particularly when she was selling off one of the UK’s publicly-owned industries. Which was, as it turned out, quite...

Five stock exchanges to promote corporate responsibility - news

Nasdaq is among five stock exchanges that have committed to promoting CSR principles among the nearly 5,000 companies collectively listed on their markets.    The US technology...

Board aims to put natural and financial capital on the same footing in the US - news

It’s time company reporting on environmental, social and governance issues is given the same rigour as financial reporting, Jean Rogers, chief executive of the Sustainability Accounting...

Insurance industry bodies back UN ESG principles - news

Leading insurance companies and industry bodies from across nations and regions have committed to a UN-backed programmes to green the sector and promote responsible investment globally....

Walden leads fund managers’ call for full disclosure of corporate lobbying spend - news

US-based investor Walden Asset Management is leading 40 fund managers in challenging companies to disclose their spending on political lobbying. The investors’ alliance has filed...

Barclays and MSCI introduce indices to promote growth in ESG investment - news

Global ESG indices for fixed-income bonds are to be introduced by MSCI and Barclays. MSCI, the investment consultancy and index provider, and Barclays, which publishes market bond...

Emerald Wrap set to sparkle Down Under - news

The first platform for responsible investment has been launched in Australia. The Emerald Wrap, which immediately becomes a signatory to the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment, will...

AfricaSIF sets out to bridge the reality deficit for foreign investors - news

Africa has become a destination for investment, but many misconceptions remain about the continent, particularly in developed markets. Graham Sinclair and Miles Mudzviti, of the newly-formed...

Chinese state steps in with ‘transformative’ move on sustainability in private sector - news

China has introduced green lending guidelines for banks in order to encourage sustainable growth in the private sector. The government’s banking regulator, the China Banking...

Negative investor sentiment hits mining offenders - news

RepRisk has named Alpha Natural Resources, Newmont and Glencore as the world’s most controversial mining companies in its latest research on ESG risks to corporate reputations....

‘Investor ambivalence’ a drag on ESG performance - news

Global stock exchanges are the leaders in promoting CSR performance and reporting but remain restricted by regulation and investor ambivalence, according to new research from Aviva Investors in...

Richards moves from Aviva to Threadneedle - news

Threadneedle Investments has appointed Iain Richards as head of governance and responsible investment. Richards joins from Aviva Investors, where he was regional head of corporate governance for...

Ten years and counting on broadening demand for ESG investment tools - news

The FTSE4Good index was launched a decade ago, but its senior executive Tony Campos tells Mike Scott that ESG-driven investments are set to break out of their niche It’s been ten...

Hunt for the ‘holy grail’ of corporate reporting - news

Corporate reporting as an activity is evolving along with the ever rising demands of stakeholders and others. But can integrated reporting bring the transparency and openness being called for?...

Sustainalytics moves into Korea - news

Sustainalytics will expand into Korea, having formed a strategic partnership with the country’s largest SRI research and consulting company Sustinvest. The European and US consultancy will...

UN backs core values on commodity markets - news

UN-backed principles for commodities-related investments have been established to help institutional investors navigate the sector’s CSR implications. Responsible Investment in...

Majority of Asian companies ‘failing to recognise basic employee rights’ - news

Nine-tenths of Asian companies have no human rights policies covering their operations in sensitive countries, and are failing to consider the International Labour Organization’s basic...

inbrief - news

Therese Niklasson has joined Investec Asset Management as the company’s new head of environmental, social and governance (ESG) research. Niklasson, who joins from Threadneedle, where she...

A corporate accident waiting to happen - news

The phone-hacking scandal has not only closed the UK’s News of the World newspaper, but has cast doubt over the Murdochs’ future at News Corp Tabloid journalism in Britain...

Multinational subsidiaries are no safe haven in Africa - news

It is generally accepted that Africa should deliver strong portfolio growth in the decade ahead. Yet African markets have specific environmental, social and governance (ESG) risks that need to...

Investors urge oil firms: abandon Assad regime - news

Institutional investors have urged oil companies operating in Syria to withdraw or condemn the brutal repression by the country’s Bashar al-Assad dictatorship. Members of Conflict...

Sustainable investment taking root in Africa - news

Sustainable investment has found a ‘strong niche foothold’ in sub-Saharan Africa and is expected to grow significantly over the next five years. This is the optimistic...

The economics of DZ’s new SRI analysis service - news

The German bank has launched one of the first sustainability ratings systems to include financial perspectives in its metrics. Mike Scott talks to the firm’s SRI research head to find out...

Nuclear power ‘will survive’ - news

Japan’s nuclear power crisis will not derail the industry’s expansion worldwide, but will have lasting implications for power generation everywhere, a leading research and...

Accountancy: the front line of sustainable investment - news

Accountants are expanding the financial information SRI investors use to make decisions with. Mike Scott speaks to Richard Spencer of the Institute of Chartered Accountants to discuss the...

Index provider offers new global rating system - news

A new ratings system scoring companies on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices has been created by the FTSE4Good index series. The new service for investors and asset...

tackling ingrained attitudes about sustainability - news

Mike Scott speaks to Bozena Jankowska, head of sustainability at RCM – the investment manager of Allianz Global Investors – on her plans for more research and education Having one of the world’s...

Private equity move to back ethical firms - news

Co-operative Asset Management has agreed to work with the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts to invest in start-up socially responsible companies. The deal means Co-operative Asset...

Putting the 'S' back into ESG: the Oxfam way - news

Oxfam has published research looking at how investors can influence international development and poverty work. Mike Scott speaks to Rory Sullivan, the initiative's community lead...

In a year of turmoil, what were CSR's key events? - news

EP asked a selection of senior people in CSR and SRI to identify the most significant thing to happen in the world of responsible business during 2010 Jon Woodhead, director , Two...

PRI surge gives boost to responsible investment overhaul - news

The number of signatories to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) has jumped  by more than 30 per cent in a year, to 808. The UN claims the surge...

inbrief - news

An organ of the Chinese state has created a CSR index jointly with a European partner. The China ESG 40 Equity Index, which has exclusively environmental, social and governance requirements, is...

why Aberdeen believes it’s always good to talk - news

In-house research and good working relationships are at the heart of one UK asset manager’s SRI strategy. Mike Scott speaks to Cindy Rose, the firm's socially responsible investment head For...

Investors get help with proxy voting - news

UK investment consultants Eiris have begun advising clients on proxy voting based on environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. Last week the company launched an ‘Enhanced ESG...

Trying to bring the Nordic region up to speed - news

Nordea's head of SRI, Sasja Beslik, believes responsible investment products in the Scandinavian region are 'ridiculous' and, in many cases, at least ten years behind the times....

Investor coalition demands answers from Global Compact 'laggards' - news

Investors signed up to the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) are targeting 86 large companies that failed to submit an update last year on their implementation of the Global Compact’s...

inbrief - news

The UK Environment Agency is terminating business with European Credit Management, the bond manager of its pension fund, after poor financial performance and its failure to sign up to the UN...

Investors ‘need EC-funded training’ on SRI - news

The European Commission has been urged to provide cash to train analysts and investors in evaluating companies’ social and environmental performance. The call comes from the European...

Merger of SRI institutions needs careful managing - news

The UN’s takeover of the Enhanced Analytics Initiative raises many issues, says Steve Waygood As you may have read in EP at the back end of last year, the Enhanced Analytics...

Firms getting better at dealing with ESG risks - news

Companies worldwide have improved their performance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) risk management over the past three years, according to new research. A study of more than...

Pension funds still out of touch on SRI issues - news

A watchdog has warned that UK pension funds’ risk management and accountability performance shows dangerous gaps, and has raised questions about the fund management industry’s...

Asian real estate fails to impress - news

Asian real estate companies have poor environmental, social and governance practices, a new study has found. The shortcomings include use of non-renewable raw materials and excessive water...

Finding solutions to big sustainability challenges - news

Mike Scott talks to Rob Lake of the giant Dutch pension portfolio manager APG about its inclusive approach to ethical investment –  and why climate change will be its major focus...

Italian bank comes up with water index - news

An Italian investment bank is to create an index based on water-related risk exposure. EPCI, a rating and index company that is part of Mittel bank, has designed the Global Blue Gold Equity...

Asian real estate sector falls short - news

Asian real estate companies are performing poorly on environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices, according to a new study. The report on more than 50 businesses by Singapore-based...

Third world companies match western peers - news

Some third world businesses now match their counterparts in developed countries on environmental matters such as climate change, but still lag far behind on human rights and other social issues,...

When an ethical stance is not just academic - news

Mindful of its client base, the giant TIAA-CREF pension fund for teachers is trying to incorporate corporate responsibility issues into its investment decisions. Mike Scott talks to one of its...

Firms told: ‘lobby for good’ - news

Too few companies use their lobbying powers to push for beneficial social change, says a new paper. Authors Kyle Peterson and Marc Pfitzer, directors at the US-based consultancy ESG Social...

Office supplies firm takes Australian award - news

Corporate Express Australia, the office supplies and services company, has been named Sustainable Company of the Year in the Australian Sustainability Awards. The business took the title at...

UN to establish non-financial database - news

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is creating a global database of environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment research. The database will be its...

Job losses begin as crunch leads to internal reshuffles - news

Signs that the global financial crisis is starting to affect jobs in the responsible business world emerged last month as three large businesses – Eversheds, JPMorgan and Citigroup –...

The Financial Crisis - news

A failure of risk management on a massive scale The crisis has exposed shortcomings and omissions in some ESG research, but will increase demand for non-financial information on...

The global financial crisis presents a challenge for CSR practitioners - news

Not the least important among the many issues raised by the turmoil in financial markets is the performance of the executives working in the CSR and sustainability fields. Within the corporate...

Merger aims to create ‘powerful voice’ on SRI - news

The Enhanced Analytics Initiative (EAI), which aims to improve the quality of investment research into extra-financial issues, is to be subsumed into the UN Principles for Responsible Investment...

New ranking may be unpopular, but it's here to stay - news

Pharmaceutical companies are not happy, but a number of influential investors have expressed their support for the Access to Medicine Index. EP looks at a controversial new measure of...

The PRI seeks to pull off a tricky balancing act - news

The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment have passed the two-year mark. EP talks to executive director James Gifford about investor collaboration. The UN Principles for...

Regnan analyses sustainability of Australian stocks - news

Governance scandals and climate change are pushing social and environmental issues up the agenda for companies and investing institutions in Australia. Erik Mather talks to Mike Scott The...

A bright future is in prospect for ethical investment indices - news

Another day, another ethical investment index. Last month, three big equity index providers added to their already extensive offerings. Standard & Poor’s launched the ESG Index of 50...

India gets its own SRI index - news

India has become the latest emerging market to have a dedicated index of companies that demonstrate superior social and environmental performance. The universe of Standard &...

new firm provides Aussie SRI services - news

A specialist governance research and engagement service called Regnan has been set up in Australia by eight institutional investors and the country’s largest university. Erik Mather, managing...

Aussie investors create research arm - news

Eight large institutional investors have combined with Monash University in Melbourne to set up a specialist service provider in governance research and engagement. The founding companies –...

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Done and Said: Gas Natural Fenosa publishes its corporate responsibility report - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading multinational group in the energy sector and a pioneer in gas and electricity integration, with a balanced business mix, which supplies gas and electricity to...

SAB Miller, Arcelor Mittal and BT share sustainability reporting strategies - reports

Sustainability reporting has evolved drastically over the past few years; with the increasing legislation, opportunities from the SDGs as well as plethora of options that a connected digital...

State Street Achieves Its Environmental Goals Three Years Ahead of Schedule and Details Corporate Responsibility Practices in Annual Report - reports

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced the release of its 2016 Corporate Responsibility (CR) report, which highlights the company’s commitment to corporate citizenship, and...

Bloomberg Publishes 2016 Impact Report - reports

Bloomberg published its eighth Impact Report, which highlights the integration of sustainability into our products, communities and operations, as well as the progress we’ve made towards...

Making a Difference: Accenture’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report Features Progress on Skills Training, Sustainability and Closing the Gender Gap - reports

Accenture’s 2016 Corporate Citizenship Report “ Making a Difference ,” details its commitment to a more inclusive and sustainable world. 

CLP publishes its 15th Sustainability Report: Powering the changing world today for a better tomorrow - reports

CLP, one of the largest investor-operators of power assets in the Asia-Pacific region, has published its 2016 Sustainability Report showing a detailed picture of its performance on how it...

Barclays shares first year results of Shared Growth Ambition - reports

Today, Barclays published its annual Citizenship performance in the  Barclays PLC Annual Report 2016 . 

Legg Mason, Inc. Issues 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Report - reports

Legg Mason and its Affiliates Boast 29 Years of Bringing ESG Strategies to Clients, Furthering Mission of “Investing to Improve Lives” In our 100+ years of investing, Legg Mason...

Commonwealth Bank of Australia Launches Opportunity Initiatives - reports

Commonwealth Bank of Australia has recently launched its new corporate responsibility plan, Opportunity Initiatives. “Opportunity Initiatives demonstrates our intent to create more...

NBAD publishes its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ - reports

NBAD has released its 2015 Corporate Sustainability Report. The report titled ‘Being a Good Corporate Citizen’ covers NBAD’s progress during the 2015 calendar year.

NEC Releases Annual Report on Corporate Social Responsibility - reports

NEC Corporation announced today the release of its annual report on corporate social responsibility (CSR) during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016. NEC has announced its CSR activities aiming...

Done and Said: Gas Natural Fenosa publishes its corporate responsibility report, adding a specific chapter on responsible supply chain. - reports

Gas Natural Fenosa is a leading multinational group in the energy sector and a pioneer in gas and electricity integration, with a balanced business mix, which supplies gas and electricity to...

The 10th Annual CR Reporting and Sustainability Communications Event adds new ESG Symposium track - reports

In a new addition for the 2016 event 200+ sustainability professionals will meet with top ESG investors such as Schroders & Standard Life with one purpose: To close the gap between...

Caesars Entertainment 2016 Citizenship Report: Sustained Progress and Leadership - reports

In 2015 Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ:CZR) and related entities generated $4.4m of contributed value for every $10m in revenue, according to the company’s seventh annual...

Cigna Releases Third Annual Corporate Responsibility Report - reports

With the release today of its 2015 Cigna Connects Corporate Responsibility (CR) Report, global health service company Cigna (NYSE:CI) offers an up-close look at the company’s...

CapitaLand Limited Publishes Integrated Global Sustainability Report 2015 - reports

CapitaLand reaffirms its commitment to sustainability with the publication of its seventh Global Sustainability Report. CapitaLand’s sustainability strategy is encapsulated in its...

State Street’s Corporate Responsibility Report Highlights Commitments to Strengthening Local Communities, Protecting the Environment and Promoting Responsible Investing - reports

State Street’s 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report highlights how corporate responsibility is infused across our strategy. By investing with impact, protecting the environment and making...

Enabling sustainability every second - reports

Deutsche Telekom publishes its 2015 Corporate Responsibility Report. Entitled "Act responsibly. Enable sustainability." the CR report provides information on the progress that Deutsche...

City Development Limited (CDL) Integrated Sustainability Report 2016 ‘Integrating our Strengths, Creating Future Value’ - reports

MAKING BUSINESS SENSE OF ROBUST ESG PERFORMANCE      Into its 12th year of sustainability reporting, City Developments Limited (CDL) has continued to push forward with more...

Partnering with you to do good things Old Mutual publishes Positive Futures Plan - reports

Old Mutual’s purpose is to help its customers thrive by enabling them to achieve their lifetime financial goals, while investing their funds in ways which create a positive future for...

CLP Group Publishes 2015 Sustainability Report - reports

CLP is committed to working closely with local governments and communities to facilitate an orderly transition to a low carbon economy.   CLP’s Sustainability Report covers the...

NN Group publishes first Annual Report as listed company - reports

Insurance and investment management company NN Group has a combined reporting approach and its 2014 Annual Report consists of three distinct sections - Annual Review, Financial Report and...

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 - reports

Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Holdings, Inc. (President: Kengo Sakurada) has published Corporate Responsibility Communication 2014 that reports on the Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Group’s initiatives...

Russia's largest bank, Sberbank, publishes first consolidated report on Corporate Social Responsibility - reports

Sberbank has issued a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report for 2013. In contrast to the previous reports, this is the bank's first consolidated report.

Vaisala's Corporate Responsibility Report Launched - reports

Vaisala has taken a strong step into the renewable energies industry.  It is now a leading provider of reliable observation technologies and science-based weather modelling, improving...

CLP Group has published its 2013 Online Sustainability Report - reports

CLP Holdings Limited, a company listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, is the holding company for the CLP Group, one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia Pacific.

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER PROGRAM - calendar

Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business Definitions & interpretations of the elements of sustainability Triple...

ADVANCED CERTIFIED SUSTAINABILITY (CSR) PRACTITIONER TRAINING (IEMA APPROVED) DUBAI - calendar

MODULE 1: Sustainability (CSR) and the Business Case for Adoption Sustainable development: What is and isn’t sustainability The three principles of nature & business...

G&A Invites You: Global ESG Investment Forum: Just Two Weeks Away (Oct 26-27 | London) - calendar

G&A Institute invites you: Hi,     With only 2 weeks away from the Global ESG Investment Forum being held in London on the 26-27th of October 2016, we have included...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 - reports

NKSJ Holdings, Inc. has published its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2013 that reports on the NKSJ Group’s initiatives concerning corporate social responsibility (CSR).  

Enel publishes Sustainability Report 2012: the first one based on materiality analysis - reports

On its tenth year of publication, Enel’s Sustainability Report 2012 has changed its appearance to become more user-friendly and concise, always being compliant with accountability...

Thales's 2012 Corporate Responsibility Performance. A Year of Progress and Recognition - reports

Driven by a common vision of our business and its role in society, and by a strong commitment to ethical conduct, each Thales employee has been contributing directly to the long-term performance...

Sustainability Forum 2015 - calendar

During these challenging times, sustainability is more than ever needed since many of the challenges facing the countries today are a complex mix of environmental, social and economic factors....

Bentall Kennedy releases CR Report - reports

Bentall Kennedy release CR Report.

Responsible Investment Annual Review 2011/12 - reports

The third Annual Responsible Investment Review from Co-operative Asset Management (TCAM) Released.

TBLI Conference Nordic 2015 - calendar

This second TBLI CONFERENCE focusing on the NORDIC region will be held in cooperation with Copenhagen Business School. TBLI CONFERENCES offer a wealth of opportunity for networking...

TBLI Conference Asia 2015 - calendar

We are excited to announce TBLI CONFERENCE ASIA 2015, held in cooperation with  INSEAD in Singapore, 29-30 April. TBLI CONFERENCE offers a wealth of opportunity for networking with...

TBLI Conference Europe - calendar

We are very much looking forward to returning to The Netherlands for our 18th European event: TBLI CONFERENCE™ EUROPE 2014 will take place on 28 & 29 October 2014 in Amsterdam,...

TBLI Conference Series 2015 - calendar

TBLI CONFERENCES in 2015: 23 Jan (Chicago/USA @Kellog/Booth) 29/30 Apr (Singapore/Rep. of Singapore @Insead) 15/16 Jun (Copenhagen/Denmark @Copenhagen School of Business)...

The New Sustainability Math for Business / Developing a world-class reputation risk management approach - calendar

GTQ Presents 2 unique executive training courses for Europe QUANTIFYING SUSTAINABILITY (ESG) PERFORMANCE MASTER CLASS The New Sustainability Math for Business London 21 October 2014...

TBLI Conference Nordic 2014 - calendar

“Connecting The Dots”   TBLI CONFERENCE NORDIC 2014 offers a unique platform to learn about sustainable investing, discuss developments and engage with new business...

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2014 - calendar

TBLI CONFERENCE™ USA 2014 29-30 May hosted by Credit Suisse, 1 Madison Avenue, New York "Connecting The Dots" The program balances topics on both ESG...

Nordea releases its fifth CSR Report - reports

Nordea, the largest financial services group in the Nordic and Baltic Sea region has released its  fifth CSR Report.

TBLI Conference 2014 - calendar

“Connecting the Dots” At TBLI CONFERENCE USA 2014 , attendees are invited to choose from 16 sessions, divided into three 'Tracks’: ESG, Impact Investing and...

UBS publishes its 2012 Corporate Responsibility reporting - reports

ESG CONFERENCE EUROPE: ‘INVESTING IN RESPONSIBILITY 2013’ - calendar

ESG CONFERENCE EUROPE: ‘INVESTING IN RESPONSIBILITY 2013’ Enhanced ESG Communication, Analysis & Engagement for Public Corporations & Investors London, 13...

Quantifying ESG: A practical methodology for valuing non-financial performance - calendar

Quantifying ESG: A practical methodology for valuing non-financial performance (London, 1 July – Amsterdam, 3 July – Paris, 5 July) This unique course offers a practical...

FT/IFC Sustainable Finance Conference and Awards 2013 - calendar

The world faces not only persistent economic and financial uncertainty but also unparalleled resource constraints that are putting pressure on social and environmental systems, particularly in...

Thales 2011 Corporate Responsibility Report has just been published - reports

This yearly report addresses the 10 Global Compact Principles of Responsibility with a focus on 6 of Group’s CR priorities.

Annual GTQ Conference: Investing in Responsibility - calendar

Annual GTQ Conference: Investing in Responsibility, 15 November   Join us in the City of London for the annual SRI-CSR event, bringing together the latest research and practice to...

Marathon Oil publishes CSR report - reports

Marathon Oil Corporation has released its 2010 “Living Our Values” Corporate Social Responsibility Report.

Strategies for clear ESG communications to Responsible Investors - calendar

A two-day executive training seminar for CSR, Risk, and Investor Relations professionals who want to better engage SRI analysts and, most importantly, mainstream investors with a long term...

Enhanced ESG Analysis Conference - GTQ - reports

The 2011 Enhanced ESG Analysis Conference is a two day practical conference for practitioners.  It is designed to explore how the industry is applying ESG criteria to augment current...

Sustainability Evolved: Embedding ESG Performance in Corporate Valuation - calendar

Short-term profits at the expense of long-term sustainability is one of the main drivers of the recession, the occupy Wall Street movement, and the subject of political debate on Capitol Hill....

ASrIA Briefing: The Future of Sustainable Finance - A PRI Perspective - calendar

ASrIA in conjunction with PRI invites you to a discussion on global and regional initiatives with spotlights on the UN-backed Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and Asia Investor Group on...

ESG USA 2011 - calendar

ESG USA 2011 marks the third year that Responsible-Investor.com will bring top-level speakers from asset owners, asset managers and advisors together for targeted, practical debate on pertinent...

How to Embed Sustainability into your Bank- A passport to long-term viability and success - calendar

Attend our practical 2 day conference delivering all the facts, best practice examples, case studies and insights you need to fully embed sustainability into your company. Hear from senior level...

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable - calendar

The United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI) Global Roundtable is the largest global conference exploring sustainable finance and responsible investment. More than 600...

The 2011 Enhanced ESG Analysis Conference - calendar

A pragmatic exploration of the integration of ESG factors into traditional investment analysis. The 2011 conference is an entirely practical event, providing the tools and skills necessary to...

Sustainable Emerging Markets - calendar

This conference will feature:   The regulatory climate: attractive and sustainable for global investors? Assessing investment instruments currently available in BRIC countries, Latin...

Measuring Corporate Sustainability Conference - calendar

How is your company evaluated, measured and ranked on sustainability performance? Understanding this process is a challenge to all parties involved as corporate leaders are tasked to keep up with...

TBLI CONFERENCE™ ASIA 2011 - calendar

In existence for over 13 years, TBLI CONFERENCE™ consists of two annual conferences, in Europe as well as Asia. These two-day events give the world’s leaders on sustainability an opportunity to...

ESG Europe 2010: Investor-Corporate summit - Bridging the gap between investor ESG requirements and CSR reporting - calendar

The crucial relationship between investors and corporations is changing. The new emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and CSR reporting are creating new and testing...

TBLI Conference - calendar

In existence for over 10 years, TBLI CONFERENCE™ consists of two annual conferences, in Europe as well as Asia. These two-day events give the world’s leaders on sustainability an opportunity to...

7th International Responsible Investment Conference - calendar

Climate change, an ageing and growing population, affordable and accessible healthcare and increasing competition for scarce natural resources - these are just a few of the challenges facing us in...

ESG USA 2010 - calendar

Following the success of last year's event, ESG USA 2010 will bring together top-level speakers from the US and Europe for targeted, practical discussion on sustainable and responsible investment....

Canadian Responsible Investment Conference 2010 - calendar

This year's conference explores how innovation is changing the face of socially responsible investment, and how SRI is revolutionizing conventional investment. The sessions include...

TBLI CONFERENCE™ 2009 - calendar

TBLI GROUP™ is a knowledge broker and an extra-financial rainmaker, specializing in Triple Bottom Line Investing (TBLI - investing in “people, planet, and profit”) and ESG (Environmental, Social...

TBLI CONFERENCE™ ASIA 2009 - calendar

TBLI CONFERENCE™ ASIA 2009 is the largest global SRI and ESG learning and networking conference. Join the world’s leaders on sustainability to network, exchange information and ideas on the latest...

3rd Annual Forum on Responsible Investing - calendar

Join Institutional Investor and the Social Investment Forum on January 12th and 13th for the, 3rd Annual Forum on Responsible Investing. The forum will bring together investors and industry experts...

Making it happen: implementing the UN Principles for Responsible Investment - calendar

Just over two years after the UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) were launched by the UN Secretary-General in New York, the initiative has garnered the support of over 360...

The Times Responsible Business Conference - calendar

How to succeed by placing social goals at the heart of corporate identity in the workplace and the community. With keynote addresses from Trevor Philips , Chair, Commission for Equality...

CDL embarks on its next phase of sustainability innovation - bestpractice

CDL integrates sustainability into its business strategy to provide a holistic account of its value creation for stakeholders. Adam Woodhall reports...   Sustainability, when done...

A new lease of life for sustainability - bestpractice

Singapore-based property and hotel conglomerate, City Developments Ltd (CDL), has been leading the way in environmentally-responsible real estate since the mid-1990s when it adopted its...

Taking a responsible approach to change - bestpractice

The origins of financial services were good. Banks, insurance companies and investment houses used the power of the collective to pool and manage money, offering the customer a better deal than...

Learning sustainability by degrees - bestpractice

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility based at Nottingham University Business School has long forged a path in the pursuit of academic recognition for the CR and...

Learning sustainability by degrees - bestpractice

The International Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility based at Nottingham University Business School has long forged a path in the pursuit of academic recognition for the CR and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Drinking in sustainability - bestpractice

With its trailblazing achievements - Coca-Cola HBC (CCHBC) was named the industry leader amongst beverage companies in the 2014 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (both World and Europe) and...

Winning partners - bestpractice

A PhD or Doctorate is a research degree, designed to demonstrate research competence, mastery of a subject area and to develop original insight – pushing the boundaries of knowledge, just...

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