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Sustainable investments deliver higher returns in UK - news

By Vikas Vij — Sustainable or ESG investing originally broke ground when fund managers began actively engaging with companies and started voting down inefficient governance decisions....

Sustainable investments deliver higher returns in UK - news

By Vikas Vij — Sustainable or ESG investing originally broke ground when fund managers began actively engaging with companies and started voting down inefficient governance decisions....

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...

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,...

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...

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)...

Apple faces renewed calls to address worker safety - news

Environmental and human rights organizations, socially responsible investment firms, and occupational health professionals from 27 countries have sent a letter to Apple vp of environmental...

Investment in soft commodity trading ‘problematic’ says report - news

The most recent quarterly ‘Amity Insight’ report from Ecclesiastical Investment Management, which has been at the forefront of socially responsible ethical investments since 1988,...

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...

New BlackRock fund screens out tobacco stocks - news

Global investment manager BlackRock has launched the BlackRock Developed World ex Tobacco Index Fund to meet demand from organisations in the healthcare sector, charities, medical foundations...

SRI turns over new leaf with newfound investors - news

There is emerging evidence that in addition to straight philanthropy through donation or foundations, Ultra High Net Worth Investors (UNHWIs)are also financing social investment. Equally, there...

Kaufmann appointed CEO of Ethos Foundation - news

Vincent Kaufmann has been appointed deputy ceo of Ethos Foundation and Ethos Services. In this position he will work closely with Ethos’ ceo while remaining responsible for fund management...

BT in bid to build online Africa - news

British telecoms giant BT is working with international charity SOS Children’s Villages on its latest CSR programme, Connecting Africa, which will connect 20 of the charity’s sites...

Socially responsible building begins at home - news

There’s a housing crisis in the UK. We must build more homes to relieve the shortage and to kickstart the economy. So investment in housing must be socially responsible, right? Well,...

Romano new ceo at Rothschild - news

Marc Romano has been appointed CEO of Rothschild HDF Investment Solutions, the new entity resulting from the merger of its multi-management activities with HDF Finance. Pierre Lenders left the...

Henderson SRI team move to Wheb - news

The former Henderson SRI team, sacked by the firm at the end of last year ( EP, February 2012, p2 ), has been appointed by the UK-based sustainable investment boutique Wheb Asset Management,...

Germany leads way on comprehensive CSR plan - news

An ambitious green economy drive announced by the German government emphasises principles in corporate responsibility and socially responsible investment. The policy recommendations of the...

Coalition resists social duty call on UK regulator - news

Coalition MPs have defeated an amendment to a bill that would have placed a 'duty' on the UK's planned Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to promote social and responsible investment....

We now have the proof: SRI is at least as good any other strategy - news

Barely a week now goes by without the unveiling of a new piece of research showing that investment in socially responsible companies is likely to bring greater returns. Last month, Pictet Asset...

SRI bodies act to raise profile of ethical investing - news

Leaders of socially responsible investment associations around the world held a strategic summit in New York last month to discuss research collaboration, global policy programmes and sharing...

Asian SRI could catch up with West in five years - news

Socially responsible investment now has a ‘strong foothold’ in Asia and could soon match SRI levels in the West. A paper by Geoffrey Williams, chief executive of OWW Consulting...

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Guidance to help UK charity trustees to adopt responsible investment strategies has been produced by the Eiris Foundation and the Charity Finance Directors’ Group. The guide, Socially...

New criteria open way for nuclear firms - news

The FTSE4Good index will no longer automatically exclude nuclear power companies from its socially responsible investment indexes after announcing new criteria for businesses in the industry....

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Guidance to help UK charity trustees to adopt responsible investment strategies has been produced by the Eiris Foundation and the Charity Finance Directors’ Group. The guide, Socially responsible...

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The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE) and the UK-based SRI researchers Eiris have appointed a local partner to conduct JSE’s  analysis for the 2010 Socially Responsible Investment Index. JSE...

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...

BP's chickens are finally coming home to roost - news

Index expulsions and disinvestments are following hard on the heels of the worst oil spill in US history. EP looks at some consequences in the SRI sector The expensive and embarrassing...

Dexia sees massive drop in sustainable fund sales - news

Socially responsible investment sales at Dexia Asset Management dropped 120 per cent last year, with assets under management falling by €99million (£85m, $122m).   The...

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The United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is to lobby governments on socially responsible investment through a new public policy network. The PRI, which represents...

UK government sets out responsibilities on CSR - news

The UK government has clarified areas of corporate responsibility covered by its departments. In a statement to EP last month, the Labour administration said that while the Department for...

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....

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A French retirement fund for civil servants has announced it is to launch its own socially responsible investment index. The €6.5billion ERAFP fund, which is one of the largest in the...

SRI team bites the dust as takeover leaves void - news

One of the best-known British socially responsible investment teams has been disbanded due to a corporate shake-up that has left it with no future role. The three-strong unit at...

SRI fund sets sights on women-friendly firms - news

A new avenue has opened up in the socially responsible investment field with the creation of a fund investing in companies with a high number of women in senior roles. The Women’s...

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Societe General has been judged this year’s leading brokerage firm for socially responsible investment research. It came ahead of UBS and Cheuvreux, who finished second and third...

The 25-year-old pioneer that’s still going strong - news

One of the catalysts for today’s socially responsible investment scene, the Stewardship Fund was launched in 1984. Mike Scott asks the fund’s current manager, Karina Litvack, for an...

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Indonesia’s first socially responsible investment index has been established by the country’s stock exchange in collaboration with a biodiversity foundation. The Kehati-SRI Index...

FTSE4Good prepares health & safety criteria - news

One of the world’s main socially responsible investment indices is to introduce criteria on health and safety that companies will have to meet for inclusion. The new health and safety...

From navel-gazing to real action: it’s been a decade of great strides - news

It is ten years to the month that Ethical Performance first saw the light of day. That’s not long ago in the general scheme of things, but it can be considered a lifetime in the world of...

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...

Blog goes live - news

Henderson Global Investors has launched a sustainable and responsible investment blog, in which members of its socially responsible investment team will share their views with readers. The...

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Gwen Ruta has been appointed to Henderson’s Global Investors’ Socially Responsible Investment Advisory Committee. Ruta is the corporate partnerships vice-president at US charity...

Nuclear firms may soon feature in FTSE4Good - news

FTSE4Good is paving the way for nuclear power companies to qualify for its socially responsible investment indices. Businesses in the nuclear industry are excluded at present from FTSE4Good, but...

Sustainable investing: the art of long-term performance - news

Cary Krosinsky & Nick Robins (Eds). Hardback. 272 pages. Earthscan. £19.99 Although it was largely written before the recent market turmoil, this is a most useful book, summarizing...

Obama urged to create new CSR office - news

Further signs of the high expectations of a change in attitude to corporate responsibility at the White House have emerged in an open letter to Barack Obama urging the  president to create...

Jupiter moves into China - news

Jupiter, the UK fund management consultancy, has set up an investment company to cover China. Jupiter China Sustainable Growth, to be managed by Jupiter’s China fund manager Philip...

Geneva body aims to make SRI a convention - news

Mike Scott talks to one of the founders of a new organization that intends to spread the word about sustainable finance in Switzerland, where the private banks are a particular target for...

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...

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Newton Investment Management, part of BNY Mellon Asset Management, has announced the appointment of two senior investment research analysts – Amanda Young and Laura Aarnio. Young joins...

Why SRI could be propelled into the spotlight - news

Mike Scott talks to pioneering ethical investment advocate Peter Kinder about his belief that the current financial turbulence could teach mainstream investors the wisdom of long-term thinking...

Do the super rich see SRI as the way forward? - news

Investment specialists often divide the socially responsible investment market in two – retail and institutional. But a third sector exists  – the high net worth individual...

A decade on, sustainable funds are flourishing - news

Bank Sarasin has put sustainability close to the heart of its investment approach. The Swiss private bank is using the investment theme in a effort to differentiate itself from the competition,...

Church investor eyes Chinese market - news

A leading Christian–based socially responsible investment house has signalled that it will begin engagement with Chinese companies on environmental, social and governance issues....

XBRL: the new answer to questionnaire fatigue? - news

A new system for managing financial information should make it easier for readers of sustainability reports to extract the data they want. EP looks at how it will work What is XBRL?...

SRI backers fail to change pensions Bill - news

The UK government has defeated a parliamentary move to introduce socially responsible investment principles into its future plans for national pensions. The shadow pensions minister...

after a slow start, CSR has seen off all challengers - news

When the first issue of Ethical Performance appeared in May 1999, the dotcom bubble had not yet burst, presidents Bill Clinton and Saddam Hussein were in power, UK prime minister Tony Blair was...

Investors move into ethical fixed income products - news

Bonds that reflect social and environmental concerns are becoming more popular among institutional investors in Europe and several fixed income products are now available, says Mike Scott...

Professional services barely meeting corporate needs - news

The market for professional services in corporate responsibility is still growing at a rapid rate, and demand is outpacing provision in certain areas. The number of service providers listed...

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Ed Blamey has moved from his post as European sustainability director at the flooring company Interface to become socially responsible investment research manager for Jupiter Asset Management....

Newton advances the science of investment - news

A thematic approach to socially responsible investment paid off for Newton Investment Management last year when financial stocks suffered in the credit crunch, writes 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...

spotlight falls on emerging markets - news

The World Bank's private sector arm has commissioned what it says will be the first comprehensive review of the state of socially responsible investment in emerging markets. The International...

US companies ‘fail to tell it like it is’ - news

One of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility in the US is the lack of openness among companies about the problems they face, a leading socially responsible...

pricing sustainability into the bottom line - news

Blackrock, part owned by Merrill Lynch, carries out indepth research into companies’ social, environmental and ethical performance for use across its investments. By Mike Scott Alex Popplewell...

Corporate social responsibility and the shaping of global public policy - news

Matthew J. Hirschland Hardback. 202 pages. Palgrave Macmillan. £42.50/$69.95 Companies and civil society are increasingly assuming the role of responsible governments to protect the...

SRI kitemark goes on export trail - news

The Australian Ethical Investment Association (AEIA) is aiming to export a kitemark system for socially responsible investment products and services. The kitemark has proved popular since...

new portal lists all Apac SRI funds - news

Investors now have a list of all Asia’s socially responsible investment funds to guide them in their choice. The Association of Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia (ASrIA) has...

not unworkable, just a fresh way of thinking - news

EP talks to the Conservative party’s Jonathan Djanogly about the state of his party’s policies on corporate responsibility – and why the CSR minister post may be old hat It’s not often the...

maximizing returns by taking an SRI approach - news

Mainstream investors are now adapting SRI investment techniques to help satisfy their clients’ overriding need for good financial returns. EP talks to Neil Brown, head of governance and...

inbrief - news

Clare Brook has left Morley Fund Management, where she set up and ran its socially responsible investment department, to join the London-based public relations company Carbon International as...

bank makes conscious effort to avoid ‘SRI’ - news

A leading ethical bank is trying to distinguish itself from the socially responsible investment herd by eschewing the terms ‘SRI’ and ‘ethical investment’. Triodos Bank says both have been...

Domini moves into Asia - news

Two socially responsible investment vehicles newly set up by Domini Social Investments are believed to be the first US-based ethical funds to concentrate on the Asia Pacific region. The...

analysts witness birth of new SRI approach - news

A new investment style has emerged during recent months, say two leading analysts. Meg Brown and Mike Tyrrell, sustainable investment analysts at Citigroup, say they have observed more...

eight faces to follow in the next 12 months - news

Whom might we see more of in the corporate responsibility arena during 2007? EP names some individuals likely to come to greater attention over the year Staffan Soderberg As vice...

EC panned over ‘weak’ stance on CSR policies - news

The European Parliament’s most active political commentator on CSR has tabled a resolution highly critical of the European Commission’s corporate responsibility policy. Richard Howitt, a UK...

don't leave comparisons to third parties, firms told - news

Companies should benchmark their social and environmental performance themselves and not rely on analysts and rating agencies to do the work for them, one of the leading figures in socially...

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Independent financial advisers in the UK will need to be well-informed about socially responsible investment options for clients under draft guidance drawn up by the British Standards...

glass is half full for upbeat SRI evangelist - news

EP talks to Robert Rubinstein, founder of this month’s Triple Bottom Line Investing conference, about the progress of socially responsible investment There are very few must-attend...

big SRI player changes its tack on engagement - news

UK-based Henderson Global Investors, one of the most prominent firms in socially responsible investment, has moved to allay fears that its elimination last month of the post of head of corporate...

inbrief - news

The BBC pension scheme is to abide by the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment, which lay down socially responsible investment guidelines for signatories. The move is being claimed...

pressures mount on carbon disclosure - news

Investors are not yet asking companies the right questions about their carbon strategies. As a result, companies are not providing the information needed Interest in the effects of climate...

South Korea gets new SRI fund - news

The South Korean company Nonghyup CA Asset Management has set up a new socially responsible investment vehicle - the Nonghyup CA New Honours SRI Fund. The rating information will be provided by...

Japan’s post office goes ethical - news

The Japanese post office network, which handles trillions of yen of ordinary investors’ savings, has started selling an ethical fund. The Sumitomo Trust’s SRI Fund is one of more than 30 socially...

inbrief - news

Proponents of socially responsible investment are hopeful that the UK government will introduce SRI choices in its proposed reforms of the country’s pensions regime. Ministers have indicated an...

SRI proponents warned of ‘push back’ - news

Signs are emerging of a possible backlash against socially responsible investment in some quarters, according to a specialist in the field. Stephen Hine, head of international relations at Ethical...

the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment are a welcome initiative - news

The last thing corporate social responsibility needs is a new acronym. That said, the Principles for Responsible Investment – PRI for short – launched last month in New York (see page one ) are...

SRI research gets boost - news

An initiative to provide investors in emerging market equities with better research on the social, environmental and governance performance of companies has been set up by the International...

Euro blueprint sets out softly-softly approach - news

The European Commission’s second white paper on CSR draws a line under more than five years of deliberation by officials. EP examines what it says What is the purpose of an EC white paper? To...

Caterpillar gets reprieve - news

The Church of England’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group has decided not to recommend disinvestment from the US-based construction equipment company Caterpillar, despite a request to do so from...

EC white paper unveils European CSR alliance - news

Plans to create a Europe-wide federation of companies on corporate responsibility have been outlined in the European Commission’s long-awaited second CSR white paper, published at the end of last...

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Three-quarters of French institutional investors managing assets of more than €1billion ($1.2bn, £680m) have moved into some form of socially responsible investment, and of those, 46 per cent...

companies get UN goals tool - news

A Dutch organization has come up with a way of measuring the progress companies are making towards the United Nations' eight millennium development goals. The Dutch National Committee for...

Don't get complacent on SRI, Australians told - news

Australia seems to have lost its understanding of what sustainability and socially responsible investment mean, ethical investors were told in a recent speech by Tessa Tennant, chair of the...

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Mark Campanale, head of SRI business development at Henderson Global Investors, has been elected to the board of the UK Social Investment Forum, which brings together fund managers, financial...

nanotech 'needs care' - news

Corporate risks associated with nanotechnology could soon become a significant socially responsible investment theme, the research firm Innovest has declared. The warning comes at a time...

consolidation of SRI rating agencies benefits the market - news

A few years ago, specialist agencies rating companies' social, environmental and ethical record were popping up all over the place. Now the talk is of consolidation. Ethibel and Vigeo have...

EC to target public on CSR - news

A campaign to make the public more aware of socially responsible business practice is to be run by the European Commission. Officials believe that greater public understanding of how some...

rating market consolidates as European agencies merge - news

Two of the largest socially responsible investment rating agencies in continental Europe have merged. Brussels-based Ethibel and Paris-based Vigeo have joined forces to create the...

Kiwi investors 'fall down on climate change' - news

Too few investors in New Zealand are aware of initiatives elsewhere in the world that tackle climate change and ensure investment takes account of social and environmental considerations. The claim...

An investor’s guide to ethical and socially responsible investment funds - news

Consultant editor John Hancock. Kogan Page. 320 pages, £55 hardback Three well-known organizations in the socially responsible investment field in the UK have come together to produce this...

index needs bigger push, say frustrated investors - news

Business in the Community has been criticised for failing to communicate the results of its corporate responsibility index adequately to institutional investors. Delegates at a CSR conference in...

Canadians see SRI assets jump - news

Assets managed in Canada using a socially responsible investment approach have grown in value by more than a quarter in two years. According to the Social Investment Organization, assets rose 27...

victory for SRI activists in Australia - news

The Ethical Investment Association (EIA) has won its case to have a phrase removed from an official Australian document suggesting that socially responsible investment may be more costly than...

institutional investor interest in SRI at bottom rests on ethics, not risk - news

Financial markets may be faltering, but ethical or socially responsible investment continues to gain ground. The number of UK ethical investors in pooled funds now stands at a record 475,000....

defining the limits of investor responsibilities - news

CSR lies in the realm of investment, and not governance, analysis, argues Christine Farnish Some people argue that institutional investors should take account of social, environmental and...

UBS walks on the sell side - news

One of the world’s biggest investment banks has taken the unusual step of creating a sell-side research team on socially responsible investment. UBS says it has set up the two-person unit in...

charities to reveal SRI policy - news

Large charities in England and Wales will now have to state their policy on socially responsible investment when they file their annual reports. A regulation brought into effect last month...

breathing new life into ethical supply chain management - news

Many CSR practitioners will have heard stories of supply chain auditors who visited a factory in a developing country only to discover that the underage workers they were looking for had slipped...

event managers bow to changing demands - news

The organizers of two of the world’s largest CSR and SRI conferences have shelved their showcase events, reflecting delegate demands for more specialized gatherings. After holding three annual...

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An advisory service on socially responsible investment has been set up for staff and trustees of pension funds and charities. The service, provided by UK-based Rathbone Greenbank Investments,...

pragmatism urged in China - news

Socially responsible investments can be made in China if investors are willing to overlook obstacles on staff access to free trade unions, a study suggests. An analysis by Switzerland-based Bank...

Monks adds ‘heavyweight’ presence - news

The veteran US corporate governance activist Bob Monks has taken a ‘substantial minority equity interest’ in the London-based social and environmental research company Trucost. Monks, who founded...

ethical funds still represent tiny portion of retail market - news

Socially responsible investment funds account for less than half of one per cent by value of all European retail funds, according to a study of green, social and ethical funds in Europe. The...

CSR guru tells SRI funds: ‘heal thyself’ - news

A leading CSR proponent has accused socially responsible investment specialists in the US of failing to practise in their own organizations what they preach. Paul Hawken, executive director and...

new SRI tack for Dexia - news

A new socially responsible investment approach concentrating only on labour standards has been established by the Belgian insurance group Dexia. The approach, named Portfolio 21, will screen out...

shareholder activism makes the headlines - news

Shareholder activism has been the hottest topic in CSR over the past five years, an analysis of Ethical Performance contents in the period shows. The indexes of EP for...

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A South African socially responsible investment index was launched last month by FTSE Group and the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. The index has a universe of the...

Land Securities takes integrated approach - news

One of the UK’s leading shopping centre owners has formed a corporate responsibility implementation team to help it to meet new CSR targets. Land Securities, whose...

investors and boards agree uneasy truce - news

Peace talks aimed at soothing the strained relationship between UK investors and companies over CSR and corporate governance issues have concluded with an agreement to hold...

why Timms believes the best is still to come - news

The world’s only corporate social responsibility minister tells EP how two new government measures will have a ‘significant’ impact on the spread of CSR Stephen Timms may have...

rating agencies will submit to new standard - news

European socially responsible investment rating agencies have joined forces to create a quality standard in a bid to bolster confidence among investors and companies in...

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London-based private client investment company Rathbone Investment Management has launched an ethical investment unit called Rathbone Greenbank Investments ‘to meet the...

pension funds to get SRI tips - news

Guidance for mainstream European pension fund managers is to be produced by the European Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum. Eurosif executive director Matt...

charities take SRI on board as regulation looms - news

The proportion of UK charities claiming to consider ethical issues when investing money has risen from roughly a half to almost two-thirds in just a year. A study...

French sustainability funds grow rapidly - news

The value of French funds managed along socially responsible investment lines more than doubled in 2003 and is now above €2.8bn ($3.5bn, £1.9bn), according to...

French state pension fund calls for SRI tenders - news

The administrators of a new French state pension fund committed to a socially responsible investment approach have completed the second phase of a tendering process aimed...

honesty is the best policy in stakeholder reporting - news

Companies that produce ‘warts and all’ reports for their stakeholders are much more likely to win the trust of influential pressure groups, a study strongly...

institutional SRI investment in France to rise - news

Some 60 per cent of French institutional investors expect to make socially responsible investments during the next three years, a study suggests. A survey of 41...

analysts perform better with social data to hand - news

Analysts with access to data on a company’s social and environmental performance make more confident judgments about its economic prospects than those who...

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Only four domestically-run socially responsible investment funds have been identified by a study of SRI trends in seven Asian countries. The survey by the Association...

CSR: how it has changed and how it will develop - news

To mark this 50th issue, EP considers the forces shaping corporate social responsibility – and looks at how the field is likely to develop in future When the first issue of...

study reveals advice gap - news

Fewer than one in ten members of the UK public say they have ever received advice on socially responsible investment from their financial adviser, even though...

2004 launch for South African index - news

A South African socially responsible investment index will be launched in early 2004 according to its originators, the FTSE Group and the Johannesburg Securities Exchange....

second EC white paper on the way - news

A second white paper on CSR is to be issued by the European Commission in November 2004. The EC has decided this will be its course of action after it has received...

Adidas wins praise for CSR - news

Adidas-Salomon is the best-performing company in the global sports shoe industry, according to a Belgian socially responsible investment analyst firm. A six-month long...

transatlantic alliance targets firms - news

Twenty-seven large European and US institutional investors have agreed to explore ways of working together on corporate governance and CSR issues. The group of...

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The Church of England significantly increased its engagement activity with companies in the last financial year. Acting through its Socially Responsible Investment...

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Dutch asset manager Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers has launched a socially responsible investment tracker fund based on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. The firm,...

fillip for 'ethical question' - news

The long-running campaign in the UK to require financial advisers to ask their clients whether they have any social, environmental or ethical concerns when discussing...

funds look for SRI experience - news

A study of 70 of the UK’s 250 biggest pension funds has found that more than half now consider socially responsible investment experience when appointing investment...

firms told: 'don't be bashful with mainstream investors' - news

Companies will have to be bolder about raising CSR issues in meetings with mainstream investor analysts if they are to get the business case across to the financial community,...

Tesco attempts to allay fears on ethical trading - news

The UK’s largest food retailer is seeking to dispel fears that it is reducing its commitment to ethical trading. Tesco says concerns that it has scaled down the resources it...

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Polly Courtice has joined Jupiter Asset Management’s advisory committee on socially responsible investment issues. Courtice is director of the University of Cambridge...

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Will Oulton has decided to step down from his role as joint deputy chief executive at FTSE Group to set up a consultancy on socially responsible investment and corporate...

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The European Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum, a Paris-based body that promotes socially responsible investment, has four new members. They are Dexia Asset...

ISIS claims a first on transparency - news

A leading socially responsible investment fund manager is claiming to have become the first European fund management company to disclose its entire voting record at corporate...

Insight reveals statistics behind engagement - news

Insight Investment has begun publishing quarterly updates of its engagement activities with companies on social and environmental issues. The first such report shows...

mobile firms assuage fears - news

One of the UK’s leading socially responsible investment fund managers says it has been ‘reassured’ by mobile phone operators over safety fears relating to the use of both...

analyst meetings spread to the continent - news

A UK initiative that brings together investment analysts and corporate executives to discuss their company’s ethical performance has expanded its horizons to continental...

executive pay and the social responsibilities of investors - news

Executive pay has always occupied an odd position in the debate about the social responsibilities of companies. In the past, it has tended to fall within the realm of corporate...

end is nigh for ‘simplistic’ SRI questionnaire culture - news

Over-reliance on ‘naive’ questionnaires that gather information about the ethical performance of companies is undermining the credibility of the socially...

funds will have to state aims - news

Managers of socially responsible investment funds in Europe will have to publicly state their main environmental and social aims under a draft accreditation standard put...

Spain is ready for SRI disclosure regulation - news

Spain is likely to become the latest country to introduce a regulation requiring investment funds to declare their position on socially responsible investment. Members...

Aegon maps out CSR path - news

One of the world’s largest insurance companies is setting out a long-term plan to improve its corporate social responsibility. Netherlands-based Aegon, which is among the top...

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A subsidiary of a Malaysian bank has launched what it claims are the first socially responsible investment funds in the country. Mayban Management Berhad, a member of the...

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Real Assets Investment Management, a Canadian firm specializing in socially responsible investment, has merged with United Investment Counsel, a British Columbia-based...

confident ETI begins to expand its horizons - news

The Ethical Trading Initiative is to expand its membership beyond its traditional base of food and clothing companies as part of wider plans to engage more with the outside...

Mistra improves its SRI coverage - news

A Swedish government-endowed foundation has brought in two firms of specialist analysts to enhance its socially responsible investment approach. Mistra, which has...

FTSE 100 firms respond well to ABI guidelines - news

Two-thirds of FTSE 100 companies have made either a ‘full’ or ‘adequate’ response to the Association of British Insurers’ socially responsible...

US resolutions challenge executive pay structures - news

Executive pay is emerging as a focus for shareholder action in the US. ‘Excessive’ executive compensation and linking the pay of directors in part to the...

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Neil Marsh has left the socially responsible investment research firm Innovest Strategic Value Advisors citing ‘increasing differences’ with colleagues over the...

Australia gears up for tough SRI disclosure - news

Australia’s investment regulator is considering a move that would impose the world’s toughest requirements on fund managers to detail their policy on socially...

Asian SRI scene shows signs of marked growth - news

Socially responsible investment is finally beginning to take hold in the Far East, according to the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia....

SRI approach ‘is worth 2%’ - news

Socially responsible investment can improve fund performance by more than two per cent a year, says a leading investment bank. WestLB Panmure says its research ‘clearly...

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Emma Howard Boyd has become the new head of Jupiter Asset Management’s green department, taking on overall responsibility for the management and development of...

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Jayn Harding has been appointed head of corporate social responsibility at index provider FTSE Group. In this new post Harding, formerly environment manager at supermarket...

ING puts human rights to fore - news

Investment management firm ING is to take more account of human rights issues in its investment portfolio this year. The Dutch asset manager, which manages $300billion...

make funds report on SRI, says adviser - news

Pension fund trustees who have said they take social, ethical and environmental issues into account when they invest should be forced to report annually on how they are doing...

French embrace ethical investment - news

Socially responsible investment in France has grown dramatically in the past two years, according to an analyst who has been studying SRI funds there. Nicolas Manoni, of...

Shell sets up Dutch SRI pilot - news

Shell has adopted a socially responsible investment approach to some of the money it manages in its pension fund for Dutch employees. Around €10million ($10m, £6m) of Shell...

inbrief - news

Innovest , the US-based socially responsible investment research firm, has opened an office in Paris to cover France and southern Europe. Managing director Pierre Trevet is...

SRI funds ‘lacking courage’ - news

Managers of socially responsible investment funds have been accused of timidity because of their obsession with comparisons between their performance and that of mainstream...

FTSE unveils ethical South African index - news

Plans for a socially responsible investment index in South Africa have been unveiled by FTSE Group and the Johannesburg Securities Exchange. The two companies have...

trust backs SRI standard - news

A think-tank is to back calls for the creation of a Europe-wide accreditation standard for socially responsible investment funds. The London-based Federal Trust for...

charities could be forced to disclose stance on SRI - news

Proposals to require charities to disclose whether they have a socially responsible investment policy have been unveiled by an influential policy unit set up by the UK prime...

Carrefour gives boost to reporting in France - news

Carrefour, Europe’s largest retailer, has entered the social and environmental reporting field. The supermarket chain’s first sustainable development report contains,...

Lydenberg calls for global SRI think-tank - news

A senior figure in the socially responsible investment community has proposed that a global think-tank be created to review methods of assessing the non-financial performance...

inbrief - news

Innovest , the investment research firm, has appointed two new analysts to its London team. Shami Nissan joins from a consultancy practice where she specialized in the...

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JP Morgan is to launch a socially responsible investment fund this month. The JP Morgan Fleming Global SRI Fund will use the FTSE4Good Global Index as its benchmark....

time to blow the froth off all this empty CSR talk - news

Good social reports clarify the impact companies have on society. But some fudge the difficult issues, say Peter Knight and Nigel Salter As noted in the...

business no longer needs to fear EC regulation on CSR - news

The European Commission’s communication on corporate social responsibility initially gives the impression that Brussels felt it had to do something, but was so overwhelmed by...

white papers ease regulatory fears - news

Prospects of imminent regulation on CSR in Europe have receded with the publication of the European Commission’s communication on the subject and the UK government’s response...

inbrief - news

Tandem has organized a social responsibility committee made up of representatives from each of the company’s operating units to develop policies on the environment, labour...

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The Australian government is to help fund a public awareness campaign on socially responsible investment. The campaign will be launched at the annual conference of the...

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SRI in the Rockies 2002 17-20 October Colorado Springs, US Annual gathering of the US’s socially responsible investment community. The event is now in its 13th year.

French pull out of SiRi group - news

The French socially responsible investment analysts Arese have relinquished their role as one of 12 partners in a worldwide SRI research service that began operating last...

inbrief - news

Christopher Wells has joined ABN Amro’s Brazilian subsidiary, Banco Real, as its socially responsible investment manager. He was formerly with Unibanco.

Timms becomes new CSR minister - news

Stephen Timms has been appointed as the UK's new minister for corporate social responsibility as part of a government reshuffle. Timms, who as pensions minister was...

MEPs vote on mandatory social reporting directive - news

A resolution backing mandatory social and environmental reporting was due to be put to the vote in the European Parliament on 30 May. The resolution invites the European...

‘myopic’ markets are hampering progress - news

Short-termism driven by the financial markets is proving one of the biggest barriers to the spread of corporate social responsibility, a corporate law expert has argued....

inbrief - news

Seven analysts have joined Global Risk Management Services following its recent management buyout. London-based GRMS, which specializes in socially responsible investment...

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A web-based discussion forum on socially responsible investment has been set up by the Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia. The Asria Forum...

SRI returns ‘same as norm’ - news

Returns from socially responsible investment are neither better nor worse than those from mainstream investment, an academic study in Canada has concluded. The study,...

inbrief - news

Two-thirds of UK socially responsible investment fund managers are prepared to join forces to engage with companies on ethical matters, a study has suggested. Nine of...

inbrief - news

An Australian pensions disclosure regulation requiring fund managers to state their position on socially responsible investment came into force on 11 March (EP3,...

SRI investors need to assess companies and not countries - news

The powerful Californian state pension fund, Calpers, has done socially responsible investment no favours with its decision to begin selling the equities it holds in some...

FTSE4Good index brings 82 more firms into the fold - news

Another 82 companies have been added to the four FTSE4Good indices following a second review by its advisory committee. New constituents include Safeway, Rank Group, Egg,...

inbrief - news

Global Risk Management Services , a London-based consultancy specializing in socially responsible investment research, is changing hands for £1.1million ($1.6m) in a...

BP and Shell come top of oil companies - news

BP and Shell have fared best in an analysis of the social and environmental performance of eight large oil and gas companies carried out by the Co-operative Insurance Society...

Italy set for rapid growth in SRI funds - news

The number of socially responsible investment funds in Italy is likely to rise by at least 50 per cent by the end of this year, according to research by Socially Responsible...

inbrief - news

Pavilion Asset Management has launched a socially responsible investment fund. The Pavilion SRI Fund will assess companies on issues including the quality of their...

the EC green paper: some responses on SRI - news

As things stand at present, few investors and companies are working together to develop common ways of assessing corporate ethical performance. As a result, many companies are churning...

HBOS lures Mackenzie to spearhead SRI drive - news

One of the UK’s biggest financial companies has jumped into the socially responsible investment market by luring the City’s best-known SRI specialist, Craig Mackenzie, to...

KPMG gauges City activity - news

KPMG has written to 120 UK fund management companies to establish the level of socially responsible investment activity in the City. The professional services firm has sent...

US SRI market tops $2trillion - news

Socially responsible investment continues to grow strongly in the US and has not been adversely affected by the recent market downturn. The value of total assets...

inbrief - news

Alan Banks has been appointed chief executive of Global Risk Management Services, a UK-based firm specializing in socially responsible investment research on companies for fund...

Allianz sets up CSR group - news

One of the world’s biggest financial services companies has formed a sustainability strategy group. The German banking and insurance firm Allianz has formed the group...

Dutch fund tests SRI approach - news

The Dutch pension fund manager ABP has set up two experimental socially responsible investment (SRI) portfolios. The portfolios, of US and European equities respectively,...

Eurosif works up policy - news

The founding partners of the European Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum are to meet this month to discuss the body’s policy on various issues. Eurosif,...

UK dominates SRI holdings - news

UK companies dominate the upper echelons of a league table of stocks most commonly held by European socially responsible investment retail funds, according to research by the...

CSR green paper will turn white - news

The European Commission’s green paper on corporate social responsibility now looks certain to be followed by a more comprehensive white paper that could usher in Europe-wide...

corporate responsibility brought down to earth - news

The underlying principles of CSR are simple enough, so why is the language used to describe it so complex, asks Gerry Hagelberg Spin and hype deservedly evoke negative...

retailers begin to measure up - news

Nine UK supermarket chains have agreed to help develop common benchmarks for measuring their social, environmental and ethical performance. The companies –...

Scots get organized on CSR - news

A newly-formed group that will campaign on corporate social responsibility in Scotland has appointed an eight-member board. Social Responsibility in Scotland – also...

French companies told they must report on social issues - news

The French parliament has approved legislation that will require listed companies to report on social and environmental issues. The New Economic Regulations Bill, which will...

performance is not everything, says Kiernan - news

Investors and analysts should drop their ‘absurd’ preoccupation with whether socially responsible investment funds outperform or underperform mainstream funds, according to a...

China advisor gives SRI the thumbs up - news

A senior policy advisor to the Chinese government has come out in favour of socially responsible investment (SRI). Anthony Neoh, who is chief advisor to the China Securities...

inbrief - news

Amanda Young has joined CCLA Investment Management’s ethical research unit as a socially responsible investment analyst. Young joins CCLA, whose clients include the...

inbrief - news

Julie McDowell has been appointed socially responsible investment research manager at UK-based Standard Life Investments, which has £76billion ($110bn) of assets under...

major investment manager offers SRI to its clients - news

One of the world’s largest investment management firms, State Street Global Advisors (SSgA), has formed a ‘strategic alliance’ with the London-based SRI specialists Friends...

Europe gets new umbrella group on ethical investment - news

A Europe-wide body to promote socially responsible investment (SRI) will be launched this month. The European Sustainable and Responsible Investment Forum – or...

inbrief - news

UK corporate social responsibility minister Douglas Alexander is to make his first major speech on CSR issues on 23 November in London. Alexander, who took over the...

corporate responsibility and investment strategy - news

Investment strategy trends are driving the growth of interest among investors in the environmental and social performance of companies, says Rob Lake The terrible...

SRI disclosure law targets Australian pension funds - news

The Australian parliament has paved the way for a UK-style pensions disclosure regulation that will require fund managers to state their policy on socially responsible...

inbrief - news

The European market for socially responsible investment is the theme of a conference for institutional fund managers to be held in London on 9 November by Cadogan...

a response to the challenges set out in the EC green paper on CSR - news

A fundamental question underpins the European Commission’s consultative paper on corporate social responsibility: how can the EU best encourage companies to adopt uniform CSR...

FTSE4Good will drop exclusion policy - news

Tobacco manufacturers, arms makers and nuclear power companies will eventually be allowed to qualify for inclusion in the FTSE4Good indices. Six of the eight socially...

main pension funds give the nod to SRI principles - news

Most of the UK’s largest pension funds now appear to have made some kind of commitment to socially responsible investment (SRI), according to a new survey. A Friends...

researchers form worldwide SRI service - news

Socially responsible investment (SRI) research bodies from 12 countries have joined forces to provide data on companies’ social and environmental performance for...

green paper sets off EU debate - news

The European Commission has shown its strongest support yet for corporate social responsibility (CSR) principles by publishing a green paper as a ‘launch-pad for debate’ on...

inbrief - news

New guidance on socially responsible investment has been sent out to 11,000 individuals working in the pensions industry. The guidance has been published by War on...

inbrief - news

Companies to be included in the FTSE4Good index series will be named on 10 July. The independent advisory committee, after some delay, has decided to exclude tobacco...

inbrief - news

New trends in socially responsible investment will be the subject of a seminar organized by European public policy advisors EPPA on 12 July in London. Speakers include...

each European member state needs a dedicated CSR minister - news

This month sees the publication of a green paper on corporate social responsibility by the European Commission – its first formal step towards developing a strategy in...

young Scot moves in as UK’s new CSR minister - news

Douglas Alexander has become the UK’s new corporate social responsibility minister. Alexander, who is the Labour MP for Paisley South, replaces Kim Howells at the...

CIS makes managers socially accountable - news

A leading UK insurer is to include a ‘social accountability dimension’ in the job descriptions of all its managers. The decision by Co-operative Insurance Services (CIS)...

inbrief - news

Best practice guidance on socially responsible investment for investment managers has been produced by the National Association of Pension Funds and the Institute of...

how to integrate SRI into mainstream investment - news

Mainstream investors are not interested in weighing moral dilemmas, but in assessing the management capabilities of companies, says Chris Burgess Socially responsible...

Henderson embraces SRI - news

Asset management company Henderson Global Investors is expanding the corporate governance standards of its UK investment policy to include the environment, human rights,...

inbrief - news

The Ethical Investment Research Service will offer its clients social performance data on Japanese companies through a partnership deal with So-Tech Consulting. Eiris said that...

SRI is popular because the market demands it - news

People acknowledge the power of global business and want more say on the principles under which it operates, says The Rt. Hon John Gummer A secretary of state for the...

the financial community warms to CSR policies - news

A flurry of recent initiatives from the UK investment community suggests that mainstream investors are taking more notice of companies’ social and environmental records....

investors pile on the pressure - news

Pressure on businesses to improve their environmental and social performance increased last month as the Association of British Insurers said it would adopt guidelines on...

FTSE4Good should reward best practice in all industry sectors - news

The launch of the FTSE4Good family of ethical indexes has symbolic as well as practical value. It shows that one of the world’s leading equity index managers thinks socially...

French set up SRI forum to lobby business and investors - news

A forum to encourage more socially responsible investment in France has been created in Paris. The launch of Forum pour L’Investissement Responsable on 8 March...

MPS and lords line up to join all-party group - news

Around 35 MPs and peers have expressed an interest in joining an all-party parliamentary group on corporate social responsibility to be launched in the UK after the general...

FTSE to launch four ethical indexes for fund managers - news

Around half of the UK’s largest listed companies are expected to qualify for four new socially responsible investment (SRI) indexes to be launched by FTSE in June....

inbrief - news

Henderson Global Investors has appointed Gary Topp as the business development director of its socially responsible investment team. Topp was previously with Henderson’s UK...

corporate responsibility under president Bush - news

President George W. Bush has brought a reputation for conservatism with him to the White House. This has raised fears that the momentum behind corporate social responsibility...

France adopts SRI regulation - news

The French parliament has adopted new legislation that requires fund managers of employee savings plans to state their position on socially responsible investment (SRI)....

WWF to target fund managers - news

World Wide Fund for Nature in the UK is to recruit a sustainable investment policy officer to help persuade City fund managers to adopt socially responsible investment...

Germans launch SRI forum - news

A sustainable investment forum has been launched in Berlin to encourage more socially responsible investment in Germany. Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen, which aims ‘to...

parliament to get CSR group - news

A parliamentary committee on corporate social responsibility is to be launched in the UK after the next general election. The committee will hold hearings on CSR issues in...

Unibanco leads the way in Brazil with ethical research service - news

The sell-side equity research department of Brazilian bank Unibanco has launched a socially responsible investment (SRI) research service on Brazilian equities. The...

Iceland looks at ending group sales of tobacco - news

The frozen food retailer Iceland is to review sales of tobacco through its cash-and-carry business Booker, with which it merged last summer. The study of tobacco...

inbrief - news

The first body to promote socially responsible investment in Asia has been established. The Association for Sustainable and Responsible Investment in Asia aims to...

advancing sustainable investment strategies - news

Socially responsible investment funds have made it possible to define broader strategies for sustainable development, says Tessa Tennant Investors have a key...

talks start on creating Europe-wide SRI body - news

Plans for a Europe-wide body to promote socially responsible investment (SRI) are being developed by SRI practitioners from France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and the...

top firms edge forward - news

Corporate governance standards among UK companies have marginally improved in the past year, but a significant number of companies still have boards and remuneration...

inbrief - news

A guide to socially responsible investment (SRI) for pension funds in the wake of the UK regulation requiring a policy on SRI has been written by Mark Mansley, head of...

corporate social responsibility and the European Commission - news

The European Commission is starting to take a greater interest in corporate social responsibility (CSR). At present this interest is manifesting itself in a series of...

inbrief - news

A new newsletter about socially responsible investment in Europe, SRI in Progress, has been launched by Terra Nova Conseil, a Paris-based management consulting firm...

pension funds embrace SRI regulation - news

More than half of the largest UK pension funds have asked their fund managers to take ethical investment considerations into account when investing money, according to a new...

With-profits SRI fund first for NPI - news

NPI has launched the first ever with-profits fund into the UK’s socially responsible investment (SRI) market. The Socially Responsible With-Profit Fund is...

inbrief - news

The National Association of Pension Funds is preparing guidance on best practice for institutional investors wishing to engage with companies on socially responsible...

CSR moves up the agenda for companies in Australia - news

Early signs that corporate social responsibility (CSR) issues are assuming greater prominence in Australia have come with the announcement by a Melbourne-based company that...

pension funds embrace new regulation - news

The majority of the UK’s largest pension funds have decided to adopt some form of socially responsible investment (SRI) approach now that the government’s pension regulation...

inbrief - news

Seven socially responsible investment specialists have left Henderson Investors to join Morley Fund Management, the asset management arm of CGNU, the world's sixth largest...

inbrief - news

Pressure is growing on the trustees of the UK’s parliamentary pension scheme to adopt a socially responsible investment (SRI) approach. At least one trustee, Labour MP...

Phillips &Drew strengthens SRI policy - news

Fund manager Phillips & Drew has issued new guidelines on its approach to socially responsible investment (SRI). The guidelines, which have been posted on the web, claim SRI ‘is...

investment review’s remit ignores SRI - news

A major review of institutional investment in the UK has failed to include any consideration of socially responsible investment (SRI) in its remit. The Myners review, which was...

fund managers ‘unmoved by direct action activists’ - news

Pressure groups and activists campaigning on social and ethical issues have little direct impact on City fund managers and analysts, a survey has shown. A poll of...

dinner debates will go on record - news

A series of ‘dinner dialogues’ on socially responsible investment (SRI) will be published this autumn. The dinners, which took place during the first three months of this year, were...

SRI market gets a new image - news

A novel way of classifying socially responsible investment (SRI) funds has been developed by SustainAbility. In its report, A responsible investment, the management consultancy...

inbrief - news

Tessa Tennant, one of the best known figures in socially responsible investment (SRI) on both sides of the Atlantic, left Henderson Investors at the end of May. The head of...

new minister expected to promote CSR among companies - news

Senior industry figures with a corporate social responsibility (CSR) brief have welcomed the appointment of the first CSR minister in a European country. Kim Howells became CSR...

inbrief - news

Fund management company Friends Ivory & Sime has launched a 'major engagement programme' on human rights. The programme will apply to the £2.5billion of socially...

Glasgow eyes engaging idea - news

The managers of one of Britain’s largest local authority pension funds have been advised to use an engagement approach if they decide to adopt a socially responsible investment...

inbrief - news

The Co-operative Insurance Society has joined the UK Social Investment Forum (UKSIF), a network of organizations and individuals with an interest in socially responsible...

charities seek lottery money - news

Two of the UK’s leading trade and development charities have applied for a £150,000 National Lottery grant to advise pension fund trustees on international development issues such as...

campaigners use 'social' shareholder resolution tactics - news

Pressure groups in Europe are using shareholder resolutions put forward at annual general meetings of large companies in a bid to persuade the companies to develop ‘more sustainable’...

intimidatory activists threaten CSR prospects - news

It would be easy to dismiss the recent row over the sale, by fund manager Phillips and Drew, of shares in Huntingdon Life Sciences (HLS), as an isolated event of no relevance to the...

ratings service aims to track the ethical performance of companies - news

A new corporate social responsibility ratings service has been set up by Pensions and Investment Research Consultants (PIRC). The Corporate Responsibility Service will...

Norfolk fund to adopt SRI line - news

Norfolk County Council has decided to invest part of its £1 billion employee pension fund using a socially responsible investment (SRI) approach. The trustees of the fund have...

two new SRI funds will target niche markets - news

Two new socially responsible investment (SRI) funds have been launched. Both are aimed at niche markets. The Pavilion Eco Friendly Fund, launched by Pavilion Asset...

NAPF goes down the engagement route - news

The UK’s National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) has decided to help pension fund managers engage companies on socially responsible investment (SRI) matters. The...

inbrief - news

Socially responsible investment in the pensions industry is the theme of a one-day conference in London on 25 February. The progress of UK pension funds in meeting the...

socially responsible companies need a pension fund to match - news

In recent weeks there have been clear signs that investors are finally waking up to the importance of corporate social, ethical and environmental risks. Two of the three largest UK...

retailers fall short on foreign labour codes - news

Two-thirds of UK-listed retailers have yet to adopt any formal code of conduct on overseas labour standards, according to a new survey by the Local Authority Pension Fund...

PPM evaluates UK companies - news

The fund management arm of the UK’s largest life insurer has begun evaluating the social and environmental performance of all the UK companies in which it has holdings....

ethics database is launched - news

A new business ethics database has been launched on the internet. The Corporate Critic service, which claims to outline the ethical performance of more than 20,000 companies across...

pension fund’s U-turn could herald new era - news

A decision by the UK’s third largest pension fund to invest more ethically has provided one of the strongest signs yet that many other funds could be ready to adopt a socially...

inbrief - news

A conference on Socially Responsible Investment in the Pensions Industry is being held on 25 February in London. Speakers at the one-day conference include Frank Figge,...

huge leap in value of ethical portfolios - news

Investments in ethically screened portfolios have nearly doubled in the United States over the past two years, according to a new report from the Social Investment Forum. The...

pension fund ponders SRI - news

The managers of the UK’s second largest local authority pension fund have appointed consultants to advise on developing a socially responsible investment (SRI) strategy. Glasgow...

inbrief - news

Norfolk County Council is to report to trustees of its pension fund in December on its assessment of bids to run part of the fund according to socially responsible investment...

WWF sets out ethics code - news

One of the UK’s most influential NGOs has agreed a new business and industry engagement policy that sets out for the first time which companies it will – and will not...

inbrief - news

Michael Brophy, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation, will talk about charities and socially responsible investment at the annual lecture of the UK Social Investment...

Prudential occupies middle ground - news

Prudential is to launch a ‘middle ground’ ethical fund in its pension range within the next couple of months. The UK’s largest life insurer says the Light Green Fund will be...

new pensions regulation boosts ethical investors - news

P ensions experts are predicting a surge in ethical investment and corporate responsibility measures in the wake of a new government regulation that will require pension...

inbrief - news

An international conference on socially responsible investment is to be held in the Netherlands on 8 October. The Rotterdam School of Management event will feature sessions on...

Aberdeen plumps for new pension fund idea - news

A new ethical investment model is to be pioneered by Friends Ivory & Sime (FIS) on a £20 million pension fund portfolio for Aberdeen City Council. Fund managers at FIS, which was...

Timms backs disclosure - news

UK pensions minister Stephen Timms has said he will look again at the proposed wording of the government’s draft regulations on the disclosure of ethical investment policies....

Hallvarsson & Halvarsson - directory

Hallvarsson & Halvarsson’s expertise lies within communications and investor relations. With good credentials in sustainability, this makes us a leading partner in developing and...

Thinking globally, acting locally - reports

Mondi, the international packaging and paper Group, today released its 2016 reporting suite including its full online Sustainable development report, its  Global Thinking, Local Action...

BHP Billiton 2014 Sustainability Report Published - reports

BHP Billiton, a leading diversified resources company, has published its 2014 Sustainability Report – Value through performance.

NEC Corporation marks the publications of its 2013 CSR annual report - reports

NEC Corporation has relaunched its CSR Website, coinciding with the publication of its annual report on corporate social responsibility policies and activities during the year ended 31 March...

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012 - reports

NKSJ Holdings publishes its Corporate Responsibility Communication 2012.

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2012 - reports

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2012.

NKSJ Holdings publishes Corporate Responsibility Communication 2011 - reports

NKSJ Holdings Inc, a joint company of Sompo Japan and Nipponkoa founded in April 2010, has released its first CSR report. The purpose of the Corporate Responsibility Communication 2011 is to...

NEC Corporation publish their CSR Report 2011 - reports

NEC Corporation has published its NEC CSR Report 2011, which outlines its work in pursuit of its CSR objectives during the fiscal year ended 31 March 2011.

Mondi publishes 2010 Sustainable Development Report - reports

The Mondi Group has published its 2010 Sustainable Development Report.

NEC's CSR Report 2010 - reports

NEC Corporation has released its "NEC CSR Report 2010," which discloses the practices carried out in pursuit of CSR during the fiscal year ended March 31, 2010.

Mondi publishes 2009 Sustainability Report - reports

Mondi, the international paper and packaging company, has released its 2009 sustainability report

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...

Sompo Japan launches its 8th annual CSR report - reports

One of Japan's largest insurance and financial groups, Sompo Japan Group, has launched its eighth annual report “Corporate Social Responsibility Communication 2009”.

Sompo Japan launches its 7th Annual Report - reports

One of Japan's largest insurance and financial groups, Sompo Japan Insurance, has launched its seventh annual report on its corporate social responsibility activities.

The ABN AMRO Sustainability Report 2005 - reports

ABN AMRO, an international bank based in the Netherlands, plans to speed up and extend integration of sustainability into its mainstream business, according to its third sustainability report,...

ABN Amro produces its fourth sustainability report - reports

ABN AMRO, an international bank based in the Netherlands, is mainstreaming and integrating sustainability into its core business, according to its fourth sustainability report, published today

A Model for Change: Upward Harmonisation of OECD Guidelines Procedures - calendar

OECD Watch, a network of 67 international NGOs working on Corporate Social Responsibility, is organising a multi-stakeholder roundtable aiming to discuss best practices in the implementation of...

OpenSRI to launch collaborative web platform - reports

OpenSRI has announced the launch of the first collaborative web platform on SRI and CSR.

CRH 2007 CSR Report Announcement - reports

CRH, the international building materials group, has just published its fifth CSR Report.

Corporate Social Responsibility – A Legal Analysis - books

How Does the Law Treat Corporate Social Responsibility?   Corporations now face greater scrutiny regarding their environmental, social, and economic activities. Accounting firms...

SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT - bestpractice

Fund manager Friends Ivory & Sime argues that institutional investors have a responsibility to encourage companies to improve their governance of ethical and...

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