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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...

Europe leads US and Asian companies in Eiris ratings - news

European companies are outstripping their US and Asian counterparts on sustainability, says the latest Eiris report produced ahead of this summer’s Rio+20 conference. The German...

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...

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Ethical Investment Research Services (Eiris) has appointed Carlota Garcia-Manas to the role of head of research, replacing the outgoing Stephanie Maier. Garcia-Manas, an internal appointment,...

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Marion de Marcillac has joined the Paris office of the UK-based Ethical Investment Research Services, after leaving the European Sustainable Investment Forum.

New bribery regime will ask more of businesses - news

Corporate failure to prevent bribery has been made an offence under UK law, putting the onus on businesses to deal with dishonesty rather than turn a blind eye. The Bribery Act, which...

Shareholders 'must have right to curb fat cat pay' - news

European governments should move swiftly to introduce laws that require executive pay to be subject to binding shareholder votes, the European Sustainable Investment Forum (Eurosif) has said....

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Investment consultants who advise charities often dissuade them from investing ethically, according to new research from Ethical Investment Research Services. Eiris found that less than...

Indigenous rights ‘ignored’ - news

More investors should be addressing the business risks associated with indigenous peoples, an investment research consultancy has concluded. UK-based Ethical Investment Research Service...

Charities are adopting SRI - news

More than half of large British charities now have an ethical investment policy, according to a new survey. The study of 164 organizations indicated that 60 per cent of charities with...

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...

Can short selling ever be ethical? - news

Mike Scott asks investors, both in the mainstream and SRI fields, whether the practice of selling short on stocks is always a bad thing – or might actually serve as a responsible...

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,...

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One of Europe’s biggest state pension funds has chosen the Ethical Investment Research Service (Eiris) to provide extra-financial risk analysis services for its global equity portfolio....

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...

Rio Tinto hit by exclusion - news

Rio Tinto has expressed dismay at being dropped on ethical grounds from one of the Norwegian government’s pension funds. The global Government Pension Fund, commonly known as the oil...

Diversity is still a blind spot for big business - news

FTSE 100 companies have made progress on many corporate responsibility issues over the past five years, but they are not doing so well on board diversity and equal opportunities. Ethical...

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?...

Enthusiasts find they have a global hit on their hands - news

Ethical Investment Research Services first began assessing companies a quarter of a century ago. Mike Scott talks to its chief executive Peter Webster Peter Webster, chief executive of...

Investors prompt Standard Life to shun airline stocks - news

Standard Life’s ethical funds have divested from airline stocks in a direct response to the views of retail investors. The Edinburgh-based investment house, which manages...

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A new directory of UK ethical investment funds has been produced by the data provider Ethical Investment Research Services. The free publication has detailed information on nearly 100 funds,...

data exchange filings fall - news

The number of companies filing non-financial performance data through the UK's online Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE) has fallen since it left the control of the London Stock Exchange in...

luxury goods brands are found wanting - news

The social and environmental performance of companies that produce luxury brands has been highlighted in a new ranking that suggests none of them are doing particularly well. The league table has...

Japanese firms still behind Europe on CSR - news

Japanese companies perform strongly on environmental issues but need to improve in other areas to match European achievements, says a report from Ethical Investment Research Services. The report...

companies ‘need to improve’ on indigenous rights - news

Seven large companies have been said in a new study to be doing too little to protect indigenous peoples’ rights. Indigenous Rights, Indigenous Wrongs: Risks for Resource Sectors explores the...

sub-prime fallout reaches the ethical fund market - news

The credit squeeze in the financial markets that led the Bank of England to intervene on behalf of the UK mortgage lender Northern Rock is having a knock-on effect in the ethical funds market,...

guinea pigs sought for new human rights guidelines - news

Companies from various industry sectors are to be invited to road test a new guide on how to assess their human rights impacts. The draft Guide to human rights impact assessment, which has been...

realism and openness is Baker’s recipe for success - news

Kingfisher’s head of corporate responsibility tells EP how a pragmatic and transparent approach has helped bring the group up to a leadership position in the CSR field When a new ranking...

£6bn worth of British SRI funds get the star treatment - news

A star rating system for UK ethical investment funds has been announced by Ethical Investment Research Services. The ratings, which cover the 90 retail ethical funds domiciled in the UK, are...

keeping it simple: exclusion pays off for Old Mutual - news

Old Mutual Asset Managers’ Ethical Fund has outperformed the main index for the last three calendar years, despite having only around 400 UK companies in its investable universe with the...

ASB takes responsible investment line - news

ASB Community Trust, Australasia’s biggest philanthropic body, is to use the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact as the basis for a new socially responsible approach to its...

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Niaz Alam has become deputy director of the UK-based Ethical Trading Initiative after spending 11 years in various posts at Ethical Investment Research Services, the London-based SRI data provider.

LSE cuts its losses with transfer of data exchange - news

The Corporate Responsibility Exchange (CRE), the ailing London Stock Exchange project that has been addressing ‘questionnaire fatigue’, has been transferred to a new owner. The project has...

investors told emerging markets need a rethink - news

Progress on responsible business practice on the part of companies in emerging market countries has reached a point where socially responsible investors in Europe and the US should be taking a...

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The amount invested in British SRI funds open to the public has exceeded £6billion ($11.4bn) for the first time. New figures from Ethical Investment Research Services show £6.1bn in British retail...

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Sam Collin is to run a UK project to raise understanding of socially responsible investment in the charity sector. The initiative has been set up by Ethical Investment Research Services and the...

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...

shareholder activists take heart at Shell AGM vote - news

Shareholder activists in the UK have been encouraged by the level of support shown at Shell’s annual meeting for a resolution criticizing the oil giant’s social and environmental performance....

chemicals sector is slow to act - news

The world’s largest chemical companies are making only limited progress on managing safety and sustainability risks, according to a study by Ethical Investment Research Services. Eiris found...

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The world’s biggest food and drinks companies have only ‘limited’ systems to manage the risks posed by increasing obesity, according to Ethical Investment Research Services. Its study of six large...

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One in four listed companies globally now have ‘good or advanced’ systems for managing social and environmental risks, according to London-based Ethical Investment Research Services. Among UK...

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Few of the world’s aerospace, oil and defence companies have systems to counter bribery and corruption relative to other sectors, says a study. Ethical Investment Research Services says only a...

bringing human rights within a risk management framework - news

How does a multinational company go about trying to integrate human rights in its operations? EP looks at the approach taken by Barclays Bank, which is a member of the Business Leaders Initiative...

hedge fund for ethical investors - news

UK-based Armajaro Asset Management introduces the first pan-European SRI hedge fund this month. The fund, named Coolum Strategus, will short companies it regards as overvalued and performing...

Pfizer lags in EIRIS ranking - news

Two newly released research briefings on how companies are managing their responsibilities in respect of public health clearly illustrate the sector-specific nature of non-financial risk. One...

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...

stem cell research raises its head as an SRI issue - news

Shareholder activists in the US have signalled they believe stem cell research could become a hot topic for socially responsible investors. The Washington DC based Investor Responsibility...

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Two Danish pension funds have begun using the new Convention Watch service developed by the London-based SRI data provider Ethical Investment Research Services. ATP, Denmark’s largest pension fund...

90 firms sign up to LSE data exchange - news

Ninety companies – 40 of them in the FTSE100 – have now agreed to post social and environmental performance data on the Corporate Responsibility Exchange, an online database set up by the London...

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Jeremy Baskin , head of research at the Ethical Investment Research Service, moves this month to become development director at the Cambridge Programme for Industry. Baskin will also carry out a...

EIRIS strengthens its overseas presence - news

Europe’s largest provider of investor information on the social and environmental performance of companies is to open offices in New York and Tokyo. Ethical Investment Research Services, which...

new body will raise research standards - news

An international trade association has been formed to promote higher professional standards in CSR research. The Association for Independent Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Research...

Japanese firms take FTSE4Good by storm - news

Japan has been given its own FTSE4Good index in recognition of the growing importance of CSR to Japanese companies. It is only the third country with a domestic...

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...

Wellcome opts for engagement - news

The UK’s largest charity by asset size has appointed Insight Investment to provide a shareholder engagement service on corporate responsibility and governance issues...

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Assets in UK ethical retail funds now stand at £4.2billion ($7.5bn), according to Ethical Investment Research Services. Eiris says the record level has been reached despite a...

UN norms facing stormy passage - news

There is growing business opposition to United Nations norms that set out the basic human rights responsibilities of companies operating in more than one country....

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...

socially responsible investors are barking up the wrong tree - news

Do good companies do well? A lot hangs on this beguilingly simple question. If it could be shown that socially responsible companies perform better over time than those...

winning entries generate innovative approaches to SRI - news

A competition established to stimulate new thinking on how to encourage institutional investors to take a long-term view of investment has sparked a host of innovative SRI...

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...

ethical funds drop in number - news

The number of UK ethical funds has dropped for the first time since records began in 1996. There were 62 funds in March 2002 but only 57 by the following December,...

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The UK-based Ethical Investment Research Service has formed a research partnership with The Good Bankers analyst firm in Japan. The Japanese research provider will assess the...

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...

FTSE4Good expands again – but ousts 17 firms - news

Fifty-nine companies have been added to the four main FTSE4Good indices and 17 removed in the latest review of constituents. BHP Billiton, Ford, Tate & Lyle and Telecom...

reshaping the political influence of companies - news

The ethics of corporate giving to political causes face a new test as changes in the UK law bring new opportunities for political influence BP’s announcement at the...

Vodafone makes headway on worldwide CSR policy - news

Vodafone is to launch a set of group-wide business principles next month and will develop a detailed corporate social responsibility policy in 2002. The telecoms...

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The ethical policies of 22 UK high street banks and building societies have been reviewed by the Ethical Investment Research Service. The review is based on a survey...

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Rachel Withey has joined the Ethical Investment Research Service as assistant director. She previously worked for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children...

Vodafone is top ethical stock - news

Vodafone heads a league table of UK companies favoured by ethical fund managers, according to the Ethical Investment Research Service. The mobile phone company has...

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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...

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....

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The Ethical Investment Research Service has signed a deal with the German research body IMUG (Institut fur Markt Umwelt Gesellschaft) that will allow EIRIS' institutional...

new service to put business in spotlight - news

A new software package that analyses the ethical performance of nearly 2000 international companies is to be offered to investors. Jeff Rooker, the government’s pensions...

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A guide for pension fund trustees developing ethical policies is to be produced by the Ethical Investment Research Service (EIRIS) in early summer.

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....

Scottish Life goes ethical - news

Scottish Life has launched its first ethical pension fund. The Edinburgh-based company will use positive and negative screening provided by the Ethical Investment Research Service...

survey finds ethical funds are less volatile - news

Ethical funds may be less risky than conventional investments, according to a new study by the Ethical Investment Research Service (EIRIS). The EIRIS survey, which tracked the...

disclosure regulation spurs on researchers - news

UK organizations researching companies' ethical performance are developing new products and services in the expectation that the pension disclosure regulation will increase demand for...

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 indicators will assess strategies for engagement with companies - news

New indicators to assess how successful fund managers are at persuading companies to improve their social and environmental performance are being developed by the Ethical Investment...

what the pensions disclosure regulation means for companies - news

The UK government’s new disclosure regulation requiring occupational pension schemes to declare their policy on ethical investment will affect companies in two ways. First,...

groundswell of opinion favours pension ethics - news

As pension fund trustees prepare to make public their stances on ethical investment, a new opinion poll has shown that the general public, at least, is ready and willing for them to...

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Norwich Union has launched its first ethical fund. The Ethical UK Equity Fund will invest in FTSE All-Share Index companies that have been screened on positive and negative...

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A new service for pension fund managers and trustees has been launched by the London-based Ethical Investment Research Service. The Pension Fund Manager Service provides...

Abbey returns to first principles - news

Abbey National, the UK’s fifth largest bank, is to send every employee a statement of principles and a guide to whistleblowing. The bank will mail the new documents to staff within...

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....

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