Turning Sustainability into a Value Driver l Insead: The Business School for the World
by Jan Van der Kaaij, May 27, 2016
When talking to investor relations executives and board members of listed companies about communicating sustainability initiatives, a frequent statement I hear is “why bother? our investors are not interested in sustainability”. This claim is grounded in the observation that there are few questions in shareholders meetings and earnings calls that address the topic. But that doesn’t mean investors are not interested.
SIFMA Hosts Social Impact Investment Roundtable On Capitol Hill, Bringing Together Industry Experts And Lawmakers
May 26, 2016
- Today, SIFMA hosted a roundtable on Social Impact Investing with industry experts and Members of Congress. The event fueled a discussion between the financial services industry and Members of Congress, on the role of America's capital markets in creating and funding programs designed to improve local communities. The event was held on Capitol Hill and participants included Kenneth E. Bentsen, Jr., president and CEO of SIFMA, as well as Representatives Tom MacArthur (R-NJ), John Delaney (D-MD), Tom Reed (R-NY) and Jared Polis (D-CO). Industry participants included Audrey Choi, CEO, Institute for Sustainable Investing, Morgan Stanley; Stephen Freedman, Head of Thematic and Sustainable Investing Strategy US, UBS; and Navjeet Bal, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, Social Finance.
MAY 26, 2016
Examination of Carbon Efficiency Strategy shows long process, multiple partners required to bring SRI strategy to market.
by James Murray, May 25, 2016
As the world's leading oil and gas majors this week face a series of questions about their ability to respond to escalating climate risks, two of the UK's leading universities have become the latest institutions to announce new investment strategies designed to curb their exposure to fossil fuel assets.
Newcastle University yesterday followed hot on the heels of the University of Southampton inannouncing plans to modify its investment strategy to better embed Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) considerations.
contact Robert P. Connolly, May 25, 2016
BOSTON – The University of Massachusetts today became the first major public university to divest its endowment from direct holdings in fossil fuels. The decision was made by a unanimous vote of the Board of Directors of the UMass Foundation, a separate not-for-profit corporation that oversees an endowment whose value was $770 million at the end of the last fiscal year.
Unconventional Wisdom: ESG Investing Grows Up l Institutional Investor
by Afsaneh Beschloss, May 20, 2016
- Investing in companies that have strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) records has expanded dramatically over the past two decades. In 1995, when I was at the World Bank, fewer than 60 funds engaged in this new form of investing, collectively managing only about $12 billion in assets. Now there are hundreds of high-quality ESG and impact funds, overseeing hundreds of billions of dollars in assets.
Investing For a Sustainable Future l MIT Sloan Management Review
May 11, 2016
- Investors see a strong link between corporate sustainability performance and financial performance — so they’re using sustainability-related data as a rationale for investment decisions like never before.
Trustees Now Under the Gun Over Environment, Social and Governance Issues in New Zealand l National Business Review
By: Fiona Rotherham, March 17th, 2016
- A leading responsible investment advocate believes Maori and community trusts in New Zealand should lead the way in matching a trust's social purpose with its investments.
Sustainable Funds Are Walking the Walk l Morning Star
By: Jon Hale, March 17th, 2016
- Morningstar's new Sustainability Rating gives investors interested in sustainability a way to evaluate the extent to which their fund managers are directing their capital to companies with strong sustainability performance.
New SEC Search Tool Shines Light on What Fossil Fuel Companies are Saying About Growing Carbon Asset Risks
By Peyton Fleming and Jamie Cook, January 12, 2016
- Wondering what oil companies are telling investors about growing pressures to reduce carbon pollution and what that means for their long-term oil exploration projects and overall business strategies? Ceres and CookESG Research now have a way to get the answer: a new web tool for accessing carbon asset risk disclosures in company filings with the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC).