Advantages of sustainable investing during economic uncertainty l Asia Asset Management
02 June, 2016
In an exclusive interview, New York-based Dinah A. Koehler, a director and equity specialist for sustainable equities at UBS Asset Management (UBS-AM), talked to Asia Asset Management (AAM) about the importance of sustainable investing and why it will become essential to how we invest.
Pension funds to drive the ESG agenda l Asia Asset Management
02 June, 2016
Sustainable investing (SI) is likely to be driven by pension funds going forward, given their growing focus on environmental, social and governance (ESG) mandates as they seek to balance returns generated with their overall role in society, says Beng-Eu Lim, Asia Pacific head of asset owners’ sector solutions at State Street Corporation.
Singapore Exchange launches its first Sustainability Index l Eco-Business
Jessica Cheam, May 31, 2016
The Singapore bourse joins the ranks of exchanges around the world that have established sustainability indices ranking listed companies for their ESG performance.
Marlene Y. Satter May 31, 2016
Lack of understanding of environmental, social, and governance investing doesn't mean lack of desire for it. Neither advisors nor investors are savvy enough about socially responsible investing to really have an impact.
Social impact investing means business l Arctic Startup
May 30, 2016
Many investors think impact investing is the same as following ESG (environmental, social and governance) guidelines. Following ESG guidelines is the minimum requirement for a business to be called sustainable. One could argue that ESG is about minimising the harm done to society and if no harm is done, then it must be good. But to actively pursue a positive and measurable impact with investing is something that should really be called impact investing – and sustainable investing.
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.
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.
Managers Offer New Strategies to Answer ESG Call l Pensions & Investments
By: James Comtois, May 2, 2016
In the past 18 months, U.S. investors have been putting much greater emphasis on ESG factors when creating their portfolios, and some of the biggest money managers — including BNY Mellon Investment Management, BlackRock Inc., Goldman Sachs Asset Management and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. — are responding.
Earth Day Update: Socially Responsible Investing Coming of Age l Spectrem's Millionaire Corner
By: Donald Liebenson, April 26, 2016
- The 46th annual Earth Day finds socially responsible investing continuing to gain traction. According to the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, in the United States, at least $7 trillion is invested in strategies that focus on environmental social and corporate governance (ESG) causes. Investment News reports this is up from almost $4 trillion in 2012.
Black Rock's Deborah Winshel: Big Impact Needs Big Data l Institutional Investor
By: Imogen Rose-Smith, April 22, 2016
- The former Robin Hood Foundation executive is shaping impact investment strategy at the world's largest asset management firm. Black Rock has about $200 billion in assets that fall under the oversight of BlackRock Impact. The total includes some ESG funds, which actively consider environmental, social and corporate governance factors in investment decisions.