Finance and SRI News

MSCI Supports NZ Super Fund’s Low Carbon Strategy

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Leading global investors increasingly recognize the challenges posed by climate change and its long-term impact on business and economy. Some of the major investors are already shifting capital in a way to support a low carbon global economy. Integrating carbon management into investment decisions is critical to achieving the larger goals of climate risk mitigation.

MSCI Reports Strong Growth in ESG Investing

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – ESG investing is fast becoming a mainstream area within the investment industry. An increasing number of investors are now adopting the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), and choosing companies that score high on ESG performance. Investors inclined towards responsible investments operate on the belief that in the long run addressing ESG issues will preserve and boost their portfolio returns.

BMO Financial Group Wins “ESG Best Practices” Award

(3bL Media/Justmeans) — BMO Financial Group was named the winner of the Thomson Reuters/S-Network ESG Best Practices Award for 2017 at the annual “Summer in the City/CSR Investing Summit,” held in New York City. The award recognizes the company for “superior ESG ranking and corporate best practices.”

Responsible Investing — Principles, Pillars and Progress

Guest blog by John Streur, Calvert

The responsible investing movement that we have started and shaped has reached the end of the beginning, with a broad and strong foundation that will evolve to provide the superstructure of our society’s continuing struggle to address and solve its greatest challenges. Our efforts are working, and we are being joined in our mission by more investors worldwide every day.

UNGA Retreat Focuses on Ways to Finance Sustainable Infrastructure

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable infrastructure investments have a critical role to play in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). According to the Rockefeller Foundation, there is a $2.5 trillion annual funding gap in developing countries alone to achieve the SDGs.

S-Network Global Indexes Hosts 5th Annual “Summer in the City” CSR Investing Summit

(3BL Media/Justmeans) —S-Network Global Indexes, a leading publisher and developer of proprietary and custom indexes, is hosting its 5th annual “Summer in the City” CSR Investing Summit and Workshop July 19-20 in New York. 

Sustainable Investments Delivering Higher Returns in the UK

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – Sustainable or ESG investing originally broke ground when fund managers began actively engaging with companies and started voting down inefficient governance decisions. Firms with weak ESG commitments started getting excluded from fund investment portfolios. The asset managers eventually began handpicking companies with a strong focus on ESG factors and socially responsible and ethical approaches.

G7 Backs Sustainable Finance Movement to Achieve Climate Goals

(3BL Media/Jutmeans) – Sustainable finance is a rapidly accelerating global movement. Countries from China to France and the UK have launched initiatives to boost flows of private capital for climate and sustainability. The value of investment assets committed to the Principles for Responsible Investment is now over $73 trillion.

State Street Achieves 2020 Environmental Goals Three Years Ahead of Schedule

State Street Corporation has released its 2016 Corporate Responsibility report, which highlights the company’s commitment to corporate citizenship, and environmental, social and governance activities. The report details how State Street exceeded its environmental goals set for 2020, three years ahead of schedule, including reducing greenhouse gas emissions and water use by 20 percent per person, and diverting 90 percent of waste sent to landfills.

Sustainalytics: 10 Investment Themes for 2017

Sustainalytics, a provider of ESG and corporate governance research, ratings, and analytics, released a thematic research report, 10 for 2017: Investment Themes in a Changing World, earlier this year. The report looks at the key drivers of 10 ESG investment themes that are expected to create new risks and opportunities for investors.

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