Weekly Highlights October 26, 2012

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BSR Survey: Investors Aren't Reading Those Wonderful Sustainability Reports   
(Wednesday - October 24, 2012) 
Source: Triple Pundit - Sustainability has traveled light years in the last two decades, but is not yet woven into the fabric of the American corporation, according to this year's BSR/Globescan State of Sustainable Business 2012 survey of 550 member...

ESG / Sustainability

Survey Finds Companies Must Improve Communication of CSR Accomplishments   
(Wednesday - October 24, 2012) 
Source: - Companies need to be more effective when communicating the results of corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs, finds a new survey from PR and marketing agency Cone Communications. The survey, which polled a demographically...

It's plain for all to see, ESG research works   
(Tuesday - October 23, 2012) 
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Newsweek's annual rankings reveal the planet's biggest protectors—and polluters.    
(Tuesday - October 23, 2012) 
Source: Daily Beast/Newsweek - Four years ago, it seemed every politician was hot and bothered about climate change—whether they believed it was real or not. But in 2012, with the economy stuck in second gear, the only green thing the candidates want to talk...

Sovereign Wealth Funds

Chinese banks make net $6.3 bln FX purchases in Sept   
(Wednesday - October 24, 2012) Associated Profiles : State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) Investment Company (China) 
Source: Reuters - figures from the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE) showed on Wednesday. That reverses $6.3 billion of net foreign currency sales in August. Banks were net forex sellers in June and April this year, as well...

75% of pension schemes struggling to meet their liabilities, says Regulator   
(Wednesday - October 17, 2012) Associated Profiles :Pension Protection Fund - United Kingdom 
Source:  Out-Law - "We believe that the right balance is being struck, in our approach to the DB funding regime, between protecting retirement savers, protecting the and maintaining employer viability. But we want that judgement to be ...

UAE to foreign diplomats: stay away from financial sector   
(Wednesday - October 17, 2012) Associated Profiles : Abu Dhabi Investment Authority 
Source:  Financial Times - The oil-rich emirate is home to the country's largest financial institutions such as the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the sovereign wealth fund estimated at $400bn, and Mubadala, another of the...

China bloggers expose more corruption: Reports   
(Monday - October 15, 2012) Associated Profiles : Temasek Holdings 
Source:  AsiaOne - Cai, who earns about 10,000 yuan a month, failed to report all his holdings; as required by the state, the report said. The scandal emerged after web users began posting pictures of Cai's properties, some of which are...

US Pension Funds

Californians had fourth highest state-local tax burden in 2010   
(Wednesday - October 24, 2012) Associated Profiles :California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) 
Source:  Sacramento Bee - Californians paid the nation's fourth highest state and local taxes in 2010, as a percentage of personal income, and 13th highest on a per-capita basis, according to an annual compilation by the Washington...

U.S. to expand probe of New York City veterans' pensions 
(Tuesday - October 23, 2012) Associated Profiles : New York City Comptroller's Office: Bureau of Asset Management 
Source:  IT Business Net - Net assets of the police fund, one of five New York City pension; funds, totaled $24.75 billion in fiscal 2011, a 24 percent increase from the previous year, according to financial...

Refine the plan to deny pensions  
(Tuesday - October 16, 2012) Associated Profiles :Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System 
Source:  Standard Speaker - Sandusky was a member of the Pennsylvania State Employees Retirement System. He receives about $4,900 a month in pension payments, after taking a $146,000 lump sum payout in June. Given Sandusky's crimes, it's...

This is just a sample of some of the articles from this weeks SustainabilityHQ Highlights.  You can view the full Highlights by using the following links.  Sustainability | ESG, Highlights for the Week of October 26, 2012