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June 27, 2018

Regulatory changes, increased availability of quality data, and demographic shifts resulting in more Millennials and women looking to align their values and assets, have prompted a surge in the number of institutional investors interested in responsible investing initi...

March 23, 2018

Green bonds have had a strong start to 2018 and there seems little in the way of further expansion.
Here is a brief primer on the market.


What are Green Bonds?

Green bonds were created to fund projects that have positive environmental and/or climate benefits. Most are g...

January 16, 2018

The PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment), which oversees an investment Code adopted by more than 1,750 signatories from more than 50 countries with over US$70 trillion in AUM, is tightening its conditions for acceptance and ongoing membership.

The six Principles...

January 10, 2018

New year, old issue. Policymakers continue to urge, recommend, guide etc both public and private sectors to embrace positive discrimination for female candidates in the workplace, and repeatedly threaten prosecution or brand-shaming for gender pay gaps, with precious l...

November 22, 2017

Regulators, investors and consumers are turning their attention to the carbon footprint of financial transactions as a way to measure and then minimise negative environmental impacts from their commercial and financial activity. The World Bank estimates the carbon cred...

October 25, 2017

Blackrock, the largest asset manager in the world, is expanding its European ESG funds range.  

A new global equity ETF, the iShares MSCI World SRI UCITS ETF, delivers exposure to stock markets with a focus on companies with the strongest Environmental, Social and Gover...

October 20, 2017

If you can get hold of a copy of the Estates Gazette (Oct 7, 2017), it has excellent industry-contributed features on Sustainability in the real estate sector. A timeline starts in 1997 with the adoption of the Kyoto Protocol, binding signatories to lowering harmful em...

October 16, 2017

The ESG ‘sector’ is often accused of preaching to the converted, a charge many will admit to, since pushing against doors bolted shut is neither a pleasant nor profitable activity.  A report just published by KPMG indicates the wealth of opportunity that still awaits t...

October 12, 2017

The fastest growing section of the global bond market? Green bonds. The world’s biggest bank, India’s ICBC (which is also the world’s biggest listed company) has just issued its first Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI)-certified Green bond. The market is expanding and matu...

October 10, 2017

In the recent excitement over the rapid development of Environmental and Social metrics, the ‘Governance’ part of the ESG commitments that many firms lay claim to has been overshadowed. That is now addressed by the third annual Governance report from the UK Institute o...

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