‘S’ in ESG comes to fore in ESG research in Australia

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Modern slavery and human rights showed increased dominance in environmental, social and governance (ESG) research aimed at informing and driving more responsible investment in Australia over the last year, following the far-reaching local and global impacts of COVID-19. At the 11th Annual ESG Research Australia Awards held today at the RI Australia 2021 conference from the Responsible Investment... Read more continue reading

ClearBridge Investments highlights the powerful role of active managers in driving change through ESG investing

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Using approaches such as direct discussions with senior management and proxy voting, asset managers have the powerful ability to drive change in the environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices of public companies, according to ClearBridge Investments[1]. With US$184 billion globally in assets under management, ClearBridge Investments is a top 20 shareholder in more than 275 public... Read more continue reading

Franklin Templeton’s inaugural Corporate Social Responsibility Report introduces enhanced global citizenship framework and goals on ESG Investing, Environment, Diversity and Inclusion

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Franklin Templeton has launched its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report in recognition of the firm’s long-standing belief that being a responsible corporate citizen is vital to the long-term sustainability of its business, in addition to the well-being of the communities in which its employees live and work. “The events of the past year, including the... Read more continue reading

Evergreen launches Australia’s first tax-effective diversified ESG investment bond

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Leading independent investment consulting firm, Evergreen Consultants has launched a new, industry first model portfolio, the Evergreen Responsible Growth Model, designed to give advisers and investors an opportunity to invest in a tax-effective, long-term Responsible Investment (RI) portfolio. The Evergreen Responsible Growth Model is a tax-effective investment bond, offered through investment bond specialist Generation Life. It is a diversified,... Read more continue reading

Green bond issuance surges as more investors seek alignment with climate-risk and environmental solutions

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Green bond issuance was $111 billion in the first quarter (Q1), nearly three times the amount in Q1 2020 after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic depressed issuance in March.[1] Increasingly, this market represents a growing opportunity for financial advisors and institutional investors, note Brian S. Ellis, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager and Henry Mason, ESG... Read more continue reading

Aviva Investors proposes revisions to international financial architecture to achieve sustainable transition

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Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva plc (‘Aviva’), has set out a series of proposals and recommendations to G7 and G20 nations [1] it believes will enable the global financial system to tackle the climate crisis in an effective and cohesive way. The recommendations follow discussions held with a coalition of global allies –... Read more continue reading

Perennial launches new entity to drive next generation of ESG

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Perennial Partners has announced the establishment of its next-generation sustainable investment business, Perennial Better Future Pty Ltd. Perennial Better Future will develop and manage investment strategies that aim to generate strong, consistent returns while contributing to a better future. The investment strategy includes the Perennial Better Future Trust, and the eInvest Better Future Fund (Managed... Read more continue reading

Russell Investments announces net-zero carbon emissions goal

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Russell Investments, a leading outsourced CIO provider and global investment solutions firm, today announced a new commitment to achieve a standard of net-zero carbon emissions for its investment portfolios globally. This commitment builds on the firm’s well-established goal of constructing portfolios that generate long-term sustainable value while recognizing the increasing impact of climate change as... Read more continue reading

Transition to “circular economy” a key ESG issue in 2021

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While the appeal of investing in renewable energy assets will continue irrespective of regulatory developments as technological learning curves improve, an abrupt switch away from fossil fuels should be limited as a result of continued low natural gas prices, infrastructural obstacles and potential pushback from Republicans in a highly divided Senate. Biden has voiced support... Read more continue reading

State Street and S&P Global Trucost Announce ESG Strategic Engagement

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State Street (NYSE:STT) has announced a strategic engagement with S&P Global Trucost that brings together State Street’s newly announced ESG Risk Analytics and Reporting capabilities and Trucost’s highly regarded climate data and analytics. The agreement will allow State Street to overlay Trucost’s data intelligence on the risks and opportunities of climate change to build on... Read more continue reading