CPD: What are carbon metrics?

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Discussions on carbon metrics are fast becoming a popular topic in investment circles. Carbon exposure is typically seen as a proxy for transition risk. Transition risk is a subset of climate risk associated with systematic shifts in regulation and consumption due to climate change.[1] Institutional investors, risk professionals and fund managers are increasingly looking to... Read more continue reading

New bfinance ESG asset owner survey shows rapid growth in ESG investment activity across different asset classes, carbon reporting, impact focus

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With investors focusing more on ESG Kathryn Saklatvala investment matters than ever before, a new global study from bfinance, including 26 respondents from Australia, tracks key changes in implementation practices and identifies today’s key challenges. Three key themes have emerged from the findings: First, ESG is increasingly becoming a total-portfolio subject, with investors seeking to... Read more continue reading

Climate and social issues at the heart of Amundi’s engagement and voting policy 

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Amundi has presented the results of its 2020 voting and engagement policy and outlines the actions that will be carried out in 2021. During the 2020 campaign, we took part in nearly 4,250 general meetings of European and international companies – a 19% increase from 2019 – and focused our ongoing dialogue with companies and... Read more continue reading

Greenwashing and tips to identify suitable ESG products

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There has been a marked increase in the demand for Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) /Sustainable style products and this trend looks set to continue. Unsurprisingly many firms are seeking to capture some of this growth through the launch of new products, but also rebranding of existing funds.  This has led to concerns of ‘Greenwashing’,... Read more continue reading

Aviva Investors announces climate transition engagement programme with commitment to divest from non-responsive companies

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Aviva Investors, the global asset management business of Aviva Plc, has announced its Climate Engagement Escalation Programme, focused on its investments in 30 ‘Systemically Important Carbon Emitters’. The investment firm will require these companies to deliver net zero scope 3 emissions by 2050 and establish robust transition roadmaps to demonstrate their commitment to immediate action... Read more continue reading

Kearney Group launches Ethos suite of responsible ESG investment portfolios

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Kearney Group is pleased to officially announce the arrival of Ethos Managed Portfolios – a suite of responsible investment options suited to socially conscious and sustainability-minded investors. “At Kearney Group, we’ve long believed that good investment is responsible investment,” says CEO, Paul Kearney. “Short-term gains that come at the expense of our community and planet,... Read more continue reading

Green energy investments to accelerate in 2021

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The global energy scene is undergoing arguably the greatest transformation in history as the world transitions from reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energy. One direct implication of this phenomenon is the investment opportunity that will increasingly be presented to investors, according to new specialist alternatives Research firm Evergreen Ratings. “Financial advisors will increasingly be called... Read more continue reading

CPD: Don’t be fooled by most ESG rankings – focus on materiality instead

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Are ESG investors being fooled? The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article about how big technology stocks dominate ESG funds. Tech companies are not usually associated with the big ESG issues like climate change, renewable energy, or diversity. So, are financial advisers and investors being fooled? Let’s consider whether the ESG investor is still... Read more continue reading

Robeco launches credit income fund targeting Sustainable Development Goals

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Robeco has launched a new investment fund for the Australian market which is designed to contribute positively to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), while aiming to provide a monthly income distribution between 4% and 6% for clients. The Robeco SDG Credit Income Fund is now accessible in the Australian market and applies Robeco’s... Read more continue reading

Hyperion Asset Management neutralises its net climate impact

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Hyperion Asset Management (Hyperion) has today announced that it has neutralised its net climate impact by offsetting its historical emission since its inception in 1996. The announcement is the latest step in the equity manager’s “carbon light” approach and commitment to cutting global emissions. Commenting on the announcement, Hyperion’s Managing Director and Chief Investment Officer Mark Arnold... Read more continue reading