Aberdeen Standard Investments establishes abrdn Sustainability Institute in Asia Pacific

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Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has announced its strategy to deepen its long-standing sustainability commitment in Asia Pacific, with the establishment of a new abrdn Sustainability Institute (Sustainability Institute) in the region. As a global pioneer in sustainable investing, this initiative reinforces the company’s mission to enable its clients to be better investors, by driving sustainable... Read more continue reading

Fidelity International expands voting guidelines with new diversity and climate change policies globally

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Fidelity International, a global asset manager with total client assets of $787.1 billion, has published its Sustainable Investing Voting Principles and Guidelines, introducing new global policies on climate change and gender diversity. Through engagement and voting, Fidelity aims to improve the governance and sustainability behaviours of its investee companies. The new policy will see Fidelity increasingly hold investee companies to... Read more continue reading

Green tick for ASIC ‘Greenwashing’ study

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Leading independent investment consulting firm, Evergreen Consultants has commended the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC) for its current research project into the extent of ‘Greenwashing’ and its actions in warning against ‘Greenwashing’[1]. Greenwashing is the practice of misrepresenting or overstating an investment fund’s commitment to ethical or socially responsible investing, or Environmental Social and Corporate Governance... Read more continue reading

Sustainable investing extends to emerging markets

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Global asset manager Dimensional is adding to its popular sustainability suite in Australia and New Zealand with the launch of one of the first funds locally to apply an environmental, social and governance filter to emerging markets. The clamour by investors in Australia and New Zealand for investment solutions based on environmental, social and governance... Read more continue reading

Alphinity Investment Management launches Global Sustainable Equity Fund

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Leading Australian and global equities boutique fund manager Alphinity Investment Management has launched a global sustainable strategy that aims to invest in quality global companies which are supporting the transition to a more sustainable future and are also identified as undervalued and within an earnings upgrade cycle. The new Alphinity Global Sustainable Equity Fund (Fund)... Read more continue reading

Infrastructure to play a key role in the move to net-zero emissions

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Infrastructure sector has the opportunity to lead global industry in decarbonisation and the transition to net-zero emissions, an extensive sector review by leading investment manager ClearBridge Investments has found. ClearBridge Investments has published a white paper that explores changes in a number of infrastructure sectors, including electric utilities, energy infrastructure, airports and rail transport. The paper... Read more continue reading

Zenith rolls out responsible investment classifications

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Zenith Investment Partners has completed the full rollout of its responsible investment (RI) classifications across 878 funds on Zenith’s Approved Product List (APL). The RI classifications comprise traditional, aware, integrated, thematic, and impact, with each category designating the extent of each fund’s incorporation of RI factors. Dugald Higgins, head of real assets and listed strategies... Read more continue reading

Investors should confront the dark side of tech

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Technology firms are often favoured by ESG funds because of their ostensibly clean, asset-light business models. But investors need to look deeper and challenge unethical and unsustainable practices across the industry, argue Louise Piffaut and Charles Devereux. Communications technology was a lifeline for many people during the darkest months of the coronavirus pandemic. Video calls... Read more continue reading

Ninety One joins Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative

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Ninety One is proud to announce that it has joined the Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative, which supports investing aligned with the global goal of net zero emissions by 2050 or sooner. This commitment underlines Ninety One’s support for the objectives of the Paris Agreement and global efforts to limit global warming to 1.5°C and... Read more continue reading

Franklin Templeton, ClearBridge Investments, Brandywine Global and Martin Currie join industry-leading Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative

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The Franklin Templeton Investment groups and three of their affiliated specialist investment managers ClearBridge Investments, Brandywine Global and Martin Currie — are delighted to announce that they have joined the industry-leading Net Zero Asset Managers Initiative[1]. These four signatories collectively represent more than US$948 billion in assets under management (AUM). Launched in December 2020, Net Zero... Read more continue reading