Investing toward a net-zero energy system now a reality

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Zeroing out carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from the global energy sector is not only possible – it now has a clearly articulated road map as provided by the International Energy Agency (IEA). John Miller and Cheryl Wilson, both ESG Senior Research Analysts at Calvert Research and Management, say: “ The recent IEA report highlights the

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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

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Green bonds on track to grow in 2021

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The green finance market, similar to almost every other aspect of 2020, was shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Calvert Research and Management, in the first half of the year, alternative forms of sustainable finance flourished as both governments and corporations sought to combat the effects of the pandemic with social and sustainability offerings.

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Research shows corporate governance factors can influence financial performance

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The Calvert Institute recently published a research paper on how corporate governance factors can influence financial performance. The paper examined how 10 governance factors, ranging from accounting risk to shareholder rights, materially affected financial performance of more than 8,500 companies in 72 countries. The paper was co-authored by Daniel Rourke, ESG Senior Research Analyst and Hellen

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Corporations and investors must do more to combat racism

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Ending racism in America is a responsibility of corporations, and corporations must recognize that their current efforts to promote their core values, and diversity and inclusion programs, fall far short of what is needed today, according to Calvert Research and Management, part of Eaton Vance. “What good is it to live in a prosperous country

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Financial quality metrics and ESG factor interactions can impact equity markets

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As investors seek to integrate ESG data into their investment processes, they can mistakenly conflate ESG scores in practice with the more familiar financial quality metrics. But this conflation stems from insufficient research that has yielded inconclusive results note Yijia Chen, ESG Quantitative Research Analyst and Alexander Deleon, Quantitative Research Analyst at Calvert Research and

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Investors can help accelerate global energy system transition

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The global energy system is undergoing a transition away from fossil fuels toward a new energy model, a transition that will continue and accelerate over the coming decades. “This has implications for all areas of society and will impact your day-to-day life”, notes John Streur, President and CEO, Calvert Research and Management, a leading voice

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Evaluating the Glass Ceiling: Understanding and unlocking the value in gender equity

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Calvert Research and Management, an Eaton Vance responsible investing affiliate, says the investment case for advancing gender equality in corporations is strong and clear. Women make up 50% of the global working-age population and have educational attainment that is close to comparable with men’s globally. However, figures show that women have significantly lower labour participation

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Calvert welcomes publication of standards from the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)

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What the SASB standards mean for investors? Calvert Research and Management, a leader in Responsible Investing and an affiliate of Eaton Vance, believes the competitive functioning of securities markets requires that companies provide transparency through disclosure of material environmental, social, and governance (ESG) performance factors. “That is why we are delighted by the announcement of the official

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Get comfortable talking about Responsible Investing: Calvert

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John Streur, President and CEO, Calvert Research and Management, a leader in Responsible Investing, with approximately USD$12.9 billion in funds under management and an affiliate of Eaton Vance, stresses that framing a Responsible Investing conversation in terms of principles and pillars can help both financial advisors and investors get on the same page in constructing a

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