ESG and Sustainability

The rise of ESG factors in investment decision making will have a dramatic impact on returns and opportunities in the 21st century. A recent survey by LGT Capital Partners and Mercer showed that 57% of respondents believe that incorporating ESG standards into investment decisions will raise returns. Just 9% argued they reduce returns on investment.

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ESG: By No Means A Passing Fad; It’s a Mega-Trend

Investors are cracking the whip to ensure that their demands for ESG (environment-social-governance) options are met. Money is flowing to ESG-focused ETFs and mutual funds, while hedge funds that are slow on the uptake are being cold-shouldered. BlackRock CEO last month told investee company CEOs that “we are on the edge of a fundamental reshaping of finance,” with reference to climate change and climate risk. He further warned that BlackRock will be disposed to vote against non-compliant management and board directors. Clearly, the tide has turned decisively in favor of ESG investing.

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ESG: State Street Will Turn Screws on ESG Laggards
January 28, 2020

State Street Global Advisors will vote against companies that lag behind on ESG standards. The company stands as one of the largest shareholders in public companies due to its stance…

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Act Analytics Launches New ESG Portfolio Analytics Platform
January 27, 2020

Act Analytics announced the launch of a new Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) portfolio analytics platform. The new platform allows RIAs to compare, contrast, and construct customized ESG portfolios. The…

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ESG: Mining Becomes More Responsible, But Needs To Do A Lot More: EgonZehnder
January 24, 2020

Miners have accepted that Environmental-Social-Governance (ESG) criteria will measure their commitment to sustainability and the impact of their operations on society. Going a step further, mining companies have also come…

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ESG: MSCI Chief Fernandez Warns ESG is a “Permanent Change in the Way Capitalism Works”
January 23, 2020

“We’re sounding the alarm bells, “ said MSCI chairman and CEO Henry Fernandez on CNBC’s Squawk on the Street. If you are an investment institution and you’re not embracing this…

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ESG: ESG Investing at Inflection Point in 2020, says Nasdaq Head
January 23, 2020

It’s the 50th annual World Economic Forum at Davos. Nasdaq President and CEO Adena Friedman wrote in LinkedIn on Monday: “As we look ahead to a new year and a…

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ESG: Best Buy’s CEO in the Dock for Alleged ‘At-Work’ Liaison
January 20, 2020

Current Best Buy CEO Corie Barry allegedly had a romantic relationship with a male colleague before taking charge as CEO in June 2019. Best Buy’s board is investigating the charge,…

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Emission-Free Friday: Here are the Latest Funds to Push for Carbon Neutral
January 17, 2020

Carbon emissions dominated the headlines this week. The European Commission has announced an ambitious plan to shift toward a green economy and make the EU carbon-neutral in the year ahead….

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ESG: Cerulli Report Says 2020 To Be “Pivotal” For Retail ESG Investing
January 17, 2020

New regulations, products, and money will make 2020 a banner year for ESG in Europe Sustainable and responsible investing around the themes of Environment-Social-Governance (ESG) will come into its own…

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Key Takeaways from the J.P. Morgan Asset Management “Global Alternatives Outlook”
January 17, 2020

The Global Alternatives Outlook was released by JPMorgan Asset Management this week. The report provides a 12-18-month outlook across key alternative asset classes. The report also the views of the CEOs, CIOs,…

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FTSE Russell Launches European Climate Risk Index
January 16, 2020

FTSE Russell has launched a new fixed income offering in Europe that weighs factors in each country’s efforts to mitigate climate change. The FTSE Climate Risk-Adjusted European Monetary Union Government…

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