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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Climate Change Protests in London: Activists Glue Themselves to BlackRock’s Doors

Climate change activists took on the world’s biggest financial institutions today, specifically BlackRock and the Bank of England, in London. They demanded the cessation of funding of a looming environmental crisis.

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Credit Suisse Asset Management Makes ESG Announcement
October 1, 2019

Credit Suisse Asset Management announced plans to adopt ESG factors into all of its investment decisions. The firm said that any fund with more than CHF 20 billion in assets will…

RBC Global Asset Management has launched the RBC BlueBay Global Bond Fund
October 1, 2019

RBC Global Asset Management has launched the RBC BlueBay Global Bond Fund. The company calls it “a globally diversified fixed-income fund designed as a core portfolio holding for U.S. investors.”

Vermont’s Green Mountain Power Divests from Fossil Fuels
October 1, 2019

Green Mountain Power announced that its pension fund will completely divest from fossil fuel companies. Last week, the company’s leadership finalized the reallocation of roughly $13.5 million of its $180…

Interactive Investor Releases Ethical Buy List
September 30, 2019

The Ethical Buy List has arrived amongst a flurry of new ESG products sweeping the market.

Invesco Report: Sovereign Funds Adopting ESG Standards Quickly
September 30, 2019

Sovereign investors are ramping up their environmental, social and governance (ESG) investments. A new study by Invesco shows that two-thirds of sovereign funds are considering these socially conscious investments.

Goldman CEO David Solomon: Time for ESG Investing to Go Mainstream
September 26, 2019

Goldman CEO David Solomon said that financial institutions need to push ESG investing into the mainstream. During a talk at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum, Solomon encouraged advisers to ramp…

Big-Name Institutional Investors Join Hands for Carbon-Neutral Portfolios by 2050
September 26, 2019

Announced at the UN Secretary-General’s Climate Action Summit in progress in New York, the Alliance will address climate change and low-carbon portfolios.

New Law Requires California Pensions to Divest all Turkish Assets
September 21, 2019

New legislation bars California pensions funds from investing in Turkish assets. Turkish assets are now barred at California pensions. This is because of Turkey’s refusal to acknowledge responsibility for the…

Responsible Investing in Commodities is Possible: OFI Asset Management
September 20, 2019

Environment, Social, and Governance (ESG) objectives are not incompatible with commodity investing says an OFI portfolio manager. Certainly, ESG in commodities is possible through proactive asset management, according to Benjamin…

University of California: “Fossil Fuel Assets a Financial Risk”
September 19, 2019

The University of California Pension and Endowment funds will divest all fossil fuel assets. That’s because fossil fuel and coal and oil sands posed a “long-term risk” to the University…