Latest responsible investment thinking
Dealing with climate change: A mixture of mitigation and adaptation
4 Dec 2019
The asset management industry has a key role to play in the face of the climate emergency facing humanity. We spoke to Emma Haziza, hydrologist, PhD Mines ParisTech, Founder and President of Mayane, and Rick Stathers, Climate Specialist at Aviva Investors to find out how asset managers can support companies in their climate transition efforts.
Are ESG comparisons fair?
13 Nov 2019
Investors need to look past tick-box credentials to consider the real ESG impact of their infrastructure projects, says Ian Berry, head of infrastructure equity at Aviva Investors.
Trying to square the circular economy
8 Nov 2019
With climate change continuing to rise up the political and societal agenda, increasing calls are being made for a global ‘Green New Deal’. Steve Waygood explores what this would look like and why we must start to treat the economy and environment as one.
The moral philosopher’s curse
25 Oct 2019
Marte Borhaug explores the ethical dilemmas and unintended consequences that can result from trying to do the right thing.
ESG focus: Will South Korea's chaebols ever change their spots?
16 Oct 2019
The ‘Korea discount’ is widening despite the Moon administration’s campaign to reform family-controlled conglomerates. In the following Q&A, we look at how political risks are creeping into financial markets.
Why EU legislation could herald a boom in ESG investing
13 Aug 2019
The results of the recent European elections, in which Green politicians made a surprisingly strong showing, were just the latest indication that Europeans’ attitudes to environmental issues are shifting.
ESG and real assets: A matter of balance
11 Jul 2019
Assessing ESG risks within real asset investments is far from straightforward. Mark Versey and Stanley Kwong use five case studies to illustrate the balance of ESG risk factors that affects investment decision-making, beyond simply trying to be ‘green’.
BP vote demonstrates power of engagement
28 Jun 2019
As climate change rises up the political agenda throughout the West and beyond, shareholders have an important role to play in limiting global fossil fuel consumption by pressuring oil companies to amend their strategies, argues Sora Utzinger.
'Fairtrade for finance' should be a badge of honour - not a rubber stamp
21 Jun 2019
A Fairtrade-style kitemark for responsible investment is in the pipeline. Properly implemented, the initiative should improve industry standards on ESG, writes Steve Waygood.
ESG focus: Sustainability under Brazil’s strongman
7 Jun 2019
Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro may threaten to roll back important environmental policies protecting the Amazon, but companies – and investors – don’t have to follow suit.
ESG gets physical: The role of real assets in creating a sustainable future
4 Jun 2019
Physical assets, particularly infrastructure and real estate, have a critical role to play in facilitating the transition towards a more sustainable economy and a greener world. As ultimate asset owners, investors are deeply engaged in the issues, and incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations is a fundamental part of an asset manager’s duty to their clients.
Held to account: fixing the auditors
12 Apr 2019
Nathan Leclercq sets out a three-part plan to address long-standing problems in the audit sector.