Latest responsible investment thinking
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.
Cool off: Could proposed Dutch legislation diminish corporate accountability?
19 Mar 2019
Dutch legislators seem intent to push ahead with controversial proposals intended to rein in shareholder activists and make hostile takeovers more difficult, as Louise Piffaut explains.
Ethics and alpha: Can investing responsibly enhance returns?
15 Mar 2019
Steve Waygood, Chief Responsible Investment Officer, makes the case for investing responsibly.
Director or dictator?
15 Mar 2019
Star CEOs are bringing into question what makes a good leader in a flatter, networked world. We explore what this means for the overall governance of companies.