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EU HLEG Sustainable Finance consultation response

I eventually finished off and submitted my EU HLEG Sustainable Finance consultation response yesterday, just in time for the ‘High Level Expert Group’s’ first deadline… This is of course a significant and very welcome consultation – however responding to it was by no means an easy task – given its length and complexity (meaning that my response may still benefit from […]

Fund EcoMarket: Sustainable Investment ‘Award for Innovation’ Finalist

I am  delighted to announce that Fund EcoMarket has been shortlisted as a finalist for the following award: The Investment Week (Incisive Media) award category is ‘Sustainable Investment’  – Award for Innovation (Non-Fund). Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 17 November. Further details about the award ceremony, (now in its 10th year!),  can be found here.

ILP Moneyfacts SRI articles: Climate Risk and Ethical Fund Survey

This month saw the publication of two SRI/ethical investment articles in ‘Investment Life and Pensions Moneyfacts’ magazine.  One was written by Moneyfacts editor Richard Eagling, the other by myself. See here for the ILP Moneyfacts annual ethical and SRI fund survey – Ethical Funds Survey July 2017 See here for my climate risk article (and in particular the recent […]

NRG – a topsy turvy case study

I have Raj Thamothram of Preventable Surprises to ‘thank’ for bringing this shocker of a story to my attention. In brief – this is a tale of the investment markets rewarding a company for turning its back on green issues and attempting to turn back the clock. There is much to say and many questions to ask – including how […]

Fund EcoMarket ESG / SRI research award finalist

I am delighted to announce that Fund EcoMarket is a finalist in the ‘Best ESG/SRI Research’ Investment Week Awards category 2017. As much as we would love to win … given my knowledge of the quality and commitment of CDP, EQ Investors and EdenTree I truly don’t envy the judges! Taking my Fund EcoMarket hat off, for just a moment, I can […]

HLEG – EU sustainable finance interim report published

The EU has recently published its High Level Expert Group (HLEG) Sustainable Finance interim report. This ambitious and significant report covers issues ranging from financing greener infrastructure to the labelling SRI funds. Although mainly aimed at institutions the implication is that the final recommendations will also impact individual (retail) investors. The EU plans to start implementing changes at the start of 2018 […]

SwissRe switch all assets to ESG indices

Reports in the FT and elsewhere today announce the important news that SwissRe now integrates Environmental, Social and Governance issues across all their equity and fixed income investment assets. They are doing so by using benchmarks based on the highly regarded MSCI ESG methodology. The first section of the SwissRe media release (from their website) is reproduced […]

TCFD report final report – managing climate risk

The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosure has today issued its much heralded final report the purpose of which is to establish a framework for company reporting that will enable investors to better assess and manage climate risk. The Financial Stability Board, chaired by Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney set up the TCFD (Task Force […]

Hold the date – 19 October SRI event

Following the success of our ‘sold out’ event last year we are currently work on the plans for ‘Screened, Themed and Engaged 2017’ . This year’s Fund EcoMarket & sriServices ‘Good Money Week’ event for financial advisers and industry professionals will be held in Central London on the afternoon of 19 October. Attendees will hear from – and have the […]

Pensions & Social Investment: Law Commission review

We are delighted to welcome the Law Commission review of ‘Pensions & Social Investment’ This important review, whilst not fully digested yet, appears to support and even advance the view that social, as well as other related ethical and environmental considerations should form part of our pensions investment landscape and decision making. You can see pensions media […]