8 11, 2016

How millennials are changing the sustainable investment landscape

2016-11-08T21:46:18-08:00November 8th, 2016|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: |

Demographic trends have created huge opportunities for investors globally, whether it be the aging population in Japan or the rise of the educated middle class in Asia. However, no demographic has been more vocal on the sustainable investing front than the so called ‘millennials’ or ‘generation Y’. This group currently comprises around 20% of the UK population and totals 92 million in the US alone, making them the largest generation in the country’s history and even bigger than the [...]

13 07, 2016

The fastest-growing cause for shareholders is sustainability

2016-07-13T21:01:33-07:00July 13th, 2016|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: |

Ask someone to name the demands that activist hedge funds make of companies and they’ll likely list corporate governance issues like board changes and executive compensation, or perhaps some form of restructuring. In fact, the largest number of shareholder resolutions filed by investors — the method through which activists work — now concern social and environmental issues. This is a recent phenomenon, according to my research; the number of these resolutions has increased dramatically over the past five years. Political [...]

19 01, 2015

Why sustainable development is just as important as finance

2015-01-19T22:02:19-08:00January 19th, 2015|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , |

American economist Jeffrey Sachs has urged investors to add socially responsible firms to their portfolios in 2015, as consumers become more aware of companies’ social and environmental credentials. Speaking at Skagen Funds’ annual conference, Sachs said investors should not just look at the financials of a company before making an investment decision. […]

27 10, 2014

$2.5tn shortfall for sustainable development in developing countries

2014-10-27T20:36:03-07:00October 27th, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: |

At the level of international agenda-setting for the rest of the century, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year. Possibly the defining one. That is why this month’s UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) World Investment Forum was so important, because it addressed the fundamental questions “what would it cost to become sustainable?”, “do we have the money?” and “how can we mobilise it?” The timing and focus of the Forum were largely aimed at giving [...]

30 09, 2014

Groups demand more action on green investing

2014-09-30T20:20:11-07:00September 30th, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|

Institutional investors and international organizations are coming together to get energy companies to divest from carbon-based investments and governments worldwide to stop subsidizing fossil fuels. The new activity came as the United Nations convened a summit on Sept. 23 calling for a reduction of the carbon investments and shifting more to green investments. A group of global asset owners and other institutional investors called for phasing out governmental subsidies for fossil fuels and for governments to compel carbon pricing. [...]

25 08, 2014

Responsible investors working together can drive a silent revolution

2014-08-25T21:05:15-07:00August 25th, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , |

Far from ignoring issues such as the impact of climate change or the growth in social inequalities, there is a growing movement within the financial community to respond to these challenges by fostering responsible investments and businesses where long-term thinking is prioritised. According to recent research by NASDAQ OMX, more than one-third of capital invested by asset managers in publicly-traded companies is currently held in portfolios for at least five years – a key measure for long-term investing – the highest [...]

23 07, 2014

ESG factors gaining global exposure

2014-07-23T16:40:07-07:00July 23rd, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , , |

Institutional investors across the globe are becoming more aware of the environmental, social and governance effects both of, and on, their investment choices. What is also clear is there is no one-size-fits-all response to addressing this awareness, and some executives say the theory is not necessarily translating into practice. “We are seeing some asset owners think very clearly about what they invest in, particularly endowments and foundations and religious organizations, as these tend to be more mindful of the [...]

11 07, 2014

Morneau Shepell launches new website focusing on sustainable pension plans in Canada

2014-07-11T16:49:32-07:00July 11th, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , , |

Morneau Shepell, the largest company in Canada offering human resources consulting and outsourcing services, today announced that it has launched a new website focusing on the sustainability of Canadian pension plans. The launch of the “Pensions Built to Last” website comes at a time when the pension landscape in Canada is rapidly evolving. The site aims to inform and educate pension plan stakeholders on relevant topics including current legislation, recent news and alternative pension plan design. The website also [...]

14 06, 2014

Four in five investors consider sustainability issues

2014-06-14T00:03:03-07:00June 14th, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , |

Four in five investors have looked at sustainability issues in one or more investment contexts in the last year, according to research from PwC. However, investors also cited dissatisfaction with current reporting standards. PwC asked investors representing over $7.6 trillion (£4.5 tn) in assets under management, including asset managers and pension funds, about a range of sustainability issues, including climate change, resource scarcity and corporate social responsibility. […]

2 06, 2014

Whole Foods is the S&P’s biggest loser in May

2014-06-02T20:18:18-07:00June 2nd, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , |

Whole Foods Market Inc. lost 23% of its value this month, making it the worst-performing stock in the S&P 500. The stock is near its lowest level in more than two years after the Austin-based company on May 6 reported disappointing fiscal second-quarter profit and sales and cut its full-year outlook for a third straight quarter. Same-store sales rose 4.5%, the smallest increase in at least 13 quarters and missed the consensus estimate of a 5.2% gain. The stock: Whole Foods shares plunged 19% [...]

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