2 06, 2014

Making money and investing responsibly can go together

2014-06-02T17:49:14-07:00June 2nd, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , , |

Is ethical and responsible stock market investing compatible with making money? Until recently there was a view among many investors, especially those that oversee large pension plans, that imposing social views on investment decisions limited money-making potential. Recently, however, this view has changed as investors have realized that it is possible for companies to be highly responsible, efficient and well-managed, and make money. Investing in these kinds of companies is called “sustainable investing” and is a modern outgrowth of [...]

20 03, 2014

The Guide to Sustainable Investment 2014

2014-03-20T20:15:33-07:00March 20th, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: |

The fourth edition of Blue & Green Tomorrow’s flagship publication, The Guide to Sustainable Investment, is here. The insight from some of the industry’s leading lights helps demystify sustainable investment. It makes a compelling case for balancing the needs of people, the planet and everyone’s prosperity through how and where we invest. We look at the sector’s evolution, from its Quaker roots in the anti-slavery movement to its future investing in solutions to the most pressing sustainability challenges, like climate change and [...]

5 02, 2014

Royal London: sustainable investors should consider health and safety

2014-02-05T21:58:30-08:00February 5th, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , , |

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) has pointed out the benefits of taking health and safety issues into consideration when selecting investments. The firm’s Review of Sustainable Investing looks at the steps the firm has taken to ensure sustainability over the last year and trends in the area. The firm points out that following the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP’s price dropped by 54% and dividends were suspended for the year following the clean up operation. This event demonstrates that [...]

5 02, 2014

Sustainable investment an ‘irreversible trend’, says ING exec

2014-02-05T21:56:11-08:00February 5th, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , , |

The sustainable investment movement has been described as an “irreversible trend” by Jeron Bos, head of global equity research at ING Investment Management. Writing for Fund Web, he states, “The importance of responsible investing has increased substantially in recent years and is gradually entering the mainstream investment arena, set to become an irreversible trend.” He accredits events such as the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the Bangladesh factory collapse last year for rising awareness of environmental, social and governance [...]

27 01, 2014

UN PRI and Responsible Investing: Principles That Include Metrics

2014-01-28T22:48:23-08:00January 27th, 2014|Categories: Sustainable Investing|Tags: , , |

At this year’s annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, the global elite have once again discussed how to invest for more stable and sustainable economies. So there is no better time to remind companies and investors of the importance to measure not only their financial but also their non-financial performance. Or as Klaus Kleinfeld, CEO of Alcoa, reminded us yesterday during a breakfast on “The New Leadership Contract” hosted by Oxford’s Saïd Business School and Heidrick [...]

15 10, 2013

Ethical investment: Why it’s not principles over performance

2013-10-15T21:14:36-07:00October 15th, 2013|Categories: Corporate Governance, Sustainable Investing|

The Guardian October 14, 2013 By Emma Simon Almost two thirds of investors consider themselves "ethical consumers", who think carefully about what goods they buy and which companies they buy them from. But a recent survey by Ecclesiastical Investment Management found a disparity between the way we shop and the way we save, with only a third of those polled describing themselves as ethical investors. "The research shows a clear disconnect between ethical consumption and investment habits, and ultimately between the [...]

25 09, 2013

Adopting ESG factors to improve returns, reduce risk

2013-09-25T23:36:10-07:00September 25th, 2013|Categories: Sustainable Investing|

Investment News September 24, 2013 By Emily Bannister and John LaPann Over the last twenty years, the social investing industry has grown and changed. It has moved from “negative screening,” such as divesting from South Africa or excluding “sin stocks” from the portfolio, to a more positive approach that favors good companies and can even improve companies through shareholder advocacy and lobbying. Socially responsible investing (SRI) has also attracted more investors. According to US SIF (The Forum for Sustainable [...]

20 09, 2013

Do sustainable companies offer sustainable pensions?

2013-09-20T20:34:17-07:00September 20th, 2013|Categories: Sustainable Investing|

The Guardian September 19, 2013 By Emma Simon It's easy to identify the companies that are leading the way on climate change. But how many of them follow the same principles when it comes to their pension funds? We often think of European companies leading the way on good environmental practices. But a recent report by Independent Capital Management AG, took a closer look at the pension funds of a number of Swiss companies, all of which are listed on the [...]

20 09, 2013

Growing demand for ethical investments

2013-09-20T20:32:50-07:00September 20th, 2013|Categories: Sustainable Investing|

Financial Times Adviser September 19, 2013 By Fiona Nicolson The event has been organised by the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association to highlight specialist advice for business owners. Simon Howard, chief executive of UKSIF, said a rising number of advisers were reporting that more clients had asked for ethical and green options for their portfolios. He added: “More and more IFAs are reporting that their clients are asking for green and ethical investments. We urge all IFAs to [...]

20 09, 2013

Companies should use cash reserves to de-risk DB schemes

2013-09-20T20:27:56-07:00September 20th, 2013|Categories: Defined Benefit Plans, Sustainable Investing|

Pension Funds Online (UK) September 18, 2013 By Monique Simpson FTSE 100 firms have been urged to use corporate cash reserves to de-risk defined benefit (DB) schemes, Capita Employee Benefits has said. Following recent improvements in gilt yields, the consultancy said that the move would be particularly beneficial for companies. Capita Employee Benefits said that it has seen increases in longer dated gilt yields in excess of 1% over the last year and that this directly impacts on de-risking [...]

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