6 09, 2018

ESG Investing: A Blue Ocean For Corporate Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans

2018-09-06T15:44:19-07:00September 6th, 2018|Categories: ESG|Tags: |

The Retirement Market: An Ocean Of Opportunity The executive order on retirement savings, which President Trump signed on Friday, shines a spotlight on corporate-sponsored retirement plans.  The $28.0 trillion U.S. retirement market offers opportunities for growth in environmental, social and governance (ESG) assets under management (AUM), particularly among corporate-sponsored retirement plans. 60% of corporate plan sponsors that participated in a recent NEPC survey indicated that they were not interested in incorporating ESG investing, which means considering ESG factors in both investment decisions and ownership policies and practices. Of plan [...]

20 01, 2017

ESG Investing Momentum Grew in 2016

2017-01-20T18:49:23-07:00January 20th, 2017|Categories: ESG|Tags: |

Following regulatory changes enacted late last year, 2016 saw an increased interest in investments chosen with environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations. ESG investing assets climbed to $8.72 trillion in the United States, according to a recent report by U.S. SIF, the research and advocacy organization supporting ESG and sustainable and responsible investing (SRI). This hike marked a 33% increase from 2014. Today, ESG components extend far beyond a company’s environmental footprint to include its record on labor standards, human [...]

16 02, 2016

Global pension funds prioritizing governance, risk management

2016-02-16T22:32:25-07:00February 16th, 2016|Categories: Corporate Governance|Tags: |

Global pension fund executives over the next three years will be upgrading their governance structures and board education, increasing internal staff overseeing risk and investments, and adding to investments in ESG, hedge funds of funds and real estate, said a State Street Corp. (STT) survey. A report on the survey, “Pensions with Purpose: Meeting the Retirement Challenge,” said 92% of defined benefit and defined contribution plans, both corporate and public, expect to upgrade their governance models, and 45% will increase training [...]

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 [...]