September 2016

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SOCIAL FINANCE PUBLICATION: EVALUATING IMPACT BONDS

Social Finance recently released a publication written in partnership with the Children's Investment Fund Foundation: Evaluating Impact Bonds - Balancing Evidence and Risk. It explores the concept of evaluation in relation to Impact Bonds. The publication outlines three levels of evaluation that may take place within...

$1TRN INVESTOR COALITION HIGHLIGHTS RISKS OF INDUSTRIAL ANIMAL PRODUCTION

A group of 40 institutional investors which includes Swedish state pension funds, Aviva Investors, Nordea, Boston Common and Coller Capital has launched an engagement with multinational food companies to highlight the material risks posed by global industrial animal production. The investors are urging companies such...

AMIT BOURI: WORLD INVESTORS MUST HELP MEET DEVELOPMENT GOALS

Amit Bouri, the CEO of the Global Impact Investing Network (the GIIN), is calling on the world's investors to dedicate more of their capital to impact investments, in an op-ed in Institutional Investor. He argues that more investors need to join in the struggle if...

2015 SEES 25% FALL IN FOSSIL INVESTMENTS

Experts at the International Energy Agency (IEA) say investments in fossil fuels such as oil and gas fell by 25%  in 2015, Climate Change News reports this week. The decline in investments are partly due to lower oil prices, while improved efficiency and lower capital costs...

RENEWABLE POWER THE MOST COST-EFFECTIVE

Blue & Green tomorrow has an article this week on the report by the Carbon Tracker Initiative, which finds that renewable power generation costs are now lower on average globally than fossil fuels and clean energy plants. Renewable power is on course to become even more...

TOP FUNDS ACCUSED OF GREEN-WASHING

Climate Change News has an article this week on the failure of some of the world's leading funds to live up to their responsible investment rhetoric. The Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP) has revealed that some of ExxonMobil's biggest investors are blocking action by the...

FINANCIAL TIMES’ GUIDE TO IMPACT INVESTING

For someone seeking a crash course in impact investing, as well readers more familiar with the topic, the Financial Time's Guide To Impact Investing is an interesting read. The guide, published this week, covers the origins and development of impact investment in the US and...

BIG SOCIETY CAPITAL: LATEST DEAL LEVEL DATA

Big Society Capital recently published their deal level data up to June 2016. The data includes BCS's deals as well as social investment deals made by other investors and arranged by intermediares which did not receive their investment. In an article on the release, Pioneers Post...

EUROPEAN ENERGY EXCHANGE TO LAUNCH WIND FUTURES

The European Energy Exchange announced on Wednesday that they will be launching trading of Wind Power Futures next month, according to S&P Platts. Trading participants will be able to hedge against volume risks in the generation of wind power within the German and Austrian market. This...

BONDS AND CLIMATE CHANGE: TEMPERATURE OF THE MARKET 2016

For those interested in the green bond market, The Climate Bond Initiative's report 'Bonds & Climate Change: State of the Market 2016'  should be an interesting read. Commissioned by HSBC, it provides an in-depth analysis of the climate-aligned and labelled green bond markets. Key findings...