November 2016

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NEW EU DIRECTIVE: OCCUPATIONAL PENSIONS TO CONSIDER ESG

Daniel Brooksbank at Responsible Investor reports on the new revised European pension fund directive that was approved in Strasbourg on Thursday. The updated Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provisions directive (known as IORP2) covers the €3.2 trillion European occupational pensions market. The directive contains new requirements...

US OIL MAJORS LAGGING BEHIND EUROPEAN ON CLIMATE ACTION

A new report by the CDP which analyses a US$1.2tn grouping of the world’s major publicly-listed international oil and gas companies reveals a transatlantic divide as European companies outperform their US peers in preparedness for a low-carbon future by beginning to invest in alternative energy...

CLIMATE BONDS INITIATIVE’S COP22 GREEN BONDS DIRECTIONS PAPER

The Climate Bonds Initiative has released its COP22 Green Bond Directions paper, outlining growing awareness green bonds as nationally determined contributions (NDCs) financing tools. The paper highlights the substantial growth of the green bond market in 2016, to fund both climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. Issuance...

CDP: WATER STRESS COSTING COMPANIES BILLIONS

Environmental Finance, Business Green and The Guardian all feature articles this week on a new report by the CDP, which looks at how some of the world's largest listed companies are managing water risk. The CDP approached 1,200 of the worlds largest PLCs for the...

WHAT DOES A TRUMP PRESIDENCY MEAN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE?

Much of the world's climate activists and the responsible investment community are understandably concerned about what a Trump win will mean for the momentum on climate change: The president-elect has called climate change Chinese hoax to make American manufacturing less competitive, has promised to rip...

WHEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS

Many pundits, journalists and politicians on both sides of the pond have argued that Donald Trump's win was a rejection by the disenfranchised masses of an elitist establishment that has long ignored the concerns of working people. While we agree that this election has raised...

MILLENNIALS AND SOCIAL IMPACT INVESTMENT

Forbes has an article this week on why millennials care more than previous generations about social impact investment. Sarah Landrum writes that the label of millennials being apathetic placed on them by elder generations is false. On the contrary, most millennials are hard workers, and...

BSC ‘TOWN HALL’ EVENT WITH CHIEF EXEC CLIFF PRIOR

Lee Mannion at the Pioneers Post reports this week from Big Society Capital's (BSC) inaugural "Town Hall" event on 2 November. The event is the chief executive Cliff Prior's first public grilling since taking up the roll earlier this year. The "Town Hall" is intended as...