December 2016

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BLOOMBERG TASK FORCE URGES COMPANIES TO DISCLOSE CLIMATE RISKS

On Wednesday, the Task Force on Climate Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) published its recommendations, urging companies to disclose the financial effects of climate change. Headed by former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg and Bank of England governor Mark Carney, the task force was set up...

FTSE4GOOD 15TH ANNIVERSARY

FTSE Russell celebrates the 15th anniversary this week of its flagship ESG Index Series, the FTSE4Good. Launched in 2001, the index series aims to provide investors with a transparent and objective benchmark related to social and environmental sustainability. The index includes companies that are regularly...

FINANCE MATTERS AT THE GIIN INVESTOR FORUM 2016

Finance Matters attended the GIIN Investor Forum in Amsterdam this week. The forum brought together over 800 participants from 45 countries and 6 continents from various areas across impact investment: asset managers and owners, social enterprises, civil society and academia - to discuss the most...

FOUR DANISH PENSION FUNDS CONFIRM PLANS TO REJOIN PRI

In 2013, 11 Danish pension funds pulled out of the Principles for Responsible Investment, citing concerns over its governance.  Four of the pension funds have now confirmed that they will be rejoining the PRI, saying that the organisation has "listened to the criticism that lead to...

EU WARNS MEMBERS ON ‘BACKDOOR’ COAL SUBSIDIES

Some good climate news in the December darkness: The European Commission is warning member states that 'secret' subsidies for fossil fuels will not be tolerated under EU state aid rules, Megan Darby at Climate Home reports. Eleven member states already have or are planning to...

LOCAL AUTHORITIES FAILING TO PLAN FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

New research reveals that the majority of new local plans in England are failing to cut carbon emissions and plan for the type of severe weather due to get more frequent over the next decade, Blue & Green Tomorrow reports today. The study was carried...