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BEYOND TRADE-OFFS: Investor perspectives from across the continuum of impact investing

As impact investing grows, investors are beginning to better understand the relationship between risk, return, and impact. Beyond Trade-offs is a series that includes research from the Economist Intelligence Unit on the factors driving this growth, and perspectives from leading investors who have moved beyond the trade-off debate to...

Are hedge funds turning to responsible investment?

The Financial Times reports that hedge funds are committing an increasing proportion of their assets to responsible investment strategies. According to a survey of 80 investment managers, 40% of hedge funds have already hired a responsible investment specialist or plan to do so, while with...

ExxonMobil’s 2016 Mock Integrated Report

When introduced to the idea of integrated reporting – communicated how an organisation creates value in the short, medium and long term – companies typically raise three concerns: complexity, cost, and litigation risk. To address these issues, Bob Eccles of Said Business School and Mike...

Is the EU about to launch a ‘green’ assets classification system?

Earlier this year, the European Commission's High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance published its final recommendations, including a call for Europe to create a robust classification system for 'green' or 'sustainable' investments. Now it's reported that EU finance ministers have accepted the need for a classification system, according...

Millenials fueling $9 trillion sustainable investing market

Millennials are driving the nearly $9 trillion sustainable investing market, according to Morgan Stanley's Institute for Sustainable Investing. Sustainable investment products have grown at a rate of more than 33% between 2014 and 2016 in the US, according to data from the US SIF Foundation...

MS launches environmental investment tool

Morgan Stanley has launched a tool to assist individual and institutional investors to integrate environmental considerations into their investment strategies. Long the domain of niche ESG specific funds, the launch of the tool follows a mounting trend of mainstream banks offering impact-oriented products. The tool is...

Building a sustainability investment infrastructure

Last week saw the European launch of Insight360, a sustainability and ESG analytics platform. The platform allows investors to access and integrate real-time ESG data into their investment decisions and enables them to select the sustainability data that is of greatest interest to them, suggesting...

Generation Foundation Report: Allocating Capital for Long Term Returns

Generation Foundation, the advocacy initiative of Generation Investment Management, have published a report entitled 'Allocating Capital for Long Term Returns', to follow on from their 2012 Sustainable Capitalism report. This particular report addressees what Generation Foundation consider to be an 'inertia' in existing capital allocation models that they...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Yulanda Chung, Sustainable Finance at Standard Chartered

Join us for our April 2014 happy hour with Yulanda Chung, Sustainable Finance at Standard Chartered. Yulanda Chung leads Standard Chartered’s sustainable finance team in London and Singapore, where she is responsible for the bank’s governance procedures on sustainable lending and investments, for advising on environmental...

Finance Matters Happy Hour: Deirdre Davies, Deutsche Bank

Join us for our February 2014 happy hour with Deirdre Davies, a leader in responsible investment and impact investing at Deutsche Bank.  Deirdre is responsible for Deutsche Bank's Private Equity "ESG integration" strategies, and played no small part in setting up the bank's Impact Investment...