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Just 5% Of European Pension Schemes Consider Climate Risk In Investment

Posted on June 27, 2017 at 6:55 AM

Startling figures? Just 5% of 1,241 European Pensions schemes have considered the investment risk posed by climate change. T

A report by Mercer, the consultancy gathers information from 1,241 institutional investors across 13 countries, reflecting total assets of around €1.1 trillion. As well as investment strategy information, it tracks the drivers behind Environ...

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First Climate Risk Shareholder Proposal Supported By BlackRock

Posted on May 15, 2017 at 11:55 AM

Tell me again that the world is not changing in its attitude to climate risk. Investors have their ears to the ground and even the most reluctant to hear appear to be listening and willing to put pressure on business regarding the need for better corporate reporting on an issue that is increasingly being identified as a 'systemic risk.'


As we looked forward to another weekend and prayed for no 'news' to disrupt it, a climate risk shareholder proposal passed at a maj...

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Latest Data Breach Brings Up #CorpGov And #CyberSecurity - Again

Posted on May 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM

So The Guardian dating website 'Soulmates' is the latest to admit to a data breach. Unsurprisingly, it doesn't amount to much of a story in The Guardian.


As reported yesterday on Forbes,...

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Corporate Culture, M&A And Sustainability In Spotlight At Bayer AGM

Posted on April 28, 2017 at 1:40 PM

Corporate culture, M&A and sustainability are all in the spotlight at today's Bayer AGM.


Hermes Investment Management is drawing attention to its "wide-ranging sustainability-related concenrs about the pending acquisition by Bayer, the German life science company, of Monsanto, the US agricultural company best-known for genetic modification."


"Mergers can often have a negative impact on the overall value of a company, with the process complicated f...

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It's All About You: #ESG Risks In #Pension Schemes

Posted on February 21, 2017 at 8:05 AM

It was only a matter of time before Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) risks were recognised as being personal. Volkswagen opened that door in a different way, for consumers. Now the focus is on pensions.

 

The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Associatio...

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HSBC Faces Consumer Anger On Palm Oil Financing

Posted on February 13, 2017 at 12:00 PM

HSBC, Europe’s biggest bank, is facing "a consumer backlash" from their customers over their ongoing financing of palm oil companies destroying Indonesia’s rainforest, according to latest information compiled by Greenpeace and YouGov.


A few weeks ago Greenpeace published a report called 'Dirty Bankers' - it said th...

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Spare a Thought For CPOs Amid Global Risk And Digital Challenge

Posted on February 9, 2017 at 11:20 AM

Cost reduction and managing risk unsurprisingly top the list of procurement leaders’ business priorities in 2017, according to Deloitte’s annual global Chief Procurement Officer (CPO) survey, just out.


The number one priority for 79% of CPOs is reducing costs. Over half (57%) are worried about managing risk - particularly true of those who are based in the United Kingdom, with uncertainty around Brexit and outcomes from upcoming trade negotiations.

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'Imperative That Lawyers Ask The Right Questions' : IBA and OECD Collaboration Launched

Posted on December 14, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Never too late, and much needed in the global fight against corruption: lawyers too, make ethical decisions every day.


The International Bar Association (IBA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have just annou...

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UK Financial Services Loses Confidence In UK Economy

Posted on November 23, 2016 at 3:50 PM

Even before that #AutumnStatement.


The financial services industry’s confidence in the UK’s economic prospects has fallen to its lowest level since 2012 according to the latest Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) survey.


An online survey done by the CISI had some 600 respondents. Of these, 48% were less optimistic about the outlook for the UK than 10 months ago, while 32% felt more optimistic - 20% were unchanged.

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FTSE350 Disclosure On Pension Obligations 'Inadequate To Assess Risk'

Posted on November 1, 2016 at 1:30 PM

Accounting disclosures of FTSE 350 companies with UK pension obligations do not provide sufficient information to allow stock market investors, as well as other stakeholders, to fully appreciate the scale and volatility of the funding position of the defined benefits (DB) schemes within their portfolios, according to research out today.


Analysis done by Lincoln Pensions, the advisory firm, on the latest released annual report of every FTSE 350 company with UK pension obligat...

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