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Raising The Global Bar On ESG Issues With Stock Indexes

Posted on July 4, 2017 at 2:05 PM

Is the world's largest pension fund leading the way on how to get change on a number of fronts, from gender diversity to sustainability ?

Judging by the recent decisions made by the Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan, it might well be - given its adoption of some core environmental. social and governance (ESG) benchmarks.

As reported here on Board Talk, GPIF - which has over $1.3 trillion in assets,

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New ESG Index Chosen By World's Largest Pension Fund

Posted on July 3, 2017 at 12:15 PM

The Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) of Japan, the world's largest pension fund with over $1.3 trillion in assets. has selected a new index provided by FTSE Russell, the global index provider, as a core ESG benchmark.

The new FTSE Blossom Japan Index is constructed using FTSE Russell’s ESG Ratings data model, which draws on existing international ESG standards, including the UN ...

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FTSE4Good Global Index Adds 77 Companies, Most From US

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 6:10 PM

There is some good news, at least. The emphasis on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues continues to grow despite Donald Trump.

FTSE Russell, the global index provider, has added 77 companies to its FTSE4Good index, with the largest number coming from the USA, which remains the largest contributor of companies to the index. It reveals in its June semi-annual review of the index that 31 companies have also been r...

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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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Investors: Key Agents For Change In Business Practices On Animal Welfare

Posted on February 2, 2017 at 12:35 PM

Spare a thought for business. In a world where guessing what's next on the agenda from those in political leadership becomes a major daily past-time, it must be hard to stay focused on what the consumer public's concerns are - and keep up with them, or be seen to do so.


Starbucks was very quick to say it would hire ...

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