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The number of fund managers that expect oil company valuations to drop within five years as a result of energy transition risks has nearly doubled to 89 per cent, up from 46 per cent in 2017, with a third of the asset managers say they are already seeing transition risk impact.

HSBC has confirmed that it will no longer provide project finance for new tar sands and arctic drilling projects including the construction of any pipelines. The bank has also said it will no longer fund coal, apart from in Bangladesh, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Caritas Internationalis (the confederation of 165 Catholic relief, development and social service organisations), three leading Catholic banks with balance sheets totalling approximately euro 7.5 bn, several dioceses, and an international coalition of Catholic institutions are announcing their divestment from fossil fuels.

Global green bond issuances reached USD 30bn in the first quarter of 2018, according to Linklaters, just outstripping the previous high in Q3 2017 and increasing the value of issuance in Q1 by 9.4 per cent compared to the same point last year.

Calvert Research and Management is taking on Hermes EOS, the stewardship and engagement unit of Hermes, to help support Calvert’s in-house corporate engagement programme, with Hermes EOS providing engagement, consultation and reporting services.

The United Nations believes that there is huge progress on reforming the global financial system and that it has started to deliver financing for sustainability. The final report of the UN Environment Making Waves: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development highlights opportunities to align the financial system with sustainable development, as well as pathways to success.

Social and Sustainable Capital (SASC) has published its 2018 Impact Report highlighting record growth for its investment portfolio over the last year, with investment volumes more than doubling to just over GBP11m.

According to WindEurope’s Financing and Investment Trends report, Europe invested a total of euro 51.2bn in wind energy in 2017, with the development of new farms accounting for euro 22.3bn of this. The rest of the investment went on the refinancing of existing wind farms, the acquisition of projects and of companies involved in wind and on public market fundraising.

M&G has launched the first fund to invest predominately in private and illiquid debt to achieve a positive social or environmental impact. In creating the Impact Financing Fund M&G has worked with Sustainalytics, an independent provider of sustainability research, in order to devise a methodology to assess and measure the impact of the fund’s investments.

Danish pension fund PKA, with USD 46bn under asset management has said that it is excluding 35 oil and gas companies from its investment portfolio over failures to meet the goals of the Paris climate agreement.


Mark Evans 17/07/2017
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