ESG


China is waking up to the phenomenon of sustainable investment  

China is waking up to the phenomenon of sustainable investment  

ESG and sustainable investing is a big, important issue. Right now, there is possibly no bigger issue globally than the focus on ESG investing. And the flow of funds into ESG or sustainable investment mandates has accelerated under the influence of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is not just a western …

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Pandemic hastens ESG flows but widens wealth gap 

Pandemic hastens ESG flows but widens wealth gap

(ATF) The devastating pandemic has sent national governments scrambling to build defences against a recurrence – with most efforts aimed at environmental protection and preventing biodiversity loss. These efforts will only increase in the coming years and the new normal will increase societal risks.Global inflows into sustainable funds were up …

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Bridging the ESG gap in China 

Bridging the ESG gap in China 

(ATF) Clean energy funds made up 70% of China’s ESG fund assets under management and accounted for over 90% of the net sales collected in 2020. This is largely due to strong outperformance, as ESG – Environmental, Social and Corporate Governance – investing remains primarily retail driven in China. China’s …

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Sustainable finance gets a big boost from green stimulus

Sustainable finance gets a big boost from green stimulus

(ATF) The coronavirus pandemic has triggered a scramble for responsible investing but has also underlined the need for vigilance against 'greenwashing' – unproven claims that a company's products are environmentally friendly.Sustainable finance bonds issued in 2020 totalled over US$544 billion – more than double issuance levels during full year 2019 …

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Companies need to talk about the negatives of their business

Companies need to talk about the negatives of their business

(ATF) With every new trend comes the counterfeiters. Those that want to reap the benefits of the increased interest in sustainability but not do the actual work. In the ESG world this is known as… greenwashing.The term “greenwashing” was created in the 1980s when companies professed – via media and …

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Renewables fund targeting green power in US, Japan and Taiwan 

Renewables fund targeting green power in US, Japan and Taiwan 

Macquarie, the world’s largest infrastructure investor, has raised $1.93 billion for its second global renewables fund, targeting wind and solar projects in the United States, Japan, Taiwan and Australia.The fund manager, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA), said it had drawn investment from 32 institutions, including pension schemes, insurers and …

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Keeping sustainable investment real in a world of greenwashing 

Keeping sustainable investment real in a world of greenwashing 

(ATF) The term “greenwashing” was created in the 1980s when companies professed – via media and advertising – to be kind to the environment, while actually engaging in environmentally unsustainable practices. Oil and gas companies were seen as examples of this.Today greenwashing has become more sophisticated, aided by the lack …

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Hong Kong breaks new ground with $2.5-billion green bond issuance

Hong Kong breaks new ground with $2.5 billion green bond issuance

(ATF) Hong Kong on January 27 announced it had issued $2.5 billion in green bonds, in what is the first 30-year tranche from a government in Asia.The offering comprises three tranches of US$1 billion 5-year, US$1 billion 10-year and US$500 million 30-year green bonds. The issue “will build a comprehensive …

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