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Plastic pollution: A call to arms

Plastic production is projected to triple by 2050, yet only 14 per cent of plastic packaging is now collected for recycling. Consumers are beginning to reject the use of single use plastic and if this continues the financial impacts could be significant. So what is the role of asset owners in bringing this to light?
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Danish fund cuts managers for better ESG

The €9.5 billion DanishPædagogernes Pension, PBU, is in the process of consolidating the number of managers in its listed equity portfolio. The decision at the fund - which has around 10 large, focused equity mandates - is linked to an ambition to reduce the number of companies in the portfolio in the belief that fewer companies in the 42 per cent actively-managed equity allocation allows greater ESG oversight.
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PRI announces awards shortlist

The PRI will announce the winners of its inaugural awards at the PRI in Person in Paris in September. The awards are one of two new initiatives aimed at showcasing leadership and increasing accountability as part of its Blueprint for responsible investment.
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Investors’ role in sustainable food

Rising consumer awareness of health and environmental concerns has coincided with a boom in innovation and technology in the food sector. Investors have an important role to play in encouraging their investee companies to understand the scale of the shift and to adopt a strategy to leverage innovation and new technologies to drive long-term value creation.
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A sustainability taxonomy for investors

The EU expert group for sustainable finance has published a taxonomy, or green encyclopedia, that gives guidance to investors looking to finance the transition to an economy in line with the Paris Climate Agreement. PGGM’s Brenda Kramer, who is a member of the EC’s sustainable finance technical expert group, explains how this could be a game changer in the long term.
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NY Common allocation review

The $210 billion New York State Common Retirement Fund is considering pushing its return target below 7 per cent as it embarks on a deep dive review of its asset allocation, a practice that comes around every five years.
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