Fiona Reynolds, long-time CEO of the PRI and now CEO of publishing firm Conexus Financial, responds to the rising denunciation of ESG investing and claims that over-thinking, over-regulation and over-standardisation is complicating what is actually a very simple investment philosophy.
Inflation woes dominated at a recent TRS board meeting. However the Texas-based fund, one of the few remaining investors in fossil fuels, has benefited from its allocation to energy and is currently eyeing opportunities in natural gas infrastructure as US producers gear up to supply global demand in Russia's absence.
Examining and learning from the evolution of orthodox finance provides relevant insight to the evolution of ESG data and ISSB standards which like CAPM are simply social conventions. Greg Watson argues that adopting a “no single right way” mindset will create greater resilience in investment by promoting greater differentiation.
Investors interested in ESG should be aware of the intensity of the commitment and develop their own deep expertise and impact-weighted accounts, according to ESG pioneer and academic, Professor George Serafeim. He will speak at the Sustainability in Practice event at Harvard University in September.
Sharan Burrow, general secretary of the ITUC and Paddy Crumlin, president of the International Transport Workers’ Federation outline the recently released baseline expectations for asset managers on fundamental labour rights and why pension funds should be holding their managers to account.
Incorporating impact into a risk/return framework creates additional dimensionality and significantly increasing the complexity of the portfolio design challenge. David Bell from The Conexus Institute explores the technical challenge of navigating the 3-D investment framework.
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