As concerns about climate change reach fever pitch, Harvard Business School has published a report that shows investment strategies that “aggressively’ reduce carbon emissions can significantly boost fund performance.
In the wake of the Climate Action 100+ annual progress report, CEO of the PRI, Fiona Reynolds calls on corporate boards to step up. And the first action item is to either transform the industry associations they belong to that undermine climate action, or resign from them.
Low for ever, a risen China and climate change, are just some of the 10 changes set to sweep through the investment industry in the next 10 years, said Cyrus Taraporevala, president and chief executive of State Street Global Advisors, in his opening speech to 85 asset owners at the Fiduciary Investors Symposium at Harvard University.
While hopeful this week’s UN Climate Action Summit generates a huge leap forward, Fiona Reynolds calls on investors to redouble efforts to address negative corporate climate lobbying. She writes from New York.
This week SASB and Bloomberg launched some new indexes - Bloomberg SASB ESG equity index for US large cap equity, and the Bloomberg SASB ESG fixed income index for investment-grade corporate bonds - to help investors track companies and create sustainable, long-term value in a way that supports their fiduciary responsibilities. Director of capital markets policy and outreach at SASB, Janine Guillot explains.
Denmark's PKA pension fund is leading the way in investing in emerging markets in line with the SDGs. It targets 10 per cent of its $40 billion in alternative ESG investments and an increasing portion of that is invested in emerging markets via allocations to green bonds, infrastructure, microfinance, water sanitation and a specific SDG fund.