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Vigeo Eiris | Oil Sands: What does the future hold?
May 21, 2018

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The oil sands industry receives much international criticism because of its heavy
social and environmental impact, which can in turn generate complex legal,
regulatory and social risks to shareholder value.

This paper examines the social and environmental impact of oil sands production,
providing insights from Vigeo Eiris’ research and analysing different perspectives on
future industry developments.

UN PRI | How ESG Engagement Creates Value for Investors and Companies
May 18, 2018

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There is clear evidence that engagement by investors with companies on ESG issues can create shareholder value. But, despite the growth in engagement activity by investors, exactly how ESG engagement creates value is poorly understood. The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) therefore commissioned this research to explore the question.

World Bank Group | Incorporating ESG Factors into Fixed Income Investment
May 9, 2018

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This research report is the result of a partnership between the World Bank and Government Pension Investment Fund of Japan. The aim is for the World Bank, IFC and GPIF to collaborate on initiatives that promote strategies for including ESG criteria in investment decisions across asset classes. Ultimately, the goal is to direct more capital towards sustainable investments and leverage the private sector to achieve the scale of investment needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

AVCA | An Untold Story: The Evolution of Responsible Investing in Africa
May 2, 2018

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Where ESG integration is concerned, African PE has been ahead of the curve compared with other markets, thanks to its origins.

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Value Creation with Natural Capital
May 1, 2018

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Natural capital in the Agro-Food sector and the Built Environment: what issues are relevant and what influence do companies and financial institutions have? How do pioneer companies address a decline in biodiversity?

M&G Real Estate Responsible Property Report
Apr 17, 2018

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Quantifying the ESG impact
Delivering property returns goes beyond financial factors. How does boosting occupier satisfaction translate to better investment performance? Find out how M&G Real Estate plans to reach 10m people with our health, wellbeing and inclusivity programmes by 2025.

UNEP FI | Making Waves: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development
Apr 17, 2018

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The Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System was initiated by the United Nations Environment Programme to advance options to align the financial system with sustainable development. ‘Making Waves: Aligning the Financial System with Sustainable Development’ is its final, global report.

This report reviews the Inquiry’s core analysis, summarizes progress made in aligning the financial system with sustainable development between 2014 and 2017, reflects on the lessons that can be learned from the Inquiry’s approach, and highlights what still needs to be done and what success could look like. It finds real signs that a shift to a sustainable financial system is well under way.

If carbon footprinting is the answer then what is the question? Asset owners’s reflections on current practice in carbon reporting
Mar 19, 2018

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The paper discusses how investors might analyse the climate change and carbon-related characteristics of their portfolios and of specific asset classes. It offers a series of practical suggestions to other asset owners, asset managers and other stakeholders on the role that carbon footprinting might play in modern portfolio management.

European Commission Action Plan On Financing Sustainable Growth
Mar 8, 2018

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Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, The European Council, The Council, The European Central Bank, The European Central Bank, The European Economic and Social Committee And The Committee of the Regions

Climate, Politics and Women Top Shareholder Issues for Proxy Season 2018
Mar 8, 2018

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Proxy Preview offers a comprehensive look at more than 400 shareholder resolutions filed on corporate political activity, climate change, energy, human rights, diversity, and more.

Gender diversity in corporate senior management: glass ceiling yet to be cracked
Mar 7, 2018

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This new Vigeo Eiris study on gender diversity reviews the level of female representation at Board and Executive levels for almost 4,000 listed companies worldwide

Management Quality And Carbon Performance Of Paper Producers: A Commentary
Feb 14, 2018

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The latest assessments by the Transition Pathway Initiative

Management Quality And Carbon Performance Of Automobile Manufacturers: A Commentary
Feb 14, 2018

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The latest assessments by the Transition Pathway Initiative

Vigeo Eiris’ contribution to the European Commission’s public consultation on institutional investors and asset managers’ duties regarding sustainability
Jan 22, 2018

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Vigeo Eiris welcomes the opportunity to submit a response to the European Commission’s public consultation on the fiduciary duties of institutional investors and asset managers with regard to sustainability.

MSCI: 2018 ESG Trends to Watch
Jan 16, 2018

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This annual report highlights five current ESG trends that investors should keep front-of-mind through 2018:
 
1.       Sifting for Management Quality in Emerging Markets 
2.       First Steps to Climate Scenario Testing 
3.       Acceleration of ESG into Fixed Income Investing 
4.       Looking Beyond Sustainability Disclosure 
5.       The Year of the Human

Financial Institution Guidance: Soft Commodity Company Strategy to Tackle Desforestation
Dec 20, 2017

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This document – co-written by CDP and Global Canopy Programme – gives financial institutions practical guidance on engaging with investee companies around deforestation-related risks and impacts. The recommendations are relevant for all companies involved in soft commodity supply chains, including palm oil, timber products, cattle products, and soy.

Link to report on CDP website.

RI & FTSE Russell Post-Webinar Report: ESG in Passive Investing
Dec 13, 2017

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The world of index-based investing is in flux as ESG integration into passive is on course to become the norm for new mandates as we enter the era of “Smart Sustainability”. It was with this in mind that FTSE Russell and Responsible Investor convened a high-level webinar in November 2017.

Thomson Reuters Webinar Report. The Sustainable Development Goals: A new tool for putting value on values?
Nov 30, 2017

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The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are one of the most exciting developments in responsible investment for many years. There is now real momentum amongst investors keen to see how the SDGs can unlock value.

It was with this in mind that Thomson Reuters and Responsible Investor convened a high-level webinar in November 2017.

RI MSCI Roundtable 2016
Mar 2, 2017

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The 5th annual RI / MSCI ESG Research Round Table was held in Singapore on the topic: ‘Stewardship and ESG Integration in the Asia-Pacific region: Key blockages and accelerators for greater Stewardship and ESG Integration in the region in comparison to other regions.’ A superb range of speakers took this opportunity to really drill down into this fascinating topic and the insights and expertise shown was truly exceptional. We believe the quality and breadth of this round table discussion reflects not only the importance of the issue – but also the speed the market has evolved. We hope you find this report stimulating and thought provoking.

Schroders Dinner Dialogue
Jan 23, 2017

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Dinner dialogue: the future of ESG client reporting in 3 courses

Senior leaders from the European asset owner and asset manager communities joined Schroders and Responsible Investor for a high-level dinner discussion on the future of ESG reporting from fund managers to clients, against the backdrop of a rapidly evolving regulatory landscape (COP21, TFCD, IORP Directive, Stewardship/Shareholder Rights/Non-Financial Reporting Directive, etc.)

Discussion questions included:

  • What is the level of investor awareness of current ESG reporting initiatives/regulations?
  • Why are these regulations being introduced, and how will they have to be adopted?
  • What do asset owners want to see?
  • Are fund managers transparent enough about how they integrate ESG into investment strategies?
  • What pressure are they/will they be under to do so?

This free, downloadable, quick-to-read report is the account of the dinner discussion, available via the FREE Download (PDF) link above.