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RI MSCI ESG Research Round Table
May 1, 2013

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The RI/MSCI Round Table Report 2013 explores where and how ESG risk can have significant and pressing financial consequences for institutional investors. The presentations and discussion, which took place in New York, brought together a panel of noted thinkers, practitioners and academics in sustainable finance for their thoughts based broadly around a series of topical ESG themes in institutional investment. This is the second Responsible Investor / MSCI ESG Research Roundtable, the first, published in May 2012 is available to download here.

Timberland Investment Outlook: 2013-2017
Apr 24, 2013

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Timberland, along with farmland, infrastructure, and other real assets, has been growing in favour among institutional investors due to the attractive characteristics of the asset class. New Forests’ publication Timberland Investment Outlook: 2013-17 focuses on key trends in institutional investment into timberland and provides recommendations on the development of internationally diversified timberland portfolios. The report also explores key trends in the forest sector, including the international supply-demand picture, potential for new markets for biomass from forests, and the growing role of sustainability in forest management. The report is a follow-up to New Forests’ first Timberland Investment Outlook, released in 2011.

Insights on ESG Emerging Markets Investing
Apr 1, 2013

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Northern Trust, April 2013: Two big trends in institutional investing right now revolve around increasing exposure to emerging markets and environment, social and governance (ESG) screens. Allocation to emerging markets grew 30% in the last three years alone, according to research by the Ethical Investment Research Services (EIRIS).

Sovereign Debt Investing: ESG Framework and Applications
Jan 1, 2013

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AXA Investment Managers: Until a few years ago, it was rare for investors to consider environment, social and governance (ESG) factors for asset classes beyond traditional equity and corporate fixed income. Today, investors increasingly express interest in ESG analysis that can be applied to asset classes such as sovereign debt. This interest has only been amplifi ed by the euro zone crisis, which has brought the evaluation of sovereign issuers’ credit worthiness to the fore. In this research, AXA Investment Managers present two ways that investors may incorporate ESG factors into a sovereign debt portfolio using a new country ESG analysis framework.

Amity Insight - Human Rights: Human Wrongs
Jan 1, 2013

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Ecclesiastical Investment Management. Managing actual and potential human rights risk has become critical for some businesses operating in ‘high-risk, high-impact’ sectors. Globalised operations and supply chains have considerably heightened the risk, and getting it wrong can have catastrophic effects on reputation and the ‘licence to operate’. In this Amity Insight, we look at the international context for protecting and respecting human rights – and how business is affected.

Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare: 2012 Report
Jan 1, 2013

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The Business Benchmark on Farm Animal Welfare: 2012 Report assesses how 68 of the world’s largest food companies in the food retailer and wholesaler, restaurant and bar, and food producer and manufacturer sectors are managing farm animal welfare. The report concludes that most companies are at the early stages of developing their systems, processes and reporting. It also identifies some of the key barriers to corporate action on farm animal welfare, offers case-studies of companies that have already taken action, and proposes actions that investors can take to improve corporate practice on farm animal welfare.

What Does China’s Leadership Transition Mean for ESG?
Sep 30, 2012

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Sustainalytics examined the possible implications of a change in China’s leadership on environmental, social and governance (ESG) policy developments. The views and backgrounds of the incumbents will likely result in a shift in political focus that will favour certain industries and companies, shaping selected ESG risks and opportunities for investors. The report is part of a research series focused on responsible investment in Asia.

Evolving markets: what’s driving ESG in emerging economies?
Sep 1, 2012

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EIRIS: This report combines investors’ insights with data from EIRIS’ Emerging Markets Service to explore the strong currents that are carrying forward corporate performance and disclosure on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues in emerging markets. The report surveys global investors to assess what changes, if any, there have been since 2009 in the level of investment in emerging markets and in those ESG issues that interest responsible investors the most. Analysis focuses on 800 companies spread across 30 emerging economies.