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SIFs join forces on global responsible investment report

Global website also planned

A group of SIFs, the sustainable investment membership organisations, are to join forces to create a report on the global scope of sustainable and responsible investment.

Their first ‘global trends’ report is scheduled for December 2012 and builds on the regional groups’ long-standing individual research reports.

The new publication will cover the types of investors involved, break down the strategies employed and make international market comparisons. And it will cover all asset classes, from public equities and fixed income to hedge funds and microfinance.

“This original research will be a valuable resource to investors and policy makers and will serve as the baseline for future research,” they said in a release. “Each participating organisation will be responsible for collecting data in its home market.”The SIFs from the UK, the US, Canada, Australasia, Europe, Africa and the Netherlands also agreed to launch a global website in the last quarter of 2012 and to collaborate more closely on policy issues. It follows a summit of the groups’ CEOs in London last week.

Despite the closer coordination between the groups, it is understood there is no clear appetite as yet for the creation of a global SIF, which stands for Social Investment Forum.

New SIFs are currently being founded or considered in Poland, Luxembourg, China, India and across the ASEAN region.

The SIFs represent more than 1,000 members including pension funds, asset managers, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), banks, community organisations and so on.