Welcome to the Candriam Academy

The world’s first free-to-access accredited training platform for sustainable and responsible investing.

The Candriam Academy aims to raise the awareness, education and knowledge of financial intermediaries on the topic of sustainable and responsible investing via an innovative online platform of inspiring and actionable content and materials.

The Candriam Academy is free of charge and open to all (though has been conceived with the needs of intermediaries in mind).

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How can we turn climate change into opportunities?

Climate change represents a very urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and our planet, but also, on a short-term scale, to our global economy. At Candriam, we believe that the most realistic and economically viable pathway is a smooth and gradual transition to a net zero-carbon economy, at an...

IS THERE ANY GREEN UNDER THE HOOD? ENERGY TRANSITION METALS

Faced with climate change, transportation and energy are the 2 key sectors in terms of sustainable energy transition. Can automobiles change the world? The new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have made climate actions a key priority. The energy sector, currently in a phase of self-analysis, will have major...

US SIF Trends Report

The 2018 edition of the US SIF Report on US Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trends officially launched  October 31, 2018. To view the Trends Report press release, click here.Since 1995, and now in its 13th edition, the biennial Trends Report presents extensive data on the numbers of institutional asset owners,...

FOUNDATIONS OF ESG INVESTING – PART 2: INTEGRATING ESG INTO BENCHMARKS

categories: Indexes, ESG Products & Services, Americas, EMEAI, Investing (Investment Management), Portfolio Construction and Optimization, Responsible Investing, Asia Pacific, Asset Owners, Equities, Fixed Income, Research Paper, MELAS Dimitris, NAGY Zoltan, Asset Managers (Quant or Fundamental), NISHIKAWA Laura, LEE...

Op-Ed: CalPERS election earthquake should shake up responsible investment narrative

Editor’s Note: Last week’s election at CalPERS saw a senior figure at the Principles for Responsible Investment lose her board seat at the influential pension fund. What incoming board member Jason Perez is saying should resonate with the entire responsible investment community — so we would like to take this opportunity to invite him...

1000 members now enrolled on the Candriam SRI Academy

The world’s first free-to-access accredited training platform for sustainable and responsible investing was launched by  Candriam in October 2017 and is now celebrating its first birthday and reaching its 1000th member. The Candriam SRI Academy aims to raise the awareness, education and knowledge of financial intermediaries on the topic...

Foundations of ESG investing – part 1: How ESG affects equity valuation, risk and performance

categories: Indexes, ESG Products & Services, Portfolio Management Analytics, Americas, EMEAI, Risk Management Analytics, Asset Allocation and Asset Liability Management, Factor and Risk Modeling, Investing (Investment Management), Portfolio Construction and Optimization, Responsible Investing, Risk Management, Asia...

How to make a profit while making a difference

Can global capital markets become catalysts for social change? According to investment expert Audrey Choi, individuals own almost half of all global capital, giving them (us!) the power to make a difference by investing in companies that champion social values and sustainability. "We have more opportunity today than ever...

How the hedge fund industry can help spur the responsible investment movement

Hedge fund firms have always embraced change and responded to investor demand. Responsible investment is no exception to this rule. Arguably, one of the biggest trends reshaping the global asset management industry today is having firms look to do well, while also doing good. Every sector of the global asset management industry has a...

Candriam divests from coal and tobacco

CANDRIAM announces that it will extend the scope of controversial activities exclusion for all its assets to thermal coal, tobacco and chemical, biological and white phosphorus weapons. CANDRIAM’s exclusion policy, which has been successfully implemented for nearly 20 years for SRI-invested assets, and which has enabled the...

Can China A share issuers adapt to ESG realities?

Now that China A shares have partially entered some mainstream MSCI indexes, institutional investors and other stakeholders are raising questions about Chinese constituents’ ESG track records and potential risks from these new exposures in their portfolios. And these questions are fair. Of the 423 newly rated constituents of...

Uk looks at getting pension funds to target explicit social or environmental investment

The UK government has said it has aspirations for pension schemes to target a minimum percentage allocation towards investments that have an explicit social or environmental purpose, and report on this. It has said it will work with industry and regulators to explore this idea, along with UK pension schemes considering member views much...

The investment logic for sustainabillity

Sustainability is pretty clearly one of the world's most important goals; but what groups can really make environmental progress in leaps and bounds? Chris McKnett makes the case that it's large institutional investors. He shows how strong financial data isn't enough, and reveals why investors need to look at a company's...

Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century: Europe’s leadership

How European policy makers are demonstrating leadership by Elodie Feller and Alyssa Heath | June 11th, 2018 This is the fifth in a series exploring interpretation of fiduciary duties. Earlier articles in this series are available here: Brazil, China and the US. The series kicked off with a look at the global state of play....

The returns rationale for long-term investing and sustainable institutional investment

Governments have to work together with investors to reassess and re-invigorate economic ‘value’. by Hugh Wheelan | June 5th, 2018 I suggested in yesterday’s editorial that what’s missing from responsible investment is a clear rationale for long-termism as an economic and investment thesis. One contact wrote to me, asking:...

The UK pensions industry has been hit by a storm of climate investment activity

In the space of weeks a blizzard of potential regulation and mandate action has arrived.  by Hugh Wheelan | March 6th, 2018 Just when you thought Brexit had sucked all the air out of UK politics, along come a flurry of announcements that tell you that the only other game in town is….institutional climate finance and ESG! Yesterday, Mary...

What’s behind the explosion in responsible investment, and what’s in front of it?

W The sector has grown massively: what happened, why, and will it last? by Hugh Wheelan | June 4th, 2018 The RI Europe 2018 conference starts tomorrow (June 5). Thinking about how to ‘open’ the conference as its Chair is always a moment for me to reflect on where I think responsible investment is at. And I believe we are at a...

Sustainable financing required for sustainable growth

The European Commission action plan aims to provide Europe with a new financial framework. The legislation will ensure that investors integrate sustainability issues into all of their investment decisions. What will change The action plan draws on 3 recommendations and 10 actions to allow the financial system to play a key role in the...

Candriam releases its 2017 ESG Country Report

Candriam’s 2017 ESG Country Report meets the growing demand for an investment approach which takes account of environmental or social ‘externalities’ until recently considered ‘immaterial’. Traditionally, sovereign credit analysis does not assess a country’s long-term sustainable development potential, especially in emerging...

Green bonds: fixed returns to fix the planet

For most of history, business and the environment have been in strict opposition. Poisoned water, dirty air, decimated landscapes and global warming can all be traced to standard business practices. From Chernobyl in the Ukraine to brown fields in the United States, the results are on display for all to see. Taken individually, these...

12 UK investment consultants say they will strengthen push to pension funds on regulator’s ESG Guidance

Twelve investment consultants representing the lion’s share of the UK pensions advisory market say they will raise awareness among clients of guidance from The Pensions Regulator (TPR) that schemes should examine where environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors are material over the long-term to their investments....

Organisers call on investors to back ‘Canadian HLEG’

Efforts are underway to create a Canadian High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (HLEG), in an attempt to mirror current efforts by the European Commission to support responsible investment through regulation and policy. An event will be hosted at Norton Rose Fulbright’s London office next month, organised by “Canadians working...

Global Climate 100 investor collaboration initiative to be launched at PRI in Person

The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) says it plans to introduce the Global Climate 100 Initiative – a groundbreaking worldwide asset owner climate engagement plan – alongside other investors at the Principles for Responsible Investment’s annual conference in Berlin next month. It will then launch it to...

Montreal Carbon Pledge – Candriam discloses its carbon footprint

As a pioneer of 20 years in Sustainable and Responsible Investing (SRI) and a signatory to the Montreal Carbon Pledge Initiative, Candriam discloses the carbon footprint of its strategies from the SRI category. Candriam fully integrates the principles of sustainable and responsible investing in its strategies and is able to...