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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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Essential SRI News and Expertise

ESG investing is here to stay

Historically, environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing was about excluding stocks of undesirable companies from portfolios — often because they violated one’s sense of ethics or values. ESG investing has since expanded to include consideration of ESG criteria alongside financial ones. ESG is growing in importance...

Al Gore – ESG Investment Practices

Since serving for eight years as vice president of the United States under President Bill Clinton, Al Gore has become one of the world’s most prominent figures in the fight against climate change. Today, Gore’s work against climate change includes significant ESG investment—most notably in his founding of Generation Investment...

Hugh Wheelan: What I did on my holidays, tipping points and other tales

I took a long winter break in Chile, trekking, kayaking and drinking Pisco Sours in a number of the wondrous national parks in Northern Patagonia bought secretly in the 1990s by Doug Tompkins, the US eco-philanthropist (founder of The North Face), and then handed over to the Chilean people with long-term, ecological protection...

ESG Country Snapshot: Norway – Ethics, engagement and the energy transition

The new TV comedy Oljefondet (‘The Oil Fund’), set in the offices of Norway’s $1trn sovereign wealth fund Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), plays upon a rivalry between its slick chief investment officer Pep Grepp and its cardigan-clad, ‘do-gooder’ ethics committee. One scene in the show sees the ethics committee tell a...

ESG Country Snapshot: Mexico – it’s greener south of the ‘wall’

‘Something there is that doesn’t love a wall’ -– Robert Frost If good fences make good neighbours, as Robert Frost’s verse has it, what about a 2,000-mile wall? As the US government went into shutdown in January over funding for President Trump’s infamous border wall with Mexico, more fruitful things were taking place on...

Ireland country snapshot: The Emerald Isle goes green

Of all the countries in the world, Ireland is the one most associated with the colour green: it’s the Emerald Isle after all. But although it could be accused of having been a laggard in terms of sustainable finance in the past, it is doing its upmost to get up to speed and, if possible, get to the head of the pack. If there...

2018 fourth warmest year in continued warming trend, according to NASA, NOAA

Earth's global surface temperature in 2018 was the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Global temperatures in 2018 were 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit (0.83 degrees Celsius) warmer than the 1951 to 1980 mean, according to scientists at...

You may accidentally be investing in cigarette companies

Tobacco causes more than seven million deaths every year -- and many of us are far more complicit in the problem than we realize. In a bold talk, oncologist Dr. Bronwyn King tells the story of how she uncovered the deep ties between the tobacco industry and the entire global finance sector, which invests our money in...

Faith-based Impact Investing and the Catholic Church

Traditionally, many Catholic organizations engage in socially responsible investing (SRI) by utilizing negative screening to prohibit portfolio managers from investing in sin stocks or fossil fuels.Impact investing, on the other hand, takes a positive and proactive approach. Rather than saying “I don’t want to invest in...

An Overview of the HLEG’s January 2018 Report

After a year of research, an interim report and a public consultation, the 20 members of the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance released in January 2018 their final report.It includes policy recommendations to the European Union (EU) Commission to inform its Action Plan on Sustainable Finance, which aims...

Leonardo DiCaprio

 Leonardo DiCaprio is the actor and philanthropist who uses his considerable fame and fortune topromote ESG investment practices around the globe. The star and his foundation havecontributed $30 million toward efforts to stem climate change. DiCaprio believes that makingimmediate and sustainable changes to our consumption of...

What is the European Commission’s HLEG?

The sustainability context in the European UnionMany social, environmental and societal challenges face the European Union today. Acknowledging them, the European Union committed to several international initiatives, among them the Paris Agreement on climate change in 2015 (COP21) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals...

Eurosif 2018 SRI Study is out!

The time has come. The 8th edition of Eurosif Market Study is finally here. Our biennial Study reveals sustained growth for most sustainable and responsible investment (SRI) strategies. The past two years show clear signs of SRI becoming integral to European fund management with managers better articulating their investment...

INTEGRATING ESG INTO PASSIVE INSTITUTIONAL PORTFOLIOS

categories: Indexes, ESG Products & Services, Americas, EMEAI, Asia Pacific, Equities, Fixed Income, MELAS Dimitris, NAGY Zoltan, NISHIKAWA Laura, LEE Linda-Eling, GIESE Guido According to recent surveys, asset owners’ have shifted their main focus to ESG’s financial benefits, as opposed to social benefits. In the third part of...

New York State pension fund open to divesting Exxon, says Comptroller

New York State Comptroller, Thomas DiNapoli has not ruled out the possibility of divesting Exxon after being unhappy with the US oil giant’s response to its landmark climate resolution last year. DiNapoli, who oversees New York State’s $209bn pension fund, told RI that whilst the fund will “continue to engage with [Exxon] … we...

The Shareholder voting process ESG integration and proxy advice in the USA – UNPRI

Intro - This briefing provides an update for signatories on legislative and regulatory proposals under discussion in the US regarding the shareholder voting process, ESG integration and the role of proxy advisory firms.https://www.unpri.org/download?ac=5597

New study finds sea level rise accelerating

Global sea level rise is accelerating incrementally over time rather than increasing at a steady rate, as previously thought, according to a new study based on 25 years of NASA and European satellite data. If the rate of ocean rise continues to change at this pace, sea level will rise 26 inches (65 centimeters) by...

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...

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...

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...

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...