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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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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

Introduction: Context 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...

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 this...

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 might...

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 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...

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...