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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

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...

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 FrostIf 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 the...

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...

You may accidentally be inventing 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!

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...

INTEGRATING ESG INTO PASSIVE INSTITUTIONAL PORTFOLIOS

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...

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

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...

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

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...

New study finds sea level rise accelerating

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...

How can we turn climate change into opportunities?

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

US SIF Trends Report

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...

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

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...

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

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...

1000 members now enrolled on the Candriam SRI Academy

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...

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

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...

How to make a profit while making a difference

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 the hedge fund industry can help spur the responsible investment movement

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...

Can China A share issuers adapt to ESG realities?

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...

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

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...