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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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No Surprise: Sustainability Funds Outperform the Market – Despite COVID-19

The megatrend of 2019 was sustainability. Led by climate activist Greta Thunberg, youth across the world demanded politicians and business owners engage in immediate action on climate and sustainability. Investors followed in droves: According to research by Morningstar, estimated net flows into open-end and exchange-traded sustainable...

System Change Investing has the potential to be the highest impact SRI

If an asset manager were contemplating the ideal fund in the Sustainable/Responsible Investing (SRI) area, they probably would have at least three requirements: outstanding financial performance, highest possible sustainability benefits and market leadership positioning. System Change Investing (SCI) funds can provide these benefits....

Inside Out Economics: Are Externalities the Main Event?

The question our sustainability crisis poses is whether our economy is more market failure than market? What says economics, then? The article is an abridged version of an essay, ‘Pigou and the Dropped Stitch of Economics’ available at the Preventable Surprises website. "Is she the chief economist, or who is she? I'm confused… After she...

French President Emmanuel Macron and ESG Investing

French President Emmanuel Macron took office in 2017 at age 39 with promises to bring venture capital and a new tech industry to France. The president, who comes from a banking background, also pushed for ambitious environmental reforms across industries. His economic and trade policies incentives growth in renewable energy, and have...

Bill Gates – Upping the Stakes with Impact Investing

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is a pioneer in what’s known as impact investing—private investment that not only has a measurable bottom line, but also a real environmental or social impact. That goes beyond ESG investing, which generally seeks to do no harm, and into the realm of more activist capitalism that seeds...

Sustainable Development Goals – SDG 4

  The fourth UN (United Nations) Sustainable Development Goal focuses on Quality Education. The goal is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” 1 According to the UN, achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the...

An economic case for protecting the planet

We all share one planet -- we breathe the same air, drink the same water and depend on the same oceans, forests and biodiversity. Economist Naoko Ishii is on a mission to protect these shared resources, known as the global commons, that are vital for our survival. In an eye-opening talk about the wellness of the planet, Ishii outlines...

The political tipping point: Why the politics of energy will follow the economics

The political tipping point is coming.  The falling costs of renewables are driving a political tipping point where politicians move from expensive support for renewables to embrace the sector and to tax fossil fuel externalities.  This is a key driver of the Inevitable Policy Response showcased by the UN PRI....

Masamichi Kono, OECD Deputy Secretary-General: A new paradigm shift toward environmentally sustainable finance

The OECD stands ready to support efforts to build political leadership and address outstanding barriers to sustainable finance https://www.responsible-investor.com/home/article/op_ed_masamichi_kono_oecd_deputy_secretary_general_a_new_paradigm_shift_tow/

Enron: Why Corporate Governance Matters

Collapse of Enron; Greater public scrutiny on corporate governance issues  The story of Enron ends with a spectacular crash and massive bankruptcy. Once a Wall Street darling and one of the world’s largest companies, Enron saw their shares tumble from a high of $90.75 to $0.26 in a matter of months. The scale of their perversion of...

NASA Study: Human Influence on Global Droughts Goes Back 100 Years

Human-generated greenhouse gases and atmospheric particles were affecting global drought risk as far back as the early 20th century, according to a study from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City. https://climate.nasa.gov/news/2872/nasa-study-human-influence-on-global-droughts-goes-back-100-years/

Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well Being

“Healthcare,” as an investable industry, will not serve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) without remembering the overarching aspiration of #3: Good Health and Well Being for All at all Ages. Unfortunately, even in summary descriptions of this goal the focus seems to play into the hands of greedy attacks on illness with...

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 among...

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...

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 NASA’s...

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 cigarette companies...

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 to promote ESG investment practices around the globe.The star and his foundation have contributed $30 million toward efforts to stem climate change. DiCaprio believes that making immediate and sustainable changes to our consumption...

What is the European Commission’s HLEG?

The sustainability context in the European Union Many 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