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Taking carbon risk seriously in a portfolio – it’s the implementation that matters

Last month, the global campaign to divest from companies that profit from the dirtiest of our fossil fuels reached a potential tipping point. Norway announced that its giant sovereign fund would divest from companies whose business relies more than 30% on coal. It joined an increasing roster of prestigious investors, including the insurer Axa, the

June 25, 2015 Categories: Investment

Win for Big Oil and a Win for the Environment

The other day, surprising many, Shell encouraged shareholders to support a shareholder resolution. The resolution is being put to Shell’s AGM in May. It seeks greater disclosure by Shell of the risks to its business model posed by climate change. Often, shareholder resolutions are viewed by companies with suspicion, even outright resistance. But not this

Are ESG tilts consistent with value creation in Europe?

Yes! Some investors are keen to incorporate environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in their portfolios. However, others think ESG has little to do with value creation and investment returns. So, are active investment managers actually positioning their portfolios to back ESG factors? And can these ESG tilts be consistent with good performance? Whilst the

New evidence of the financial impact of ESG factors

One of the items on my ‘To do’ list has been to write a blog about my colleagues’ recent ESG* (Environmental, Social and Governance) research work. So imagine my surprise (secret delight…) when I finally managed to make some free time, sat down to write it and my US colleague, Bob Collie’s ‘New evidence of

Aug 20, 2014 Categories: Investment Strategy
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Wonga, Welby, Values and Value

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, raised a few eyebrows when he announced a strategy to put Wonga, the payday lenders, out of business. Whether the church will achieve that goal by helping an effective credit union sector develop remains to be seen. Meanwhile, many investors feel able to ignore the whole responsible investment issue because

Aug 1, 2013 Categories: Investment Strategy

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