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Responsible Investing – why, what and how?

Responsible Investing – why, what and the how

Why is responsible investing a hot topic? What’s the difference between SRI and ESG? Can non-financial and financial goals co-exist? Russell Investments discuss the why, the what and the how of responsible investing.     Whether you’ve seen it referred to as SRI (socially responsible investing), ESG investing (environmental, social and governance) or just plain

August 24, 2017 Categories: Investment Strategy, Market Updates

ESG in fixed income – do bond managers walk the walk?

I’ve just completed our second annual survey of fixed income managers’ attitudes to Responsible Investment and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors. Our new 2016 survey highlighted an increasing level of ESG awareness and a widespread willingness to incorporate ESG factors into fixed income managers’ investment processes. ESG is becoming increasingly important for many investors,

Is the social responsibility of business making money?

Is the social responsibility of business simply to increase its profits?

The title of this post echoes a famous Milton Friedman article written in 1970. Peter Drucker, however, argued that while profit is the first responsibility of a corporation, it is not the only one. Forty–plus years later, this exchange is still relevant in the arena of ESG investment. The first responsibility—or the only responsibility? Milton

Oct 19, 2016 Categories: Governance & Regulation

Could bounded responsibility push responsible investing into the mainstream?

Responsible investing* continues to grow. But although the concept has its advocates, many large European and U.S. institutional investors have no policy with regards to responsible investing, and no intention of creating one. Bounded responsibility Among many institutional investors, responsible investing is not truly mainstream. The current situation is bifurcated: in or out. Investors in

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

Jun 25, 2015 Categories: Investment

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: Uncategorized
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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: Uncategorized

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