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Despite oil and gas’s rebound in 2021, MSCI environmental, social and governance indices – which are said to often have lower weights to high carbon industries – managed to outperform the parent MSCI ACWI index for the second year in a row.

HSBC AM rolls out ESG-focused Asian bond sub-fund of 'flagship' range

HSBC Asset Management has set up a bond fund investing in Asian companies deemed as following good ESG practices, with a focus on carbon intensity reduction.

ISS ESG launches data tool in bid to tackle ESG labelling issues

ISS ESG, the responsible investment arm of Institutional Shareholder Services, has created a "one-stop" tool that aims to support asset managers and asset owners as they navigate the complicated world of ESG standards and labelling.

Green pension demand surges to 21 million savers

Demand for green pensions has surged with an estimated 21 million savers now willing to switch to one if they could, according to ethical pensions campaign Make My Money Matter (MMMM).

Responsible investment a 'deal breaker' in fund manager selection

Professional investors are not tolerating “weakness” or failure in the responsible investment space when selecting fund managers, research by Columbia Threadneedle has found.

Green bond guidelines most widely adopted sustainable finance tool in 'myriad' of ESG rules

Guidelines relating to the burgeoning green bond market and similar green lending initiatives represent the most widely adopted sustainable finance regulatory tool worldwide, according to ESG research by Institutional Shareholder Services.

Two in five DC defaults fail to incorporate ESG issues

Two in five defined contribution (DC) schemes have not yet included ESG factors in the design of their default investment strategy, Lane Clark & Peacock (LCP) says. It comes as the consultancy warns the raft of policy and regulation being laid out for DC schemes is a signal that time is running out to act.

Industry Voice: An ethical charter for responsible investors

"The largest asset managers must acknowledge that they represent millions of clients who do not all share the same ethical values".

DWS switches indices on seven ETFs to integrate ESG criteria

DWS has switched the underlying indices of seven of its Xtrackers ETFs to MSCI Select ESG Screened indices while cutting fees, it announced on Thursday (21 October).

NextWealth: ESG badged funds lead over full ESG integration

Only a fifth of financial advisers plan to fully integrate ESG investing into clients’ portfolios, with most preferring a core and satellite approach that uses badged ESG solutions, according to NextWealth.

UK pension funds invest £128bn in fossil fuels, report reveals

New report from Friends of the Earth reveals none of the major UK pension schemes have plans to divest from fossil fuels

Net Zero Festival: Banking on the future - how can banks help accelerate the net zero transition?

VIDEO: Bank of America's president of international Bernard Mensah delivers a partner keynote at BusinessGreen's Net Zero Festival

Editor's Sustainable Festival takeaways: How is the industry preparing for 'seismic changes' ahead?

The past couple of years have undoubtedly been a time of huge transformation for sustainable and ESG investing, as the move towards the mainstream continues apace

Sustainable Festival Highlights: Julia Dreblow on the big opportunities for the industry

Julia Dreblow, CEO SRI Services, founder of Fund EcoMarket, spoke as part of the CEO panel at the Sustainable Investment Festival. Here she gives her views on opportunities for the industry, where improvements still need to be made and the future of sustainable investing.

Sustainable Festival highlights: Where now for impact investing?

Rupert Welchman, co-manager UBAM - Positive Impact Equity, Union Bancaire Privée, UBP SA and Damien Lardoux, head of impact investing at EQ Investors, share their key takeaways from the impact investing panel at the Sustainable Investment Festival.

Sustainable Investment Festival: Schroders' CEO Peter Harrison on 'changing the industry from front to back'

In his opening comments at the start of Incisive Media's inaugural Sustainable Investment Festival, Schroders' Group CEO Peter Harrison told delegates this is a "really transformative time for the industry" in terms of the shift to net zero.

Sustainable Festival: UNEP's Mulder says asset owners must take nature-based investment more seriously

There is a huge need to invest in assets that protect our nature and climate, according to Ivo Mulder, head of the climate finance unit at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), who highlighted a startling lack of funding for sustainable land and other nature investments.

Sustainable Investment Festival: Q&A with Ninety One's Deirdre Cooper and Matt Evans

Deirdre Cooper, co-portfolio manager of the Ninety One Global Environment fund, and Matt Evans, portfolio manager of the Ninety One UK Sustainable Equity fund, joined Nigel Smith, managing director Ninety One UK, for a special Q&A session at Incisive Media’s recent Sustainable Investment Festival.

Anomalies remain that challenge net-zero path

In many ways, there are grounds for optimism for COP26. There are early signs that emissions from energy may be peaking. Renewable power, such as wind and solar, has become more prolific and cheaper, which in turn is challenging or displacing some fossil fuels.

Top ten takeaways from Greening Finance: A roadmap to sustainable investing

Investment Week looks at the top ten key points from the Treasury’s sustainable investing roadmap, which details its new Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) for asset managers and investment products.

ESG Blog: AXA IM reports 41% of eligible assets to reach net zero by 2050 or sooner

Investment Week collates all the latest news, research and developments regarding how environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues are being addressed by the industry.

Incoming regulation: Treasury and FCA working on sustainability rules for advisers

HM Treasury has said it is working with the Financial Conduct Authority to figure out how to introduce “sustainability-related” requirements for financial advisers.

Chancellor sets out regulatory roadmap to tackle greenwashing

Chancellor Rishi Sunak has published a roadmap detailing HM Treasury’s new Sustainability Disclosure Requirements (SDR) for asset managers and investment products, which it has developed with support from the Financial Conduct Authority.

TPI to launch global climate transition centre

The Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) is launching a global climate transition centre to provide data on how companies are aligning with net zero.