Finance forum: ESG - sustainability

ESG products have been the most innovative and successful products in the investment industry in recent years. The acronym stands for “Environmental, Social, Governance”. These products are used in the financial sector to indicate the range of capital investments consistent with the goals of maximum possible improvement in environmental, social and governance benefits.

Bloomberg: PayPal sets ambitious plan to reach net-zero by 2040

Posted on 08.04.2021

Medium and large-cap companies around the world have been coming forward with their contributions towards reducing carbon emissions around the world. The most recent entry in the list is PayPal. The company announced its plans this Tuesday, setting a target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2040. Paypal’s CTO, Sri Shivananda, said that Paypal was simply doing its part in achieving a carbon-neutral economy. He promised that the company will prioritize innovation and collaboration with part ...

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British firms lead pledges to reach carbon emissions by 2025

Posted on 06.04.2021

30 of the UK's largest companies have signed up to be a part of the United Nation’s ‘Race to Zero’ campaign, business minister Kwasi Kwarteng announced last week. One-third of the total companies that have signed up for the pledge now consist of British companies, with the FTSE 100 being the largest contributor to net zero targets, ahead of the Dow Jones and Dax. The UK is contributing to 2050 emissions targets at an incredible pace. In the last 5 months alone, contrib ...

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Who’s leading the financial industry’s ESG race?

Posted on 02.04.2021

Governments around the world are pledging their contributions to achieving net-zero carbon emissions. But they can’t achieve those targets without their largest institutions. The financial sector therefore has a significant role to play as it finances the businesses that will eventually lead the move away from fossil fuels. According to Alva’s ESG intelligence index, Citigroup is ahead in terms of its policy impact. It scores 59 on the index, making it the top bank after St ...

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Why impact investing is the future

Posted on 30.03.2021

Impact investing, which has been on the side-lines for a long time, is on the verge of rapid growth. As asset managers continue to pour more money in these funds, retail investors alike are slowly catching onto the trend. Impact investing simply means investing in opportunities with measurable social and environmental impacts. The issue most people have with such asset classes is liquidity. Though Impact investing originally began in unlisted markets, over the last couple of years it has be ...

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ESG is a top concern among pension savers

Posted on 22.03.2021

Aviva’s latest research has shown that about 63% of savers would like their pension companies to show more transparency in how they invest their savings. 18% of respondents considered the positive impact of fintech companies on society to be of the highest importance. The research results also suggest investors have shifted their investment preferences to reflect the urgency of climate issues. Over the years, climate change has become the biggest global concern after diseases and ...

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The importance of governance in ESG investing

Posted on 15.03.2021

ESG investing is quickly going mainstream and the resulting focus on it is attracting more and more dollars every year. According to the US SIF trade association, 17 trillion dollars went into responsible investing, a figure that is 42% higher than the figure from 2 years ago. As of today, one-third of all the money invested in the US is done keeping at least some ESG consideration in mind. The evolution of ESG investing ESG stands from Environmental, Social, and Governance. If we look at the ...

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How do you measure ESG?

Posted on 09.03.2021

Asset managers around the world already face a lot of scrutiny over their performance throughout the year. They are judged on their returns, volatility, and performance against benchmarks among other things. Now another variable has taken center stage -- ESG (Environment, Social, and Governance). As of now, there isn’t any standard metric to judge a fund's “ESG-ness”. So how does one decide if one fund is more ESG friendly than the other? ESG is the future A Barclays surv ...

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How to grow a more sustainable practice with ESG

Posted on 08.03.2021

The world of investing, just like many other things, has also moved to a more sustainable investing approach over time. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) investing is becoming mainstream as more and more clients want to do their part in helping the environment. What is ESG investing? ESG stands for Environment, Social, and Governance. Each component in ESG is in itself a broad topic and contains multiple issues. In short, environmental factors determine how the company’s polici ...

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Are the Returns of ESG Funds Good Enough for Long-Term Investors?

Posted on 04.03.2021

In an era where investing has become trickier due to the extremely uncertain economic environment, long-term investors are even more careful in evaluating the relative success of their investment decisions. What has made things more interesting is the focus on ESG investments - Environment, Social, and Governance-focused investments that have attracted increasing attention in the past few years. As the Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation comes into force in March, ESG investing will garner ...

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