The ESG Case For Sovereign Bonds

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Since the publication of BlackRock CEO Larry Fink’s 2020 letter, environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing has broken into the mainstream. Despite its size (103 billion USD), ESG investing has largely neglected the fixed income (FI) market, which remains dominated by sovereign debt. Investors who seek environmental and social outcomes (and can tolerate risk) should […]

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‘ESG’ isn’t just about feel-good investing. It can be a framework for global accountability

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A focus on a single set of standards for environmental, social, and governance metrics could unlock more international investing. Sustainable investing has taken off in recent years, drawing dollars from more than just Patagonia-loving millennials. But there is a trouble in this apparent ethical asset paradise. With over 600 ESG frameworks in common use , the growing number of socially conscious investors still lack a single reliable source of information on where to put their hard-earned money. (Earlier today more than 50 business leaders said they signed on to ESG reporting standards established last year by the World Economic Forum.) Read Full Story

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Robert Downey Jr. launches venture funds to invest in sustainable technology

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The actor and activist’s Footprint Coalition will back early and later-stage companies addressing climate change and environmental challenges. Actor and producer Robert Downey Jr., who quietly has been building an umbrella organization for his environmental initiatives, today unveiled Footprint Coalition Ventures, a pair of so-called rolling venture funds that will invest in sustainability focused companies. Read Full Story

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50 global businesses—including Mastercard, Nestlé, and Unilever—announce commitment to transparency

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At Davos, the companies committed to publish information on 21 environmental, social, and governance metrics, from greenhouse gas emissions to diversity to taxes paid. As the world has grown more concerned with combatting widespread issues like climate change and social injustice, the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) movement has gained momentum to ensure businesses are doing their part, by transparently reporting to investors and stakeholders their positive and negative impacts on the environment and society, allowing those backers to make informed decisions about the companies they finance and support. Read Full Story

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