By Arne Bolch, GSK Luxembourg – The 2016 Paris agreement on climate change as well as the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals may until recently not have been high on the agenda of asset management professionals. This may be about to change.
ESG & Responsible Investing
BlackRock Real Assets has been recognised as a leader in sustainable investing by GRESB – the largest global sustainability benchmark for real estate and infrastructure investments covering over USD3.6 trillion of assets worldwide.
Independent depositary firm INDOS Financial is now offering a new ESG oversight service, which will be led by Matthew Queree, the company’s newly-appointed Head of ESG Oversight.
Global asset manager, Aberdeen Standard Investments (ASI) has been awarded 26 ‘Green Stars’ for reaching significant environmental targets in the buildings it owns.
A brand-new social impact offset token has come out of a 25-year history of creating sustainable solutions for corporations, explains Todd Lemons (pictured), chairman of the Veridium Foundation.
By Dr Andy Sloan (pictured), Guernsey Finance – Guernsey has been identified as an ‘emerging global contender’ in green finance. In a climate currently led by the global commitments made at the United Nations COP 21 conference in 2015, Guernsey has identified green issues as a key strategic objective.
Savills Investment Management (Savills IM) has underlined its continuing commitment to measuring and improving the environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance of its investment portfolios by becoming a member of the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).
Guernsey is set to launch what it says will be the world’s first regulated green investment fund product following the publication of a set of draft rules by the island’s financial services regulator, the Guernsey Financial Services Commission.
Having achieved a 15 per cent reduction in energy intensity since 2012/13 and a 20 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions over the same period, M&G Real Estate is aiming to reach a 25 per cent reduction in each by 2025.
Alternative assets specialist co-investment platform Astarte Capital Partners is to allocate a portion of its profits towards supporting the education of under-privileged young people.