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  1. Responsible investing and financial performance

    The body of evidence continues to stack up – nationally and globally - showing that responsible investments typically achieve stronger risk-adjusted financial performance than their peers, consistently outperforming against benchmarks over short-term and long-term time frames. This fact sheet details the performance of Australian and New Zealand investment products, superannuation and impact investments.
  2. Sustainable investment survey 2020

    31 December 2020
    PitchBook conducted a survey of 650 investors and advisors from around the world on the state of sustainable investing in 2020. The report highlights the need for better practices to measure and define goals as well as discrepancies between individual goals when engaging in sustainable investing.
  3. What is responsible investment?

    This article defines responsible investment, highlights the ways in which it is currently applied to managing assets, and outlines the key forces driving its growth. Additionally, it discusses common misconceptions about responsible investment.
  4. Sustainability: The bond that endures - Tools and insights for ESG investing in fixed income

    19 November 2019
    BlackRock considers four key areas for environmental, social and governance (ESG) in fixed income: sustainable building blocks such as ESG indexes, a lens for considering the sustainability of government bond issuers, the financial relevance/materiality of ESG characteristics across different industries, and how to build sustainable portfolios using fixed income.
  5. Scaling finance for the Sustainable Development Goals

    Explores the role of corporate partnerships and financial intermediaries that can scale finance and increase capital and activities in regions that are key for the realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Through case studies, it illustrates various pathways for capital markets to maximise SDG investments at acceptable risk levels.
  6. Institutional investors and the behavioral barriers to taking action on climate change

    28 October 2019
    The report examines why leading climate investors are rapidly outpacing their peers despite having access to the same information. As part of the report, investment professionals and key stakeholders were surveyed and interviewed, revealing cognitive biases to be an important barrier to taking action on climate change.
  7. TCFD good practice handbook

    This Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) handbook provides examples of good practice climate-related financial disclosures across the four core TCFD elements of governance, strategy, risk management, metrics and targets from corporates across the G20.
  8. Sustainable reality: Analyzing risk and returns of sustainable funds

    6 August 2019
    Based on research conducted on the performance of nearly 11,000 mutual funds from 2004 to 2018, Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investment finds no statistically significant difference in returns between sustainable funds and traditional funds. However, sustainable funds demonstrated 20% lower downside risk than traditional funds.
  9. Institutional shareholders and corporate social responsibility

    31 May 2019
    The study sets out to examine the relationship between institutional investors and corporate social responsibility (CSR). Specifically, the researchers examine whether an institutional investor’s level of ownership in a firm can influence its CRS commitments and whether different levels of shareholder “attention” affect the portfolio firm’s CSR commitments.
  10. Multi-asset investments: Managing sustainability from a total portfolio perspective

    31 March 2019
    Integrating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria into existing portfolios involves considerations beyond benchmark tracking and diversification such as budgets for governance and risk as well as portfolio impacts of different types of ESG implementation. The report explores ESG portfolio integration as well as outlining trade-offs in portfolio management.
  11. How markets price ESG: Have changes in ESG scores affected stock prices?

    30 November 2018
    This report takes a statistical look at the impact of historical ESG score shifts on stock prices valuation. It further determines financial performance implications for a broad spectrum of companies based on an ESG valuation curve.
  12. The case for sustainable bond investing strengthens

    22 October 2018
    This report is an expanded research study on a previous study conducted by Barclays. It provides deep insight into the relationship between environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and their influence on credit portfolio performance. In particular, looking at the effect of ESG on euro-denominated and US investment grade and high-yield bond markets.
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