This 2015 report is a meta-study of over 200 sources of research on ESG (academic studies, industry reports, newspaper articles and books). It finds a positive correlation between diligent ESG and economic performance – i.e., companies with robust sustainability practices demonstrate better operational and financial market performance.
IEEFA report highlights AIA's discrepancies on its climate change commitments as visible from the carbon footprint of its portfolio. AIA, one of the world's largest financial firms and one of Asia's largest insurers, is estimated to hold up to US$6 billion in coal and coal-fired investments despite commitment to three global climate accords.
This paper makes the business case for financial firms to use an internal carbon price in investment and lending practices. Drawing on stakeholder insights, this paper provides guidance on how to best implement an internal carbon price to decarbonise portfolios and increase resilience in a low-carbon transition.
This report discusses progress made by emerging market financial sector regulatory agencies and the financial institutions they supervise, with respect to the advancement of sustainable finance in those markets. The report identifies key components for a national sustainable financial framework and the steps needed to implement it in emerging markets.
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.
This report aims to promote strategies for including environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria in investment decisions within fixed income. It provides an overview on sustainable investing in fixed income across five core areas building on research, practical experiences and a literature review to inform findings.
Large asset owners such as superannuation fund trustees have a responsibility not only to their member beneficiaries, but also to society at large. Investment decisions should manage both financial returns and societal impact. This report discusses opportunities and challenges faced by superannuation fund trustees in approaching impact investing.
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.
This report contains the final recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. It includes information on climate-related risks and opportunities, scenario analysis, and guidance to support organisations from all sectors to make climate-related financial disclosures consistent with these recommendations.
This report published by IEEFA highlights the fact that over a hundred globally significant financial institutions are divesting from coal projects. It mentions that these major financial institutions, including commercial banks, insurance companies, pension funds, asset management companies, and development finance institutions, are building up the momentum against coal projects.
This guide created by BMO Global Asset Management shows how and why they incorporate ESG factors and stewardship activities into their corporate fixed income investments and engagement approach. The guide also looks at how the growing sustainable bonds market is enabling fixed income investors to align investments with sustainability goals.
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.