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Explaining Goldman Sachs’ sustainability drive

Explaining Goldman Sachs’ sustainability drive

The US bank recently acquired NN Investment Partners and is offering tools to help clients with their low-carbon transition, says sustainable finance head John Goldstein. But its climate policies and disclosure lag behind industry best practice, though there are plans to remedy that.

Why capitalism should have listened to the King of Bhutan

Why capitalism should have listened to the King of Bhutan

The idea of incorporating gross national happiness into mainstream economic thought has long been a subject reserved for debating societies and 'lefty' thinkers. As politicians are cornered into taking immediate action on climate change, capitalism is in for a big surprise.

Are the SDGs fit for purpose?

Are the SDGs fit for purpose?

Thousands of companies say they report against or otherwise align themselves with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. But where are these high-level targets failing and what more can businesses and policymakers do to help achieve them?

UK bank NatWest readies carbon budget to shape lending strategy

UK bank NatWest readies carbon budget to shape lending strategy

The British bank is calculating a carbon budget that should lead to an overhaul of its balance sheet. Starting by tightening financing policy for the oil and gas sector, the group will introduce a series of emissions-led sector targets by 2022. A bold move, but critics argue the plans lack clarity.

The alarming lack of diversity among ESG ETFs

The alarming lack of diversity among ESG ETFs

Capital Monitor finds a distinct lack of variety among ESG ETFs, especially the most popular. The holdings of funds with different ESG ratings were also similar, revealing minimal differences in exposure.

Can HSBC green the Middle East?

Can HSBC green the Middle East?

HSBC has its eyes on significantly growing its Middle East operations. But as the world's largest exporter of oil, the region's carbon footprint is entrenched. We assess whether Europe's largest bank has the appetite to confront these issues head on.

The two faces of India and China

The two faces of India and China

Analysis conducted by Capital Monitor reveals the two largest countries by population have some of the world’s brownest – and greenest – Covid-19 recovery plans.