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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.

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Why gender lens investing is struggling to make an impact

Why gender lens investing is struggling to make an impact

Recently criticised for failing to deliver returns above their peer group, gender lens funds are under immense scrutiny to up their game. And while legitimate concerns exist about how they are marketed, the lack of suitable companies remains a serious problem.

How Australia’s Aware Super is tackling modern slavery

How Australia’s Aware Super is tackling modern slavery

The A$150bn pension fund is using its financial heft to address modern slavery and has developed a risk-assessment tool to support its reporting requirements. But while some asset managers have shown overwhelming support, others are still burying their heads in the sand.

Why Côte d’Ivoire’s first green bond is so important

Why Côte d’Ivoire’s first green bond is so important

The private placement from shopping centre operator Emergence Plaza had the advantage of a beneficial economic backdrop and high market liquidity. There is much for potential issuers to learn from only the fourth green corporate bond from sub-Saharan Africa.

Japan’s young sustainable loan market gets healthcare booster

Japan’s young sustainable loan market gets healthcare booster

Medical device maker Nipro has become a rare Japanese issuer of a sustainability-linked loan, and the first from the healthcare sector. Disclosed details are limited, but it aims to use the proceeds to help address Covid-19 issues and generally improve public health both domestically and overseas. 

Shareholder resolutions surge, but impact in doubt

Shareholder resolutions surge, but impact in doubt

The year to date has seen record-breaking support for shareholder resolutions, with asset managers such as BlackRock and Vanguard stepping up their stewardship. However, a lack of data on the real-world impact means the jury is still out on their efficacy.

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