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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.

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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. 

How green are ESG sovereign bond ETFs?

How green are ESG sovereign bond ETFs?

Capital Monitor analysis of government ESG bond ETF funds offers a sobering picture of a lack of diversity, limited aspiration and questionable attempts to create investment programmes with real-world impact.

Why a huge drop in ESG assets is not a reason for alarm

Why a huge drop in ESG assets is not a reason for alarm

As demand for sustainable investing continues its global rise, the corresponding jump in regulation has meant Australia and Europe – among the leaders in this area – have witnessed eligible ESG assets drop dramatically as a proportion of overall assets. Will Canada be next?

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