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Retirement housing is driving New Zealand green finance

Retirement housing is driving New Zealand green finance

Retirement village operator Summerset has inked a landmark sustainability-linked loan related to reductions in carbon emissions and construction waste and, less typically, the development of dementia care. Its domestic peers are also expected to take the green finance path.

Who buys carbon offsets – and why?

Who buys carbon offsets – and why?

The carbon offsetting market is growing rapidly as more and more companies pledge net zero, but the proper place for carbon offsets in their strategies remains unclear. Microsoft's recent about-turn is a prime example.

How Pfizer is targeting Covid with new sustainability bond

How Pfizer is targeting Covid with new sustainability bond

The US drugs giant will use proceeds from its second sustainability bond issue to tackle the pandemic, including in emerging markets. ESG head Chris Gray seeks to dispel scepticism by explaining the deal's rationale, while treasurer Brian McMahon discusses the $1bn bond’s pricing.

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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.

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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