The Energy Charter Treaty, which gives oil and gas companies a route to suing governments, is increasingly hindering climate policy reform, say campaigners. And it is not the only agreement of its type.
The spotlight is on publishers of ESG ratings with a recent damning critique coming from a prominent academic claiming their model should be ripped up. But laying the blame solely on rating agencies gives asset owners a free pass they don’t deserve.
For natural resources such as air, water and soil to be regulated, there needs to be a way of valuing them. Governments are grappling with this issue as investors focus increasingly on SDG 15: Life on Land.
Momentum builds behind the circular economy as investors seek better growth while tackling global challenges, while innovation in this area is de-risking investments and delivering exciting risk-adjusted returns for investors.
To ensure a safe exit, influential private equity houses are showing signs of embracing ESG within their investment practices. There is a stronger conviction that sustainability will create greater value over time. Entrepreneurs need to take note.
Capital must reach even the most challenging markets if the UN Sustainable Development Goals are to be met. Hiring former rebels to maintain peace is not something most investors ever have – or want – to think about, but they need to.
Asia's two main finance hubs are moving quickly to adopt global best practice on sustainable finance. They recognise policy certainty in this area is necessary to drive investment into companies, particularly given the region's distinct characteristics.
Industry participants welcome aspects of the EU's proposals – which were leaked last week and are due for official release tomorrow – but question, given the political landscape, whether they will materialise. Tackling greenwashing remains contentious.
Investor action around UN Sustainable Development Goal 15 – Life on Land – is slow, but it is gathering momentum. We look at how a handful of investors are embracing technology as part of the approach to managing deforestation risk.
With many classified funds containing questionable stocks, the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation is upsetting asset managers who feel their focus on impact is being undermined as a result.
In their new book, Moving Beyond Modern Portfolio Theory – Investing That Matters, Jon Lukomnik and James Hawley deliver a devastating blow to adherents of MPT. The two deftly articulate why it is not fit for purpose to tackle the challenges we face today.
The $660bn Japanese insurance company has started applying in-house ESG evaluation criteria to all its investments and set out plans to decarbonise its portfolio, among other moves that underscore its sustainability credentials.