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Why Tokyo may struggle to become a green finance hub

Why Tokyo may struggle to become a green finance hub

Tokyo wants to become Asia’s top sustainable finance centre by riding the wave of green bond issuance in Japan. That would require a change in the mindset of local investors and an alignment with international norms, not least around its planned taxonomy.

New ESG standards on securities lending welcomed after falling-out

New ESG standards on securities lending welcomed after falling-out

After a split, two groups recently launched separate ESG-focused guidance on securities lending, while the US SEC plans to make the practice less opaque and help assess its effect on shareholder voting. Investors hope the moves will make the business more sustainable and transparent.

Big hitters urge governments to step up on blended finance

Big hitters urge governments to step up on blended finance

Capital flows into emerging markets are falling well short of what will be needed to achieve net-zero emissions or other key sustainability goals, say several new reports. The likes of Günther Thallinger of Allianz and Philippe Zaouati of Mirova are calling on governments to pull their weight.

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BlackRock proxy voting move: A genuine boon for stewardship?

BlackRock proxy voting move: A genuine boon for stewardship?

The world’s biggest fund house is to offer wider proxy voting rights to many of its institutional clients. But there is scepticism over how much impact the move will have, and other big asset managers are reluctant to make similar commitments despite rising pressure to do so.

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