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Are APAC’s High-ESG-Risk Stocks Cleaning Up Their Act?

Jul 20, 2021 Miranda Carr

The APAC region’s ESG performance has suffered from a combination of low ESG adoption and awareness and limited ESG regulation and reporting. But marked improvements are surfacing in environmental and social performance in certain sectors

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ESG and Climate Derivatives in Equity Exposure Management

Jul 14, 2021 KATIYAR Saurabh, VARSANI Hitendra, MENDIRATTA Rohit

Sustainable investing is on the rise around the world. We review four case studies involving global equities as a way to explore how investors could have used sustainable derivatives when managing ESG and climate-transition risk exposures.

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The SFDR’s Articles 8 and 9: The Funds Behind the Labels

Jul 6, 2021 DISABATO Mike, NG Nell Katherine

How do funds stack up against the EU’s Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation (SFDR)? We looked at the ESG characteristics of 207 funds of the top 15 equity and mixed-asset fund managers to see which had disclosed information about their funds.

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MSCI ESG Healthcare Funds and SDG 3

Jun 30, 2021 MAHMOOD Rumi, NAIR Namita, BALAISYTE Jurgita

We studied all ETFs and mutual funds in our coverage that invest in healthcare and allied industries to assess the degree of fund alignment with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 3. Overall, we found relatively little alignment.


Mining’s Impact on Biodiversity: A Rising Risk?

Jun 9, 2021 Samuel Block, Gillian Mollod

Will biodiversity losses become the next crisis facing humanity, possibly surpassing climate change? Growing scrutiny on biodiversity risks could have implications for mines that threaten biodiversity or environments of high conservation value.

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Fund ESG Transparency — Q2 Spotlight: Mutual Funds

Jun 4, 2021 MAHMOOD Rumi

ESG funds account for just 4.3% of the mutual-fund universe, totaling over USD 2 trillion. But they are growing in number, and their use as an ESG integration tool is also becoming more established. We take a deeper look at this subset in this quarterly report.


Mining Energy-Transition Metals: National Aims, Local Conflicts

Jun 3, 2021 Samuel Block

Investors are scouting for companies that mine the metals needed in new energy technologies. But some mining projects key to the transition from fossil fuels may face opposition from Native Americans for threatening sacred areas or traditional ways of life.


Exxon Mobil: Drilling Down on the Proxy Vote

Jun 1, 2021 Harlan Tufford, Ric Marshall

The historic win of at least two seats on Exxon Mobil’s board by activist shareholder Engine No. 1 signals a dramatic shift in investors’ thinking about climate change — and in their willingness to vote for climate action. But there is a deeper story.


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