At climate summit in Washington, UN officials call to take action ‘to the next level’

Recalling that just two weeks ago, 175 countries came to the United Nations to sign the historic Paris Agreement on climate change, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today said it is time to take climate action to the next ... More


Council conclusions on the fiscal sustainability report

"The Council (ECOFIN), 1. WELCOMES the Commission's "Fiscal Sustainability Report 2015", which updates and enhances the multidimensional approach for assessing fiscal sustainability, based on short-, medium- ... More


Creating socially sustainable asset classes. The advantages of community investing

The integration of ESG criteria in the investment decision and practice is already a well administered business area. Indexes and asset classes are by now defined by market leaders in the field. However, the range of subjects ... More


Transparency and integrity of lobbying: an update on the emerging CSR challenge

Lobbying practices are gaining increasing stakeholder attention. Regulation is increasing, shareholders are demanding transparency, and the media is shining its light on unethical behaviour. Several companies have demonstrated ... More


Belgium: Sustainable investing reaches record level

The Belgian market for sustainable saving and investing has never been this large. In 2014, sustainably invested assets increased with almost 4 billion euros, while the offer of sustainable products has lowered. Likewise, ... More


Results Announced for 2015 Dow Jones Sustainability Indices Review

S&P Dow Jones Indices, one of the world's leading providers of financial market indices, and RobecoSAM, the investment specialist focused exclusively on Sustainability Investing, today announced the results of the annual Dow ... More


Business and NGOs join forces for an ambitious climate agreement

In a joint statement published on 25 November, Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe and EUROCHAMBRES, representing 44 million European citizens and 20 million businesses, call on the EU to put every effort in the climate ... More


PFZW halves the CO2 footprint of its investments

​Pensioenfonds Zorg en Welzijn (PFZW), the second-largest Dutch pension fund with EUR 161 billion in assets, will be selling its positions in companies with relatively high CO2 emissions over the coming years. This way the ... More


PRI launches private equity due diligence questionnaire

The PRI has launched the Limited Partners’ Responsible Investment Due Diligence Questionnaire (LP Responsible Investment DDQ) to encourage standardised due diligence on environmental, social and governance (ESG) ... More


Business takes leadership role at COP21

In recent years, businesses have been indirectly part of the United Nations conference on climate change (UNFCCC COP), mostly been as observer parties or lobbyists. But this year, during COP21, is the first time that business is ... More


Fiduciary duty considerations compatible with ESG criteria

The article of Robert Kropp at the SocialFunds Portal refers to this late development in investment policies’ legal criteria untying the hands of operators applying ESG principles. The author notices that in 2008, an ... More


PwC Young Workers Index rates success of countries in developing younger people

Latest report from PwC economists compares participation in employment, education and training of younger people across 34 OECD countries and finds that: •Switzerland and Germany top the table of most successful countries in ... More


Societal risk recognised as associated to Political risk

In a recent FT article of Alyson Warhurst with the title "Respect risk and reap the benefits" the author focuses in the societal origins of political risks as this site so explicitly puts regularly to the front. As referred by ... More


Presentation of the Initiative Sustainable Greece 2020 at the European Level

QualityNet Foundation as the non-for-profit organization responsible for the implementation of the Initiative Sustainable Greece 2020 has launched the official presentation of the Initiative at the European level with an active ... More


International Corporate Governance Network to draft global code

The International Corporate Governance Network (ICGN) is drafting a global stewardship code building on similar initiatives in Japan and the UK. Outlining its policy goals for 2015-16, the body representing $26trn (€23.5trn) ... More


ATP blacklists 28 companies for links to cluster bombs, mines

Denmark’s DKK700bn (€66.6bn) labour-market supplementary pension fund ATP has added seven stocks to the list of companies it will not invest in on social responsibility grounds, with most of the newly blacklisted firms ... More


World’s largest pension fund joins the PRI

The PRI is delighted to welcome Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) as a signatory to the six Principles for Responsible Investment. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the move in a speech at the UN ... More


EarthFolio on as a Robo-Advisor on Sustainable investing

EarthFolio founded the first investment platform aiming at Sustainable investing. Computerized investment advisory services—known as robo-advisors—have significantly grown recently . For the most part, these portals ... More


John Kerry on the importance of the Paris Conference on Climate change

"Paris climate conference is a rare opportunity — grab it" John Kerry "In just over a month, the US and virtually every other country on our planet will gather in Paris with the common cause of hashing out an ambitious, ... More


Apple and Foxconn investing on clean energy in China

Apple through its biggest supplier in Asia Foxconn are investing in Solar power Plants of about 600 megawatts. The goal is to produce all energy consumed by its factories which as those in Taiwan could be entirely on clean ... More