Uncertain weather is always a good opportunity to cosy up and catch up with the latest reports. A team of researchers from the Stockholm School of Economics Mistra Center for Sustainable Markets (Misum) released a report exploring the effects of COVID-19 on sustainable economic and investment practices.
Despite strong regulatory and investor demand for more environmentally friendly investment strategies, one of the recurring complaints we hear about it is concerned with the poor quality of data available to investors. A new study by DWS and Create Research has put a figure on this cost. The report also notes that as many as 65% of the pension funds surveyed expect their climate-related passive investment to increase in the next three years.
On the heels of last year’s the successful launch of the Global Government ESG ETF last year, and in response to regulatory and investor demands, UBS launched this week an ETF that applies ESG screens to global corporate bonds.
Elsewhere, the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) launched the GRI Academy, a new training portal to improve access to high-quality learning opportunities for people working in sustainability and sustainable development roles. Meanwhile, to answer the increased investor interest for impact opportunities, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors launched a practitioners guide to help investors turn their interest into action.
The co-convenors of the Global Tailings Review – the UNEP, the PRI and International Council on Mining and Metals – have endorsed the Global Industry Standard on Tailings Management, a new industry standard.
On the green bond scene, Swedbank Robur and Nordea helped the Swedish Export Credit Corporation conduct two private placement taps of its green bond.
At the end of June, Schroders appointed Johan Strömberg as a Client Director to further strengthen the firm’s private equity business and client relationship capabilities in the Nordic region.