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This week, LGIM launched L&G Emerging Market Equity Future Core Fund, a passive strategy that combines emerging market exposure with the integration of sustainable investment factors. The product was developed with the support of Swedish state buffer pension fund AP1. Also in Sweden, Kommuninvest issued a new SEK7 billion green bond, the issuer’s eleventh green transaction, and its largest one in Swedish Krona, second only to the one conducted by the Swedish Government, earlier this year.

Elsewhere, Canadian pension funds AIMCo, BCI, Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, CPP Investments, HOOPP, OMERS, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, and PSP Investments call on companies and investors to improve their ESG disclosures.

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The International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC) and the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) announced they will merge into a unified organization, to be called the Value Reporting Foundation, by mid-2021.

Carnegie Fonder hired Anna Strömberg as head of sustainability, and as manager of the Tillväxt Sverige fund, Sweden’s first Nordic Swan Eco-labelled fund. “There’s a disconnect between the sell-side analysts’ willingness to factor these growth opportunities into their models and the buy-side willingness to pay up for long-term growth,” Strömberg told NordSIP, talking about the opportunities that the latest rules and regulations have generated.

This week, Heidi Berg, independent impact investment and ESG consultant based in Shanghai reports on the tremendous opportunities for sustainable investments in China, despite a few remaining hurdles.

“According to the World Bank, approximately 1.7 billion adults across the world do not have access to financial services within the traditional financial system,” Sarah Norris of Aberdeen Standard Investments told NordSIP in a recent interview where she comments on the importance of engagement in impact investing.

 

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The coronavirus epidemic has further accelerated the rise of ESG into the investment mainstream. As deficits skyrocket, bond investors have an opportunity to engage with governments on climate change, argues Thomas Dillon, Senior Macro ESG Analyst at Aviva Investors.

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