Research by Theme

Sustainable Development Goals

On Partnerships and Water

Stockholm (NordSIP) - On August 15, Storebrand Asset Management published a report focused on water-related sustainability issues. In order to do so, Storebrand partnered...

EMPEA Report Identifies PE Role in Boosting SDGs

Stockholm (NordSIP) – Private Equity’s Role in Delivering the SDGs: Current Approaches and Good Practice, a new report from EMPEA, the global industry association...

SDG Evaluation Tool to Track Corporate Performance

Stockholm (NordSIP) Trucost, the full cost accounting firm that makes estimates about the hidden costs of the unsustainable use of natural resources by companies,...

Climate Change, Low Carbon & Green Energy

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How will the physical risks of climate change affect companies? (Schroders)

The potential costs to some companies of insuring their assets against the impact of climate change could equate to more than 4% of their...

Two climate change issues most concern investors (Robeco)

Two issues central to combatting climate change most concern investors, Robeco’s Active Ownership team warns in its quarterly report. Companies face transition risks in...

The fossil fuel “engagement vs divestment” debate at Harvard’s endowment fund (Climate Action)

Mustafa Chaudhry, Senior Producer at Climate Action recently caught up with Kate Murtagh, Chief Compliance Officer and Managing Director for Sustainable Investment at Harvard Management Company....

Diversity

Diversity Meets Porter’s Five Forces

Stockholm (NordSIP) - Several studies have shown already that board diversity and earnings quality or profitability have a positive correlation. In a new study,...

ESG Spotlight: The Rise of Gender Equity: Momentum Building in Key Markets (Sustainalytics)

Key Insights from our Report on Gender Equity The number of discrimination and harassment incidents tracked by Sustainalytics increased by 458% over the past...

Beyond the board table: extending the diversity debate (UBS)

As we mark International Women's Day, we ask whether it is enough for investors to focus on the ratio of women on corporate boards...

Food & Nutrition

The future of food (GES)

In this blogpost in two parts, Tytti Kaasinen, Head of Stewardship & Risk Engagement at GES dives into the future of food, inspired by...

The food challenge: How can one achieve greater transparency? (Amundi)

What do we really eat? What information do labels give us? Do they tell us everything? Are companies really being transparent? We felt it would...

Palm oil, the environmental dilemma (Amundi)

Palm oil, used mainly and on a massive scale today by the agri-food and cosmetic industries, is severely criticised. Thanks to its high yield and...

Governance

Aggressive tax optimisation: what is the best ESG approach? (Amundi)

Between 100 and 240 billion euro per year. This is what aggressive tax planning costs governments in lost revenue1. Such practices, designed to enable companies...

IRRI Survey, Nordics: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Stockholm (NordSIP) - The Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) 2017 survey results were announced earlier this week. The report, conducted by Research Editor...

Social Impact

The living wage: towards better industry practices (Amundi)

The concept of living wage goes back to the early twentieth century, with the creation of the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1919. Subsequently,...

Fact or fiction: SI has no clear impact on society (Robeco)

Sustainability investing has risen to become a high-profile form of managing money – but does it actually benefit anyone else? It can sometimes be...

Pairing financial goals with social good

Socially responsible investing (SRI) is an increasingly popular way of investing that integrates financial objectives with environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) issues. It...

Research by Geography

Nordics

SWE Firms Fall Short on Pension Sustainability Requirements, Study Finds

Stockholm (NordSIP) – A new study conducted by Swedish insurance and pensions company SPP has found that Swedish companies largely don’t impose sustainability requirements...

Norway SWF plans oil divestment; scepticism remains

Stockholm (NordSIP) - Norway’s famously oil- and gas dependent €829 billion Sovereign Wealth Fund has announced a plan under consideration to divest its petroleum...

DK, SWE, FI Top Center for Global Development 2017 Index

Stockholm (NordSIP) - Three Nordic countries have topped the Center for Global Development think tank’s Commitment to Development Index 2017 report. Denmark ranks top...

Emerging Markets

The ESG reality of private equity investing in Africa (Responsible Investor)

Four out of five of the fastest growing countries in the world right now are in Africa, with perhaps the most surprising being Libya,...

Micro and SME Finance Market Outlook (responsAbility)

The last decade has seen extraordinary progress in terms of increasing financial inclusion and promoting financial sector development. Increasing access to finance Between 2011 and 2014,...

References & Definitions

Investment Performance & Rankings

Nordics Rank Best in SDGs, DWS finds

Stockholm (NordSIP) - On April 10, DWS, formerly known as Deutsche Asset Management and one of the world's largest asset management houses with €700...

IRRI Survey, Nordics: the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Stockholm (NordSIP) - The Independent Research in Responsible Investment (IRRI) 2017 survey results were announced earlier this week. The report, conducted by Research Editor...

Rate the Raters 2018: Ratings Revisited (SustainAbility)

In May of 2010, SustainAbility launched a multi-phase research program, Rate the Raters (RtR). RtR was designed to influence and improve the quality and...

Market Trends

Responsible Investor Europe 2018 Conference: What to Watch for in the Remainder of 2018 and 2019 (S&P 500 & DJIA)

In a prior blog, we highlighted that the recent Responsible Investor Europe Conference 2018 gave attendees the sense of a coming of age in...

Creating the language of sustainable finance (Schroders)

While the absolute number of climate change legislations appear to be on the decline, in Europe at least, policy makers’ focus on sustainable investment...

ESG Strategies on the Rise (S&P 500 & DJIA)

Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) risks have taken a strong hold in the developed investing space. Previously, the concept had resided in the domain...

Research by Strategy

Alternative Investments

Hedge Funds Increasingly Adopting RI: Report

Stockholm (NordSIP) - From niche to mainstream: Responsible Investment and hedge funds, a new report from the Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) and the...

An Alternative Approach to Responsible Investing

CAIA - On Thursday evening, May 18, 2017, CAIA’s Boston Chapter held a panel discussion at the InterContinental Boston on "An Alternative Approach to...

Cleantech venture capital: Continued declines and narrow geography limit prospects (Brookings)

President Trump has stressed the importance of oil and “clean” coal in America’s economic growth, and meanwhile a wide range of emerging clean technologies—ranging...

Fixed Income

ESG integration in Fixed Income (UBS)

While global interest in ESG investing has been on the increase for over three decades, it has recently spread beyond its traditional domain of...

The Next Frontier in Footprinting: Carbon Accounting for Sovereign Bonds (S&P 500 & DJIA)

Sovereign bonds remain largely unanalyzed by investors from a carbon risk and reporting perspective. This is despite clear acknowledgement in the Paris Agreement that...

Green Bond Market Report Highlights Nordic Progress

Stockholm (NordSIP) - The Climate Bonds Initiative, the international, investor-focused not-for-profit organisation working on mobilising the $100 trillion bond market for climate change solutions,...

ESG Indices & ETFs

DWS: How To Make Portfolio Climate Risks Transparent

The following is a media advisory from DWS: How to make the climate risks in a portfolio transparent Climate change is not an indeterminate, world-wide phenomenon...

Can the right benchmark improve your vision? (MSCI)

As interest in ESG investing continues to grow, so does the number of actively managed strategies that integrate environmental, social and governance considerations into...

IHS Markit: $950 Million Invested in SRI ETFs in 2016

Stockholm (NordSIP) – In its recent Corporate Sustainability Report 2016, Analytics Research Company IHS Markit has found that a record $950 million was invested...

Bitcoins & Block Chains

Impact Washing, Big Data and Blended Finance

Stockholm (NordSIP) - A survey carried out by Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN), reflects 229 respondents’ perspectives on the growth and development of the...

Responsible investment and block chain (UNPRI)

The implications of blockchain for responsible investment 16 April 2018 Central share depositories Modern shares are often not directly held by shareholders, but in bulk by...

How the blockchain could transform sustainability reporting (GreenBiz)

Forget Bitcoin. I’ll let the get-rich-quick crowd focus on this and its cryptocurrency cousins. I’m excited about the hard-working underlying technology that makes Bitcoin possible...

Systematic & Quant

Smart Beta & ESG (Aberdeen Standard / Sustainalytics)

Aberdeen Standard Investments, Sustainalytics and the University of Oxford Smith School of Enterprise and Environment have published “Smart Beta and ESG: Promoting sustainability in...

Nordsip Insights – Systematically Sustainable

Welcome to our first issue of NordSIP insights. It is only the first of many, as our aim is to provide the asset management...

NordSIP Reports

NordSIP Insights

Nordsip Insights – Systematically Sustainable

Welcome to our first issue of NordSIP insights. It is only the first of many, as our aim is to provide the asset management...
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