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  1. Columbia endowment to divest private prison holdings

    trueThe trustees of Columbia University voted to divest holdings in private prison companies on behalf of its $9.2 billion endowment.

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  1. MIT group issues report advocating targeted divestment of coal and tar sands companies

    trueResearchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology have issued a report recommending that the school divest its $12.4 billion endowment of certain fossil-fuel companies.

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  2. GFOR: ESG investing gaining traction

    trueInstitutional investors have at least $4 trillion invested in environmental, social and governance strategies, which “really represents a tremendous change,” said Christopher Geczy, speaking Tuesday at Pensions & Investments' Global Future of Retirement conference in New York.

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  3. The divesting puzzle: perception and reality

    trueWith 40-some odd years of involvement with public employee retirement institutional investing behind me (with some years seeming more odd than others), I continue to be puzzled by divesting initiatives.

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  4. BlackRock's Winshel discusses the firm's new impact investing unit

    trueBlackRock Inc. launched a new business unit focusing on a growing demand for impact investing, or strategies that have social and/or environmental objectives.

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  5. Goldman Sachs Asset Management names ESG leader

    trueHugh Lawson, a managing director at Goldman Sachs, will lead Goldman Sachs Asset Management's global environmental, social and governance efforts.

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  6. Georgetown University to divest from coal companies

    trueGeorgetown University, Washington, “will not make or continue” direct investments in coal-mining companies on behalf of its $1.5 billion endowment, spokeswoman Rachel Pugh said.

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  7. Mercer: Limiting climate change would have no negative impact on investment portfolios

    trueTaking action to reduce the effects of climate change would have no negative impact on overall investment portfolio returns and could enhance performance.

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  8. California Senate passes bill requiring CalPERS, CalSTRS to divest from coal

    trueThe California Senate voted 22-14 in favor of legislation calling on both CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from investments in coal companies.

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  9. MSCI hires head of European ESG research

    trueAntti Savilaakso was appointed European head of environmental, social and governance research at MSCI.

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  10. POLL: How are you managing your investments in fossil-fuel companies?

     

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  11. Institutional investors seek stronger palm oil standards

    trueNew York State Common Retirement Fund, four Swedish national pension funds, Allianz Global Investors and 90 other institutional investors and groups representing a combined $5 trillion in assets are calling for stronger standards from an international palm oil certification organization.

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  12. Engagement gains investors' favor in fossil-fuel debate

    trueAs demands for fossil-fuel divestment become increasingly strident across the globe, a quieter voice calling for engagement with fossil-fuel companies is striving to be heard.

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  13. PwC: Private equity LPs see added value in responsible investing

    trueResponsible investing is gaining momentum among private equity investors, although difficulties in measuring its value and aligning limited partner and general partner interest remain, a new PricewaterhouseCoopers survey reveals.

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