ESG/social investing

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  1. Institutional investors say ESG has positive impact on alternatives returns — report

    trueSome 57% of asset owners and other institutional investors surveyed believe incorporating ESG into alternative investments decision-making has a positive impact on risk-adjusted returns, said a report Monday from Mercer and LGT Capital Partners.

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  1. U.S. Steel agrees to disclose political spending following N.Y. State Common proposal

    trueNew York State Common Fund withdrew a shareholder proposal it filed at United States Steel Corp. after the company agreed to disclose its political spending.

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  2. CalPERS looking at stricter governance policy for emerging markets

    trueA new global governance policy expected to be approved by the investment committee of the $296.6 billion California Public Employees’ Retirement System will subject CalPERS investments in emerging markets to tougher standards.

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  3. Mercer hires senior consultant to lead U.S. responsible investment team

    trueAlex Bernhardt joined Mercer as senior responsible investment consultant, tapped to lead its U.S. responsible investment team.

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  4. ERAFP picks 3 managers for socially responsible bond portfolio

    trueEtablissement de Retraite Additionnelle de la Fonction Publique, Paris, hired three active managers to run a total €2.5 billion ($2.8 billion) in a euro-denominated socially responsible investing bonds portfolio.

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  5. Global impact assets expected to hit $12.7 billion for 2014

    trueGlobal impact investing — investments designed to generate a social or environmental impact as well as often targeting a competitive investment return — were expected to grow to $12.7 billion last year, up 20% from the previous year

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  6. Universities and pension funds are grappling with their role as agents...

    trueUniversities and pension funds are grappling with their role as agents for positive change on climate issues and whether divestment is an appropriate, responsible and effective response.

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  7. AMP Capital named adviser to Mitsubishi UFJ clean-energy investment fund

    trueAMP Capital was named adviser for GII Ltd., a Tokyo-based special purpose fund set up by Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corp. to make investments in renewable energy assets in Japan.

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  8. Sustainable investing strategy AUM soars 61% in 2 years — report

    trueAssets under management incorporating sustainability investment strategies reached $21.1 trillion globally as of the beginning of 2014, up 61% from the onset of 2012, said the “Global Sustainable Investment Review,” released Tuesday by the Global Sustainable Investment Alliance.

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  9. Passive strategies fail to get highest ESG ratings in Mercer evaluation system

    trueMercer unveiled Monday a ratings system of passive investment management strategies to identify managers’ active stewardship practices to integrate environmental, social and governance risks.

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  10. BlackRock appoints new global head of impact investing

    trueDeborah Winshel was named managing director and global head of impact investing at BlackRock.

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  11. Green shoots

    trueThe market for green bonds — proceeds of which are used for projects with perceived positive environmental benefits — tripled in 2014.

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  12. 5 companies to disclose political spending following New York State Common proposals

    trueFive companies in the portfolio of the New York State Common Retirement Fund have agreed to disclose their political spending.

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  13. Conference speakers call on more long-term focus for sustainable investing

    trueAn increased focus on the long term, less restrictive regulation and better education are needed before investment in sustainable development becomes a reality, said representatives from the money management and sustainable development industries at a conference Tuesday.

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