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"I haven’t heard very much from the Australian investors in terms of talking about the fires", says Fiona Reynolds, CEO, PRI

The bush fires ravaging Australia are increasing citizen pressure on government and economic actors to accelerate the climate transition. Some steps could be taken, says Australian Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI), but inaction from both the financial and...

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With disclosure regulations, European Sustainable Finance is taking shape

The European Commission published a substantial plan outlining European disclosure regulations; a key document for the development of sustainable finance. Laid out in a clear and pedagogical manner, the plan’s reporting disclosure should be the impetus for a new standard on impact and risk...

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The European Investment Bank makes a historic decision to stop fossil fuel financing

This month, the European Investment Bank (EIB) announced that it will stop funding new projects related to fossil fuels, including gas, from 2022 onwards. This decision has been hailed for its contribution to the fight against climate change.

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BHP shareholders intensify pressure to leave fossil fuel lobbyist groups

For shareholders in support of the ecological transition, BHP – one of the world’s largest mining companies – must end ties with fossil fuel lobbyist groups. Almost one-third of shareholders voted for such a resolution, but according to the CEO of BHP, leaving these associations will not lead the...

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Exxonmobil heads to trial after being accused of deceiving clients and investors on climate change

Exxon has lied to its investors and underestimated, or rather neglected to consider, the costs associated with climate change regulations. This mistake has had a significant impact on the profitability of the oil giant’s business operations and became the focus of a climate change trial that began...

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The crisis in Ecuador demonstrates the risks of an unjust transition on the poorest populations

The Indigenous and most vulnerable segment of Ecuador’s population set the streets ablaze after a presidential decree ended subsidies that effectively doubled the price of fuel. The decision was a condition imposed by the IMF in exchange for a several billion-dollar loan.

Blackrock, Vanguard, JP Morgan : big investors declare climate engagement but rarely vote in its favor

The American organization Majority Action recently reviewed the voting trends of the world’s top 25 asset management firms’ shareholder resolutions, as they pertain to the climate. The result: major actors, such as BlackRock and Vanguard voted almost systematically against climate-related...

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The first global summit on the sustainable development goals proves there is a long road ahead to achieving them

Four years after their adoption, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have become the focus of a first-ever summit at the UN. While certain targets seem increasingly unattainable, it may only be a matter of remobilizing the public and private actors needed to achieve results by 2030.

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Modern Slavery and Responsible Investment: One Woman’s Shocking Testimony Spurs Call to Action!

A strong message was sent to the 1,700 participants of PRI in Person, an international event that was organized in Paris from September 10th to 12th, 2019. The message was clear: to be a responsible investor also means to focus on the S in ESG criteria by making the fight against modern slavery a...

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Sustainable finance: MSCI acquires Carbon Delta, the rising star in climate risk assessment

The Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) rating market is restructuring once again! The recent acquisition announcement by MSCI of the Swiss environmental fintech platform Carbon Delta confirms two major trends: the growing Americanization of the sector and the use of ESG data modeling by...

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Cement: the next challenge for responsible investors

The cement industry is the second most carbon-emitting industrial sector. A coalition of investors has put a spotlight on the industry, to urge companies to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. CRH, LafargeHolcim, HeidelbergCement and Saint-Gobain have all been targeted in order to conclude what...

Blackrock advocates for direct intervention from central banks in times of crisis

A new economic crisis may be on the horizon, according to numerous economists. In order to avoid a global recession, the Blackrock Investment Institute, a major American think tank and global asset manager, has suggested an original plan: equip central banks with funds that allow them to directly...

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Ebola Outbreak: the World Bank fails to release funds to fight the epidemic

As the Ebola outbreak spreads through the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), questions have been raised concerning the World Bank’s ability to release the emergency funds raised on the bond market that were specifically created to prevent such pandemics.

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund backtracks on its decision to divest from oil

Two years ago, the Norwegian sovereign fund made an impressive move by announcing its divestment from hydrocarbons. This was a strong message for the sovereign fund as it has built its wealth on oil extracted from the North Sea. However, the final plan would only concern $5.7 billion of a $1.1...

Leaving carbon behind: Ursula von der Leyen wants to create a just energy transition fund for the EU

The next president of the European Commission is starting to shed some light onto her upcoming tenure this November. During a trip to Poland, Ursula von der Leyen said she wanted to create an investment fund to help transform coal-dependent countries. She also wants to launch a citizens conference...

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The European Investment Bank turns its back on fossil fuels

The European Commission has recently published an ambitious climate strategy. The European Investment Bank, its financial tool for policy implementation, is in turn deciding to no longer finance projects linked to fossil fuels. This is somewhat revolutionary for the EIB, which is often criticized on...

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[The World in 2050] At COP 56, the finance sector seeks to rid itself of fossil fuels from the past

Welcome to 2050. In a prospective way, our journalist, Arnaud Dumas, used the actual trends of finance to imagine what could be the finance sector by then. The "stranded assets crisis" of 2039 left serious consequences for the global economy. During COP 56, held in Paris in 2050, the French Minister...

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G7 finance ministers meeting: Libra, the Facebook cryptocurrency worrying global leaders

G7 Finance Ministers met in Chantilly, France on July 17th and 18th to discuss the cryptocurrency that Facebook is set to launch next year. Ministers and regulatory authorities want more details on the cryptocurrency project. They fear the project’s magnitude due to Facebook’s billions of...

Five celebrities using their fame and fortune for a sustainable future

Robert Downey Jr., the actor known for his role as Iron Man, wants to launch the Footprint Coalition in 2020, a project aimed at using science to protect the environment. He is not alone in using his fame - and fortune – to serve the common good. Bono, Leonardo DiCaprio, Serena Williams, and Bill...

Shareholder Engagement Demonstrates Its Impact On Company Transformation In The Oil And Gas Sector

Investor coalitions are putting in place specific methodologies to question companies on their social responsibility. The Transition Pathway Initiative (TPI) and the Dutch NN Investment Partners explained the results they obtained from companies like Shell, BP and Tesla at Novethic’s 2019 Positive...