SUSTAINABLE FINANCE

Sustainable Finance

Sustainable finance brings together Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), solidarity finance, green finance and is often known as responsible investing. Sustainable finance is mainly focused on the fight against climate change through impact investments and green funds.

Financial management debates on ESG fail to consider the social factor

In San Francisco, the Global Climate Action Summit and PRI in Person are taking place concurrently. On this occasion, responsible investors assert that a fair ecological transition will not be achieved by responding to climate and environmental issues alone: social dimensions must also be taken into...

Global investors worth a combined $6 trillion are choosing to divest from fossil fuels

The Divest-Invest movement, calling for the exclusion of fossil fuels, continues its popularity seven years after its launch. 1,000 investors, holding a combined $6,240 trillion in assets, have publicly announced that they will no longer finance fossil fuels. All that remains is to transform this...

The largest sovereign fund in the world pledges to save the ocean from plastic pollution

Plastic pollution in the ocean is increasingly troubling...so much so that the Norwegian Sovereign Wealth Fund, the largest sovereign fund in the world, has just pledged to protect it. This is a noteworthy act, as the fund is present in more than 9000 companies worldwide.

Ecological transition: an opportunity worth $26 trillion and 65 million jobs by 2030

This is according to a report that the new French Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, François de Rugy, will be examining closely. In any case, it could be very useful in convincing his colleagues of the importance in fighting against climate change. According to the Global Commission...

The World Bank turns to blockchain to improve efficiency and transparency

Blockchain is seen as an effective tool for financing projects in developing countries, according to the World Bank, which successfully tested its first blockchain-based bond. The multilateral bank has raised twice as she thought initially: about 80 millions USD.

Bitcoin: the Financial Stability Board prepares for cryptocurrency risks

Without being alarmist, the Financial Stability Board (FSB) is set to launch a cryptocurrency monitoring committee. Studying the volatility of these currencies, and the technologies that support them, will make it possible to better anticipate possible risks. President Emmanuel Macron has already...

Six sovereign funds want to commit for climate

On July the 6th, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron has gathered at the Elysee six behemoths of global finance: the sovereign wealth funds of Norway, New Zealand, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates. Together, they weigh 3 trillion dollars (about 2,600 billion...

What the #METOO movement means for company financial risk

The massive American pension fund, CalPERS, which manages $355 billion in assets, is asking management companies to disclose their ongoing and past harassment cases. The goal is to avoid financial and reputational risk, since from the start of the #MeToo movement, accusations of sexual harassment...

Two-thirds of G20 member states implement TCFD recommendations on sustainable finance

As the G7 turned a blind eye to climate, a study published by British researchers highlights the fact that two-thirds of G20 member states have already started implementing TCFD (Task Force on Climate Related-Financial Disclosures) recommendations on climate reporting. France stands out as leading...

Climate, oil and shareholder influence: the shell test

On 22 May, Shell’s General Assembly will be the centre of a standoff between shareholders who want to push the company towards a climate strategy compatible with the Paris Agreement and those who do not want to oppose the group’s leadership. The outcome of the vote for this climate resolution, which...

Climate change: a political and financial challenge for Europe

Good news : the climate is a priority for the European Union 2021-2027 budget framework, published on 2 May. Climate will represent a quarter of all programs, 5 % more than the previous period (€117 billion over 7 years). However, the framework does not detail any measures for eliminating fossil...

Donald Trump’s withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal boosts oil extraction

Already subject to supply and demand constraints, oil prices are heavily influenced by geopolitical tensions concerning the nuclear deal with Iran, which Donald Trump has threatened to leave. As a result, oil companies are seeing their profits soar as they pump their reserves to full capacity.

Green Funds remain marginal in Europe, while general interest continues to grow

The political push towards green finance in Europe has led to unprecedented momentum in 2017 in terms of green fund growth. Assets reached €32.2 billion, up 49% year-on-year, and two countries are taking the lead: France and Switzerland.

 

 

The central banks of France and England call for more regulation against climate change

According to the Banque de France Governor, François Villeroy de Galhau, it is time to penalise brown assets, which are harmful to the climate, rather than just favour the financial sector’s green initiatives. He has even offered carbon stress tests for banks. Bank of England Governor, Mark Carney,...

Danone issues a 300 million-euro pioneer social bond, a first for a multinational corporation

The agribusiness giant has issued a 300 million-euro positive social impact bond. This sum will be used to finance research on food, the emancipation of various populations or the improvement employee protection within the group. This is the first time that a private actor has carried out such an...

High-level conference: a glorious day for sustainable finance

A packed hall in the heart of Brussels' European Quarter and prestigious speakers, such as Emmanuel Macron, Michael Bloomberg, Jean-Claude Juncker. On March 22nd, the High-Level Conference on sustainable finance was organized by the European Commission to launch its sustainable finance action plan....

Oekom to join Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS) in unexpected acquistion

Oekom’s acquisition by Institutional Shareholder Services (ISS), the American proxy firm, has caused quite a shock in the small ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) community. The German rating agency will now be able to manage increasingly fierce competition, but Europe will lose a rare...

Major French corporations link credit facilities to environmental and social performance

It's a small revolution that has been going on for a few months in the banking sector. A new tool is attempting to link credit facilities with environmental and social performance. Referred to as “impact credits”, these new tools already have a following in France. Danone has recently signed on,...

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The EU announces a European eco-label for citizens who want to invest in Green Finance

In the European Commission's Action Plan for Financing Sustainable Growth, published on 8 March, a European eco-label project has been emphasised in an effort to skew the personal investments of European citizens towards more climate-friendly financial products.

Green bond issuance to reach 200 billion-dollar record in 2018

According to estimates by Standard & Poor’s, the global green bond market should reach $200 billion this year. This is a 30% increase compared to 2017 — lower than the previous five years. But what is worth noting is the greater diversification of borrowers, which includes more private investors and...