Michael W. Frerichs – Illinois State Treasurer: Raising The Bar on Investing

Illinois state treasurer Michael W. Frerichs is one of the most respected public pension fund fiduciaries in the country and we were delighted to see his thoughtful comments on ESG as an essential element in minimizing investment risk. Making Prudent Choices.  Investing means making choices.  For the investment officers at the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office,…

Infographic: Understanding the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes (DJSI) | FrameworkESG

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI) began as one global index in 1999, comprising the top-ranked companies from each industry based on environmental, social, and governance criteria. The DJSI now includes many indices, including one for each world region. Each year, invited companies submit a questionnaire, which is scored and compared to peers. Only companies…

UK: FRC Statement on Green Investing

From the UK: The Government has announced its Green Finance Strategy which recognises the role of the financial sector in delivering global and domestic climate and environmental objectives. In response, the FRC has issued a joint statement with other financial regulators, including the PRA, FCA and the TPR which can be viewed here, while the…

Blackrock’s iShares Introduces an ESG ETF

Blackrock is offering a range of sustainability-oriented ETF investments including: ESG: “Evaluating and selecting companies based on their commitments to positive environmental, social and governance business practices. All iShares ESG funds also seek to track indexes that screen out civilian firearms, controversial weapons and tobacco.” Thematic: Focus on a particular E, S, or G issue,…

Largest ever group of global investors call for more action to meet Paris targets | Environment | The Guardian

The largest ever group of institutional investors has called on governments around the world to urgently increase their efforts to meet the Paris climate change agreement goals.The 414 global investors – which represent US$31 trillion of assets-under-management – say they are deeply concerned about the “ambition gap” that exists between governments’ commitments and what is…

Business Reaches a Turning Point – The New York Times

Once again, the business case for ESG/SDG: Over the course of a day of conversations with some of the top executives in the nation during last week’s conference — DealBook: Playing for the Long Term — a common refrain was heard, echoing the sentiments of Larry Fink, chief executive of BlackRock, the largest investor in…

Public Sentiment and the Price of Corporate Sustainability – Working Paper – Harvard Business School

Combining corporate sustainability performance scores based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data with big data measuring public sentiment about a company’s sustainability performance, I find that the valuation premium paid for companies with strong sustainability performance has increased over time and that the premium is increasing as a function of positive public sentiment momentum….

Morgan Stanley: The Business Case for Sustainable Investing

While the adoption of sustainable investing strategies are growing, there remains concern among many investors that incorporating environmental social and governance (ESG) criteria into your portfolio means accepting a lower rate of return.To move past that notion, it’s important to understand that the definition of sustainable investing has nothing to do with philanthropy, nor is…

EY: “We Can’t Afford to Remain Silent” on ESG

“We don’t want to be outside the room complaining.” Mark Weinberger, chairman and CEO of global professional services firm Ernst & Young, explains to Fortune why it is vital for business leaders to be engaged with clients, government, and each other on issues like human rights and climate change. “If you remain silent when important…